How to Send Products to Amazon FBA
If you use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), Amazon stores and delivers your orders from their fulfillment centers to your customers. But how do you get your products to the Amazon warehouse? What steps do you need to take to ship products to Amazon FBA? Amazon has a particular workflow that helps you send inventory to their fulfillment centers; you just need to follow it.
This post tells you how to send products to Amazon FBA, what is Amazon shipping plan and how to create it step by step.
How to Send Inventory to Amazon FBA?
Before you can send products to Amazon, you must prepare and package your products according to Amazon's requirements. If that’s not done, Amazon may return the shipment or repackage your product and charge you for that. Though FBA is a great solution that relieves sellers from a big part of the fulfillment hassle, the services come with a cost. Therefore, in many cases, being compliant with Amazon’s guidelines helps avoid extra expenses.
After you’ve prepared and labeled your products, you must select a shipping carrier and send your products to the Amazon fulfillment center. There Amazon scans it, and within three business days, it will be ready for sale.
To send your inventory to the Amazon warehouse, you must create a shipping plan and deliver it to the fulfillment center that Amazon specifies. The shipping plan is created in your Amazon Seller Central.
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What is the Shipping Plan?
With a shipping plan, you specify the products you want to send to Amazon fulfillment centers, their quantity, and how you deliver them to Amazon. A shipping plan is created following the Send to Amazon workflow or by uploading the list of products using an Excel spreadsheet for multiple products.
Send to Amazon is a simplified shipment creation workflow that saves you time replenishing inventory. It allows you to create your shipments by adding products from the Send to Amazon page.
Benefits of Send to Amazon
- it saves time and helps avoid mistakes ― the workflow is simplified and includes few steps; the template shows the information you must specify and its format;
- you can use generated case pack templates ― if you use the boxes with the same dimensions for several products, the template helps avoid re-entering box weight, sizes, and other prep details;
- you can pack single-SKU and mixed-SKU boxes, and change quantities before the shipments are created;
- you can choose from shipping your items as individual boxes (small parcel delivery) or pallets (less than truckload delivery);
- you can estimate carrier fees to select between shipping products as separate boxes or pallets.
What to include in the shipping plan?
- products you want to send ― select the exact items you want to fulfill;
- quantity of each product ― specify how many units of each product you will send;
- shipping method and carrier details ― add the courier services you’ll use to deliver products to Amazon, e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL;
- who will prepare and label your inventory ― you can prep it yourself, outsource it to the Amazon prep center (the service is paid), or the third-party prep center.
How to Create a Shipping Plan With Send to Amazon
Step 1. Select the products to send and pack individual units
To create a shipping plan, select Send to Amazon workflow. In your Seller Central, go to Manage Inventory and find your listing. In Send/Replenish inventory, select Continue to Send to Amazon.
Make sure the inventory you want to send is FBA. Choose the inventory you want to replenish. You can either select all products or select specific items and quantities. Specify the number of units, click Ready to Send, then Confirm and continue.
Choose your Amazon FBA Ship address and the Marketplace destination.
Pack your units. All inventory must be packaged according to Amazon standards. Check if your products require special packaging (e.g., fragile items, adult products, etc.), and pack them accordingly, if applicable.
Step 2. Confirm shipping
Confirm your shipping information and accept the charges.
Step 3. Print box labels
Each box must have a unique FBA box ID label printed from your shipment workflow. If your product requires FNSKU labels, print them and apply them to the package. Check that the barcodes are visible on your box, are uncovered, and don’t fold over the edges. Make sure the labels are in line with Amazon’s requirements.
Related: What Is Amazon FNSKU?
Step 4. Send your package to Amazon
When you’re finished, send your package to the carrier you’ve selected to be delivered to Amazon.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon FBA)?
Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) is a program that allows sellers to store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, where Amazon handles order fulfillment, shipping, and customer service on behalf of the seller.
How do I send my products to Amazon FBA?
To send your products to Amazon FBA, you need to create a shipping plan in your seller central account, prepare your products for shipment according to Amazon's guidelines, print and apply the shipping labels, and send your products to the designated Amazon fulfillment center.
What are the benefits of using Amazon FBA?
Using Amazon FBA provides several benefits to sellers, including access to Amazon's vast customer base, faster and more reliable shipping, better customer service, and access to various tools and services provided by Amazon.
How does Amazon FBA work?
Amazon FBA pricing depends on several factors, including the size and weight of the product, the fulfillment center location, and the time of year. There are also additional fees for optional services such as removals, labeling, and storage.
How can I track my inventory and sales on Amazon FBA?
You can track your inventory and sales on Amazon FBA through your seller central account, which provides real-time data on your inventory levels, sales, and other performance metrics. You can also use third-party tools and software to get more detailed insights and analysis.
When sending your products to Amazon FBA, you should follow their standards of sending inventory to fulfillment centers. That helps avoid customer delivery delays and extra costs.
Also, don’t forget that FBA fulfillment costs money, and you must thoroughly calculate your expenses for your products to be profitable. Seller Assistant App helps you see your profit, margin, and ROI immediately. It can also tell you if a product has any sales restrictions or has led to problems with account health in the past. It combines an FBM&FBA profit calculator, Quick View, Stock Checker, and Restrictions Checker in one tool.