The procedure of shipping to Amazon FBA can be time-consuming and complicated. As a result, we’ve put together an in-depth step-by-step guide to answer any questions you might have as you embark on your Amazon adventure.
It’s easy to see why you should convert from FBM to FBA. Customers adore the privileges that come with their Prime membership, therefore FBA is the favored way for Amazon shoppers. As a result, FBA sellers typically see an increase in sales, reduced shipping costs, and automated customer support and return management.
There are a few techniques to the craft, as you shall discover. These tips will save you time, money, and, most importantly, aggravation.
To ship to Amazon FBA, you must first create a shipment plan. Go to Inventory > Manage Inventory to accomplish this. Select “Add a product” once you’ve arrived.
Fill out the pricing and other information after you’ve discovered the product. Submit the listing after that. Rinse and repeat the process until you’ve submitted all of the products in your batch.
If you’re an arbitrageur or wholesaler, there should already be a listing for you to add. There will not be an existing listing for you if you are selling a new Private Label product. You’ll have to make one from the ground up.
Go to the Inventory Management page now. You’ll see all of the products you’ve added and any things you’ve previously listed.
Tick the box on all of the products you want to ship to Amazon FBA. Select the “Send/Replenish Inventory” button from the drop-down menu once everything is checked.
The first of six stages to complete your Amazon FBA shipment plan is to “Set Quantity.”
First, double-check the “Ship from” address in the top left corner and make any required changes. Remember to alter the “ship from address” to your manufacturer’s address if the products are being shipped directly from their warehouse to Amazon.
The type of identity packaging comes next. Case-packed products are preferred by most private labelers and distributors, whereas arbitrage sellers prefer Individual Products.
Case-Packed Products: Every item in the package is the same and in the same condition.
Individual Items: The box contains a variety of products.
Finally, go over all of the chosen listings and double-check the quantity of each product.
Amazon may request extra information under action necessary, depending on the products you’re selling.
Amazon may also ask you a series of questions, particularly if you’re selling a battery-powered item. The listing is a great place to go for all the information you need. It can be found in the product description’s specification section.
When it comes to shipping, Amazon emphasizes quality control. They aren’t scared to refuse merchandise that has little packing damage. Amazon enforces certain requirements for shipment to Amazon FBA warehouses in order to ensure that the products do not get damaged during their journey.
These requirements are mandatory. When sending inventory to Amazon FBA, certain packing materials may be required. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can pay Amazon to prepare your parcels for you. If you want to prepare the products yourself, choose “Merchant” from the “Who Preps?” drop-down menu.
Something to note: Amazon will only prep products with an active UPC
When there are packaging restrictions, the Prep needed tab on the Prepare Products page will alert you. The following are examples of required materials:
Visit the seller central post for more information on packaging and prep requirements, as well as the pricing of Amazon Prep services. Even if your product does not meet the requirements, it is still necessary to protect it. Here is a collection of prep protocols organized by category.
Label the Products
To keep track of incoming and outgoing packages, Amazon uses a barcode system. If you don’t follow their protocol, your products may be lost in the Amazon supply chain.
It’s possible that your product already has an appropriate UPC or EAN barcode. If you’re not qualified, you’ll have to print out and attach an Amazon barcode to each product.
You can pay an extra fee to have Amazon label your things with a barcode, but I recommend against it. (about 30 cents each item)
I’ve heard stories about Amazon misplacing unmarked items and not finding them for weeks. You not only reduce the chance of missing products, but you also save money, which adds up rapidly.
Any products that require printed labels will be listed under the Labeling Required tab. Select “Merchant” under “Who Labels?” if you want to label yourself.
This page is crucial since it is the last chance to make any last-minute changes. After this, you’ll only be able to make minor adjustments to the numbers and other factors you’ve chosen.
If there are several Amazon fulfillment centers, the MSKUs and Amazon fulfillment center will be displayed in the Review Shipments tab. These are the various FBA warehouses to which you will be shipping your inventory.
I recommend printing the “View Shipment Contents” page as a packing list after clicking “View Shipment Contents.” If you’re delivering in large quantities, it’ll make it easier to physically prepare the boxes.
Approve shipments after thoroughly evaluating your package. You’re now ready to start working on your cargo.
Any FBM listings for these products will become dormant at this time. Amazon will mark your listing active again under FBA as soon as the product arrives.
Prepare Your Shipment
You can now start physically arranging your shipment. After that, print the updated labels you require.
Review Shipping Contents
Select “work on shipping” to access and print your labels. Then, on the Prepare Shipment page’s first section, click “Review and edit units.” The option to “Print Labels for this page” can be found by scrolling down. You could skip this step if all of your products were eligible and had active UPC numbers.
Be sure to:
Assuming that all of your products are now scannable, you can now put them into boxes.
Select an Amazon FBA Shipping Service
If you’re reading this, you’re probably delivering SPD or small parcel delivery. LTL simply refers to more vendors who ship large amounts of merchandise on pallets.
Transporter of goods
Choose the shipping service you want to use. I strongly advise you to use an Amazon Partnered carrier because you will save a lot of money on shipping.
The minimum amount for the shipment to your account is 1 pound (0.45 kg), which will appear as “Inbound Transportation Charge.” The shipping costs are determined by the weight and size of the package (mostly dimensions).
Working with an Amazon carrier also makes the process of shipping to Amazon FBA a lot easier. They will send you shipping labels that you can immediately print. You can also cancel shipping up to 24 hours after the charges have been approved. If you don’t cancel within 24 hours, you’ll be charged for shipping whether or not you send the goods.
After that, you’ll need to print the box labels. One box label will be placed inside the box and the other will be taped to the box’s top.