Placing Your Amazon FBA Order (Part 3 of 3)
Placing your Amazon FBA order is one of my favorite parts of starting a new product. It is the final step before you start selling on Amazon and it validates all your prior claims by exchanging the money with your supplier. There are a few details you must know if you want to make this process go as smoothly as possible though.
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Awesome! At this point, you've found the perfect product, ordered and inspected your samples, and even listed your product on Amazon. At this point, all you have to do is order your products and you're on your way to the dream, passive income. Congratulations for making it this far, keep it going!
Contact your Supplier
Let them know you will be shipping to Amazon. Tell them that you will provide them with Amazon box labels and FNSKU barcode labels to put on your product. Ask for the following details:
- Number of packages
- Units per package
- Package dimensions
- Package weight (make sure that they are not over 50 pounds)
- Will they label your products for you? (you will provide them with the FNSKU barcodes)
- What is the shipping service?
Pay your Supplier
You can either pay your supplier now, or after you have provided them with your labels, the order does not usually matter. I usually recommend paying your supplier via PayPal, but I have used Telegraphic Transfer (TT) and Alipay before. I always start a new relationship with PayPal though, and that is what I urge you to do, even though it will cost you 4% more up front.
Selecting a Single FBA Warehouse
Selecting a single FBA warehouse is completely necessary when sending inventory directly to Amazon, otherwise your shipment will be automatically broken up into various FBA warehouses.
Amazon Seller Central -> Settings -> Fulfillment by Amazon
- Select edit Inbound Settings
- Change Distributed Inventory Placement (default setting) to Inventory Placement Service
- Select INVENTORY -> Manage Inventory
You will notice that you have your product listed now, but it is not yet on Amazon, you'll need to first send your inventory.
Your product should say 0 under the Available column, and you shouldn't be able to change that number--if you can change it you must change your product to fulfilled by Amazon under the dropdown, otherwise continue.
- Select your product checkbox and then click Action on 1 selected above
- Click Send/replenish inventory
Now you have been redirected to the Send/Replenish Inventory wizard. Here you will be able to create your shipping plan to Amazon.
Send/Replenish Inventory Wizard Guide
Step One: Set Quantity
- Shipping Plan - select Create a new shipping plan
- Ship From - enter your suppliers address
- Packaging Type - select case-packed products unless you happen to have multiple different SKUs, which shouldn't be the case
- Units per Case - enter the number of units there will be in every box (you supplier will provide you with this)
- Number of Cases - enter the number of packages that your supplier will send
- Dimensions - enter the dimension that each package will be
Make sure that no package weighs over 50 pounds! Amazon will flag you if you send a package over that weight
Step Two: Prepare Products
- Who preps? - select Merchant
Step Three: Label Products
- Who labels? - select Merchant
You can have Amazon label for you, but they charge you $0.20 for each unit that is labeled. Instead, most suppliers will do it for free or for a nominal charge.
- Print labels for this page - click this button and send the PDF of the FNSKU barcodes to your supplier
Step Four: Review Shipments
- Ensure that everything is correct
- Create shipment name for your records
- Approve Shipment
Step Five: Prepare Shipment
- Shipping service - select small parcel delivery (SPD) unless you are shipping over 150 pounds
- Shipping carrier - select I'd like to use my own and select the carrier that your supplier is using
- How will this shipment be packed - select either everything in one box or multiple boxes
- Adjust your box contents by units per box configuration and number of boxes
- Add each box weight and make sure it doesn't weigh over 50 pounds
- Select box dimensions
- Hit the print box labels button and export to PDF - send these labels to your supplier and they will stick these labels onto each of your packages when shipping so that it gets inducted into the Amazon system
- Complete shipment
Step Six: Summary
- Enter tracking numbers into the Amazon system
Congratulations on placing your first Amazon FBA order! Now that you have provided your supplier with everything and paid them, all you have to do is sit back and relax. In the meantime, you can focus on sourcing more products or continuing to optimize your listing.