Sending your inventory to an Amazon fulfillment center makes selling your products even easier and more efficient. There are a number of steps you need to take to send your inventory to one of these locations. The process can be pretty straightforward if you’re familiar with the website’s terminology. With that said, some of the options you’ll see are a bit confusing. That’s why we created this step-by-step guide for how to send inventory to Amazon FBA.
Check off the following boxes before beginning this process:
- Create an Amazon seller central account.
- Make sure you have an inventory.
- Opt into the agreement to have your product sold by Amazon FBA
Step 1 – Choose what to send
To begin, log into your Amazon seller central account and click on the tab “inventory” near the top of your screen. This will open a drop-down menu. Click on the “manage inventory” option in that drop-down menu.
The “manage inventory” page gives you an overview of the products in your account, including an individual product’s price and the number of units. This is where you will choose the products you want to send to Amazon FBA. Choosing what to send is as easy as checking the boxes next to each product on the far left side. Once you’ve checked the boxes, go to the drop-down menu above your inventory and click on “send/replenish inventory.”
Step 2 – Customize your shipping plan
After clicking “send/replenish inventory,” you’ll be sent to a page outlining your shipping plan. You now have the opportunity to choose where your inventory will be sent from and the type of packaging you want.
Enter the address where your inventory is located. This may be your house or the location of your manufacturer. To change an existing shipping location, click the “ship from another address” button below.
You have two options for your packaging type: individual products and case-packed products. Choose “individual products” if your shipment has individual items with different SKUs in different conditions. SKU codes are alphanumeric codes that identify and track products for inventory purposes. You can find your SKU code in your inventory on the previous page.
Select “case-packed products” if your shipment has identical items with matching SKUs in the same condition. These should be previously packaged by the manufacturer, and it’s required that each case contain the same number of items.
Choose your option accordingly, and click “continue to shipping plan” for the next step.
Step 3 – Choose the number of units
After clicking “continue to shipping plan,” you should land on a page giving you a detailed overview of your inventory. This includes the address you’re shipping from, your destination and the package type.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you can find a list of the products being sent to Amazon FBA. On the right side of your screen, you should see two boxes for “units per case” and “number of cases.” Choose your amounts accordingly.
It’s important to note that Amazon FBA has many packaging and prep requirements. Keep in mind that Amazon doesn’t allow more than 150 units per case. They also ask that you perform a drop test on your products to determine if you need to use poly-bag for wrapping. To pass the test, the product must stay intact after being dropped from 3 feet on each side as well as the corner of the box.
Determine your number of units and cases before clicking “continue to shipping plan.”
On the next page, Amazon will offer you some additional prep and packaging materials. Use this if you’d like. Click continue.
Step 4 – Labeling
You are now asked if you want to label your packages with a scannable barcode yourself or have Amazon do it for you. In the drop-down menu under “who labels,” choose “merchant” if you are labeling these yourself. Depending on your workforce, you can save some time by having Amazon do this for you. Keep in mind that this is the more expensive option, though, as Amazon will charge you 20 cents for each label.
If you choose to label your products yourself, click on the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page where you can select a size for your label. Click “print labels for this page” after deciding on a size.
Clicking on “Amazon” under “who labels” will lead you to a term of service agreement. Agree to the terms and hit “save.” Click “continue” to go to the next step.
Step 5 – Review shipment details
Shipment details including destination, quantity, labeling and preparation fees should be provided on this page. Verify that everything is correct before moving on.
On the bottom right-hand side of the page, you should see an address for where you are shipping your products. There may be more than one address depending on how much inventory you’re selling. Verify this is correct before clicking “approve shipment.”
On the next page, go to the bottom right corner of the page and click “view shipment contents” located underneath the “work on shipment” button. Review this information for accuracy. If it all looks good, click “work on shipment.”
Step 6 – Complete your shipment
Scroll down to the heading “Shipping service” to choose your delivery method. You have two options: “small parcel delivery” and “less than truckload.”
Choose “small parcel delivery” if you’re shipping individual boxes. Select “less than truckload” if you’re shipping pallets or your shipment is at least 150 lbs.
Scroll down to the “shipping service” heading to choose your shipping carrier. Your options are “Amazon-partnered carrier (UPS)” or a different carrier located within a drop-down menu. We suggest shipping with UPS as it’s the cheapest option. If you’re not sure which option is right for you, click on the button “which method should I choose” located directly below.
Next, scroll down to “shipment packing” and write in the total number of boxes. You’ll also need to write the total weight of each box along with their dimensions.
Now that you’ve entered your shipment method, the number of boxes and their weight/dimensions, you can click on the “calculate” button under “shipping charges” to get a quote on your order. Agree to the terms and conditions and click “accept charges” if the price looks correct.
Scroll down and click on “print box labels.” These are the labels that you must stick to your boxes if you want to ship to Amazon FBA. Please note that these are different than barcodes you saw in the previous steps.
Lastly, click on “Complete Shipment.” Congratulations, you’ve successfully sent your inventory to Amazon FBA! Make sure to stay on the lookout for an email from Amazon confirming your shipment.
You’ve just learned how to send inventory to Amazon FBA!
Now you know how to send inventory to Amazon FBA as well as how to properly package and label your inventory. This is only the beginning of your journey as a seller with Amazon, and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Be sure to check out our Amazon FBA training course for even more helpful insights.