The Complete Guide to Shipping to Amazon FBA Warehouses
Amazon Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) Program is simplified and practical approach makes it the top choice for many sellers. Amazon services extend beyond the routine selection, packaging, and shipping of orders, it also helps to handle returns and customer service. Your items can also qualify for the popular Amazon Prime that offers many benefits as a result of its significant popularity. But how do we get our products in their warehouses?
How will you begin to ship to Amazon FBA?
Amazon’s fulfillment network has over seventy-five fulfillment centers in North America, where most have been equipped for FBA. Today we will discuss shipping to the FBA warehouses.
Amazon FBA operates using very stringent policies as a result of the significant number of received inventory. It is required that all items must be appropriately packed, branded and shipped to ensure that the item is safe throughout shipping. Ensure that the rules established by Amazon are followed to avoid facing additional charges or penalties. Always review the Seller Central and Seller University information on up-to-date Amazon Shipping Policies.
Creating Your First Shipping Plan
Once you have gotten inventory you can sell on the Amazon platform you will then create a shipping plan. You will need to know the following:
- The item(s) being sent to Amazon
- The quantities of the item(s)
- The expiration date(s) of the item(s) (if applicable)
- The carrier and shipping method- UPS, FedEx or USPS
A listing for the item must be created before creating your shipping plan. Once you have sourced the item you will add the items to your inventory. If you are yet to create a listing, log in to your seller dashboard and click on: Inventory->Manage Inventory and you will have the opportunity to include items to your inventory by clicking on “Add a Product” located in the top right part of the page.
You will be able to create a shipping plan after completing this. Navigate to the “manage Inventory” page and choose the item that you want to ship to Amazon. Choose the “Send/Replenish Inventory” from the “Actions Selected” in the dropdown. You will be able to develop a new shipping plan or edit one from there.
The next thing here is to validate the address you will be shipping from. This will either be from your supplier, your business address or residence. You will be required to input the address of your manufacturer if your product is shipping from that address.
In the event that there is no packing template for the items selected you will need to create a packing template. The packing template includes the dimensions of the product(s) to be sent.
Next is to confirm the package type. Individual products are single products having different conditions and qualities. Although case packed items are similar items having the same condition. Arbitrage sellers usually create independent shipping plans, most private label sellers will develop case-packed shipping plans. In most of these situations, an arbitrage seller might have several products in a box that will be shipped to Amazon while a private label seller might have many similar items that will ship into Amazon.
Now select “Continue to shipping plan”. You can now move forward to the steps required to fulfill a shipping plan.
Important things to consider
Shipping plans can be developed in bulk.
Amazon decises where the inventory will be placed across the country. There may be multiple shipments going to different fulfillment centers because Amazon’s algorythm is showing that is where the items need to be located for the customers. If you would like to reduce the number of fulfillment centers your inventory will be shipped to you may turn on Inventory Placement for a small fee. You can do this by navigating to “Settings -> Fulfillment by Amazon -> Inbound Settings -> Inventory Payment Option -> Edit.
Once you have all of your items prepped and in the boxes delegated to the various fulfillment centers you can print the shipping. Be sure to weigh and measure each box. After you have printed shipping labels your boxes are ready to go to the shipment carrier. Congratulations on shipping your first boxes to Amazon!