This is my second post discussing Amazon FBA prep guidelines. Over the next few weeks I will continue to discuss the ins and outs of inventory prep including Amazon's guidelines, tools you can use to work more efficiently, and how to make sure your items get received quickly and correctly. Today I'll be discussing expiration dates. Understanding expiration dates can be the difference between having inventory immediately “destroyed” up warehouse arrival or being available for sale.
An expiration date, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “the date past which a product, such as food or medicine, must be sold or removed from availability because it is no longer expected to be fresh or effective.” Manufacturers add expiration (or best by, sell by, etc)dates to ensure the buyer uses the product within a determined freshness timeframe. This freshness timeframe is also referred to as the products shelf life.