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Amazon FBA: Where to Ship and how to do it right

Amazon is dominating the world of e-commerce. And it also creates some possibilities for entrepreneurs along the way. Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) is one of them. Let's take a closer look at FBA, how to ship to Amazon, and some other related things. FBA has a lot of features, but everything below is about selling through Amazon FBA, where to ship your products, and a bit more.

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Amazon is dominating the world of e-commerce. And it also creates some possibilities for entrepreneurs along the way. Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) is one of them. Let’s take a closer look at FBA, how to ship to Amazon, and some other related things.

FBA has a lot of features, but everything below is about selling through Amazon FBA, where to ship your products, and a bit more.

There are a lot of processes that usually happen between the pressing of a “Buy” button and the actual receiving of an order. Four of those processes are usually referred to as fulfillment:

  1. Stock storing.
  2. Items packing.
  3. Shipping of completed orders.
  4. Dealing with returns and exchanges.

Through the FBA Amazon offers you the opportunity to delegate those cares to its hardworking personnel in thousands of warehouses (or Fulfillment Centers, as they call them) around the Globe. For a fair price, of course. All you need is just to ship to Amazon FBA everything you are about to sell.

Understanding FBA

By choosing to ship to Amazon FBA you reduce your duties and speed up the whole process. Amazon FBA offers a lot of services, but there are some things that you will still have to do yourself. Searching for suppliers, keeping an eye on the inventory, as well as preparing and arranging shipping of the goods to aт FBA Fulfillment Center is what is up to you.

How much does it cost to ship to amazon FBA?

There’s no straightforward answer. What you’ll have to pay to ship to Amazon FBA and sell there is a topic for a separate piece here on the “MySpace Solutions” blog.

The program offers a flexible fee system, that will allow you to pay for only what you going to need. Amazon Seller Central help will provide more detailed data on components of the actual cost to ship to Amazon FBA and other fees. The revenue Estimation Tool will come in handy too.

Amazon FBA pros and cons

Now, having an idea of what Amazon FBA is, let’s take a look at its advantages and disadvantages before discussing how to ship to Amazon FBA.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Decreased storage expenses with proper inventory handling.Fast and easy scaling of the business.Fast and free (to customers) Prime shipping.Chance of getting the Buy Box.Handling returns and refunds.Differentiated fee system, that’s cumbersome to keep track of.Strict packaging requirements for restocking the inventory.Limited branding options since they use Amazon-branded boxes for shipping.

So, the FBA program is the best way to sell fast and a lot. Tight inventory management and careful product selection will take you a long way. Just don’t forget to ship to Amazon FBA on time to keep your inventory in good shape.

What to check before trying to ship to Amazon FBA

Before trying to ship to Amazon FBA, make sure that you are all set for it and have:

  1. Verified Seller Central Account.
  2. Supplier of your choice and established connection with them.
  3. Decision on the amount of each kind of product.
  4. Added listings, since they’re the access point to the shipping procedures.

It would be a great time to establish who will handle prepping and labeling of your stock. Suppliers or mid-freighter (a comapny that will ship to Amazon FBA instead of you) may provide such service as a bonus while Amazon will charge an additional fee.

FBA how to ship to Amazon: options overview

There are two procedures you can follow to ship to Amazon FBA: initial shipping, and the “Send To Amazon” workflow. The first one is better for sending your first batch, or adding a new listing to your shop, while the second one makes replenishing inventory through Amazon FBA much faster and easier.

The job mostly consists of filling out some online forms in your Seller Central account and labeling the boxes and/or pallets.

You also can delegate labeling to Amazon, your supplier, or mid-freighter. You will have to pay Amazon or negotiate with your suppliers and carriers.

Note: Don’t forget to forward bar codes generated in the Seller Center to whoever will do the labeling for you. Your shipment won’t be accepted without proper labeling.

Drop ship to Amazon FBA is one of the viable options too, as long as aligns with company policies. You can create a multi-channel strategy for your business to sell different kinds of products most suitable way.

FBA how to ship to Amazon: first time

Open Seller Center to begin forming your shipping to Amazon FBA. Open the Manage Inventory screen through the respective button in the top menu of the main screen.

Find the listing for the product you are going to ship to Amazon FBA and click “Edit” in the right column of the list, and go for “Send/Replenish inventory”. You will have to do it for every type of your product.

Step #1: “Ship from” address and packaging type

Then it is time to decide if this is a New shipping plan or an addition to an existing one. For the majority of new products, it will be a new shipping plan.

Provide a pickup address for your shipping to Amazon FBA. If the supplier will ship to Amazon FBA for you, provide the respective address through the “Ship from another address” link.

Determine packaging type. If it is different units (products with different SKU numbers) in one box (individual products), or the same units in different boxes (case-packed products). One box of the same units qualifies as the second type.

Press “Continue to shipping plan” to finish this step.

Step #2: Number of units and case

This page will offer to provide the amounts of units per case and amount of cases you’ll ship to Amazon FBA. It will then calculate the total amount of units. Just type in all the numbers, and carry on.

Note: Consult Amazon Packaging and Prep Requirements to make sure everything is done right, as they have strict rules when it comes to packaging.

Step #3: Preparation details

Preparation is needed for some categories of products (perforated packaging, liquids, powders, etc.). You can find their descriptions in the list, that drops down from the “No preparation needed” box. If your goods don’t need preparation, then carry on. Keep in mind the companiy’s restrictions on what you can and can not ship to Amazon FBA.

After determining the needed type of prep, you’ll need to choose, who will perform the preparation of your products. Amazon only cares if it will be them (for an additional fee), or someone else.

Step #4: Labeling

Now it’s time for labeling with FNKSU bar codes on everything you are about to ship to Amazon FBA (for storing and handling in a fulfillment center). All it takes is specifying, who will label the boxes. Amazon will charge some more cents per unit to do it for you.

If your storage is within your reach, you can do it yourself. Just specify the number of labels you need, and press “Print labels for this page”. There is an additional option for the size of labels, but usually, there’s no need to change it.

If you are delegating labeling to someone else aside from Amazon, then you’ll have to forward labels from this step to them.

Step #5: Ship-to details

By default, Amazon may split your batch between several FBA fulfillment centers. It makes keeping track of your stock harder. Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent it, but there is a small per-unit fee for that too. All it takes is changing the Inventory Placement Option in Inbound Settings of the main settings menu.

If you pick “Inventory Placement Service”, all of your inventory will be brought to one center. That’s the most convenient way to ship to Amazon FBA in terms of further handling your inventory.

Step #6: Shipping method and carrier

The last step is to determine the load size and postal carrier that will ship to Amazon FBA. There are only two options regarding packaging sizes: SPD (Small Parcel Delivery) or LTL (Less Than a Truckload). The first one is for shipping in individual boxes, and the other one is for pallets. Only shipments of 150 lbs and more are qualified for LTL.

The next stop is picking your carrier. You can choose from Amazon-partnered carriers and other postal service companies. The amazon-partnered carrier will provide discounted shipping rates.

Finalizing steps are:

  1. Providing the dimensions and weight of every box you are about to ship to Amazon FBA.
  2. Accepting estimated shipping cost.
  3. Printing shipping labels and putting them on the boxes (or sending to supplier/mid-freighter).

Make sure every Amazon FBA shipment label is in place, clearly readable, and unobstructed by any other labels or markings. Following all of the requirements is the best way to ship to Amazon FBA successfully.

Lastly, you will choose the date for delivery to pick up your shipments and you’re done with shipping your first products through Amazon FBA. After that, it is only a matter of time, before it will be sold. Also, it will be much easier to ship to Amazon FBA after this initial time.

Info: You’ll receive your FBA payouts every 2 weeks.

Differences between “Send to Amazon” and initial shipping

The new workflow offers a more comfortable and versatile way to ship to Amazon FBA. Available functions include tailoring automatic filling in of some basic info and a bit reduced amount of steps. It feels more like a spreadsheet rather than a series of screens with instructions.

Only units from the listing that already have FNKSU numbers are eligible to be processed through Send to Amazon. This and a template will allow you to ship to Amazon in bulk by selecting a template, defining the number of boxes to send, printing shipping labels, accepting charges and that is it.

It is the best way to ship to Amazon FBA once you had established your store and figured out some products to sell for a longer time.

Wrapping it up

This is, of course, far from being a complete guide on Amazon FBA, how to ship to Amazon FBA, and other similar questions but with it, you’ll be able to ship to Amazon FBA for the first time and have a steady theoretical base for further development. By this point, you should know a bit about Amazon FBA, where to ship your product, and how to do it right.

All in all, Amazon FBA is just one of the vast variety of tools you can choose and combine to increase your revenue. You can use it to sell goods on Amazon, you can combine it with other fulfilling programs, and fine-tune fees to pay only for what you need.

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