I refer to Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) a lot, because it is my number one outlet for reselling in the pursuit of points. Chatting with a friend, I realized that I’ve never actually put together anything basic about how to get started with FBA. This is a continuation of my attempt at that.
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Setting up an account
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Analyzing and adding a product
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Shipping 101
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Shipping 201
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Ungating Product Categories
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Amazon Seller App
- Beginner’s Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Amazon Seller App Part 2
- Expert Guide to Fulfillment by Amazon: Dealing with Returns
A lot of things factor in to how things go with shipping. One of the costs I try hard to cut down, is shipping. Amazon will allow you to send multiple products in the same shipment, this in turn reduces the cost of shipping per item. This can get complicated, and can also take some workarounds, so despite my previous avoidance of arrows, I’ll walk you through how to do this.
Warning red arrows ahead.
This can get complicated (it took me a few times to get it right), so bare with me on the bullets and such.
- Select the items you want to ship together.
- Click Main “Actions” tab.
- Under the main action tab select send/replenish inventory.
You’ll be sent to the normal send/replenish area. You will want to select the individual products. There will be a listing of all the products that you selected from the previous screen.
Set the number of each that you are sending. Click continue.
In order to send everything in the same box you may need to label one or more items yourself (in this case, I had to label one item). If you want to let amazon do it, it may require multiple boxes to be shipped.
After printing the labels select continue.
Review the shipment. Amazon might tell you that you need to send in multiple boxes, if that happens, Amazon’ll show multiple shipments and the number of units & msku’s for each one. In some cases, you can avoid multiple boxes by opting to label products on your own.
You’ll then be prompted to prepare shipment.
- Here you enter the weight, number of boxes and size.
- Tell Amazon to calculate the shipping fees and accept the fees.
- Once that is done you can print your label.
- Next, approve the shipment
After you’ve approved the shipment, you see a summary. You can return here to track your shipment.
I haven’t found a consistent, repeatable way to force a single box shipment. I’m hopeful that you will share your experiences, in the hope that we can compile enough data points to determine whether there is a consistent, repeatable process to consolidating shipments.
Please share your experiences!