This page provides information about completing the second step of the Send/replenish inventory workflow, preparing your products for Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) shipping. For more details on product preparation requirements and how to prepare common product types, go to Packaging and prep requirements.
Some products require specific preparation so they arrive at Amazon fulfilment centres in the best condition. Prep guidance for many products is available in the Prepare products step as you create your shipment. If you don’t want to prepare the products yourself, you can have Amazon do it for you for a per-item fee.
Send/replenish inventory workflow steps:
If you want Amazon to prepare your products for you, select Amazon in the Who preps? column. For more information about the per-item cost, see FBA Prep Service.
Even if you sign up for the FBA Prep Service, package your products so they will arrive safely at the fulfilment centre. Package fragile, glass and sharp items in such a way that they arrive intact and that fulfilment centre associates can handle them safely.
The Prep required tab on the Prepare products page has guidance for items that have specific preparation requirements.
If you think the requirements for the product you have listed are not appropriate or essential, click Investigate to start a review. In Send to Amazon, click the More options tab in the Prepare your FBA Item window.
Prep requirements may include the following:
Products that require poly bagging should be completely sealed in a clear polyethylene bag that is at least 1.5 mil. thick. Make sure the barcode can be scanned through the bag, or place a barcode label on the outside.
Poly bagging may be required in the following conditions:
For more information about specific product categories that may require poly bagging, see:
Products that require bubble wrap must conform to the following:
Bubble wrap may be required because the item is one or more of the following:
For more information, go to Packaging glass, ceramic, breakable and fragile units.
We may require overboxing when there are safety concerns over shipping and handling. Overboxing generally involves placing a prepared or packaged product in a box for added protection (even if the product is already boxed). For products over 4.5 kg, use double-wall corrugated boxes for overboxing.
Overboxing is required for the following types of products:
Normal-size hangers usually must be removed. Mini-hangers for baby clothes are allowed. The following items cannot be shipped on any kind of hanger: accessories, bras, hats, shorts, socks, hosiery, sweaters, swimwear and underwear.
Products that require opaque bagging should be completely sealed in a sturdy, opaque bag or shrink wrap that completely obscures the content from view.
Units that are sets, such as a set of six, unique toy cars that are sold as one unit, must be marked as sets on their packaging. Add a label to the unit that clearly states that the products are to be received and sold as a single unit. For example, “Sold as set,” “Ready to ship” or “This is a set. Do not separate.”
Product needs to have a secondary seal to prevent leakage in one of the following types: Induction seal, safety ring, clips, heat shrink plastic band, boxing. For more information, go to Definition of a double seal in Packaging liquids, pastes, gels and creams.
Products with this requirement need additional taping beyond what might normally be used to seal a box or poly bag or secure bubble wrap around an item.
Extra taping may be required to prevent the following:
Click the Prep may be required tab to see products for which prep guidance is not available. This may be because the product has not been sent in before or has not been classified as having a specific prep requirement.
If you know the prep required for those products, click Choose category in the Prep guidance column and from the drop-down list select the prep category that best suits your product.
If your product does not require additional prep, you can select No prep required.
The prep categories are as follows: