Amazon Shipping Plan Creation
You don’t have to complete your listing before you can create your first shipping plan. But your listing will need to be changed to Fulfilled By Amazon.If you plan to use Amazon to fulfill your orders (i.e. FBA) your inventory will need to be delivered to an FBA warehouse.And that means creating a shipping plan.
Amazon has more than 75 fulfillment centers and counting across the North America, many of which are set up for FBA. Shipping to Amazon FBA is relatively easy, but it does take some work. There are many decisions to be made, and some product categories require extra measures to be taken.
Amazon offers you a choice of fulfilling your products yourself or by opting for Fulfillment by Amazon.
1) Fulfillment by self
Here, you can ship your products with your choice of courier partner, and you rely on Amazon for these services. You manage your warehouse, inventory, and package your products yourself. You can opt to ship with a courier aggregator that offers you the choice of courier partners or a courier company. Either way, you can send products at your convenience and decide which is more suitable for your business.
2) Fulfillment by Amazon(FBA)
As we explained before, fulfilled by Amazon gives you an opportunity to utilize Amazon’s international fulfillment centers to fulfill your orders. Under FBA, you send across your stock to the nearest international fulfillment centers and when you receive a request, Amazon picks, packs, and ships your products to your buyer within two days (as mentioned by Amazon).
How To Protect Your IP for FBA Shipping
If your product is intellectual property (IP) or is a unique representation of something already patented, sign agreements with your suppliers to ensure they won’t sell them to other clients.
To do this, you will need to prepare and have the supplier sign an NNN agreement (non-disclosure, non-use, non-circumvention) which is available both in English and Chinese and falls under Chinese legal jurisdiction.
Although contracts like these tend to have high minimum order quantities and long-term commitments, if your product sells well, it’s a no-brainer.
The fewer people competing with you on a product, the greater your potential for success is and the less likely you are to get into a pricing war.
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