FBA, or Fulfillment by Amazon, is a great way to streamline your selling process and save money on shipping costs. Rather than sending your products directly to your customers, you instead ship them to an Amazon fulfillment center, where they are stored.
When a customer buys one of your products, Amazon uses your inventory in their Amazon fulfillment center to handle shipping the goods to the customer, so you don’t have to.
Even better, as part of its seller program, Amazon provides discounted shipping rates for sellers who use UPS or FedEx to ship their goods to Amazon’s FBA warehouses, saving you money on your overheads.
The downside of the FBA system is you need to print all your own shipping labels and barcodes.
To make things as simple as possible, we’ve put together this guide to what size labels for FBA shipping are the best.
To put it simply, a thermal printer will save you time and money.
Amazon FBA labels cannot be printed on an Inkjet printer because of the risk of smearing. Printing on a laserjet printer means printing individual labels over and over again in a repetitive and time-consuming process.
Using a thermal printer allows you to print large numbers of labels quickly and easily.
Printing large numbers of labels using a thermal printer is considerably cheaper than using a standard ink printer.
This is because thermal printers use thermosensitive paper and heat instead of ink. So you won't need to buy replacement toner or ink cartridges.
The best indicator that thermal printers are best for FBA shipping is the fact that Amazon uses them. Amazon fulfillment centers currently use Zebra GX430t model printers with a direct thermal setting.
In order to manage the logistics of the FBA system, Amazon requires sellers to attach two labels to the outside of each box being sent to one of their warehouses:
As part of its seller program, Amazon provides discounted shipping rates for sellers who use UPS or FedEx to ship their goods to Amazon’s FBA warehouses.
A Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit, or FNSKU, is a barcode that Amazon uses to differentiate between sellers.
The FNSKU is attached to the physical items you are sending to the Amazon fulfillment center, not the box you are sending them in.
You can ship product to an Amazon fulfillment center just using a UPC, or Universal Product Code, but you run the risk of your products being mixed in with items from another seller.
If that seller is selling items that are titularly the same as yours but are of inferior quality or are counterfeit, you run the risk of your customer receiving that item, so it’s always best to attach an FNSKU barcode to your products.
Amazon has some fairly strict guidelines about FNSKU barcode printing:
With these restrictions in mind, here are the label sizes we suggest for both Zebra and DYMO thermal printers.
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If you find that your business is expanding and you require more label printing support, simply upgrade to one of our three premium accounts. Each premium account comes with a range of services that we have explicitly designed to help you streamline your selling process.
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