Fulfilment by Amazon is Amazon’s service which allows you to store your products in their fulfilment centers. They will also pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products so that you don’t have to, leaving you to focus on sourcing your inventories and also allowing you to take a large cut of the sale for yourself.
As a 3rd party Amazon seller you’re responsible for your own fulfillments including packaging, shipping and customer service. When customer expectations are not met you’ll be faced with the irksome task of returns and refunds, but handing the responsibility of order fulfilment over to Amazon FBA could be the answer to your problems, allowing you to focus firmly on the selling side of business.
Adding FBA to your Amazon seller account is both quick and easy:
If you’re selling on Amazon, register your Amazon account for FBA by going to Amazon’s dedicated FBA page and clicking “Get Started”.
Secondly, select the option “Add FBA to your account” if you already have a Selling on Amazon account. If you don’t currently have an Amazon seller account, select the option to “Register for FBA today”
Amazon’s receiving systems and catalogs are barcode-driven.
Each item you send to Amazon for fulfillment needs to have an Amazon product label so that Amazon can associate the unit with your account. These labels can be printed from Seller Central as you create a shipment to Amazon.
You have three options for labeling your products:
There are 2 main areas you need to focus on when sending your items to Amazon’s fulfilment centres:
Labelling your products correctly
Each item sent to Amazon has to be labelled with a scannable barcode so the fulfilment centre can help you pick and pack products when fulfilling your order.
When labelling, make sure that:
Packaging your units for shipping, and labeling each package properly
You need to package your items securely to avoid any damage during transit. All boxes and packets should be packed tightly with padding material to minimize excess space. Amazon does not allow you to bundle packages with tape, bags or straps, and stuffing material cannot be packing peanuts, crinkle wrap or paper confetti.
Amazon’s guidelines for certain products, so if you are selling any of the following, look up their specifics in Amazon’s shipping guide.
You are not permitted to include any marketing materials (such as pricing tags and pamphlets) with your goods. Amazon also has tips for packing certain items you’d want to protect from damages caused by handling in the warehouse and durings shipping, including liquids, fragile items, jewellery and sharp objects.
Organizing and correctly labelling your packages will ensure that Amazon will be able to receive and sort your products efficiently so that you can start selling goods as soon as possible.
Some of the most common errors that Amazon encounters when people ship their inventory to their warehouses involve:
Amazon recommends that you have the following in order for shipping:
Amazon also recommends that your products should be “ecommerce ready” so they can be safely and securely transported throughout the fulfilment cycle and so that there’s no delays or charges involved once the items reach the warehouse.
The guidelines are there to make sure that Amazon can organise your inventory for you so that you can sell your products – all you need to do is make sure to follow the instructions, and you can’t really go wrong.
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