List of Amazon FBA labels Needed to Sell and Ship to Amazon

FBA labels needed to ship are very common to purchase and easy to find. Any basic Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, and sometimes even UPS/FED Ex stores will have these labels.

More often they are cheaper to buy online. In a pinch run to a brick and mortar store. But if you’re scaling and want a bulk cheaper purchase, I have used Online Labels for the past few years. Below are examples of the labels you typically need:

Product Labels: https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/ol875?src=dlc-296

2.625" x 1"

Case Labels: https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/ol2590?src=dlc-296

3.5" x 5", 6.75" x 4.5"

Pallet Labels: https://www.onlinelabels.com/products/ol150?src=dlc-296

4" x 3.33"

 

Every product needs a product label. However, if you have UPC bar codes, and are NOT in a consumable or topicals category, you do NOT need a product label. If you are in one of those categories, or do not have regular UPC barcodes, EVERY product needs a product label on it.

Case labels are used on each case/box of products. Often you are sending in 12/24/36 products in a single case pack box. It does not matter where you put the location of this label.

Pallet labels are only used if you are going LTL (Less than Truck Load). One pallet label goes on each side of the 4 sides of a pallet. Put this on the outside of the plastic wrap. You will also give the BOL (Bill of Lading) to the carrier if using this method.

This article is meant to a be a quick hit, so you can get started immediately. For a more in depth guide, check out this.

 

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Invalid File Format – Hazmat Exemption Sheet Upload Error

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You may have run into this error while trying to upload an exemption sheet for Amazon FBA hazmat, “Invalid File Format“. This error occurs because of one of two reasons.

  1. File Format: Amazon recently changed its file format to an excel version instead of a PDF. Submitting the wrong file format could cause errors. We have provided links to where you can download this new version below.
  2. File Name: The Invalid File Format error will still occur if your filename has a special character in it. These special characters include (<>\/|.:”‘?*&@). Remove these characters and your file will upload.

 

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Exemption Sheet for Products without Harmful Chemicals

Exemption Sheet for Battery and Battery-powered Products

Exemption Sheet Upload Page

 

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How to View Inventory Age and Excess Inventory on Seller Central

If you have too much inventory at Amazon you will be paying storage fees.

 

FBA long-term storage fees

On the 15th of each month, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) conducts an inventory cleanup. On these dates, inventory that has been in US fulfillment centers for more than 365 days incurs a long-term storage fee (LTSF) of $6.90 per cubic foot or a $0.15 per-unit long-term storage fee, whichever is greater.

As announced in the 2019 US FBA fee changes summary, we are eliminating long-term storage fees for units that have been in a fulfillment center for 181 to 365 days. The last long-term storage fee charge for inventory in a fulfillment center for 181 to 365 days was January 15, 2019. This change is not retroactive. Any previous 181 to 365 day charges will not be reimbursed.

Note: Inventory enrolled in FBA Small and Light remains subject to LTSF charges on units in fulfillment centers between 181 to 365 days. See FBA Small and Light for current LTSF rates for these units.

Long-term storage fees, February 15, 2019, and after

Inventory cleanup date Items in a fulfillment center more than 365 days
15th of every month $6.90 per cubic foot

 

So to help alleviate those storage fees, you should look at the inventory age and create removal orders on bad inventory.

To find inventory age click on “Inventory Planning” under the “Inventory” tab.

 

This will take you to the inventory dashboard. Here you will click on “Inventory Age” to view how many days each product has been at Amazon’s warehouse. To view overstocked items you can click on “Manage Excess Inventory”.

 

 

Then to do a removal order click https://sellercentral.amazon.com/inventory/

And click the edit drop down to do a removal order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Create an LTL shipment on Amazon Seller Central

LTL (Less than truckload) shipments are useful when you need to send large or multiple units into Amazon’s warehouses. Below I’ll cover how to create an LTL shipment.

First, you will need to select the product(s) you want to ship in. Do this by going into your inventory and checking the checkbox next to the product(s) you will be creating a pallet shipment for. Then navigate towards the action drop-down menu on the upper-lefthand side and click on “Send/replenish inventory”.

 

This will direct you to the shipment creation page.  On this page, you’ll want to select “Case-packed products” as the packaging type. This packaging type will help lower your chances of having your product(s) sent to multiple fulfillment centers.

 

Continue with the shipping plan and enter the box configurations. This means the number of units per box and the number of boxes for each product. Click continue. less than truckload shipment on amazon

 

The next page will ask you who preps the products. Some products are required by Amazon to be poly wrapped or bagged. If your products are required to be prepped then you have to either select “Merchant” or “Amazon” under who preps. If you choose “Merchant” then you are responsible for prepping your products. If you choose “Amazon” then Amazon will prep your products and charge 0.50 cent per unit. If your products are not required to be prepped then you can leave as is and continue to the next step in the shipment process.

Note: Amazon will let you know if your products require prepping. 

 

The next page is similar to the previous step. You will need to tell Amazon who will apply labels to the product. You have an option to apply the labels yourself or pay Amazon to apply the labels. If you choose Amazon, it will cost 0.20 cent per unit. If you choose to apply the labels yourself, click the print label button. This will download a pdf file with the number of product labels you need. In the example shipment, I have 40 units. This means I’ll be given 40 product labels, 1 product label per unit. Product labels need to be applied to the product itself.

 

The next step is a review of your shipment. Here it will tell you where your shipment is being sent. You also have the option to name your shipment. I recommend naming and dating the shipment for record purposes. After naming your shipment, click on “Approve & Continue”. Now you can work on your shipment!

 

After clicking the “Work on shipment” button, you’ll be directed to the final step in the shipment process. In this step, you’ll need to tell Amazon if this shipment is an SPD (Small parcel delivery) or an LTL (Less than truckload). Since you are shipping as LTL you’ll also need to confirm the box configuration, give pallet dimensions, print labels, and schedule a pickup date.

Select LTL and keep the shipping carrier as “Amazon-partnered Carrier”.

 

Under “how will the shipment be packed?”, select multiple boxes. Here you will need to confirm the box configuration by entering the shipment quantity again. Now click confirm and generate box labels.

Box labels will need to be applied to the outside of each box. In the example shipment, I have 40 boxes. This means I’ll be given 40 box labels to print, 1 box label per box. Box labels will always be applied by the merchant. 

 

 

In the next step, you will need to enter your pallet dimensions and weight. But first, you’ll need to get your pallet built out and weighed. After entering the pallet configuration, you can schedule a pick up ready date. This is not the day your pallet will be picked up but rather the day you let the freight forwarder know that your pallet is ready for pickup. Pickup usually takes around 3-7 days after scheduling the pickup ready date. The BOL will auto-generate a day before the freight forwarder comes to pick up your pallet. Once you receive the BOL, this means your pallet will be picked up soon.

Agree to the terms and conditions and accept the charges. If you’ve already accepted charges but need to make changes to the shipment then you have 1 hour after accepting charges to cancel the shipment. If it has been over 1 hour, then the shipment is locked in and cannot be canceled. 

 

Now you can download and print the pallet labels. You will be given 4 pallet labels per 1 pallet. These 4 pallet labels will go on each side of the pallet. Make sure this label is on the very outside of the pallet so the driver can scan the pallet labels when picking up your pallet. This completes your LTL shipment!

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Understanding the Amazon Inventory Index – The Magic Score of 350

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether inventory will be limited, and when the magic date comes into effect for FBA inventory limitations. With the new FBA Inventory Storage Limits, if your Inventory Performance Index is less than 350 for six weeks before the end of a quarter you will be notified of your potential storage limits. If your score is still less than 350 on the final day of the quarter, the limits will apply for the next quarter. This means that your score of less than 350 for six consecutive weeks before the current quarter ends and at the end of the current quarter will have a limited storage.

In order for your FBA Inventory Storage Limits to be unlimited, you may need to maintain your score of 350 or greater than for standard-size, oversize, apparel, and footwear items. You will only have storage limits if your Inventory Performance Index score is less than 350 six weeks before the end of the current quarter and on the last day of the current quarter. In this example, you would not have storage limits if your score is more than 350 first score check which is six weeks before the quarter ended or the final score check.

Quarterly storage limits are based on 1) your sales volume, 2) your historical Inventory Performance Index scores, and 3) available fulfillment center capacity. Sellers with consistently higher scores will receive higher storage limits, adjusted for sales volume and available capacity. When setting limits for an upcoming quarter, both your recent sales volume and seasonal volume from the last year are considered.

Seller Central Help File: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/help/GXLRKWL8L5BMSHWB?referral=A3TI3F8839JJFF_A2VMNEEYCY3YGZ

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How to create a FBA shipment in Amazon Seller Central

Amazon continues to change how you do shipments for FBA. In the last year alone they’ve added the following options:

  1. Prep services
  2. Labeling services.
  3. Hazmat roadblocks
  4. A new shipping index score that impacts storage limits July 1, 2018

Amazon has even started forcing categories like Beauty to all use Amazon labels, tracking all inventory back to root seller instead of commingling.

In this video I walk through a basic shipping plan. If you’ve never made an FBA shipment before, or you’re rusty, it’s a great tutorial to navigate the ever changing Amazon ecosystem.

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Ecommerce from Home – Pallet Mistakes, Rain, Delays, and Makeshift Warehousing in Your Basement/Garage

So I’ve been side hustling eCommerce for a few years now, growing my own Amazon business www.melioragoods.com and other self made businesses, and also consulting to help others build their Amazon businesses. Today I pulled out my cell phone and took this video because I just couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I had a pallet arrive, it’s raining, I have to haul these boxes into my basement one by one and try to keep them dry. I have a second pallet waiting for pickup that has been delayed. This is the life of ecommerce from home, be prepared to have a pallet show up unexpectedly at your house. Be prepared to have a pallet waiting in your driveway or garage. Where are you going to put this stuff? The garage? The basement? Be prepared…

 

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