Amazon will certainly hit the country by storm upon its launch and you surely would want to be ready when that time arrives. You can start your preparation by making sure you understand all the packaging and prep requirements of the company. Once you have thoroughly browsed the numerous guidelines, you would also want to forward the information to your distributor(s) so they can adhere to those too.
Amazon is coming to Australia with a 24,000 square metre warehouse in Dandenong South, Melbourne, and if you plan to become one of its retailers, you must know the package and prep requirements ahead.
Some Things You Need To Know Before Selling On Amazon
Amazon Australia is certainly a good venue for local business owners to widen their customer base and boost their sales. However, to ensure that your products are primed for Amazon success, you have to know the basics first.
1. Understanding The Buy Box and How You Can Take Advantage of It As A Seller
That much-coveted yellow box that buyer clicks in the Amazon platform can be pretty hard to win. This is because multiple sellers are allowed to offer the same item. You have to become a featured seller to earn your huge share on this market, which is not easy either.
To become a featured seller, you must religiously abide to the best practices in e-commerce. Amazon puts a lot of weight on a lot of factors offered by the merchant including competitive pricing, lesser competition, positive selling history, and seller reviews.
2. What Does Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) Means?
Fulfilment by Amazon means sending over your merchandise to an Amazon fulfilment centre as stocks. The company then takes care of shipping the item when somebody buys from you online. This is going to be discussed further later in this post.
3. You May Not Be Compensated Accordingly for Shipping
You may be surprised being reimbursed by Amazon an incorrect amount of shipping fee, sometimes lesser than its actual cost. This happens because the company determines the shipping value based on the origin of the product, where it is going, and the given weight of it.
Another thing about shipping is that you may not be initially allowed to offer a 2-day shipping option. This is a badge you need to earn by having a consistent fast shipping history.
4. There Are Policies You Must Understand Prior To Selling on Amazon
Selling on Amazon can be very profitable specifically if you understand the terms and conditions of the platform. You may want to review its values policies beforehand including:
• Product Detail Page Rules
• Shipping Policies
• Policies and Agreements
• Selling Policies
• Prohibited Seller Activities and Actions
5. The Types of Merchants That Benefit The Most In Amazon
There are particular merchants who do well on Amazon and you might one to be one of them:
• Merchants selling a hobby or niche products
• Merchants who produce their own products
• Merchants who sell used or refurbished products
FBA Policies and Requirements
In order to qualify for Fulfilment by Amazon, there are certain policies and requires you must comply with.
FBA Product Restrictions
It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the fulfilment process before listing your products for FBA. Failure to comply with the preparation requirements, product restrictions, and safety requirements can result to a number of penalties. These include disposal of your inventory, return of your inventory, refusal of your inventory at the Amazon fulfilment centre, blocking of future shipments to the Amazon warehouse, and being charged for non-compliance.
Some items have specific requirements before it can be sold on Amazon. Moreover, there are also product restrictions. Below are the links to these:
Amazon Product Requirements and Restrictions
FBA Product Requirements and Restrictions
Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods
Shipping and Routing Requirements
Amazon is very particular with boxing requirements. Make sure you comply with these requirements before sending the packed products to the Amazon fulfilment centre, whether it is a full truckload (FTL), less than a truckload (LTL), or small parcel delivery.
Here are the links to the guidelines you need to have your carrier or vendors informed about:
• Shipping Matrix
• Packaging and Shipping Inventory to Amazon
• Boxes of multiple standard-sized units should not exceed 25” on all sides. A box can only exceed this 25” limit if the measurement of the unit is longer than this. Excessively large boxes containing oversized units can be subject to additional fees, restriction to inbounding privileges, or refusal at the Amazon fulfilment centre.
Read more about the weight and measurement requirements (you must sign in to access).
• Inventory from a single shipment ID should be contained in one box. Units from multiple shipments cannot be put together in one box. The shipment ID can be found on the shipment summary page.
• Double check if the physical shipment to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre matches with the shipment details listed in your seller account including:
+ Merchant SKU
+ Quantity Shipped
+Packing Option (see guidelines for individually packed or cased packed)
If you plan to utilize an Amazon-partnered carrier, you must accurately weigh and measure pallets and boxes. This will ensure that correct values are supplied for each shipment.
• Each box must not exceed the weight limit of 50 lb. unless it contains an oversized unit weighing more than 50 lb.
• When a box contains an oversized unit weighing more than 50 lb., don’t forget to label the top and sides of the box with “Team Lift”.
• In cases when a box contains and oversized unit weighing more than 100 lbs., label the tops and sides of the box with “Mech Lift”.
• Boxes that contain jewelry or watches should not be over 40 lb.
Shipment Packing Guidelines
You may see full information about packing individual units here.
•“Gaylords”, which refer to point-of-sale containers or pallet-sized boxes can be used.
• Boxes are not allowed to be bundled together using extra straps, taping, elastic, or bagging.
• Re-using boxes from previous shipments are allowed provided you remove all prior labels so as not to confuse the carrier.
• When re-using a retail box that contains a smaller different product, do not forget to remove scannable barcodes on the exterior to prevent confusion during the receiving process.
The acceptable standard boxes are:
• Regular slotted carton
• ECT-32 (edge crush test)
• B flute
• 200 lb./square inch (burst strength)
The acceptable kinds of packing materials are:
• Air pillows
• Bubble wraps
• Foam sheets or cushioning
• Full sheets of paper
On the contrary, these are the prohibited forms of packing material.
All types of packing peanuts
There are applicable additional guidelines depending on the type of shipment. Click the links below for your reference.
• Small Parcel Delivery Requirements
• Arranging for Less Than A Truckload (LTL) or Full Truckload (FTL) Deliveries to Amazon
• Shipment Label Requirements
• Packaging and Prep Requirements
• Label Products
So, the buzz is real. Everyone’s excited to welcome Amazon in the Australian trading sphere especially the local sellers who want to partake in this multi-billion dollar e-commerce industry. Early in August, the company confirmed through an official statement that they are indeed opening a fulfilment centre in the Pellicano M2 Industry Park. This is a perfect spot providing quick access to Monash Highway, South Gippsland Highway, and Eastlink.
Meanwhile, you may want to decide on the products that you will sell on Amazon and determine the weight and measurement of each type of item. This can help you identify the size and type of cardboard box that you will need for packaging and shipping. By then, feel free to contact us for enquiries about our products and we assure you that we will help you meet the packaging and prep requirements of Amazon Australia.