How to ship to Amazon FBA centres in Europe
Learn how Amazon FBA logistics works and how to organise inventory shipping to Amazon’s different warehouses across Europe. Get all the answers to frequently asked questions about Amazon FBA costs, shipping and tracking.
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AMAZON FBA LOGISTICS
What is Amazon FBA and how does it work?
Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) centres are warehouses where incoming orders are received, stored, packed and distributed to customers. Companies and sellers using FBA can store their inventory at Amazon fulfilment centres and manage shipments to their end customers. This is how Amazon FBA works:
The seller registers an account with Amazon and creates an online shop
Products are sent by the seller to Amazon’s distribution centres
The goods are stored at the warehouses and handled by Amazon employees
After a purchase, Amazon prepares and delivers the product to the final customer
In case of a return Amazon handles the shipment from the customer to the warehouse
The seller can track and manage inventory on their Amazon seller page
How much does it cost to ship to Amazon FBA?
The costs for using Amazon FBA logistics in Europe depend on the weight and size of the products as well as the sales channel used.
- The costs for using Amazon FBA services, including packaging and shipping to the customer, range from 2.5% to 45% of the final price, depending on the products.
- Monthly inventory storage fees at Amazon FBA distribution centres in Europe vary depending on the type of goods, location, and time of year: from €15.60 to €30.90 per cubic metre from January to September and from €21.60 to €41.23 per cubic metre from October to December.
Cost of shipping to Amazon FBA Germany: a short case study
Let’s take the example of Amazon FBA Germany to understand a bit better how much it costs to use Amazon FBA services. According to their Seller’s Guide, if you are to ship small and light items such as phone cases, it would cost you between €2.89 and 3.03 per unit just on FBA fulfilment fees. These fees include pick and pack, shipping and handling, customer service, and product returns.
On top of this base value, you would have to add other costs, such as the price of shipping the goods from your warehouse or premises to the designated Amazon FBA warehouse. This is where Eurosender can help. As a leading logistics platform, you can trust us to handle not only the pricing but all the logistics organisation of your delivery to Amazon.
Who pays the costs of Amazon FBA shipping to customers?
As an Amazon FBA seller, you do not have to pay for handling, packaging, or shipping products to your buyers. Amazon employees pick, pack and ship the products directly from the Amazon FBA distribution centre. The cost of using Amazon FBA logistics depends on the type and amount of inventory that is processed at the warehouse.
However, it is the seller’s responsibility to arrange shipping from their own premises to Amazon warehouses.
How can I send a pallet to Amazon FBA?
Through Eurosender, you can instantly book pallet shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses. Our algorithm will offer you the best quotes for pallet delivery in Europe in just a few clicks. After booking the service, follow our pallet packing guide and make sure to add the shipping label, if required. Since we handle the rest on your behalf, it is one of the best ways to send a pallet to Amazon FBA.
How do I prepare a pallet for shipping to Amazon FBA?
Amazon has some specific rules and requirements for how to pack products. Each item must be individually packaged and include a barcode and SKU identification code. For heavy shipments or large quantities, Amazon also requires the use of 4-way pallets that comply with EPAL, CHEP, UIC 435-2 or EN13698-1 certifications. The loaded pallet must also not exceed a maximum height of 1.8m.
What is the difference between Amazon FBA and FBM?
The basic difference between Amazon FBA and FBM can be summarised below:
- FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon): You sell your products; Amazon stores and ships them to your customers.
- FBM (Fulfillment by Merchant): You sell your products; you store and ship them to your customers.
To help you decide which is better for your business needs, we have gathered the main differences between Amazon FBA and FBM, as well as their advantages.
|Bulky goods or seasonal sales
|Delivery arranged by the seller
|Avoid storage costs in Amazon warehouses
|Delivery by Amazon
|Amazon handles and delivers the goods
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Can I use Amazon FBA without selling on Amazon? How?
Yes, you can use Amazon FBA for non-Amazon orders with the help of Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment or Amazon MCF. This service can also be used for inventory that is not available for sale on the Amazon platform. Amazon MCF is available in the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Japan. To start selling on non-Amazon marketplaces, you need to create a Pro Merchant account with Amazon. Read more about it here.
How to ship to Amazon FBA centres and warehouses
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