Friday, March 21, 2008

Amazon Launches FWS (Fulfillment Web Service)

Adding to their suite of API's and Web Resources, Amazon announced yesterday that they had launched AFWS (Amazon Fulfillment Web Service).

Techcrunch and a number of other blogs picked up this announcement but I'm sure many of you are confused as to what this really is. I'm going to try and translate it for you.

Before this announcement, a 3P seller had to manage all of their FBA orders through Amazon's Seller Central, which can be tedious at best. Now through these API's (Application Programming Interface) they can automate the process or write their own software to handle it.

For the small seller this actually means there should soon be more Software tools available to handle your FBA orders, which I am certainly looking forward to; companies like ChannelAdvisor, Monsoon, Fillz, etc will be able to manage the FBA process in their software and for the more technically sophisticated 3P Merchants, now you can program the FBA process into your existing systems.

In a nutshell, this will be good for 3P sellers and should help Amazon get some traction for their FBA program.

Just my 12%

3 comments:

Aleksa H said...

Hi Randy,

I love reading your blog; very informative and engaging.

I work for FillZ and just wanted to mention that we've been working on integration with FBA and should be ready to support the program in a couple of months.

Cheers,

Aleksa

Randy Smythe said...

Hi Aleksa, thanks for the kind words.

Please let me know when you are up and running with your support for FBA.

Thanks
RKS

aleksa said...

Will do!!