Distribution via Amazon has become one of the most popular options in online commerce. During the last few years, the e-commerce giant has established a series of Amazon packaging requirements to ensure that packages circulating through its system guarantee product safety.
Which is why it is advisable to know the regulations that apply to amazon packing, so as to make shipping through its distribution system simple and accessible.
Amazon packaging: what sellers should know
Amazon has been known for its continuous innovation in the search of optimized packages. The purpose of the Amazon packaging guidelines is threefold:
- To accomplish a lower environmental impact and reduce packaging waste.
- To improve opening times and the customer experience via Amazon style packaging
- To develop Amazon packaging at a lower cost for the entire supply chain.
As a result, Amazon has introduced two sets of guidelines or programs to ensure that loads are sent with as much protection as possible.
On one hand, they have developed the Amazon Frustration Free program, which limit date to get the certification is on 1st August 2019.
The goal of this system is to reduce Amazon packaging as much as possible, to get rid of unnecessary Amazon packaging boxes. This said, it will be necessary to ensure that this will not compromise product safety.
The Amazon Frustration Free program establishes a transportation simulation testing protocol called ISTA 6-Amazon.com, which should be fulfilled by those who distribute goods through Amazon.
In it, we specify step-by-step the necessary requirements to comply with the Amazon Frustration Free program, what the ISTA 6-Amazon.com protocol involves and what machinery you need to complete it.
On the other hand, the Amazon Fresh program – the second Amazon packaging protocol – seeks to control the product storage and transportation conditions from the moment they arrive at the delivery hubs till the moment they are received by the recipient.
The Amazon packaging system keeps the products at adequate temperatures, guaranteeing the quality of the food until the expiration of its delivery time.
Amazon packaging: characteristics
Amazon intends for everyone that uses its distribution system to use a safe, sustainable packaging that guarantees that products will arrive safe and sound at their destination.
Which is why Amazon’s packaging (from Amazon corrugated boxes to the Amazon wrapping paper) needs to comply with the e-commerce giant’s requirements.
Amazon packaging requirements
Amazon establishes a series of general requirements for sending units to its logistic hubs.
Any product that does not comply with these requirements may be rejected, returned, or repackaged by Amazon at the provider’s expense.
These requirements (which are outlined in its website) will be different depending on how products are grouped (whether loose, bundle, boxed units, polystyrene bags, etc.) or the type of product that is being transported (liquids, fragile goods, batteries, textiles, etc.).
For example, Amazon explains how to adequately prepare those products that are, or contain, liquids. The purpose of this is to protect them against breakage or leaks during the shipping process.
Liquid goods are exposed to various factors that may lead to spills or breakages during shipping and storage. It will be vital to optimize the Amazon packaging boxes to guarantee that products are safely received by customers, without affecting other products or Amazon affiliates.
It is the responsibility of each provider of these types of products to ensure that they comply with these guidelines.
How to make bundle sales
Amazon gives particular attention to Amazon packaging requirements for products sold as part of bundles.
Preparing an Amazon package requires for all parts to be distributed within one same package if a product is sold as a bundle.
A label will have to be added clearly indicating that the products need to be received and sold as a single unit (a label that says, for example, “Sold as a bundle,” “Ready to ship,” or “Bundle. Do not separate.”).
In relation to the above, Amazon provides a YouTube tutorial on how to prepare products for bundle selling.
In its website, Amazon specifies the shipping and delivery requirements for Amazon packaging boxes that are sent to its fulfillment centers by providers.
By applying these standards, Amazon aims to ensure that packages arriving at its fulfillment centers are optimized: that they guarantee the safety of their products and comply with Amazon’s packaging requirements.
This means that there are delivery requirements for small packages, for additional preparations for the delivery of full truckloads to Amazon, to deliver imports to Amazon and a special guideline for the delivery of televisions to Amazon.
They have also created a PDF guide that outlines the requirements to shiv via Amazon.
Benefits of Amazon packaging
Distributing products via the Amazon network is a very popular option for those who work on online commerce.
Amazon has a shipping network and large fulfillment centers that guarantee that your products are delivered to the end customer in optimal conditions.
Amazon’s packaging requirements are an opportunity for those who ship via the e-commerce giant to optimize their packaging.
Complying with the Amazon Frustration Free or Amazon Fresh program will improve the customer experience, reducing costs and contributing to waste reduction.
Do you have questions on how to take your first steps to optimize your packaging for Amazon?
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