Packing and filling your products to send to Amazon FBA can be an overwhelming process. The specifics of labeling and packaging can be hard to keep track of. So how do you prepare and send your packaged items to Amazon’s FBA without stress or complications?

Below you’ll find the six steps to ensure compliance when sending your packaged items to Amazon FBA.


1. Create a shipping plan.

The first thing you’ll want to do—even before packaging your items—is create a shipping plan. In your Seller Account, you’ll build a list of products that you’ll be sending to the Amazon fulfillment centers. Ultimately, this list will help direct you for the rest of your packaging process.

In the “shipment creation tools” in your Seller Account, you’ll choose the products you want to send, the quantity of each product, and the shipping method. You’ll also choose who preps the item: Merchant (you) or Amazon. If you choose Amazon’s FBA Prep Service, Amazon will package and label the goods for you for a per-item fee.

Here you’ll also choose if you want a distributed inventory placement. This means that your inventory will be distributed across different regions and warehouses. This allows the products to be closer to the customers who buy from you, allowing for faster shipment and delivery. This is often required for Prime-eligible products.

2. Print the label.

Once you’ve built a shipping plan, you will see a list of products on your list that require labels. To find this, click on “labeling required” on the Label Products page. From here, you’ll be able to print the labels—and the quantity of labels—that you’ll need for packaging. These labels will be attached directly to your products once the units are prepped (see step 4).

You’ll need to affix a label to each item, covering the existing barcodes. The barcodes should be printed in a way that clearly shows:

  • ASIN and SKU
  • Product name
  • Item condition
  • Sufficient white space around text (.25” on sides and .125” on top and bottom)

You can also opt to have Amazon do the labeling with their FBA Label Service for a per-item fee. You can choose this under the “who labels” drop down menu. Often, sellers who choose FBA Prep will also choose FBA Label and vice versa. This saves time and energy, which can be critical to overall strategy and growth for small business owners.


3. Approve shipment.

After you’ve printed the labels, you’ll then want to confirm and approve the shipment. After approving the shipment, you won’t be able to delete or update shipments or quantities, so be sure that all of the information is detailed and correct. You’ll click on “work on shipment” to complete the shipping plan. You can then begin preparing the goods themselves.


4. Prep your goods.

Before packaging your goods for shipment, you need to ready them for FBA in general. Start by knowing your prep category: fragile, liquids, textiles, plush/baby, sharp, small, and adult. You’ll then have to package and wrap the individual item accordingly. This is the point at which you will attach the printed labels to your packaged goods. Learn more about how to package your items for FBA here.


5. Package the items in boxes.

Put your items in the boxes you plan on shipping. You’ll want to protect the items from damage as much as possible, especially if they are fragile or liquid. Use foam, air pillows, or cardboard when necessary. Amazon does not allow bubble wrap, shredded paper, or Styrofoam peanuts.

Be sure to include a packing slip inside the box with the item. You can print this packing slip on the Manage Order page in your Seller Account.


6. Attach labels to the boxes.


Small Parcel Delivery (SPD)

If you’re sending a small parcel, you’ll want to click on the option “small parcel delivery” to print your box labels. This will generate a PDF of two unique labels:

  1. Address label for carrier
  2. FBA shipping label at fulfillment center (to verify content and arrival)

These labels are unique to the product and shipment, so don’t reuse or modify them for other boxes. Print the number of labels you will need in accordance with the number of boxes you’re sending.

You’ll attach both labels on the outside of the box. If possible, place the label no closer than 1 inch from the edge of the box, in case of damage. Make sure nothing is covering the label, including packing tape. There should be no other visible labels on the box.


Less-Than-Truckload Shipping (LTL)

If you’ll be sending a larger volume via LTL, select “LTL” instead of “SPD” and then select your preferred carrier. You can then print the box labels based on the number of boxes you’ll need. You’ll need to define the height and weight of your boxes and whether or not they are stackable. You can send a shipment of multiple types of boxes and pallets by clicking “add another row” under the LTL page.

You’ll then enter the freight-ready date when the LTL will pick it up. You can confirm your contact info, choose the freight class, and calculate the shipping charge. Once you accept the charges, you’ll be able to print the box labels.

This will generate four copies of each label. Like SPD, you’ll attach these labels to the outside of the box. The labels should be visible when the pallet is unpacked at the fulfillment center. Put the label on the top-center of all four sides of the stretch-wrapped pallet for shipment.


The Bottom Line

Follow Amazon’s specific instructions when you create a shipment plan. If you fill out each menu and area comprehensively, you’ll find it’s easy to prep your items to be packaged, labeled, and sent to FBA warehouses.

Want to avoid this process altogether? Check out our article: How To Send Shipments From China To Amazon FBA!