Amazon FBA or Fulfillment by Amazon is a service used by thousands of merchants all over the world.
With Amazon FBA, selling on Amazon becomes easier as Amazon takes care of everything from packing, shipping, and customer service.
As an Amazon seller, all you need to do is send your products to Amazon fulfillment centers and have Amazon take care of the rest.
But how does this work? Well, sending your FBA inventory isn't as simple as wrapping it in a box. You have to follow some Amazon packaging requirements to have your inventory accepted at the fulfillment centers.
If you don't adhere to the guidelines and requirements, you may incur some Amazon fees and have your inventory sent back.
In this article, we will look at some Amazon FBA packaging requirements and guidelines to ensure a seamless process at Amazon fulfillment centers.
Proper packaging isn't only good news at Amazon fulfillment centers but is also good news for your customers. Packaging your inventory properly ensures that they are delivered swiftly and in good condition to your customers.
Also, keep in mind that all prerequisites for shipping must be met before shipping your items.
You can go through additional resources on your Amazon Seller account to guide you on preparing and packaging your inventory.
Now let's look at the Amazon packaging requirements and guidelines you must follow:
There are different packaging requirements under certain categories. Here are all the packaging requirements you need to take note of under the following categories:
“Sold as Set” products contain a mixture of similar units wrapped together. For example, it could be a set of kid toys.
As you prepare these types of products for FBA shipment, it is important to take note of these requirements:
Case-packed products are in boxes that contain similar items with the same SKU. For example, it could be a box filled with 15 brown teddy bears. At fulfillment centers, officials only need to scan one of them since all items are identical. Each box must contain items with the same quantity and SKU. It should also not contain more than 150 units.
Products should be packaged in a cube or rectangular boxes with six sides. The box should also be able to withstand a minimal amount of pressure on any of the sides. Boxes with open lids should be fastened with tape or glue. Amazon recommends that you perform a drop test to check for any perforations.
When packaging clothing, you can follow the general guidelines and package them in boxes or polybags. However, Amazon prohibits the packaging of clothes that include hangers. However, jackets, blazers, suits, baby hangers, and outfits that cost more than $299 are the exception.
Loose products typically have detachable parts. It is best to package these items in a bag or lose sleeves. Also, you can use removable tape to tie these items around each other if they are not in a bag.
If you are shipping products with expiration dates, they must come in MM-DD-YYYY or the MM-YYYY format on the packaging. The expiration date on the outer box should come in 36-font size. The expiration date label should also be attached to each item in the box. Any additional wraps like bubble wraps should also contain the expiration date.
Here are the main packaging materials you can use for your goods:
Boxes are the most common type of packaging. They are sturdy and more convenient for storing and handling goods. However, you can't use just any box. Here are four approved boxes you can use:
The longest side of regular shipping boxes with everyday items should not exceed 25 inches. The median side should be less than 14 inches and the shortest side shouldn't exceed 8 inches. The standard weight for boxes and cartons is 50 lbs.
Some items like shoes and bags may not fit into structured boxes. You can package these items in polybags. Here are Amazon's specifications for polybags:
Bubble wrap bags are not major packaging materials. They are usually packed in boxes or polybags. Only specific items are qualified for bubble wrapping. These include delicate items or extremely heavy items that could get damaged during filling or transportation.
When using a bubble wrapping bag for packaging, you first have to enclose the product in bubble wrap and secure it with tape. On the bubble wrap, you need to provide a machine-readable barcode. Lastly, you need to perform a 3-foot drop test on the wrapped product.
Packaging materials must follow Amazon requirements and guidelines. You can get Amazon-approved packaging supplies including polybags, boxes, and bubble wraps directly from Amazon. If you are shipping to FBA, you can also get free supplies from UPS, FedEx, and USPS. However, you will need to cover the charges as stated by these suppliers.
Before sending your inventory to Amazon fulfillment centers, keep in mind that you need to follow some labeling requirements. Your labeling should match the following guidelines before shipment:
It is important to follow Amazon's packaging requirements and guidelines to ensure your products arrive at fulfillment centers in good condition. It will also help you avoid poor seller ratings and extra costs for noncompliance.