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What are Amazon FBA Warehouses? Benefits & Shipping Mistakes

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2019-05-05

Instead of shipping the products manually to every customer, all merchants have to do now is send their inventory to Amazon FBA warehouses and let them take care of the rest.

The idea here is to have Amazon manage the tricky part of doing a product business on your behalf – packaging, shipping, delivering, processing returns, and providing customer service.

Needless to mention, all of these services come at a price, often dubbed as Amazon FBA fee. Amazon does all of this so smoothly that sellers barely feel the need to trouble themselves with the intricacies of their operation.

With the entire responsibility now resting on Amazon’s able shoulders, sellers and merchants alike can focus on growing and improving their business.

Amazon's warehouse states

 

What Are Amazon FBA Warehouses?

It is fair to say that the success of the FBA model relies on Amazon storing the inventories of their clients in their fulfillment centers, also known as Amazon FBA warehouse.

In addition to storing the goods, Amazon is also tasked with efficiently organizing the products and navigating the labyrinth of shelves to process the orders received.

Since speed and time are of paramount importance here, Amazon has come up with ingenious ways to classify the inventory so that they can be picked up and packaged without a hitch.

In order to ensure that Amazon is able to fulfill the delivery requirements of their customers seamlessly, it has set up numerous Amazon FBA warehouses in different parts of the country.

Generally speaking, when a customer places an order for a particular product, the order is dispatched from the fulfillment center closest to the customer, provided that the center has the product.

Many sellers also opt for the inventory placement service. By default, Amazon divides the shipment into multiple small shipments with shipment each going to different fulfillment centers.

Amazon does this based on a plethora of factors like size and category of the product, season, location, et cetera.

In the case of inventory placement, sellers can avoid the cost of shipping to multiple fulfillment centers. Instead, they need to ship their products to only one fulfillment center, and this center is decided by Amazon.

Once Amazon receives the shipment, it may be then split into multiple shipments and sent to different Amazon FBA warehouses. However, doing this incurs a per-item fee on each shipment which you will have to consider while deciding on a shipping option.

 

What are the benefits of using Amazon FBA Warehouses?

There are plenty of benefits to using the Fulfillment by Amazon program. Yes, granted that there are certain fees and charges that one must pay to enjoy the features of Amazon FBA but they are well worth it.

Some of these advantages are:

   • Amazon will take care of processing all returns and any customer queries that may arise in the process. This, in turn, saves the merchant a lot of time and helps them avoid dealing with this hassle.

   • Sellers who use Amazon FBA get to list their products with the exclusive Prime badge. This means better ranking in the search results, instant visibility, and faster delivery options. In fact, products which have the Prime badge are known to do better than the ones without it.

   • FBA seller shipping prices are highly competitive. This means that you are bound to save significantly more if you choose to ship your products through Amazon FBA instead of a third-party delivery partner.

   • Lastly, Amazon merchants get to benefit by saving a great deal of time since they don’t have to bother themselves with shipping each product individually to their customers.

 

How Does it Work?

Sending an inventory to an Amazon FBA Warehouse is a simple process. All you have to do is go to your Seller Central Account page and prepare your listings. Once you have prepared the listings, you need to select the ones that you would like Amazon to fulfill on your behalf.

The last step is to send the inventory to Amazon by creating a virtual shipment plan. The shipment plan entails the following details:

   • The products you want to send to Amazon and their quantity

   • Labeling information, that is, whether Amazon needs to label the products on your behalf or you are doing it yourself

   • Shipping details such as carrier name, tracking number, a method of shipping, etc.

After you have prepared your shipping plan, you need to prepare your products. In order to do this, you need to carefully pack each product into an individual bag with a safety label which is clearly displayed.

In fact, before you begin to pack your products, you should familiarize yourself with Amazon FBA Packaging and Preparation requirements.

If you fail to comply with the standards and safety requirements set down by Amazon, then your inventory may not be accepted by the fulfillment centers.

Once you have packed your products as per the Amazon FBA standards, the next task at your hands is to label your products.

As we mentioned earlier, you can either do this yourself or have Amazon do it for you. However, if you choose the latter option, then you will be required to pay fees to Amazon.

To label the products, you need to open your Seller Central Account and take a print out of the labels which will be available to you after you have prepared your listings. Once you have printed these labels, you need to place them in front of your product.

To ensure that these labels can be scanned easily, you may use a barcode scanner to check.

Your shipment is now ready. You will need to weigh and measure the dimensions of your shipment so that they can be input accurately into the system. Based on these metrics, your shipping charges will be calculated.

The last step in the process is to print your box label. This is nothing but a sheet of paper which has all the important information regarding the package printed on it.

This shipping label can be downloaded from the Seller Central account and it needs to be placed securely on the box.

 

Find Amazon FBA Warehouse Near Your Locations 

Arizona 

Code Address County
#PHX3 6835 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85043 Maricopa County
#PHX5 16920 W. Commerce Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85338 Maricopa County
#TFC1 5050 W. Mohave Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043 Maricopa County

 

California 

Code Address County
#LGB3 4950 Goodman Way, Eastvale, CA 91752 San Bernardino County
#LGB6 20901 Krameria Ave, Riverside, CA 95208 Riverside County
#SJC7 188 Mountain House Pkwy, Tracy, CA 95391 San Joaquin County
#OAK3 255 Park Center Drive, Patterson City, CA 95363-8876 Stanislaus County

 

Colorado 

Code Address County
#DEN5 19799 E 36th Dr, Aurora, CO 80011 Adams County
#DEN2 24006 E. 19th Ave., Aurora, CO 80019 Adams County

 

Connecticut 

Code Address County
#BDL1 200 Old Iron Ore Road, Windsor, CT 06095 Hartford County
#BDL2 409 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473 New Haven County
#BDL5 29 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492 New Haven County

 

Delaware 

Code Address County
#PHL1 1 Centerpoint Boulevard, New Castle, DE 19720 New Castle County
#PHL3 1600 Johnson Way, New Castle, DE 19720 New Castle County
#PHL7 560 Merrimac Avenue, Middletown, DE 19709-4652 New Castle County

 

Florida 

Code Address County
#TPA1 3350 Laurel Ridge Ave., Ruskin FL 33570 Hillsborough County
#TPA2 1760 County Line Road, Lakeland, FL 33811 Polk County
#MIA1/5 1900 NW 132nd Place, Doral, FL, 33182 Miami-Dade County

 

Georgia 

Code Address County
#ATL6 4200 North Commerce, Atlanta, GA 30344-5707 Fulton County
#ATL8 2201 Thornton Rd., Lithia Springs, GA 30122 Douglas County
#MGE1 650 Broadway Ave, Braselton, GA 30517-3002 Jackson County

 

Illinois 

Code Address County
#MDW2 401 E Laraway Road, Joliet, Illinois 60433 Will County
#MDW8 750 Bridge Drive, Waukegan, IL, 60085 Lake County
#STL4 3050 Gateway Commerce Center Dr S, Edwardsville, IL Madison County

 

Indiana 

Code Address County
#XUSE 5100 S Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, IN 46075 Boone County
#IND2 715 Airtech Parkway, Plainfield, IN 46168 Hendricks County
#IND4 710 South Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214 Marin County
#IND6 1453 10th Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Clark County

 

Kansas 

Code Address County
#TUL1 2654 N US Highway 169, Coffeyville, KS 67337 Montgomery County
#MKC6 6925 Riverview Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102 Wyandotte County
#MCI1 113th Street and Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS, 66219 Johnson County

 

Kentucky 

Code Address County
#SDF1 1105 S Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY 42718 Taylor County
#SDF2 4360 Robards Lane, Louisville, KY 40218 Jefferson County
#CVG1 1155 Worldwide Blvd. Hebron, KY 41048 Boone County
#LEX1 1850 Mercer Road, Lexington, KY 40511 Fayette County

 

Maryland 

Code Address County
#BWI1 2010 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224 Baltimore County
#BWI2 5001 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 Baltimore County
#MDT2 600 Principio Parkway, North East, MD 21901 Montgomery County

 

Massachusetts 

Code Address County
#BOS5 1000 Tech Center Drive, Stoughton, MA 02072 Norfolk County
#BOS7 1180 Innovation Way, Fall River, MA 02722 Bristol County

 

Michigan 

Code Address County
#DTW1 39000 Amrhein Rd., Livonia, MI 48150-1043 Wayne County
#DTW5 19991 Brownstown Center Dr, Brownstown Charter Twp, MI 48183 Wayne County

 

Minnesota 

Code Address County
#MSP1 2601 4th Avenue East, Shakopee, MN 55379 Scott County
#MSP5 5825 11th Avenue East, Shakopee, MN 55379 Scott County

 

Nevada 

Code Address County
#RNO4 8000 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89506 Washoe County
#LAS2 3837 Bay Lake Trail, Suite 113, Las Vegas, NV 89193-0001 Clark County
#RNO1 1600 East Newlands Drive, Fernley, NV 89408 Lyon County

 

New Hampshire 

Code Address County
#BOS1 10 State Street, Nashua, NH 03063 Hillsborough County

 

New Jersey 

Code Address County
#ACY5 2277 Center Square Road, Swedesboro, Logan Township, NJ 08085 Gloucester County
#EWR4 50 New Canton Way, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 Mercer County
#EWR5 301 Blair Road #100, Avenel, NJ 07001 Middlesex County
#LGA8 38171 Amrhein Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 Wayne County

 

North California

Code Address County
#CLT5 1745 Derita Road, Concord, NC 28027 Cabarrus County

 

Ohio 

Code Address Location
#CLE5 8685 Independence Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087 Summit County
#CMH1 11903 National Road SW, Etna, OH 43062 Licking County
#CMH2 6050 Gateway Court, Obetz, OH 43125 Franklin County

 

Pennsylvania 

Code Address County
#AVP1 550 Oak Ridge Road, Hazleton, PA 18202 Luzerne County
#AVP3 289 1st Ave, Gouldsboro, PA 18424 Wayne County
#ABE2 705 Boulder Drive, Breinigsville, PA 18031 Lehigh County
#ABE4 1610 Van Buren Rd., Easton, PA 18045-1707 Northampton County

 

South Carolina 

Code Address County
#CAE1 4400 12th Street Extension, West Columbia, SC 29172 Lexington County
#GSP1 402 John Dodd Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303-6312 Spartanburg County

 

Tennessee 

Code Address County
#BNA1 14840 Central Pike, Lebanon, TN 37090 Wilson County
#BNA3 2020 Joe B Jackson Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37127 Rutherford County
#BNA5 50 Airways Blvd, Nashville, TN 37217 Davidson County

 

Texas

Code Address County
#DFW1 2700 Regent Boulevard, DFW Airport, TX 75261 Dallas County
#DFW6 940 W Bethel Road, Coppell, TX 75019-4424 Denton County
#DFW7 700 Westport Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177-4513 Tarrant County
#SAT1 6000 Enterprise Avenue, Schertz, TX 78154 Guadalupe County

 

Virginia

Code Address County
#RIC1 5000 Commerce Way, Petersburg, VA 23803 Petersburg County
#RIC2 1901 Meadowville Technology Parkway, Chester, VA 23836 Chesterfield County
#BWI1 45121 Global Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166 Loudoun County

 

Washington 

Code Address County
#BFI1 1800 140th Avenue, E Sumner, WA Pierce County
#BFI3 2700 Center Drive, Dupont, WA 98327 Pierce County
#SEA6 2646 Rainier Avenue, South Seattle, WA 98144 King County

 

Wisconsin 

Code Address County
#MKE1 3501 120th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144-7502 Kenosha County
#MKE5 11211 Burlington Road, Kenosha, WI 53144 Kenosha County

 

Other Things to Consider

You can also send your products to Amazon via Amazon-partner carriers. While this may prove to be far more convenient, you need to consider the costs here and compare it with third-party shipping services.

You can find all the relevant costs and information on the Seller Central dashboard.

When you receive an order, Amazon processes it and picks up the products which are stored in its fulfillment centers.

It then packages it, ships it and provides customer support. Additionally, it also processes returns, if any, on your behalf, and stores the products back in the warehouses.

As a seller, you will always have a choice to replenish your inventory or even remove items from your inventory. Obviously, these services will incur a charge and they are a part of the Amazon FBA fees.

Amazon FBA warehouses have also made it possible for the e-commerce giant to purchase products on a wholesale basis and then sell them under their brand name on the website. Since these FBA warehouses are huge, Amazon can conveniently store the wholesale products and market them based on their strategies and requirements.

Parties who sell their products to Amazon on a wholesale basis are known as Amazon Vendors.

Keep in mind that this is completely unlike the Amazon Sellers program, wherein sellers use the Amazon platform to sell their own products and, in turn, pay Amazon fees for letting them use their portal. Furthermore, a person can become an Amazon Vendor through an invitation only.

 

Mistakes to avoid while shipping to Amazon fulfillment warehouses

If you are just starting out with Amazon FBA, you are bound to make mistakes. It is quite all right to do so as it is tricky to get a hang of it right at the beginning. This is particularly the case when it comes to shipping your inventory to Amazon FBA warehouses.

To help you avoid making these fba mistakes, we have prepared a list of common errors that many people make:

   • Illegible barcode: Barcodes make it easier for the staff at Amazon FBA warehouses to track various products. After all, no one has the time to check the description of each product individually.

   • If you the barcode on your product is unreadable, then it may result in your items getting rejected by the Amazon FBA workers. Always make sure that the barcode is visible clearly on the edge of the box, with no creases and wrinkles.

   • Not labeling your products correctly: It is important that you label your products correctly – make sure to re-check your inputs while you are preparing your product listings. If you mislabel your products, then there is a very good chance that they may be rejected.

   • Not labeling your products at all: While the chances of this happening are quite slim, it has happened nonetheless. As an Amazon seller, you must strive for perfection and make sure that all the items that you are sending to Amazon FBA warehouses have been labeled.

   • Failing to check your shipping label: As a rule of thumb, your shipping label should clearly have the details like the name and address of the seller, Amazon reference ID and shipment ID, name and SCAC code of the carrier, the shipping reference number of the carrier, seal and container number, et cetera.

   • These details will be required by Amazon prior to collecting your shipment and therefore, you must make sure that this information is clearly mentioned on the label.

 

Final Thoughts

Amazon FBA warehouses comprise the foundation on which the entire FBA model has been built. Amazon stores all the products it gets from the sellers in these fulfillment centers and then processes the orders as and when it receives them. By storing the products at one convenient location, it becomes easier for Amazon to pack and ship the goods.

It is also equally easy for Amazon sellers to send their inventory to these FBA fulfillment centers, thanks to the well-designed Seller Central portal, If you are an Amazon FBA member, then please feel free to share your experience in the comments below!

 

 

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