The Manage Excess Inventory tool (sign-in required) helps you quickly identify listings that may have excess inventory and review relevant information to take the appropriate action. The tool highlights factors that may be limiting sales of your products and suggests actions that could help you improve inventory performance.
Important: Manage Excess Inventory is a guide only and intended to provide you with information to help manage your inventory levels, but use of this tool should not be a substitute for your own judgment about demand for your products. Many factors may influence actual demand for your products, including price fluctuations, consumer demand shifts, and changes in competing offers for those products. Recommendations are not a guarantee of future results, and sellers remain solely responsible for determining their prices and inventory levels.
Frequently asked questions
What does it mean if a listing is identified as potentially having excess inventory?
Maintaining between 30 to 60 days of inventory can be an effective way to maximize instock performance and avoid unnecessary costs. By default, inventory is identified in this tool as potentially excess if:
How is estimated excess quantity calculated?
The estimated excess quantity is the number of units for which the cost of holding your inventory would likely be more than the cost of taking action (such as reducing prices to increase sell through or removing excess units). This value is based on product demand and your costs (including fees, unit costs, and cost of capital inputs), and estimates the level of inventory that could give you the highest return on your inventory investment.
What is included in the total quantity?
For an FBA listing, total quantity refers to fulfillable inventory units that are available or inbound. It does not include unfulfillable units (such as damaged units) or units bound to a customer order.
For an MFN listing, the total quantity is the same as the available quantity, as specified by the seller.
What is the estimated total storage cost?
The estimated costs you would incur if you take no action to help sell through or remove your inventory. This includes storage fees (including the Long-term Storage Fee) and the holding cost of capital, if applicable.
What if I want to use different inputs to identify potentially excess inventory?
You can set your own unit cost and recovery rate per SKU by selecting Update Product Settings in the drop-down menu. You can make changes to your default settings by clicking the Inventory Settings link. After making changes, please allow up to 24 hours for the changes to be reflected in your recommendations.
Why do I not see all my products on the Manage Excess Inventory page?
We only display your products on this page if your inventory has units that have been identified as excess.
How should I use this page to manage my potentially excess inventory?
Our goal is to help you easily identify potentially excess inventory and provide recommended actions aimed at helping you better manage the return on your inventory investment. In some cases, the recommendation may be to remove units from your inventory. Several factors influence our recommendations:
In addition to the alerts, you can also view how many units of a product have been sold over the last 7, 30, 60, and 90 days by hovering over a product’s Units Sold column. This will allow you to gauge sales relative to your total inventory. If you find that you have an item that you’d like to remove from your inventory, click Create removal order from the action menu.
In your Inventory Settings, you can enter details about your inventory cost structure to help us to make better recommendations. These settings include:
How can I provide feedback about the Manage Excess Inventory page?
Glossary of terms
Estimated days of supply
The estimated number of days your current inventory supply will last based on the projected demand for your product.
Estimated excess quantity
The estimated number of units in your inventory that are in excess of the amount needed to provide either 90 days of supply or your maximum desired days of supply (if one has been specified).
An alert that indicates that fewer buyers are purchasing the product after viewing the listing relative to other listings in the same category.
An alert that indicates that the ASIN listing has a low number of viewers compared to other ASINs in the same category.
For FBA listings, total quantity equals all inventory that is available or inbound. For seller-fulfilled listings, total quantity is equal to the available quantity that the seller has defined.
Recommended sales price
Consider lowering your price to Recommended sales price to increase likelihood that you sell through your inventory based on your current inventory settings. This value may be different from the lowest price or Buy Box price. You can use pricing rules in seller central to help you set low prices. Consider to lower your price to the Recommended Sales price or lower until you have sold through your excess inventory.
Recommended sale duration
If a sale is recommended, this is the estimated sale duration in days that would likely help you sell through your excess inventory.
Estimated total storage cost
Estimated storage costs you would incur on your inventory if no action is taken to help sell through or remove your inventory. This includes storage fees (including the Long-term Storage Fee) and the holding cost of capital, if applicable.
Note: These values are based on a daily snapshot of your inventory and may differ from your actual inventory quantities.
Recommended removal quantity
Estimated quantity of inventory that would likely benefit from removal instead of being charged storage fees.