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I have a question to any and all: I do about four shipments or less per month, one box with 40 to 70 unique books each time. The only time I have had to separate items was when I had semi-book products -- blank diaries that had ISBNs, for example, that were shipped to a place with office supplies instead. My stuff usually goes to IND4. Before the LTS changeover, it usually went to ABE3. I live in Virginia. Why do you think that I have not had the split shipments that other sellers have had?

Second point: Now that Amazon has concluded its lawsuit with California, the handling of state taxes has been determined. Amazon was holding back on that before opening up any more storage facilities. They are now building many more, so that books will be closer to buyers. I know of one in Virginia and one in Maryland. I have also seen advertisements from Amazon for work-at-home jobs, possibly forum guru? With the increase in warehouses closer to sellers, do you think that shipments will be split more or less?

Burke


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Good news! Our network of fulfillment centers is growing fast, and we’ve recently opened new sites in VA, TN and SC. And today we opened a new site in San Bernardino, CA.

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I doubt it. I believe splits usually are spread to east-center-west and case lots always ship to middle of the country locations unless you are shipping more than one case.


Well, if you haven't had to split shipment your books, count your blessings. We sell in a variety of categories (non case lots) and the last shipments went to Chattanooga, Nashville, Petersburg (VA) and Phoenix. Oversized is also getting split shipped to Chattanooga, Indianapolis, Philly, and ?? (can't remember).

When split shipments started, we only had to split between 2 warehouses. Now we expect a split to 3-4 warehouses.


In the last week, my shipments have been split between up to five count'em five different warehouses. Fewer than 10% of it went to Phoenix which is closest to my California location. Although I am delighted about the new California warehouses, I wonder if I will now be directed to six and seven locations at a time. This type of splitting makes me believe that they are challenging me to pay the extra 15 cents per item to put all of one sku in to a single box. The price of shipping is already steep enough and I am determined to avoid paying the extra charges.


Media shipments appear to be congregated at a very few FCs compared to non-media products. What you're seeing with journal-type products (going to a FC other than where you send books) is indicative of that. For reasons of their own, it seems unlikely that Amazon will utilize its expanding network of FCs to split media shipments, but it could happen.


I wonder what'll happen if Amazon ever builds warehouses in Alaska and Hawaii


So yesterday, I had SEVEN different warehouses. Packing requires extra time and care for my nonmedia items and still we make mistakes.


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Seriously, why ask why? Just thank God on your knees and keep shipping.


Btw burke, where did you see the ads for amazon work at home jobs??


It has been a couple of months now, but I think it was in the Washington Post.


It's annoying to have Amazon split my quantity between two warehouses. It's building a good sized batch for IND4 and any time I have more than 2 of a book it's sending the extras to ABE3.

Please have all my inventory go to one warehouse per week. That ABE3 batch won't ship until you no longer want me shipping to ABE3. I understand spreading inventory around but a 20 book batch won't fill a box.


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