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Understanding the basics of Amazon FBA

by Chester C.

FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) refers to a form of a business model that allows you to leverage Amazon’s extensive customer base and distribution network. Amazon FBA provides warehousing services to businesses and fulfillment. Fulfillment is where a company stores your products, and when orders from a client are made, the fulfillment business handles the preparation and delivery of the product. Amazon offers both labeling and FBA prep.

How can businesses use Amazon FBA?

Before you can even think of employing an Amazon fulfillment center, you need to have a business. You also need to make sure the products you want to sell are profitable. If your business is not doing well, the last thing you want is to negatively impact your profit margins by employing a fulfillment center’s services.

Therefore, you need to enquire about the charges you will incur for handling and storing your products. The fees differ from one product to the other depending on the type, weight, and size. Finding out about the charges will help you decide on whether or not you need to get a fulfillment center or not.

After making a conscious and knowledgeable decision, the next thing you need to do is contact Amazon fulfillment and strike a deal. Afterward, you will be required to send your products to the warehouse owned and run by Amazon. You have to make sure that the products are correctly packaged before you send them to the warehouse. You can also choose to label them or not. However, if you decide to let Amazon label the products for you, you will incur an added cost per item.

From there, the products are distributed to various FBA centers. You can also use Amazon’s Fulfillment Placement Service. At this point, the company will take charge of the distribution of your goods. Note that this process depends on the type of goods you sell.

Who can use Amazon FBA?

Amazon FBA is currently one of the most popular means of earning income through eCommerce. At the moment, the company boasts of more than two million people who sell products on the platform.

The company does not have a limitation when it comes to who can list products on the platform. Amazon allows anyone to use the platform. There are also close to no limits regarding the type of products you can sell on the platform. For instance, the company allows you to sell items that you have acquired through wholesale, made, and even those you no longer need.

Anyone can enroll in the Amazon FBA program and automate the order fulfillment service. Using these services will help you make more sales and earn more money from your products.

Final Word

In simpler terms, all you have to do to access FBA is to send your products to Amazon for storage in their warehouses. Once you do that, the company will handle all orders by picking, packing, and shipping them to clients. FBA will also track the order on your behalf and address all issues of returns and refunds.

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