I have had a couple of requests to create a post that covers creating your first amazon FBA shipment, so that is what this post is going to be. Today, I will show you how I list, prep, and ship a set of Brita filters and pitchers to Amazon FBA. These filters were purchased from a pallet of overstock grocery items, so I wouldn’t count on this being a great item to sell unless you buy them for a very low price. I am going to be showing screenshots of each step along the way, as I think that should be easier to follow than a video. To get a better look at any screenshot, click on the image and it will enlarge (I would recommend doing this for most of the screenshots to get a good look at them). Be warned this will be a lengthy post, but should provide a step by step guide to creating your first FBA shipment. UPDATE 4/14/2014: The process for creating an FBA shipment remains very similar to what this post outlines but there have been a few minor changes. Any significant changes will be updated in BOLD throughout. I begin by setting out my items for shipment: Next, I will look up the item on amazon.com to begin the listing process: While I am on the product detail page, I will take a look at the other offers that are available to determine how I want to price my item. After I have that determined, I scroll down to about the middle of the page and click the “Sell on Amazon” button as seen here: I then am taken to a page that looks like this: Here, I will enter in the information about my product, and how many I am selling. See next screenshot for a continuation of this page:I enter in the quantity that I have available and the other required information (the fields I left blank are not required to be completed) and then select the “I want amazon to ship this item..” and click continue. This will bring you to this screen: This screen allows you to review the information you have previously submitted, and make sure it is correct. Once you have verified this information, click on the submit listing and create shipment button. That will bring you to this screen: This screen is the initial shipment creation page. You’ll notice towards the top that it says “Packing Type.” The 2 options are individual products and case packed products. Case packed products is used when multiple of an item are being sent in the original manufacturer cases (this won’t happen very often). So, in this instance even though I have multiple of the same item, they are not in the original manufacturer cases so I need to set this to “individual products”
As you can see there are a lot of steps involved in the process. If you would like a free downloadable PDF of this full post for easy offline access at any time, click this link directly below:
After I click “change to individual products” the screen above will update. For your shipments, it will likely default to “individual items” so this step may not require you to do anything. Now, this product is ready to go, but I still have another item that I want to add to this shipment. This information is saved within amazon, so my next step is to look up my next item: Now that I have found my item, I will click the sell on amazon button again, as was shown when listing the initial items. I will go through the same steps of entering my product details, choose that I want amazon to ship the item when it sells, and then be taken to a screen like this: I have the option of creating a new shipment, or adding to an existing shipment. I want to send these items in the same shipment, so I select the “add to existing shipment” option. I will click that button, and then be given a drop down to select the shipment to add these items to, as can be seen here: I select the plan that I had created already and click the add to shipment, enter the quantity, and click the continue button. I will then be taken to this screen: No further action is needed on this screen beyond hitting continue. These are the only 2 items I will be sending in this shipment, so I will be moving on to the next steps. But, if you wanted to add more items to this shipment, you can repeat the steps above that I used to add the Brita pitchers to this plan. So, I am ready to hit continue. I am now taken to this screen. Here’s what’s next: I am now taken to this page to determine who will label the products I am sending to amazon. You have the option of letting amazon label your products for $0.20 per item, or you can do it yourself for your cost of the labels and printing. In this case I will label the products. I use these for labeling my products. My printer is an Epson Workforce 645 and it works good for me to print these labels. Here is a picture of what the printed labels look like and how I apply them (use the labels to cover the upc code) to the items: So, I printed and applied my labels, and then press continue: On this screen I must “approve” the shipments. In this case I have to ship to three destinations. Amazon will split up the locations of your shipments between their warehouses to allow for easy and fast delivery to as many customer locations around the US as possible. In this case there were 3 locations, so I approve that, and then here’s what is next: I am now brought to the screen above, where I will click “work on shipment” for the first one. Then I am brought here: That brings me to the screen above. This is where I will let amazon know what boxes I will be sending the items in and selecting my shipping options. I select “small parcel delivery” and “Amazon-Partnered Carrier (UPS)” for my shipping options. This is what I have used for every FBA shipment I have ever done. You get amazon’s UPS rates for inbound shipping, so they are very low. I would HIGHLY recommend shipping using these 2 options starting out, but just know that you have the option to use any other shipping method you would like to. If I scroll down further, I will see: UPDATE 4/14/2014: Packing slips are no longer required! This is where I will print my packing slip, and enter the dimensions and weight of my box. I first print my packing slip, and then enter the dimensions of my box. Once I have this done I will select, “calculate” which brings me here: This screen shows me how much I will be charged for shipping and I must accept the charges. I see that it costs $9.17 for me to ship this box in weighing a total of 29 pounds. This is a very low price, so I will gladly accept the price. After accepting the charges, I will be given the option to print my box labels: I will print my box labels with the above button. Next, I will finish packing my box, put in the packing slip, use any packing fill to ensure my items arrive safely, seal the box, and apply the labels. I will then click, “complete shipment” and my box is ready to go to UPS! I add this box to my outbound shipment for the day: After I click “complete shipment” on the first of my 3 that amazon had me do for today, I have the option to “work on another shipment.” So, to finish off the other 2, I click the “work on another shipment” button and go through the last few steps of this process. You do this for as many shipments as you have for the day. This is how I create my FBA shipments. Hopefully you find this helpful and are able to use it as a guide when you are creating FBA shipments in the future. Please let me know with any questions in the comments, I would be happy to help you get started! Please note I will be updating this as needed due to changes in amazon rules, or from tips from other users to make it more user friendly.
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Last updated: 04/14/2014.