How Do I Send Inventory to Amazon? New Amazon sellers have to frontload a ton of work before they ever start seeing sales on Amazon.
If you don’t have a product idea of your own, you have to search out a product you think will work on Amazon, do market research, find a supplier, begin the process of production, and create a listing.
The final step in getting your product ready to sell on Amazon via FBA is to send your inventory to a fulfillment center.
Newer sellers struggling to find clear guidelines on this step often ask:
Before getting into the step by step process of how to I send inventory to Amazon, it is important to clarify the difference between FBA and FBM. In this article, when we say “send inventory to Amazon,” we are referring to sending product to an Amazon Fulfillment Center to be sold via Amazon’s FBA (“Fulfillment By Amazon”) program.
FBA is the recommended method of selling on Amazon, wherein sellers ship their inventory to an Amazon Fulfillment Center. From there, when a sale is made on Amazon, Amazon employees handle the picking, packing, and shipping of the product.
FBA both alleviates the seller from the burden of warehousing and shipping, while also ensuring all aspects of the fulfillment process meet Amazon’s standards.
Bonus Tip: After you create a listing, always remember to go back and double check the fulfillment method.
First when learning how do I send inventory to Amazon, ensure that whomever is handling your final packaging (often, your supplier) is abiding by all packaging requirements laid out by Amazon. Failure to do so can result in rejected, lost, or delayed check-ins.
Working with a logistics team familiar with Amazon’s shipping and routing requirements can be a time and money saver, but if you don’t yet have a logistics partner and supplier familiar with these terms, be sure to share this FBA Shipment Checklist with them prior to any outbound shipments.
Assuming all of the above is taken care of, you’re now ready to create a shipping plan in Amazon, which will ensure your inventory is checked into Amazon’s Fulfillment Center.
Navigate to Inventory -> Manage FBA Inventory, and then select “Send to Amazon.” The Send to Amazon process will guide you through the initial setup, as shown in the video above.
Note: Ensure your carrier/logistics partner receives the proper paperwork and labels before anything ships! Boxes and pallets without proper FBA labels may be rejected by Amazon.
Reminder: Ensure your carrier/logistics partner receives the proper paperwork and labels before anything ships! Boxes and pallets without proper FBA labels may be rejected by Amazon.
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He is the owner and founder of PPC Entourage, one of the original amazon ad software and management companies. Mike started off as a physical therapist in 2015 and just knew there had to be a better way so he started his ecommerce journey. Using the power of Amazon Ads, he built a 7 figure brand in less than one year. Now he helps other sellers do the same with free valuable education, PPC Entourage software and the ad agency. He is also the author of the Amazon Ads Playbook series.
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