A Beginners Guide to Shipping with Amazon

For many, e-commerce is synonymous with convenience. Over the last two decades, the world of digital fulfilment has found itself on an incredible trajectory, as consumers continue to embrace opportunities for online shopping and accelerated delivery. Enhanced personalization and convenience with the help of e-commerce giants has become the norm, and continues to set the standard for consumer expectations and scalable retail success. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this movement, with most of the world now relying on online shopping for both essential and non-essential purchases.

To this effect, for retail suppliers of varying scale, e-tailers like Wayfair and Amazon represents the perfect platform to expand their businesses. In fact, these ecommerce giants have created some of the most advanced fulfilment networks in the world.  The only question is…how? How exactly does a vendor start shipping with them? In this blog we are going to look at Amazon specifically.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that there are two ways to ship with Amazon:

1. Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA): Merchant delivers to an Amazon warehouse and Amazon packs, ships, and provides customer service for those products

2. Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM): Merchant sells through Amazon but handles logistics, delivery, and customer service on their own

Many merchants opt for the FBA approach, as it helps to relieve much of the logistical demands otherwise associated with transporting goods to consumers around the world. While Amazon helps to streamline and scale the shipping process on behalf of merchants, there still remains the issue of getting goods to designated Amazon distribution centres.

Prior to shipping to an Amazon distribution centre, it’s important to get familiar with Amazon’s rules. These include Shipment ID specifications, FBA Labels, Minimum and Maximum Shipment Weights, Pallet Material, Box Limits, BOL Requirements, and more. Next, merchants must book through an online portal. However, any seasoned logistics professional knows that this can be a tricky process. Why? Because it’s often difficult for merchants to book the times they want, and unexpected issues can arise which result in additional storage costs or after-hour delivery fees. Understandably, no merchant wants to receive a high-stress call at 1 AM from a driver who has been waiting hours to unload a shipment.

Fortunately, this is where we come in.

In an effort to mitigate these foreseeable complications, merchants often rely on an experienced logistics company that understands the rules and intricacies of Amazon’s distribution process. By booking local delivery appointments and relying on vetted carriers, Mactrans Logistics takes the guesswork out of FBA shipments on behalf of our clients. In fact, as of February 2021, Mactrans was awarded a 100% Amazon compliance rating.

Mactrans can also help clients with Fulfilled by Merchant (FMB) LTL freight for shippers who manage their own residential deliveries. For more details on these services, please click here.

With our team’s expertise and extensive network of vetted carriers, tapping into Amazon’s expansive consumer marketplace is easier than ever before. We offer 24/7 support and are equipped to answer any and all questions that arise throughout the distribution and fulfilment process.

Ready to start shipping? Please give us a call.