Prepping Inventory

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The first thing that you need to know is what’s going to happen to your products. Below this video will be a complete list of links. There are a lot of videos Amazon put out there.

I see no need to duplicate their professional efforts.

There are a lot of videos you’ll have a chance to watch. The first video you should watch is this one about the Amazon fulfillment center. You need to understand that when you ship your items into Amazon, they are going via UPS and they are going through a conveyor belt.

They are going to be handled by robots. They are going to be handled by multiple people. They need to be protected so that their labels will be read correctly and they will be accepted quickly into the system.

I would like for you to watch this video first so you can see all the steps that your item is going to go through and maybe understand better why the preparation requirements are as they are.

The first thing you’re going to run into with a lot of different products on Amazon is protecting them.

The next video you should watch is actually a series of videos, FBA prepping, packing and labelling tutorials right by Fulfilment By Amazon. There’s no better place than to get the information right from the start.

Amazon has very short 1-2-minute videos about each specific topic. I would watch them all and then go back and, for the categories that you’re going to be selling, watch those again.

The first one addresses prepping items in the apparel, fabric, plush or textiles category. That’s anything soft and fuzzy, more or less. If you’re selling fabric, if you’re selling clothing, if you’re selling a toy that’s a plush toy, those kinds of things.

The next video is how to prep baby products for Amazon. The next is how to prep liquid products. It goes on down the playlist. As I said, I would watch them all.

Products with perforated packaging; sharp products; products sold as a set; how to put your labels on the products; products with expiration dates; boxes for shipment; how to pack your boxes; how to ship case-packed items; and then of course how to build a pallet and label your items.

This video list, this playlist here on YouTube, is great education. Each one will walk you through step-by-step how to prepare all of these different types of items.

The main point all of these videos will make is the fact that you need to protect your items from the warehouse possible damage and dirt. Most people will use either poly bags or shrink wrap to achieve this.

A shrink wrap system is not as big and expensive as you may have thought. I’ve included links to several different companies: Uline, AEI Sealers, several places you can purchase a shrink wrap system.

The Proven Amazon Course does not recommend one above the other, but there are lots of different companies that show you how to shrink wrap an item. There are even videos on how to shrink it by hand without buying the expensive system.

Mainly you’re talking about the film that you can purchase, and a heat gun or a blow dryer to shrink it to the product. A simpler way of handling that is actually to use poly bags.

Your first choice when purchasing these poly bags that I keep talking about is whether you want to purchase these type of bags that have a self-seal label. You peel off the label, fold it over and it’s sealed.

Or, if you prefer to use an impulse sealer, you can make your own size bags. You can buy one roll of bags and make many different sizes with the impulse sealer. Or you can purchase them on Amazon, eBay or from many other sources, where you can purchase a bag in a specific size, if you have products you sell repeatedly, and they seal themselves.

It’s totally up to you. Some say one looks more professional; some say the other looks more professional. If you use poly bags that have an opening larger than four inches, you are required to have a suffocation warning label on the bags.

As you can see, these bags come with the label. You can also purchase a label on stickers and add that to your bag that you’ve created, perhaps with one of these impulse sealers. You can put the sticker right on the bag.

Or you can actually purchase stickers from other people and put those on. The two things to remember with poly bags is you can either buy a select of sizes or one specific size that you need. As you can see, these come in 6×9, 8×10, 9×12, 11×14, pretty much any size that you like.

You can buy smaller quantities, usually on eBay or Amazon. Larger quantities, you might do better from a larger wholesaler. Once you decide if you want to buy the poly bags in sizes, or if you want to buy an impulse sealer and set up that system, you’ll know which direction to go.

With this system, of course, you’ll have to get the suffocation warning labels and apply those to your bags.

There are also a couple videos in this playlist that I think are important that I showed you from Amazon, that talk about how to label, how to pack your boxes, etc.

All of these links will be included below the video. We’re not going to go into that. Just know that some products require special preparation from Amazon.

Almost all products at this point are requiring poly bags, more and more of them. This playlist Amazon put together in 2012, and obviously it’s by Fulfilment By Amazon itself. They have not taken it down or changed it or updated it.

However, enforcement does seem to change. I’m also going to include some links to Amazon’s help section. Here is there packaging and prep requirements. You can print out a list.

They have specific requirements for these types of products: loose products; products sold as a set; boxed units; poly bagged units. What kind of poly bags, you’re asking? There’s your information right there.

Case packed items; expiration dates; marketing materials; safety. There is also another category about preparing product units for FBA. I will include, as I said, all of these links for you.

I think this is very helpful. This is a quick reference prep guide. It’s a pdf file that you can download and print out for yourself. It gives you specific items. If your item is this, is it this? Here’s an example: these are the materials you’ll need, and this is your prep guidance.

All of these come straight from Amazon, packing and shipping quick reference guide. PAC recommends you download these, print them out, keep them by your side as you learn to prep.

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