Send to Amazon: Send FBA Shipments without Fuss

March 2, 2020
Written by Nicasio Co III
Amazon FBA Shipment

Who says sending FBA shipments to Amazon is hard? Well, without using “Send to Amazon” the whole process may get problematic. Although still in the development stages, this innovative feature aims to make shipping inventory to the fulfillment centers a breeze and you can always turn to Amazon FBA wholesale programs for easy assistance. Find out the what’s and how’s behind its processes as you go over the essential details explained herein.

Quick Guide:

How Sellers Can Benefit from Using “Send to Amazon”

Replenishing your FBA inventory becomes easy when you take advantage of the “Send to Amazon” service. This new feature lets you tick off items in your Amazon FBA shipment checklist quickly.

You can manage FBA shipments with ease. Specifically, you will have no trouble with processing the transport of your goods to any fulfillment center.
How? Check out the details below:

  • You can make your reusable packing templates with information on the preparation and labeling methods for your SKU. Once you have made it, you can use it repeatedly, so you no longer have to fill out the details every time.
  • Because “Send to Amazon ''is still in the beta phase, it can only support shipping inventory packed with one SKU per box and shipped in a small parcel. You can send the package via your chosen carrier.
  • You cannot use this new service feature on boxes shipped inside pallet packs. It also does not apply if you have several SKUs per box. Lastly, take note that you cannot ship via any carrier partnered with Amazon.

Over time, Amazon will be developing this new service and add more features along the way. Therefore, these shipping restrictions are not permanent. In time, the service may be able to accommodate more conditions, so it will not be surprising if it will eventually be hailed as the best way to ship to Amazon FBA in the not-so-distant future.

Quick and Easy Access Every Time

Are you wondering how to ship inventory to Amazon without hassles? Access “Send to Amazon” via this easy-to-follow step-by-step process below.

  1. Go to Seller Central.
  2. Click inventory and choose Manage FBA Shipments.
  3. You will be directed to the Shipping Queue page, where you will see the “Send to Amazon” link at the top of the page. You may also access it via the direct link.

Once you have clicked on Send to Amazon, you need to start completing the Amazon shipping process details. Do it in a snap by following these simple steps:

  1. Select the inventory you want to send.
  2. Verify the details of your shipping.
  3. Lastly, print and apply your box labels.

Upon completing the process, you will be giving your inventory to a carrier. You can pick one from the “Send to Amazon” landing page. There, you can view a complete list of all your SKUs on FBA.

What if your SKUs are not yet converted to FBA? No worries! Convert it in a minute by:

  1. Clicking on Manage Inventory, and then
  2. Changing Filled by Merchants to Fulfilled by Amazon.

To check, go back to the inventory list you were viewing earlier. By now, you should be able to see all your SKUs on the list.

Make Your Packing Template in Five Easy Steps

Now, before you start sending any SKU to Amazon, you need to make your packing templates first. This FBA shipment prep does not need to take long to make. Once you get the hang of it, creating models will become second-nature for you.

  1. Click on the button that says Create Packing Template.
    When you input the data (preparing the label and packing the SKU), the packing template system automatically retains the info.
  2. For every unit, type in the prep and labeling data.
    You no longer have to type anything if Amazon has stored the prep type data. The system fills it out immediately.
  3. The third step is to classify your SKU’s required prep. Do it without fuss by clicking on the button that will show you a drop-down menu. Next, choose the option that fits your SKU. Does your SKU need prep? .If “No”, then click on No Prep Needed. Otherwise, you need to clarify with Amazon if you intend to take charge of the overall prepping for every unit.
  4. Use a polybag to hold one unit. You can either put the item inside the bag yourself or let Amazon do it for you at an affordable fee.
  5. Go back to the name field for the packing template, and title it accordingly.
    Each SKU can have as many as three packing templates. You have to name every template for easy identification purposes. Review the details carefully to ensure that all fields are covered and correct.
  6. Click Save.

Upon saving, you immediately go back to the start page. This time, however, you can now preview the details of the packing template you have just created.

Printing Your Labels as a Seller

Because you chose a seller who labels units, you will be the one to print your own labels. To do this, you have to:

  1. Click on Get Unit Labels.
  2. Make a second packing template for this queue by labeling your SKUs. To do this, just:

2.1 Access View Edit, whose button is found beneath the packing name template’s drop-down menu.

2.2 Click the Save button.

Are you ready to use your label? Or do you want to go over the details one more time to ensure that nothing is amiss? If you have to edit your template, just follow the easy steps below:

  1. Click on View Edit.
  2. Then, click on the button that says Edit Packing Template.
  3. Start editing.
  4. When you are done applying the needed changes, save your work. Just click on Save.

On Creating Your Shipment

Now, that you got all your labels printed out. The next step is to start readying your shipment. For this purpose, proceed by:

  1. Select Inventory to send.
  2. Choose the address where your shipment will be coming from.
  3. The third step is to locate the SKU that requires replenishing.
    See to it that you use the correct packing template.
  4. For this SKU, type in the details regarding the number of boxes you intend to send.
  5. Verify the correctness of the information you have just typed in by clicking Confirm before clicking Continue.

To confirm the details of your shipment:

  1. Type in the date you will be turning over your inventory to your selected carrier.
  2. Having a hard time determining the best shipping date? For the sake of completing the field, just type in a tentative date. Later on, you can share the exact date with Amazon.
  • This step is necessary, so the marketplace’s designated personnel can start planning the details of receiving your inventory as well as the fulfillment network. Doing so prevents unwanted delays.

On Creating and Finalizing the Details of Your Shipment

With regards to shipping, do keep in mind that for now, you can only send small parcels. Also, if you are thinking of which Amazon warehouse to ship to, your inventory may be shipped to not just one fulfillment center but several centers. It all depends on what option you select for Step 1 (a type of inventory to send).

Do you want to know how your boxes are allocated for each shipment? Here is what you should do:

  1. Choose the carrier of your choice, not Amazon’s.
  2. Check the details thoroughly.
  3. Click Accept and Confirm Shipping once you have confirmed that nothing is amiss.

To keep your default shipment up-to-date, check out the steps below:

  1. Click on Rename Your Print Box Label.
  2. Pick the format you prefer.
  3. Click on the Print Labels button.

Generating a PDF with an FBA box is a cinch with these simple steps:

  1. Put a label for every box in your shipment.
  • Make sure that each box has its rightful label.
  1. Submit your boxes to your preferred carrier.
  • Coordinate with your carrier regarding the creation of the labels for your shipping boxes.

If your shipment date turned out to be different from that which you have typed in Confirming the Details of Your Shipment, inform us about it. After telling us that they are en route, give us the tracking IDS for your shipment. This way, we can be ready ahead of time for receiving them. To share the IDs with us:

  1. Proceed to the shipping queue and look for every shipment ID.
  2. Choose the shipment and locate the track shipment tab.
  3. After finding the tab, type in the IDs.

At this point, if you want to ship more inventory to Amazon, all you have to do is click on Start New to go back to the first page. As always, vigilant monitoring is required to ensure that your Amazon FBA shipment reconciliation procedures go smoothly. Consider this procedure as mandatory every time you ship inventories.

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