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Why Do You Need Amazon FBA Labeling?
Amazon requires labels for their products. Amazon has to be able to identify each product.
You have 2 Amazon FBA Labeling options:
1) Use Amazon’s FN skus
2) Use the manufacturer’s bar code to send in inventory
Stickered Inventory vs. Stickerless
We recommend stickered inventory. This prevents comingling. Comingling means Amazon may send one of your competitors’ products. This means you don’t have a chance to inspect that product personally and your reputation may be harmed or your returns may increase.
Example: You buy a purse for your wife. She does not like it. You miss the return date and decide to send it into Amazon as a new product but the tags and plastic have been taken off and repackaged. Now, that purse goes onto the shelf along with all the other unstickered inventory with no Amazon FBA labeling. Anyone can now get that purse as a “new” product including your customers if you do not sticker your product.
2 Options for Stickering
1) Apply Labels Yourself
2) FBA Label Service
Amazon FBA Labeling Unplanned Service Fees
If you forget to label your products, Amazon may charge you for this service. These unplanned Amazon FBA labeling service fees will cut into your profit. If you send in products that are unlabeled too often and have Amazon label them, then Amazon can lower your seller rating. This can also affect if you send in the wrong number of units or if you send the inventory to the wrong place. Amazon will have less trust in you the more mistakes you make because Amazon is based on customer trust and reliability.
Printing Amazon FBA Labels
Use a laser printer! DO NOT use an inkjet printer. Use 30-Up Labels (Avery 5160/8160). There are other brands but they do not stick as well. If stickers fall off, you can get charged by Amazon and your seller account rating can go down. Amazon FBA labeling is serious business.
Where To Find FBA Labels To Print
- Use an Amazon generated PDF from Amazon.com
- Get product labeling page while creating shipment
- Print item labels from the inventory screen
TIP: It is hard to reprint on a page. All labels will be lumped together so do a full 30 sheet. Then, save the extra labels for when you have more inventory.
How Long Do Amazon FBA Labels Have To Last?
Labels have to “survive” 24 months. It has to be legible and readable for this long. The ink will smear or get wet or fade from an inkjet printer. A laser printer is good but the best is thermal label printer. The label has to be able to stick to the product for 24 months or you can incur additional fees. Choose on–demand printing. This way, you can print just what you need. Buy QUALITY toner and labels. It will pay off on the long run. We use Zebra 2844 model printer. There are also optional attachments. On EBay, they are $170-$180 as of August 2016. We recommend getting 2 printers for a backup in order to keep sales going in case of equipment failure.
Shipping Products into Amazon via UPS
In general, Amazon allows you to use partnered shipping. This means you can use Amazon to ship via UPS to get your products to their fulfillment centers. Approximately 60%-70% off of retail shipping prices. Use the label on the left for UPS and use the label on the right for Amazon. The Amazon label allows Amazon to easily check your product into the warehouse. Seams and edges cannot be covered by these labels. Amazon provides these labels. All you need is your own UPS account. They will ship you materials like rolls of labels or label sheets.
Amazon Barcode Requirements
Cover all existing barcodes except for Amazon’s barcode. Includes the UPC code, manufacturer’s barcodes, etc. You can cover barcodes up with white labels, a heat gun to peel labels off, or just put into a new box. Barcode must last a minimum of 24 months.
Each SKU requires its own barcode. Be careful to match every label to the right product, including color and size variations. Each variation needs its own unique barcode.
Placing the Barcode
Place the barcode on the outside of all prep material and packaging. For example, the outside of the polybag. Make it easy for Amazon to pick off of a shelf and scan and ship. Place barcode on a flat surface in order to ease scanning. ¼” between edge of label and edge of item.
Barcodes & Case Packs
Label all individual items in case packs. Each individual item sold must have its own label even if it’s shipped in a bigger box.
For info on a related topic, see our webinar on shipping FBA inventory to Amazon.