Preparing Products to Send to Amazon FBA
Preparing Products to Send to Amazon FBA
As a Seller, knowing the FBA process is important if you are planning to send products to the fulfillment centers. It will give you knowledge on what to do and not do during the packing and preparing of products so that we might avoid unwanted delays. Here are some important notes that we should keep in mind in Preparing Products to Send to Amazon FBA.
Packaging and Preparation Requirements
- Every product needs a unique FNSKU. FNSKU stands for Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit. It identifies what this product is in Amazon’s catalog and that the product belongs to you and not another seller.
- Make sure that the FNSKU label is securely attached to the package and not obstructed in any way. Wrinkles, smudges, or damage in the label can prevent it from being scanned properly. If in doubt, test scan it yourself with your barcode scanner.
- Check the outside shipping boxes for non-essential attachments like existing barcodes. For instance, you can just cover it with opaque tape or use a marker so that the barcode will be illegible. We’ve heard many sellers say that you no longer need to remove or cover up manufacture barcodes, but if you are cautious, remove or cover them up.
Note: This avoids Amazon scanning the incorrect barcodes during the receiving process.
- Items that need to be assembled in several pieces are not accepted by Amazon. Loose products should have secure packaging, they must be bagged or protected with a non-adhesive band or detachable tape. We recommend you use a polybag or box for any bundles.
- Footwear items, no matter what material is used, must be packed and not exposed, either in shoe boxes or in poly bags with a suffocation warning. This goes for any product where it is directly exposed such as toys, clothing. Rule of thumb is the packaging can get dirty but not the product itself. Make sure the product is protected using bags or boxes.
Sold as SetSeparate Units within the sets are not permitted while units that are clearly labeled as a set and sealed so they cannot be separated.
- Items sold as one unit, must be shrink-wrapped or placed in a transparent poly bag with a suffocation warning and tagged as sets on their packaging. Use a separate label that says “Sold as a set,” “Ready to ship,” or “This is a set. Do not separate.” We recommend you put this additional label next to the FNSKU so that it won’t be missed when Amazon receives it.
- Items that are boxed must be six-sided.
- An item’s opening must be closed by tape, glue, or staples so that it will not be easily opened.
- Items shouldn’t crumble or break down once pressure is applied on any side of the box. In any case that the box has perforated sides, the item should pass a 3-foot drop test on each side. If the product didn’t withstand the test, it must be placed in a poly bag with a suffocation warning or a heavy duty box.
Poly bags used to protect units must meet the following requirements:
- A bag that has an opening of a 5-inch or more is required to have a suffocation warning, it can be printed on the bag or attached as a label with readable font size and is located in a prominent position. For instance, “Keep away from babies and children. This bag is not a Toy.” If you fail to consider putting a suffocation warning, there is a huge chance that items will be subject to be re-bagged.
The print size warning table
- The thickness of the bag must be at least 1.5 mils (thousandth of an inch), see-through, and completely sealed. It is also required not to overhang more than 3 inches past the dimensions of the product.
- Packaging used with adult products must be black, opaque poly bag or non see through shrink wrap.
Bubble wrap is used for delicate items that could be easily damaged during shipment. Also, items that are heavy or dense might damage other items throughout the entirety of transit.
Products with bubble wrap must meet the following criteria:
- Securely wrap and tape the product tightly to prevent it from banging on itself to cause damage. Like the other products, it should be labeled with a scannable barcode on the outside
- The item should pass a 3-foot drop test on a hard surface without breaking the contents: flat on top, on the longest side, on the shortest side, and on a corner.
Some items are required to have added protection for security concerns about shipping and handling, even if the product is already boxed. For products over 10 lb, use double-wall corrugated boxes for over-boxing.Over-boxing is required for the following types of products:
- Sharp items that could leave a hole in packaging materials
- Delicate items that failed to pass the 3-foot drop test after bubble wrap was applied or that could be damaged during shipping and handling
- Dangerous fluids in glass bottles over 4.2 oz
- Vinyl records
- Mini-hangers for baby garments are permissible while normal-size hangers must be removed. Accessories, bras, hats, shorts, socks, hosiery, sweaters, swimwear, and underwear are items that cannot be shipped on any kind of hanger.
TapeItems that are required for additional taping beyond what might normally be used to seal a box or poly bag or secure bubble wrap around an item:
- Container is not properly taped shut and might leak or fall out if the lid is not taped in place
- Items that are not fully closed within the container
Mattress packaging guidelines
Mattresses must be:
- Securely packaged in corrugated boxes
- New ASINs should be classified as mattresses
Correct categorization for Mattress ASIN: Home & Kitchen > Furniture > Bedroom Furniture > Mattresses & Box Springs > Mattresses.
For Individual items, each box may contain one or more products of varying quantities and conditions.
For Case-packed products, All products in a box must have the same SKU and condition.
- All products in the box must be packaged together by the manufacturer with a matching SKU.
- All products in each box containing the same products must have an equal quantity with the limit of 150 units per case.
- It is unnecessary to scan every unit when receiving this type of shipment because they are all the same. The fulfillment center scans one unit from the box and the box is placed in the inventory.
Expiration dates must be presented in the format MM-DD-YYYY or MM-YYYY. If the format is different, a sticker with the correct format must be applied, covering the original expiration date.
- Products with limited shelf life must include an expiration date, specifically on the outer box in 36-point larger font and on the individual units.
- If the product is prepped in a poly-bag, box or bubble wrap, the label with the expiration date must be on the outside packaging to ensure that the expiration date is accessible for Amazon associates during the check-in process.
Marketing materialsMarketing materials like pre-priced labels, pamphlets, price tags, or other non-Amazon labels will not be accepted by Amazon.
SafetyTo avoid injury resulting from sharp items being unintentionally left in boxes, use safety knives with covered blades when packing products.
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