Amazon FBA – Chapter Eight

Chapter 8

Packing and Shipping your Product

Getting your product to your customers

After you’ve discussed the method of shipping, you can go into your seller central account to input this information. Amazon will generate the labels for you in seller central.

Question is, how do you ship the product to Amazon?

Step 1

Go into your product listing and click on the dropdown arrow. Click send/replenish inventory. This is the step for first-time shipping and ongoing shipping.

Step 2

You will proceed to create a new shipping plan.

Your “ship from” address will be based on how you set up shipping plans with your factory. This will be the address of the location that your products will ship from on their way to Amazon’s warehouse. If you plan to ship directly from your manufacturer, you will use its address. If you’re using a freight forwarding company, the company will provide you an address. If you’re having products shipped to you first, you will use your address accordingly.

Individual products
Select individual products if your shipment consists of single items with different SKUs and in various conditions.

Case packed products
Select case packed products if your shipment consists of cases previously packaged by the manufacturer that contain identical items with matching SKUs in the same condition. Each case must contain the same number of items.

Step 3

Proceed to enter your unit information. In this example, we’re doing individual products instead of case packed products. The Seller Central System will indicate areas that require information. There are certain rules for shipping, such as a 150-unit limit for case packed products.

Step 4

In addition, you want to be sure that your product follows the rules and regulations for hazards such as chemical, battery label or child warning labels etc.

Step 5

After you’ve put in the unit amount, you’ll indicate who will be prepping the products. We usually have our factory package everything and get it ready to go. The fees Amazon charges to label and pack can get expensive, so we recommend "merchant prep." However, if Merchant Prep is selected, make sure your products have ASIN labels covering your UPCs or fall under Amazon's labeling guidelines.

Step 6

As you proceed, you’ll move into the label products section. Most factories will have this system set up to print 30-plus labels of 1 inch by 2-5/8 inches on U.S. letter unless other instructions are discussed.

Click on “Print Labels” for this page to generate a PDF to send to your factory or company that will do the labeling for you.

Amazon will generate this page for you via PDF based on the number of units you have.

Step 7

Once you’ve completed this step, Amazon will automatically indicate which warehouse your product will be shipped to. As you proceed, it will generate a shipping label.

We highly recommend changing the default “FBA (11/14/17 5:41 PM) – 1” to something else that you can easily recognize, for example – “Plant Pot, Green With Birds” So it’s easier to see to understand which label goes on which box in case you are printing multiple labels for multiple shipments.

Step 8

The following part will allow you to indicate what Shipping Service will be used to get your product into Amazon’s warehouse. Click on the carrier that has been set by your factory or freight forwarding company. If you are shipping in the USA, we recommend UPS or FedEx.

Step 9

You will need to fill in the company’s pack list which can be generated. We recommend using the Web-Form to provide content information.

Fill out this form online and it will generate the shipping charge and provide labels for the boxes to be shipped. In most cases, the labels will be printed in two parts per box – A shipping label and an Amazon barcode label to indicate the products inside each box. You’ll need both labels to ship your products to Amazon.

You can complete your shipment to Amazon. It will take some time for the packages to check-in to Amazon, so in the meantime, go register a domain name to prepare to build a brand. Domain registration recommendations can be found in our "Hosting Tools" section of the site.