A lot of Amazon sellers choose to use FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) because of the FBA customer benefits, but shipping directly from suppliers to Amazon fulfillment center may encounter some problems, especially when your suppliers are far away in China. That’s why you need a middleman who does amazon fulfillment in China. China based third-party amazon fulfillment services include all the required handling before the products are shipped to amazon FBA warehouses, such as goods inspection, labeling, kitting, custom clearance, etc, since all the Amazon warehouses, including Amazon China fulfillment center locates in multiple cities, have strict and detailed prep requirements.
According to Amazon’s policies, your products should be “ready to be fulfilled” before they are sent to FBA, or Amazon will charge handling fees which are calculated by units. The labeling and packaging requirements include:
Bar codes: Correct, scan-able, unique bar codes on both item’s packages and cases/sets; All the other non-related bar codes must be covered.
Labels: Sold as set labels, SKU labels, Expiration dates labels.
Packaging: Packing requirements for loose products, products in boxes, products in poly bags, etc.
You can download the detailed requirements documents in Amazon help center, then you will see they are surprisingly long.
You may say your suppliers can do these for you, but do you know the risks?
High error rates. You will be surprised by the packing errors your suppliers make, packing one package is easy, but try to do one thousand times within a day! It requires skillful staff and optimized processes, which are a lot to ask for a factory.
Goods rejection & High handling fee. Amazon requires that all your shipping fees and duties must be paid in advance, they will pay no money for goods receiving. More than that, if your labels don’t meet the Amazon prep requirements and need to re-labeling, Amazon FBA will charge you the handing fee calculated by units.
Business secrets leakage. Tell your supplier how to do all the preparations for Amazon is dangerous, because it equates to teach them how to sell their own products without you. If you let them do the value-added work, they will know your marketing strategy as well. The more you let them do, the more they will learn.
In this case, the reasons for using Amazon fulfillment service in China are to outsource the hassles, avoid the risks and save more energies for your real business.
Goods inspection. Amazon will not inspect the goods for you, if the supplier mixed the blue skirts in the red ones by mistake, your customer will receive the wrong products with no doubt. So having them inspected by third-party before shipping to amazon is essential. When the products arrive at ChinaDivision warehouse, our staff will open the boxes and check accuracy of the product amount and SKU, to ensure everything is in order.
Labeling. Outsourcing the labeling means you download the PDF labels from Amazon and give them to your China Amazon fulfillment service provider, they print it for you and put them on item packages and boxes/sets. But ChinaDivision does more, with the help of tech oriented bar code system, we can make your inventory management more effective and accurate.
Kitting. Unlike other Amazon fulfillment in China, ChinaDivision Amazon fulfillment also includes kitting&assembly, package customization and other value-added services. If you need to ship different products in one package, put promotional inserts in it or print logos, ChinaDivision is here to help. We can also print the promotional inserts such as thank you cards, leaflets, catalogs for you.
Custom clearance. There are always custom related routines to do when it comes to global shipping, unfortunately Amazon will not do it for you, that’s another reason you need to get help from Amazon fulfillment service provider in China. ChinaDivision ensures that all fees are paid up when your goods arrive Amazon warehouses.
Keep your secrets. ChinaDivision is an order fulfillment provider, unlike your suppliers in China, we have no business overlaps with you. ChinaDivision will never steal and leak your business secrets, your designs, marketing strategies and suppliers’ names are safe with us.