Many people are now choosing to sell products online and nowhere more so has their been significant growth than on Amazon platform. The website is viewed by millions worldwide and therefore offers sellers a great opportunity to quickly and effectively market and sell their products online. As a seller on Amazon, you are able to arrange for the fulfilment of any order you receive in one of two ways. Either FBM (Fulfilled By Merchant) or FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon). The latter is what we are going to provide an overview of now, where you need to arrange an Amazon FBA pallet delivery, so that these goods can be received by Amazon and added to your stock inventory.
Please note that this guide assumes you have created a “new shipment” within your Amazon dashboard and know which Amazon Fulfilment Centre delivery needs to be made to. In addition we are focusing on pallet shipments to an UK Amazon warehouse, European and North America locations may differ.
So arranging a palletised delivery to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre is not as straight forward as you may think. Whilst the principle of palletising the goods, arranging a pickup and onward delivery can be compared with other pallet deliveries you may have arranged in the past, with Amazon FBA pallet delivery shipments there is a lot more attention to detail required. Below is our guide to arranging a pallet delivery to Amazon and what you factors need to be taken into account.
1. The choice of pallet
According to Amazon, any pallet delivery being made to one of their fulfilment centres should be on a standard UK pallet, which has a pallet base of 100 cms x 120 cms. The pallet should be a four way pallet – meaning that a forklift truck or pallet truck, can access the pallet with ease. You should ensure that the pallet(s) you are using are of a good quality, have the required measurements of 100 cms x 120 cms and are capable of handling the weight of the product(s) you are loading onto them.
2. The height of the pallet
When arranging a delivery to Amazon, there is a maximum height restriction of 170 cms for each pallet, which must not be exceeded. Any pallet which arrives at an Amazon warehouse in excess of this height, runs the risk of being refused and this can mean additional costs for you, the shipper. Always ensure that your pallets are built no taller than this limit. Taking into account the pallet base and height restriction, the maximum dimensions of a pallet going to Amazon would be 100 cms x 120 cms x 170 cms.
3. No Overhanging of the pallet
Quite straight forward really, as this rule applies for any palletised delivery. Pallets must not have products overhanging the pallet, in fact Amazon allows a maximum overhang of the pallet base of just 2 cms either side. Again, similar to height restrictions, any pallets with overhang may potentially be refused and additional charges may apply to you, the sender.
4. Applying Amazon FBA Labels
When you setup your shipment on the Amazon platform, you will create Amazon FBA labels which you should print off and afix to each carton that is being loaded onto the pallet(s). These labels are unique to your shipment and without these labels being applied, Amazon will refuse the delivery. Failure to label all of the cartons, will mean that potentially your shipment will be either refused or if Amazon accepts, it may mean cartons being misplaced or lost within their warehouse, as their are no labels to identify the cartons belong to you. As well as labelling the cartons, it is recommended to put 1 Amazon FBA label on each corner of the pallet, which assists the Amazon warehouse when receiving your pallet shipment.
5. Wrapping The Pallet
Once you have built your pallet and labelled the cartons, you’ll need to shrink wrap (stretch wrap) the pallet(s) to make sure that all the products are safe and secured on the pallet. Make sure you wrap your pallet well and be generous with the shrink wrap. Also remember to attach the shrink wrap to the base of the pallet when you start, to make it extra secure.
6. Booking Collection Of The Amazon FBA Pallet Delivery
When it comes to arranging the collection and delivery of your pallet shipment, you will need to speak to your preferred pallet carrier, to make sure that they accept deliveries to Amazon Fulfilment Centres. Most carriers do, however there are a handful who don’t, so it is always worth checking first. When booking your pallet for collection, you will need to provide your pallet delivery company with some information relating to your Amazon FBA shipment. This is unique information which is relevant to your FBA shipment only and the pallet delivery company will pass this information to Amazon when booking the delivery slot. The key information you will need to provide is as follows:
– The FBA reference
– The number of pallets you are delivering
– The quantity of cartons which are contained within your Amazon FBA pallet delivery
– The total unit count of the products which are being delivered within the shipment
These 4 pieces of information are vital in securing your delivery slot at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre. Therefore without these key pieces of information, you will be unable to arrange your delivery to Amazon.
7. Once your pallets have been delivered to Amazon
Upon your pallet(s) arriving at the Amazon warehouse, note that depending on the current volume of deliveries that Amazon is receiving, may mean a short delay from receiving the pallets to you seeing your stock updated on your inventory. So don’t panic if the stock does not show as soon as your pallets are received, Amazon handles many deliveries every day at all of their fulfilment centres.
If you have any questions about arranging an Amazon FBA pallet delivery, please feel free to contact us via our website.