Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) prep is the process of getting your inventory properly ready in order to send to Amazon fulfillment centers where they will pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for the product(s) you send them.
Simply put, FBA works like this — you sell your product, Amazon ships your product.
What is FBA prep?
When businesses send their product/inventory to fulfillment centers, it’s not just a simple task of putting your product(s) on a pallet and letting someone from Amazon come by and pick it up. There are a number of rules and standards that need to be met in order for Amazon to allow you to work with them.
FBA prep is the process of getting your product(s) ready to send to an Amazon fulfillment center (meeting all of the rules and guidelines). Errors on your FBA prep will likely result in Amazon sending back your items after its rejected, and you’ll have to pay to have it shipped back to you. Additionally, if you don’t have your products properly packaged, it can result in your customers getting broken or damaged goods, which will further hurt your standings with Amazon.
If you would like to learn more about the requirements that Amazon has for FBA prep, click on this link.
Here is just a sample of some of the requirements that Amazon has in order to be in compliance with their fulfillment by Amazon program:
- All products in a box will have to match SKU and condition and will have been previously packaged together by the manufacturer.
- All boxes with the same product will contain equal quantities of that product in each box. For example, a case-pack of 24 units must always contain 24 units.
- The case pack limit is 150 units per case.
- While receiving this type of shipment, the fulfillment center scans one unit from the box and the box is placed in inventory. There is no need to scan every unit because they are all the same.
- In some cases, a manufacturer or distributor may package more than one case-pack into a larger box called a master carton. Master cartons do not qualify as a case-pack and must be split at the appropriate case-pack level.
- Poly bags with a 5″ opening or larger (measured when flat) are required to have a suffocation warning, either printed on the bag itself or attached as a label.
- For example:
Warning: To avoid the danger of suffocation, keep this plastic bag away from babies and children. Do not use this bag in cribs, beds, carriages or playpens. This bag is not a toy.
- The warning should be printed or placed in a prominent location and in a legible font size for the size of the bag.
- Print size of this warning should conform to the following table:
|Total Length plus Width of Bag||Minimum Print Size|
|· 60 inches or more||· 24 point|
|· 40 to 59 inches||· 18 point|
|· 30 to 39 inches||· 14 point|
|· less than 29 inches||· 10 point|
- The thickness of the bag must be at least 1.5 mil (thousandth of an inch).
- The poly bag must be transparent.
- The poly bag must have a barcode (UPC, EAN, etc.) or X00-label that is scannable through the bag or have an X00- or ASIN-label on the outside of the bag.
As you can see, there are a number of requirements that Amazon makes you fulfill in order to work with them.
Do third parties offer Amazon prep services?
Yes, they do. If you find the list of requirements daunting, you’re not alone. Getting your inventory ready for FBA can be time-consuming and frustrating. There are third party businesses that offer Amazon prep services, and we’re one of them!
At Build Rehabilitation Industries, we offer Amazon prep services! You’ll never have to worry about getting your products perfectly in order again to send to Amazon. We’ll take care of the hard work!