By Ben Miles
What is Amazon FBA?
FBA stands for ‘Fulfilment by Amazon’. In short this service opens up Amazon’s warehouses for you to store your products and allows you to hand over the packaging and shipping of your sales to Amazon. You sell it, Amazon ships it. They’ll even handle the customer service side of things for you too.
Here’s how it works:
- Buy your stock (which you can use ProfitSourcery to help you do).
- Ship your stock directly to one of Amazon’s ‘Fulfilment Centres’, rather than piling up boxes in your house.
- Amazon catalogues and stores your product, until…
- Someone buys one of your products on Amazon.
- Amazon then finds the product in their warehouse, packages it, and ships it directly to your customer.
- Amazon then takes care of the customer service relating to the order, including refunds and returns.
The only responsibility sellers really have is finding stock to sell and ensuring that whatever they decide to sell through FBA is correctly packaged and shipped to Amazon’s fulfilment centre.
What’s even better about Amazon’s FBA service is that you can split your inventory between merchant fulfilled and FBA fulfilled. In other words you don’t have to sell everything via FBA. You can decide to fulfil certain orders and let Amazon take care of the items that are harder and more awkward to ship.
To see the benefits of Amazon’s FBA service, see here.