Yes, you can enable weekends as an operational day for both Prime and non-Prime products. Turning on weekends as operational under General Fulfilment Settings will impact all ship options where Shipping Region Automation is not enabled (Standard and Premium Shipping. If you want to limit it to only Prime offers only, you will need to turn on Shipping Region Automation and then indicate your weekend order fulfilment preference under Fulfilment Settings for Shipping Region Automation.
By default, the setting for both Saturday and Sunday operations is turned OFF. By turning ON this setting, these days will be counted towards the Expected Ship Date and Estimated Delivery Date. Please ensure you ship on time as this might impact your Late Shipment Rate.
Amazon will automatically set a Saturday or Sunday delivery promise if you have configured your shipping regions based on shipping services that deliver on Saturday or Sunday. As long as one shipping service delivers on Saturday or Sunday, Amazon may automatically adjust the delivery promise to reflect this. There is no additional action required of you. Buy Shipping will also show the shipping services that can deliver on a Saturday or Sunday.
Customers will see a cut-off time one hour prior to the order cut-off time you set to allow for order processing. For example, if you have set the cut-off time for Next Day shipping to 3:00 p.m., customers see the cut-off time as 2:00 p.m.
If you are using Shipping Region Automation to define your delivery regions, the order cut-off times will be set to 30 minutes before the pick-up time for the shipping service. Once the pick-up time is set for the shipping service, the order cut-off time will be adjusted automatically. You will be able to set the cut-off time for the whole week or by every day of the week.
If you are not using Shipping Region Automation, you will still be able to set order cut-off times only for your Premium shipping. However you will lose the ability to set cut-off times by shipping service and day of the week. Order cut-off times are used to determine the Expected Ship Date for One Day and Two Day Delivery only. These values are not applicable for Standard Shipping.
The carrier pick-up time on the Order Fulfilment Settings acts as a mechanism for you to set more precise order cut-off times. You will not be able to set an order cut-off time for a shipping service that is later than the pick-up time. While the pick-up time is not used for the calculation of the Promise Delivery Date shown to customers, it is used while buying shipping labels to determine availability of the shipping service when you proceed to purchase a shipping label for the order.
You cannot disable a shipping service on Order Fulfilment Settings except over the weekend. However, the configurations for a shipping service are only used if the shipping service is being used to define your shipping regions on shipping templates. Note that, if weekend operations have been turned on, you must have at least one shipping service selected that picks up on the weekend.
If an order is placed before your cut-off time you must ship the item the same day. However, if an order is placed after cut-off time, you can ship the item the next business day.
|Order before customer facing cut-off time||Order after customer-facing cut-off time|
|Order Shipping Option||One-Day Shipping||One-Day Shipping|
|Seller set cut-off time for Two Day Delivery||2 p.m. ET||2 p.m. ET|
|Customer-facing order cut-off time||1 p.m. ET||1 p.m. ET|
|Order Time and Date||11 a.m. ET, Wednesday, September 14, 2016||3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, September 14, 2016|
|Ship by Date||Wednesday, 14 September 2016||Thursday, 15 September 2016|
|Deliver by Date||Thursday, 15 September 2016||Friday, 16 September 2016|
Amazon uses the fulfilment settings for shipping services when delivery regions are configured by turning on Shipping Region Automation based on the delivery capabilities of your preferred shipping services. As shipping region automation is only available for Prime, we will only use these settings to define the delivery promise for prime regions. When delivery regions are configured manually, Amazon will use General Fulfilment Settings to compute the delivery promise.
Shipping region automation gives you more control over shipping costs by allowing Amazon to automatically set delivery regions based on (i) your shipping location and (ii) the shipping services you use. The tool will automatically set and update delivery regions where the shipping services selected can meet customer delivery promise. When orders come in, you will be able to purchase the same shipping services with Amazon's Buy Shipping on or before the order’s Expected Ship Date.
We understand that there may be multiple shipping services picking up packages on a day. For example, Royal Mail and Amazon Shipping may have a pick-up time of 5 pm and 6 pm respectively. Configuring Order Fulfilment Settings accordingly will allow you to receive orders up to cut-off time of 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm respectively (order cut-off time is 30 minutes before carrier pick-up time). Buy Shipping services will also reflect these changes.
If you have turned on Saturday/Sunday as an operating day, you are expected to ship on that day and ensure that the carrier picks up and scans on the same day. If the carrier is unable to pick-up and scan the package on Saturday/Sunday, we advise you to turn off Saturday/Sunday as an operational day as it may adversely impact your On-time Shipment Rate resulting in a loss of Prime eligibility.
Where multiple carriers are selected on the same template, the customer will be offered the fastest promise available and customer promise may vary by carrier. The Buy Shipping tool will show only the carrier ship methods that will satisfy the customer delivery promise. If you are not able to ship items with all carriers then these SKUs should be allocated to a carrier specific template.
If you have SKUs that you prefer to ship with only one carrier, you need to create a new shipping template, select the carrier of their choice and add these SKUs. You can find more information on creating a shipping template here and assigning SKUs here.
This information is covered in the help pages here.