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Amazon Guide 3/3

How to win the Buy Box on Amazon ?

How it works

Whilst a client is on a product page, Amazon will display the price of a particular seller, this price appears in the “buy box”. This placement is highly sought after as 82% of sales are actualised thanks to Amazon’s Buy Box. Having the best price, but also the product in stock, positive reviews and good performance metrics are just as important for winning the Buy Box.

On the client’s side, Amazon uses cookies and their connection information in order to only display one Buy Box per hour. Meanwhile, Amazon’s algorithm prioritises the availability of the product or a new price, so that a new seller can win the Buy Box and that seller’s product can be valorised.

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On Amazon’s Seller Central

  • Go to the tab “Stock” then “Stock management”
  • Click on “preferences”
  • In the column section displayed, select “Eligibility for Buy Box” and select “Display when available”.
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* Tip : the 90 day limit can be bypassed if the seller subscribes to Amazon FBA shipped by Amazon

Certain products can be eligible whilst others cannot :

  • Stock : you need available stock
  • The state of the product : the state of the product is also an important factor, only new products can win the Buy Box.

If these base criteria are met, Amazon’s algorithm will take into account different factors for the selection of the Buy Box, in order of importance :

  • Amazon Premium : FBA Amazon appears to place ahead sellers that use this FBA service “delivered by Amazon”

Amazon equally wishes to widen their reach with their premium offer to sellers which are rapidly expanding (2 days maximum) which also have very high performance ratings (Seller-Fulfilled Prime) which should constitute a definitive advantage for winning the Buy Box.

  • Low Prices : the criteria of price is an essential factor, it is essential to show the best offer whilst taking into account the competition, different costs and maintaining stable profit margins. This is a variable than can be modified which can also have a very fast impact.

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  • The rate of “Perfect orders” : the greater the rate of perfect order approaches 100%, the better the chances are of winning the Buy Box.

Perfect order percentage rate POP represents the percentage of orders conducted and sent without issue.
POP rate = perfect orders / number of total orders
This rate takes into account the orders from the past 90 days.

  • Late deliveries and shipments
  • The defect order rate
  • Late orders
  • Parcels with tracking numbers
  • On-Time delivery
  • Review rates
  • Average response time
  • Number of reviews
  • The availability : Amazon will prioritise the products which are in stock and have a certain volume for sale
  • The rate of cancellations and reimbursements

* The following criteria that could be taken into account in the future are the rate of return and client disatisfaction

  • Perfect order percentage score : must not fall below 95%
  • Delivered on time : must not fall below 97%
  • Parcel with tracking numbers : must not fall below 95%
  • Late shipment rate : must not go over 4%
  • Cancellation rate : must not go over 2.5%
  • Late shipment rate : must not go over 2.5%
  • Average response time : must not go over 10% for replies after 24 hours

It is important to verify the customer satisfaction statistics on a daily basis and to concentrate on prioritising on the criteria required to obtain the Buy Box.
It is essential to ensure that the other criteria are also met : failure to meet these may result in the removal of your selling privileges.

The price criteria being the most important criteria, necessitates an automatic repricing solution to win the Buy Box. A fully customisable, easy to manage, automatic repricing tool such as Smart Price, allows for the automation of competitive intelligence and price adjustment depending on the seller’s pricing strategies and goals.

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