Prep and Inspection

FBA Prep and Inspection

Amazon has strict rules when it comes to their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program. As a seller, it is important to abide by these rules to avoid expensive fees, warnings, poor ratings, and/or issues with your account that could affect your ability to sell on Amazon in the future. In addition, your shipment is handled by many different people between your supplier and Amazon’s fulfillment centers. By using FBAforward’s prep and inspection services, you are investing in the quality of your goods and the health of your Amazon account.

FNSKU Labeling

$0.15/unit

FNSKU Labeling

What’s Included:

  • (1) “Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit” (or FNSKU) label per unit

FNSKU – An identifier used by Amazon fulfillment centers to identify individual units of a specific ASIN.

Each unit you send to Amazon for fulfillment needs a unique scannable bar code to enable storage at a fulfillment center. If you have bar code on a unit that is not unique (for example, if you have the same bar code for a product that comes in many colors or sizes), you need to apply a unique FNSKU label printed from your Seller Central account.

Amazon account access must be made available to our processing team prior to your items arriving at our warehouse

Suffocation Labels

$0.20/unit

Suffocation warning

What’s Included:

  • (1) Suffocation label per plastic bag, when bag’s opening is equal to or greater than than 5″

Each poly bagged unit you send to Amazon for fulfillment must meet the following requirement: Poly bags with a 5″ opening or larger (measured when flat) are required to have a suffocation warning, either printed on the bag itself, or attached as a label.

If your item has a poly bag with an opening greater than 5″, a suffocation label will be added to comply with Amazon’s requirements.

Sold as a Set Labels

$0.20/unit

This is a set. Do not separate.

What’s Included:

  • (1) “This is a Set, Do Not Separate” label per unit

Units that are sets must be marked as sets on their packaging. We’ll add a label to the Unit that states: “This is a set. Do not separate.”

Bundling costs not included with purchase of label.

Inserts – Marketing, Other

$0.70/unit

Marketing Inserts

What’s Included:

We will perform open package product inspection on each unit while inserting a marketing insert, additional product into the box your unit came in, or more.

Cost of insert printing not included in price.

If you’d like, we can work closely with a local printer and to get great rates for your inserts. Reach out to our support team with a pdf of the print and we will get you a price quote.

Poly Bags for a Single Item

$0.50/unit

Poly Bags for a Single Item

What’s Included:

  • Each unit will be inserted into a poly bag and sealed
  • Poly bags included

Amazon requires poly bags for certain items. We’ll help to make sure your products comply.

See bundle pricing if you have multiple units and contact us for a quote if you have oversize items that need to be bagged.

Poly Bags and Bundling for Multiple Items

$0.80/unit

Poly Bags and Bundling

What’s Included:

  • Multiple units will be inserted into a poly bag and sealed
  • Poly bags included

Amazon requires poly bags for certain items. We’ll help to make sure your products comply.

Contact us for a quote if you have oversize items that need to be bagged. Bundling of first 2 items included in price; $0.10/additional item added to bundle (example: bundling and poly-bagging of 4 items into 1 poly bag would cost $1/bundle = $0.80 + $0.10 + $0.10).

Open Package Product Inspection

$0.60/unit

Girl's hands holding the package on the table

What’s Included:

  • Open and inspect inside of packaging of each unit

If your product has multiple items within the packaging, we have a great inspection service for you! We’ll carefully open and inspect the inside of the packaging of each unit to confirm your product matches what you ordered from your supplier.

$0.60/unit covers an inspection of up to 3 interior items. Additional fee of $0.10/item inspected beyond 3.

Product Testing

$1.00/unit

Product Testing Inspection

What’s Included:

  • Open and inspect inside of packaging of each unit

Our highest level of inspection! We’ll test every one of your products to make sure they are in good working condition prior to reaching Amazon.

Per unit fee is assessed on a case-by-case basis, starting at $1/unit. The per unit cost covers an inspection of up to 3 interior items. Additional fees may be applied to inspect beyond 3.

Re-Packaging (Per Unit)

$1.00/unit

Warehouse worker packaging product for a customer

What’s Included:

  • We will remove your products from their current packaging, if any, and insert them into new boxes or packaging that you provide.

New, plain unit boxes can be provided for an additional fee.

Re-Boxing (Per Carton)

$3.50/unit

Open Package Product Inspection

What’s Included:

  • Removing all units from the master carton and placing them in a new, Amazon-compliant box
  • Includes the price of new cardboard cartons
  • If your cartons are received at our warehouse damaged, over-sized (over 25″ on any side), or overweight (over 50 lbs), we will put all of your units into new master cartons

You will be notified once your product arrives at our warehouse if your products require re-boxing.

This service is required if we notice any cartons are too damaged, over-sized, or over weight to ensure compliance with Amazon’s FBA receiving standards.

Amazon Account Manager

$50

Required on all shipments. This is a one-time fee and is included free in all Turnkey orders.

Amazon Account Manager

What’s Included:

  • You provide FBAforward with limited permissions to your Amazon account
  • FBAforward will produce FNSKU labels
  • FBAforward will create or schedule shipments, print labels, and apply labels

We offer an account manager service, where you create a user account for us through Seller Central that only has privileges to create shipments and shipping labels. When your goods arrive, we will take care of creating the shipment in Seller Central, printing the labels, and releasing the goods to UPS or an LTL carrier for you. The $50 fee is a one time setup fee, and is included free in TurnKey orders.

Required on all shipments.

Inventory Storage

$0.40/cubic foot stored

Warehouse

What’s Included:

  • Short Term: $0.40/cubic foot stored per month for first 3 months
  • Long Term: $0.50/cubic foot stored per month for any months thereafter
  • Q4 Storage Rates: $80/pallet per month during October, November, and December

We can now store excess inventory for you, and do it at a comparable rate to Amazon! Whether you don’t have a high enough storage limit on your Amazon account yet, or you just want to store a portion of your inventory with us and have us send it in as you request, we can help you save time.

Short and long term storage fees are per cubic foot per month stored.

Please note that prices can change due to seasonal supply and demand. Rates during Q4 will increase to $80 per pallet per month. Pallet fees apply to any amount of cubic feet that occupy a single pallet, up to a maximum of 80 cubic feet.

Items subject to additional unplanned storage charges ($0.05 per cubic foot per day) if the goods are held due to issues that need to be resolved on the customer’s end.

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