Carton Labeling – Adhering To Amazon’s Specific Requirements

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In this article, we’re going to look at Amazon carton labeling, why it’s important, and why you must adhere to Amazon’s specific requirements.

Shipping Your Product To Amazon

So you’ve got your product ready to be stocked in Amazon, at this point it’s vitally important that you follow Amazon’s specific requirements to ensure your inventory arrives safely.

If your inventory doesn’t comply with Amazon’s requirements, unfortunately, it may be rejected or even a charge applied if further prep is required, which is why it’s so important to get it right!

So Why Do I Need Shipping Labels?

When shipping products to Amazon you must ensure your carton is properly identified by using shipping labels.

When we say ‘identified’, we mean the labels must contain the necessary barcodes so they are easily identified when received by Amazon, as these barcodes are used to track inventory.

Where Do I Get The Labels From?

The labels can be found from your Amazon Seller Central account, during the process of creating your shipping plan > ‘Label Products’ as shown in the screenshot below:

Under ‘Who labels?’ choose ‘Merchant’ from the drop down (if you intend to label yourself), which means the product will arrive at the Amazon warehouse with the barcode.

To print the labels, click on the ‘Print labels for this page’ button as shown above and once you download the labels you will see something similar to this:

Please also bear in mind when shipping cartons, Amazon is looking for the exact weight and dimension, so be sure to complete this information in your shipping plan.

How Can I Have The Labels Applied?

There are four options on how to apply the labels to your carton:

  1. Apply the labels yourself
  2. Have your suppliers apply the labels
  3. Have a 3rd party warehouse apply the labels
  4. Have Amazon FBA apply them

Let’s look at those in more detail….

1. Apply the labels yourself

To apply the labels yourself is the most economic and easiest method when you’re starting out.

As we’ve discussed above, you can print these yourself from ‘Label Products’ whilst creating your shipping plan.

Here’s are top tips for printing the labels yourself:

  • Ensure the labels are printed in high quality
  • Use the supported label size of: 63.5 mm x 38.1 mm on A4 (21 labels per page)
  • Place the label on a flat surface, to ensure it is scannable
  • Ensure all barcodes aside from your own are covered

If you intend to print the labels yourself, then a laser jet printer would be a good investment.

2. Have your suppliers apply the labels

This is a good option if you don’t want to apply the labels yourself, ask your supplier to apply them to your products.

After all, they’ll know what’s in each box, so why not have them label them too!

TIP: Give your designer the barcode that needs to go on your product box. By having your barcode on your packaging/product box, it’s built into the design of the box rather than a sticker.

3. Have a 3rd party warehouse apply the labels

As with having you suppliers applying the labels, if you are using a 3rd party warehouse to prep your Amazon products, you can also ask them to apply the labels, before they ship the goods on to Amazon.

4. Have Amazon FBA apply the labels

For eligible products that require an Amazon barcode, Amazon FBA can apply those barcodes for you in what’s called their ‘FBA Label Service’.

Please bear in mind FBA Label Service is only available for new shipments, not for those already in transit.

For products that do not qualify for the FBA Label Service, you will need to label the products yourself, or ask your supplier or 3rd party warehouse to do this.

What Costs Are Involved?

1. Costs for printing you own labels

Whilst the costs will vary for this, the 3 key components for printing your labels will be a printer, ink and labels.

2. Supplier costs for labeling your products

This will vary depending on your supplier, reach out to them ahead of time for a quote for attaching your labels.

3. 3rd Party Warehouse costs for applying labels

Some 3rd party warehouses may include this as part of their fee but check with them first just to be doubly sure!

4. Amazon FBA labelling costs

At the time of writing, the FBA label service fee is $0.20 per-item.

Be sure to check the Eligibility and Terms and Conditions from the FBA Label Service.

Further Reading

Amazon have very strict requirements for how to prepare and send stock to their warehouses, and you need to follow their guidelines exactly.

This is not hard to do, but must be followed precisely. In the following article; ‘How To Prepare FBA Products The Right Way To Send To Amazon‘ you’ll learn exactly how to do this.

In the following article; ‘The Exact Steps For Sending Stock To Amazon‘ you’ll learn how to place an order with Amazon and what labels and documents you’ll need to send your stock.

Our Thoughts

In this article we’ve discussed Amazon carton labeling, why it’s important, and why you must adhere to Amazon’s specific requirements.

Remember, it’s vitally important that you follow Amazon’s specific requirements to ensure your inventory arrives safely at your chosen Amazon fulfillment center.

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