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How to properly package your items for Amazon FBA?

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Unfortunately for sellers, it’s not just a question of packing your items into any box you have lying around and sending it off to Amazon. Amazon has some specific packaging requirements for their FBA clients.

It may seem onerous at first but when you think about the below, it’s really just common sense:

  • Poorly packaged goods can be damaged in transit.
  • Poorly labelled goods may get lost or mixed up.
  • Over-packaged goods are wasteful and damaging to the environment.
  • Poor packaging could negatively impact the reputation of your business.

All fair points, no?

Amazon takes its packaging requirements seriously and there are penalties for suppliers who fail to comply. For example, Amazon may dispose of your inventory and even block future shipments to its fulfilment centers – not the makings of a successful business model.

Improperly-labelled products may be marked as unsellable, and you might be slapped with a non-compliance fee. Not good.

But don’t worry, it’s all totally avoidable if you just stick to the rules.

General packaging requirements

  • Each unique unit or product type (e.g. size or color) must have a unique FNSKU.
  • Each unit must have an exterior scannable barcode with corresponding readable numbers that are easily accessible.
  • You can either use manufacturer barcodes (eg GCIDUPCEAN, or ISBN) or Amazon barcodes (ASIN or FNSKU).
  • Existing barcodes on the outside of shipping boxes must be rendered unscannable. This can be done by covering the redundant code with tape or by using a black felt-tip to block it out. This ensures that the incorrect barcode cannot be accidentally scanned.
  • Each unit, including multiple volume book sets, must be contained within a single, secure package.
  • Units may not include multiple pieces requiring assembly by Amazon.
  • Units not contained in secure packaging must be bagged or secured with tape.
  • Footwear must be packaged with no shoe material exposed, either in boxes or in poly bags. Poly bags must have a suffocation warning (see below for detailed packaging requirements for poly bags).

Approved packaging materials

Amazon can provide packing materials for you which meet their requirements. You can get Amazon-preferred poly bags, boxes, stretch wrap, bubble packs and other materials directly from Amazon.

US-based sellers can also get free supplies from UPS, FedEX and USPS provided the seller is using those services to send products to Amazon fulfilment centers.

Amazon FBA-approved standard boxes

You can’t just use any box to ship to Amazon FBA, you need to stick to the following:

  • Regular slotted carton
  • B flute
  • ECT-32 (edge crush test)
  • 200BH (burst strength)

Amazon FBA-approved packaging materials

The types of packaging that Amazon uses include:

  • Foam sheets or cushioning
  • Air pillows
  • Bubble wrap
  • Full sheets of paper

Amazon FBA general labeling requirements

The labels you need for Amazon FBA must meet the following criteria:

  • Product labels must all include the exact same product title.
  • Use no more than 50 characters.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word but do not use ALL CAPS.
  • Symbols and special characters are not allowed.
  • Promotional titles are not allowed.

FBA items sold as sets

Units that are sold as sets must be marked as sets on their packaging, and clearly labelled to that effect. For example: “Sold as set” or “Part of a set, do not separate.”

Units must be sealed so that sets cannot be separated.

FBA items sold as boxed units

If you intend to ship boxed sets to Amazon FBA warehouses, make sure to follow these instructions:

  • Boxed units must be six-sided and must have openings that will not easily open on their own.
  • If the box can be easily opened on its own, adhesives or staples must be used.
  • The box must not collapse when medium pressure is applied to any of the sides.
  • If the boxed unit has perforated sides or openings, it must pass a 3 foot drop test. This consists of one drop on each side and one drop on a corner.
  • If the product does not pass this test, it must be placed in a poly bag with a suffocation warning.
  • Boxes containing multiple standard-size items must not exceed 25 inches on any side. The limit may be exceeded if the box contains oversize units that measure longer than 25 inches.
  • Boxes may not exceed the standard weight limit of 50 lbs unless they contain one single oversized item that exceeds 50 lbs.
  • Boxes containing jewelry or watches must not exceed 40 lbs.

FBA case-packed products

To send case-packed products to Amazon FBA, make sure your items meet the following criteria:

  • All products in a box must have a matching SKU and condition and must have been packaged by the manufacturer.
  • Boxes with the same product must contain equal quantities of that product in the box and contain no more than 150 units per case.
  • When receiving this type of shipment the fulfillment centre scans one unit from the box and the box is placed in the inventory.
  • In some cases multiple case packs may be packed into a larger box called a master carton. The above requirements apply at the case pack level.

Requirements for poly bags

To use an Amazon FBA poly bag for protecting items, you must follow these instructions:

  • Poly bags with a 5 inch opening or larger (measured when flat) must have a suffocation warning either printed on the bag or attached as a label.
  • Amazon has precise requirements for minimum suffocation warning label print sizecorresponding to the length plus width of the bag.
  • The thickness of the bag must be at least 1.5mm.
  • The poly bag must be transparent.
  • The poly bag must have a barcode or XOO-label that is scannable through the bag or have an XOO or ASIN label on the outside of the bag.
  • The poly bag must be completely sealed.
  • The poly bag or shrink wrap must not protrude more than 3 inches past the dimensions of the product.

You can use poly bag alternatives as long as they meet these requirements. If you want more environmentally-friendly options, there are plant-based poly bags and biodegradable poly bags.

Expiration dates

Do your products have expiration dates? Make sure to follow these rules:

  • Products that expire must include the expiration date on the master carton in 36-point or larger font and on the individual units.
  • Expiration dates must be in the format MM-DD-YYYY or MM-YYYY.
  • The expiration date must be accessible to Amazon during the receiving process even when the product is subject to additional packaging requirements (e.g: for fragile items).

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Most common questions and myths about Amazon Seller Account suspensions answered

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This article will cover most questions related to Amazon Seller Account suspensions or appealing.

What is section 3 ?

Many sellers wonder what Amazon means by section 3 of Amazon’s Business Solutions Agreement. Section 3 is simply a section which allows them to terminate your relationship with Amazon. Amazon’s Business Soltions Agreement is written as an “at-will” agreement they can terminate at any time. It’s just a aggrement between you and Amazon read it carefully i want just to clarify that all accounts are suspended in section 3 violation but under section 3 there comes a lot of things many policies which can’t be discussed here in the small time measurement .

What is Amazon seller code of conduct?

Never misrepresent yourself. Always act in a manner that ensures a trustworthy experience for Amazon customers. Never list products that may cause harm to Amazon customers. Never engage in any misleading, inappropriate or offensive behavior.Try to act professionally and don’t misguide customer directly to another webiste and don’t share their personal information

What happens when Amazon disables your account?

Account Deactivation can also include removing any information and assets stored in the account. Amazon Account Deactivation not only stops you from selling on the platform but also removes the product listings you’ve worked hard on. Listing Deactivation is the removal of listings reported to have violations . They remove your selling privileges

Why is my account under review?

When your profile is put under review, it means you’ve been reported multiple times by other users. While under review, we’ll look for any violations of our Terms of Use or Community Guidelines. If your profile hasn’t violated any of our policies, you’ll be allowed back in.they sent you notifications in the performance tab that you have doing this violation so that’s why we put your account under review to further research on it

Can I make another Amazon account after being suspended?

No, you can’t. You have to know that already, because you’re already going against Amazon policy by operating a second account after your first has been suspended. Don’t ever try to create account on the same things that have you used in your suspended account it means your name and address maybe your credit card details link with that account and they make your account suspended in multiple account policy violation

Can I create two Amazon accounts with same number?

It is not possible to create two or more Amazon accounts with the same phone number. One Amazon account can be attached to only one mobile or email address.

Can I have two Amazon accounts with the same email address?

Amazon doesn’t allow creating multiple account with same email id or mobile number and neither can it be merged. What you can do is, choose an account that you wish to keep and close the other account and use the contact details (email or mobile number) on existing or current account.

For selling on Amazon you must comply with this number otherwise your account will be suspended in these things

*ODR* should be under 1% of all your sell

*VTR* should be 95%

*LSR* should be under 4%

How can a seller get suspended on Amazon?

Creating Inaccurate Listings. …

Selling Prohibited Items. …

Selling Counterfeit Items. …

Ignoring Trademarks and Copyright. …

Selling Poor Quality Items. …

Neglecting to Address Shipping Issues. …

Buying or Otherwise Influencing Reviews.

I’m saying again there are still many things due to which account got suspended these are just few of them

How long can Amazon suspend your account?

How long do Amazon suspensions last?

Suspensions can last anywhere from one day to forever, depending on how well they’re handled. you appeal for reinstatement and they accept your Plan of Action on the first try sometimes if you describe the things in detail and point to point if not it may can take 2 to 5 or we can say it depends on how you have designed your plan of action

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New Amazon Seller Central widget shows sales statistics

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Recently, Amazon Seller Central across North American marketplaces started displaying a new widget. This widget is showing a graph with sales numbers in each marketplaces currency and can be switched to display results for different time periods.

You will be able to see how your sales fluctuated and whether they increased or are declining. The widget is currently only present on the US, CA, MX and JP sites but may be enrolled across international Amazon marketplaces soon.

Here you can view a screenshot:

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Customer Product Condition Complaints can now be lifted without a Plan of Action or invoices

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Recently, Amazon completely reformed their approach to appealing most Seller Account suspensions or other Account Policy enforcements, in a clear attempt to try and keep as many marketplace sellers doing business on their platform as possible, since the competition is growing and they don’t want to risk losing their selection of products.

Instead of getting their bestselling listings blocked, having to prepare a detailed Plan of Action or submitting invoices and authorization letters, sellers are asked to tick two or more boxes, where they acknowledge the complaint and promise to take specific steps and actions, which would be normally presented in a Plan of Action.

Finally, sellers won’t need to spend thousands of dollars on hiring various Amazon experts.

Here you can view a screenshot of such appeal for a Customer Product Condition Complaint, which leads to a submission of acknowledgement and ticking of boxes, rather than a standard appeal:

The following steps and actions need to be acknowledged:

  • I will identify the root cause(s) driving the customer complaints and implement preventative steps to ensure that these issues don’t occur in the future.
  • I will ensure that my products are accurately listed against the correct ASINs, and that the functionality, edition, size, or language described in the listing matches my product.
  • I will have quality control processes set up to ensure products being shipped are stored properly, match the description in product detail page, contains all necessary parts, and function as expected.
  • Whilst making this acknowledgement will remove this violation from my Account Health Dashboard, I understand Amazon may still take it into account when considering future concerns around my listings.
  • I acknowledge that I have read, understood, and agree to comply with the following policies- Preventing Product Condition Issues, and Selling Policies and Seller code of conduct.

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Regarding Amazon Seller Performance, you can always participate in our Amazon Seller Performance – Friendly Advice – Worldwide group, where you will be very welcome.

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