Well, there are different ways on how you can send your products to Amazon Fulfilment Centre. It is indeed a challenging process because a slight mistake in the process can result in a big loss of products getting shipped to the wrong Amazon warehouse.
You have to be cost-effective in sending your package to the Amazon warehouse and ensuring that you meet Amazon’s strict quality guidelines.
Therefore, this blog would give you a detailed guide of the following:
How to package and ship your products to Amazon FBA
Requirements and documents from Amazon FBA and customs
Mistakes to avoid in packaging and shipping to Amazon FBA
Down the page, you can see “Become an Amazon Seller.” Choose between individual or professional seller account
Enter your email address and choose “Create a New Account.” Then, click the next button
Check your email address for the one-time password (OTP) generated by Amazon
After you enter the OTP, click the “Create Your Amazon Account” button
Choose your business location and business type
Enter your complete personal information
Choose your marketplace
Write your billing information
Add the product information and Amazon store
Complete the address validation in the verification process
Wait until your account is completely verified
2. Correct Packaging and Labeling of Products for Amazon FBA
Please take note that there are certain products with specific product requirements. Amazon
may repackage, refuse, return your products delivered to the Amazon fulfillment center. It would be tagged as inadequate or non-compliant packaging at your expense.
For those products which are sent to Amazon Fulfillment Centre, you must create an FNSKU for each assortment type of the products. But if your products have a Manufacturer Barcode, then you don’t need to stick FNSKU label.
A clear and easy-to-read barcode or label is needed on each unit. Your products won’t get into the Amazon FBA Warehouse without the label.
Two labels that FBA mentioned shall be stuck on different surfaces of the outer boxes. It cannot be damaged during transportation, be careful of the places that those labels should be.
3. Product Listing Set Up
In this section, we will walk you through the steps of setting your Amazon product listing set up.
Step 1: After you log in to the Seller Central account, choose “Add a Product” on the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Choose from the three methods on the Add a Product page. Either you add a product already on the Amazon page or search the product using product ID or name.
Step 3: Click “Create a new product listing” on the search box. You will use this if you are uploading a brand new product, not on Amazon selling page. For multiple products, choose the “bulk upload” feature.
Step 4: Once you are done creating a new product to listing, assign your new items to an Amazon category. Either you use the search feature or browse by categories.
Step 5: You can search many possible categories for your products once you type them on the search bar. Choose the most appropriate one.
Step 6: Fill in the Listing Info for your new product listing. You will see that your listing information is divided into seven tabs: Variations, Vital Info, Images, Offer, Description, Keywords, and More Details.
Chapter 2: How to Send Products to FBA by Creating Shipping Plan
1. Set the Quantity for the Shipping Plan for Amazon FBA
Before sending products to Amazon FBA, you have to set the quantity. This is the first step in the shipment creation process. On the Set Quantity page, you need to select the number of units of each item you like to send either by bulk. The page contains the following information:
Information Required – products in your shipping plan that needs additional information.
Removal Required – products in your shipping plan that you cannot send to Amazon warehouse because of FBA product restrictions.
If you want to add more products to your shipping plan, select “Add Products”. Then, enter the product name, ASIN or MSKU in the search box. You can only search products that are previously converted as FBA products.
2. Prepare the Products before sending to Amazon FBA
You need to prepare the products before sending products to Amazon FBA. There are some products which require preparation. You also have an option for Amazon to do it for you for a per-item fee.
Also, take note that FBA can prepare your items with a single EAN or UPC which corresponds to ASIN in the product catalog.
3. Label the Products before sending to Amazon FBA
You need to ensure that before sending products to Amazon, your products must be labeled properly. Amazon uses barcodes to automate its delivery procedures. You must learn about the different kinds of labels and their meanings. Here is the step-by-step process on how to create labels for Amazon FBA.
-You have three options for labeling your products:
Use existing UPC or EAN barcodes for eligible products
Apply Amazon barcodes directly to the product or packaging material
Use the FBA Label Service to have Amazon apply barcodes to your products for a per-item fee
After you have reviewed the information on the Label products page and confirmed that it is correct, create your barcodes by clicking Print labels for this page.
–To print quality barcodes, make sure that you:
Use the correct label stock for your printer
Use a printer with a resolution of 300 DPI or greater
Test, clean, and replace your printer heads as needed
Periodically test the scanability of your printed barcodes
–To create your barcodes, make sure that you:
Select the label stock that you want to use from the drop-down list.
Confirm the number of barcode labels that you want to print for each product or change the number shown in the # of labels to print
Click Print labels for this page. A PDF file will be generated that you can open to print your labels immediately or save to print the labels later.
4. Review the Shipment to create a Shipping Plan for Amazon FBA
-On the Review shipment page, you can review and approve your shipment:
Take note that you can change the shipment name. Just type a new name. If you have an existing shipping plan for the same Amazon warehouse, but you have not yet shipped it, you can still combine the new order with an existing one.
5. Prepare Your Shipment to send to Amazon FBA
In this stage, you need to choose the carrier and shipping method. You can arrange the number of boxes which includes your shipment.
You can make minor changes to your shipping plan on the Prepare shipment tab. You have the option to increase or decrease the number of units in a shipment by up to 5% or six units.
The shipping charges will be automatically adjusted to reflect your revised shipping plan. Please note that if you want to change the number of units in a shipment by more than 5% of the original amount or remove the units after you have approved it, you need to delete the shipping plan.
Then, create a new shipping plan and put the right quantity. Or else, you will need to send the items and amount listed in the plan to the specified destinations.
6. Track the Shipping after sending to Amazon FBA
You can track the shipping information in your order details. There may have different delivery dates and tracking details for multiple orders.
To track the shipment:
Go to Your Orders
Go to the order you want to check
Choose Track Package next to your order
Chapter 3: How to Send Products to Amazon Fulfillment Center using Amazon Shipment Options
1. What is “Send to Amazon”
Send to Amazon is an automated shipment creation workflow that simplifies the process of replenishing your Amazon FBA inventory. You can do the following with Send to Amazon:
Simplify the shipment method
Create reusable pack templates for case pack
Pack mixed-SKU or single-SKU boxes before creating shipments
Update quantities you pack before confirming shipment destinations
Choose the best option for inventory shipping, either for pallets or individual boxes
Make the best choice for shipping your inventory by pallets or individual boxes through estimated carrier fees comparison
2. Things to Get Started on Using the “Send to Amazon” option
You can go to Shipping Queue and click Send to Amazon near the top of the page. You can follow the simple steps below:
Step 1: Choose the inventory to send
Step 2: Pack and label the individual units
Step 3: Confirm the shipping
Step 4: Print the box labels
Step 5: Confirm the pallet and carrier information
Step 6: Print the pallet labels
3. Send/Replenish inventory option
If you are ready to send your inventory to the Amazon warehouse, you may start to create a shipping plan which specifies the following:
Items you want to send to Amazon warehouse
Quantity of each item
Shipping method and carrier information
Options if you want to prepare and label the inventory or if Amazon can do it for you
4. Shipping plan file upload tool
This page can help you with the necessary steps to create your shipping plan and select the items you want to ship. After you have completed the shipment and send it to Amazon, you can use the Shipping Queue to track your shipment.
5. Amazon Marketplace Web Service option
When you set up Amazon Marketplace Web Services, it allows you to participate in Amazon’s
Merchant Fulfilled Prime and Merchant Fulfilled Shipping programs.
When you sign up to MWS, select “I want to give a developer access to my Amazon seller account with MWS”. Then, enter the Developer’s Name and Developer Account Number. Read through the Amazon MWS License Agreement and accept the terms.
After you have granted access to RetailOPs, you can open a Support Case with the information Seller ID, Marketplace IDs, and MWS Auth Token.
You can navigate to the Manage Shipping Services and check all the boxes for Merchant Fulfillment API access. Just press the Submit button. RetailOPs Support will confirm your account configuration.
Chapter 4: 18 Packaging Requirements you Need to Know Before Sending Products to Amazon FBA
Here are the packaging requirements which you need to remember when doing the packaging of products:
Please note that you will need to pay the preparation fee when the inventory arrives at the warehouse centre without proper labelling and preparation.
A unit that has multiple categories must be prepped according to all applicable preparation types.
Do not put theft-prevention devices attached to your products.
Put different FNSKU for products with varying types of assortment such as size or colour.
Each unit must have an exterior scannable label or barcode which can be easily accessed.
Remove any cover or tapes that would make the barcodes unscannable.
For loose products that are considered as one unit, contained them within a single and secure package.
Either you use a non-adhesive band or removable tape, shoe boxes, poly bags, etc for packaging.
Units that are set must have a label on the unit such as “sold as a set”, “ready to ship”, or “this is a set, do not separate”.
If a box (six sides) can easily open, use staples, tape, or glue to secure it. If a boxed unit has opening sides, the products must pass a 3-foot drop test.
For poly bags with a larger opening, put a suffocation warning on the bag, either printed or label. Otherwise, it will be re-bagged in the warehouse.
For units with bubble wrap, tightly wrapped and taped and put a label with a scannable barcode outside.
Label units in poly bags and bubble wrap with expiration dates on the outside of the product, accessible for Amazon associates during the check-in process. To secure safety concerns in shipping and handling, Amazon may require over-boxing.
These are required to the following items:
Fragile items failed in a 3-foot drop test
Mini-hangers for baby clothes are allowed except for the following:
14. The following must remain on a hanger:
Pants, shirts, sleepwear, with more than $299.99 per item
Outerwear or material type of leather, real fur, wool with more than $299.99 per item
Dresses or contain materials that easily damaged if stored flat with more than $299.99 per item
Suits, suit jackets, or blazers
Extra taping is required for the following items:
Products not fully sealed within their container
Products may leak if not taped in place
Products may fall out from their packaging
Mattress must be packaged in corrugated boxes. Just clarify as mattresses when you set up new Amazon Seller Information ASINs.
Case packed products, remove or cover scannable barcode from their case. Only units within the case should have scannable barcodes.
Expiration dates must be displayed in the format MM-DD-YYYY. If it is printed in a different format, you can put a label sticker with the correct expiry date format.
Chapter 5: Different Methods of Shipping Products to Amazon FBA
1. Direct Shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses
You can send your inventory to Amazon. Just create a shipping plan, pack and label your products and ship your inventory to the Amazon fulfillment center. You can use the freight service of your choice.
Once your inventory is sent to the warehouse, it is scanned and made available for sale after three business days upon delivery.
Keep in mind that if you are shipping directly from China, it is necessary for you to inform your supplier on how to prepare all the goods according to the rules and regulations for the Amazon FBA Specifications. This can be sometimes a huge challenge due to cultural and communication barriers.
3 steps to ship directly to Amazon FBA from China
You can follow these 3 easy steps to ship products directly to Amazon from China
Create a shipment plan in the Seller Central account. Ensure you are shipping only to one FC if shipping via sea freight.
Have your supplier put the barcodes on each individual item, carton labels to each master carton, and pallet labels to the 4 sides of each pallet.
Arrange with your freight forwarder for door-to-door service from China to the address of the designated Amazon warehouse.
Pros and Con of Direct Shipping to Amazon FBA
DIRECT TO FBA PROS
DIRECT TO FBA CONS
Can not inspect order domestically before it gets to amazon
Can not use partnered carries
Less handling of your products
Shipments to multiple Amazon FCs is challenging
2. Ship Via 3rd Party Prep Service Company, then to Amazon Warehouse
If you choose a third-party prep service company, it would be cost-effective to move your inventory to the Amazon warehouse and lessen the staging inventory cost. It is also important to find a reliable 3rd party courier service that can provide cost-efficient services.
Have a look at the Pros and Cons if you will use a 3rd party.
MIDDLEMAN 3PL PROS
MIDDLEMAN 3PL CONS
Can inspect the order domestically
Can use partnered carries
More handling of your products
Dividing shipments to multiple amazon FCs is easy
Using a 3rd party is most of the time advantageous, however, the only downside can be that you will need to spend extra money on it.
But if you are profit margin allows you to spend this extra money then it should not be a problem for you to use this 3rd party option as it provides you peace of mind that someone is looking after all the packing and labeling requirements and you can focus all your time on the sales.
3. Ship to Home then Amazon Warehouse
If you choose to send the inventory from your home to Amazon Warehouse, you need to use your choice of freight services. You cannot select Amazon’s official courier service because the UPS account is for the US only. If your address is outside the country, this is not the best option for you.
Also, it is a bit risky because by taking this option, you are bearing all the risks. You will have to ensure the shipping process goes right; you will need to handle all the troubles and challenges of customs clearing in your country for Amazon FBA.
This will not provide you any benefit. It is much better to avoid this kind of option and either uses a 3rd party or ask the suppliers in China to do direct shipping to the amazon warehouse. The supplier will be responsible for the whole process until the goods reach the FBA warehouse.
Chapter 6: Amazon and Customs requirements when Shipping to Amazon FBA
1. Amazon Requirements when Shipping to Amazon FBA
When your products are shipped to the Amazon warehouse, your vendors expect to present accreditation such as SOR/2011-17 in Canada and ASTM F963-16 confirmation in the United States. Check the accreditation you require for your respective countries when sending goods to Amazon FBA.
Amazon is providing labels to the products if necessary. In the warehouse, your FNSKU labels will be checked once your items are shipped. Then, your inventory is placed in the right distribution centre area.
If you are doing the barcode labelling, you need to include the following:
ASIN or SKU
White space around the barcode and the text of ¼ on sides and ⅛ on top and bottom
Box Size and Weight
For the box size and weight requirements, you have to comply with the following:
25 inches on both sides for the master box
Weight should not exceed 50 pounds or attach a “Team Lift” labeling for exceeding weight. For 100 pounds, attach a “Mech Lift” to the box.
2. Customs Requirements when Shipping to Amazon FBA
Once your products are clear, Customs has the authority to require the goods to have certification. Typically, the following documents are required:
Commercial Invoice – provided by the shipper
Packing List – provided by the shipper
Forwarder’ cargo receipt (FCR): provided by shipper
Bill of Landing – generated by the carrier
Entry summary form – generated by the customs broker
Importer of record – you can act as the importer of record for the inventory
Chapter 7: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shipping to Amazon FBA
These are the common mistakes you can avoid when you ship your inventory to the Amazon FBA fulfillment center:
Ensure that you label your products with UPC or Amazon ID stickers. Make sure you put the right product ID stickers on the right products.
If you put the wrong ID sticker, this will lead to huge problems because the Amazon warehouse will reject the product and then you will have to repackage it again.
2. No Label
If you want to save time and money, make sure that your products are correctly labeled. Do not send your inventory without a label. If there is no label, it will be completely rejected by the Amazon warehouse.
They need the scannable labels to make sure to know which warehouse your products need to be delivered to and which place in the warehouse they need to be stored.
3. Unreadable Barcode
Barcodes uniquely mark your items and your business being Amazon sellers, so you receive credit for the transaction. Please ensure that the barcode is readable.
Sometimes, there are barcodes of the master carton or the product packaging but they are torn, destroyed, and unreadable. Because of this, the scanners at the Amazon warehouse cannot scan the barcodes, and hence your goods will be rejected.
4. Wrong Packaging resulting in broken goods
Kindly follow the guides in packaging requirements for particular products send to Amazon FBA. If the goods are not properly packages, this will result in broken products during shipment. It will cost you a lot of money.
Amazon will store the box in their warehouse, but when the goods are shipped to the customer, he will return them. So you lose the money of the product, waste time, lost the storage money paid to Amazon, so all of this will result in a huge loss.
5. Wrong size of the box used
There are specific requirements for boxing your items. Do not forget to check the appropriate box size for your inventory. Amazon has specific guidelines for the size of the box so that they are stored at the appropriate places.
You may provide one size when to amazon when getting the labels from Amazon before shipping.
But when Amazon receives the goods, they are bigger than what was provided to amazon. So, of course, this will result in rejection or an additional cost of storage will be required.
Chapter 8. FAQs about sending products to Amazon FBA
1. Where to send products to Amazon FBA?
We have a blog about Amazon warehouse locations that will provide lots of information about where you can send your products. Just check this link first, and then you can send products to Amazon fulfillment centers. Just be reminded to ensure that your inventory meets the Amazon requirements.
2. How to send products from Alibaba to Amazon FBA?
The two most common ways of sending products from Alibaba to Amazon FBA are either sending products directly from the manufacturer to Amazon Warehouse. The other way is to have a third-party or prep warehouse to check and inspect before forwarding to Amazon FBA fulfillment centers.
3. How long does it take Amazon to process FBA shipment?
It usually takes 2-6 business days for Amazon to process an FBA shipment after it has been delivered to the Amazon FBA fulfillment center. However, holidays may cause a delay in processing. You can check the status in Amazon Seller Central under Shipping Queue.
4. What can I do if goods are lost in the warehouse?
You need to check on your shipments in Amazon Seller Central if the fulfillment center received your inventory. If there are lost items and your shipment is eligible for reconciliation, you will see a list of products.
These are the items that they received fewer than you sent. But also keep in mind to wait for at least 10 days from the shipment date to arrive at the warehouse before raising a claim.
If missing, choose “Missing” then submit your request. Your case will be opened and Amazon will investigate. It may take a week or so before you can get a refund.
We hope this article guides you on how to send your products to Amazon. It may be challenging and overwhelming, but learning the process would save you time, effort, and money as you build and grow your business.
If you still feel confused about what you need to do, connecting with a sourcing company is also a good choice. EJET Sourcing can help you by providing all-in-one sourcing services you need for inspecting, labeling, re-packing, bundling, and shipping to Amazon FBA Warehouse USA.