Amazon FBA Prep Services

[VIDEO] How to Choose an Amazon FBA Prep Service for Your Amazon Business

  • What is the cost to process & ship my products?
  • Where is the Amazon FBA prep Service located?

  • How long does it take to process my inventory?
  • How long can my products be held?
  • Are truck & pallet deliveries accepted?

How to Choose one or more Amazon FBA Prep Services for your FBA business

Many products available for sale in the Amazon network of Fulfillment Centers must be carefully prepped for storage and shipment. Until recently, this has always been handled prior to shipping the items to the Amazon warehouse. Now Amazon has started their own FBA Prep Service. What will this mean for the 100+ third-party Amazon FBA Prep Services already in existence? Read on…

Which should I use – Amazon’s new FBA Prep Service
– or a Third-Party Amazon FBA Prep Service Provider?

In case you missed it, Amazon now offers a full range of FBA Prep Services for many classes of products, including Fragile and Glass, Liquids, Clothing, and even Adult items. The full list and complete explanation can be found on the Amazon FBA Prep Service page. This new service is considerably more exhaustive than the “poly-bagging and labeling” that their former service used to be limited to.

In certain situations, it may make sense for some sellers to take advantage of the Amazon FBA Prep service. If you are able to manage the inbound shipping of products to your location, sort them according to where Amazon wants them shipped, create the inbound shipping plans to Amazon, and do any initial prep required for safe transportation to the Amazon warehouse, then the Amazon FBA Prep Service may very well fit your business model. This seems to be well suited for those who use Retail Arbitrage as their main sourcing model, as well as smaller Online Arbitrage businesses. Some wholesale and import shipments may be able to be scheduled on your behalf by the shipper in order to take advantage of this new Prep service.

Amazon will still require you create the shipping plans and print the shipping labels so they can track the inbound shipments. They will not allow online retailers to ship items into the Amazon warehouse. You will need to make sure the items can safely be transported to the Amazon Prep Warehouse, which might mean that you need to do some prep work before Amazon even receives the item. You may also find that your items are being shipped to warehouses that you are not familiar with, depending on how Amazon chooses to handle the workflow.

For many, especially the larger sellers, this will not be an option. They may have already grown beyond their capacity to process the amount of shipments they receive from online retailers, wholesalers, or imports, and need a Third Party Fulfillment Service to handle receiving their orders. In addition to prepping, these 3rd-party services can receive shipments, hold the items until all orders are received (or even longer), palletize when necessary to save inbound shipping costs to Amazon, and provide other services that neither a small seller working out of their home, nor a large seller sitting on the beach with their laptop would be able to do.

Keep in mind that not all items need to be prepped. As always, Amazon reserves the right to split shipments to be sent to multiple Fulfillment Centers. Do not be surprised if Amazon starts demanding that items needing Prep Services be shipped separately from items that do not need to be prepped. It is also worth noting that Amazon may decide at any time to discontinue providing this service, so it would be a good idea to have a backup plan in any event.

The Prep Centers listed below stand ready to assist you in getting your goods prepped and delivered to the Amazon FBA Warehouse where they can be sold. Not sure what you need? Watch the short video at the top of the page to learn how to choose the Amazon FBA Prep Service that is right for your business.

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Some things to consider when choosing a Prep Company

Location – Where  is the prep center located? Is it near the Port of Entry for your Import shipments? Is it near your wholesale supplier? Sometimes it makes sense to use multiple Amazon FBA Prep Services in order to save money on inbound shipping charges.

Tax Free – Is the prep center located in a tax free state?  This allows you to have Online Arbitrage (OA) orders shipped without paying sales tax. Some retailers do not allow you to use your Reseller Certificate, so this is a way to eliminate the Sales Tax that your state may charge when orders are shipped to you. Many times, the tax savings will more than pay for the Prep services.

* Wholesale and Import shipments should not incur any sales tax. Services that are strictly Wholesale or Private Label may be marked “Tax-Free” in the table below since you are not the end user of the product. Consult your tax adviser for more clarification.

Prep Time – How long it takes to prep & ship your items once everything has arrived. Keep in mind that shipping times to the amazon FBA Prep Service may vary, so you will want to know how long will it take to complete your shipment to Amazon after the entire order has been checked in at the Prep Center.

Other Important Terms

Wholesale – Larger Shipments of similar items that are purchased from manufacturers and distributors. Setting up wholesale accounts usually requires a Tax ID number, business bank account, and credit references.

Imports – Bulk shipments direct from the overseas manufacturer that are usually shipped on pallets. Depending on the size of the order, it may arrive by plane or cargo ship. Usually requires a broker or agent to handle US Customs and transportation from the Port of Entry.

RA – Retail Arbitrage – Finding items in retail stores that can be resold elsewhere for a profit. Some Prep Centers allow you to drop off or ship items to them that were purchased at local retail stores. Some Prep Centers do not handle RA  processing due to the additional labor involved in removing price tags and labels.

OA – Online Arbitrage – A form of Retail Arbitrage that involves finding items online that can be resold elsewhere for a profit. Sometimes these items are also available in the retailer’s stores. Many online retailers offer free shipping for orders that reach a minimum price level.

Featured Amazon FBA Prep Services

Prep CompanyLocationPrep TimeTax FreeWholesaleImportsOARAHazmatUsed Books
CA24-48 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
China24-48 Hours* See article above
TX24-48 Hours
MN24 Hours
TX24 Hours
IL24-48 Hours
MI24-48 Hours
CA24 Hours
unnamedFL24-48 Hours
OR24-48 Hours
AL24-48 Hours
CT24-48 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
unnamedOR24-48 Hours
MI24-48 Hours
NC24-48 Hours
Buckeye Prep 2 PrimeOH24-72 Hours
NY,NH24-48 Hours
DE24-48 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
FBA Indiana PrepIN24-72 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
CA24 Hours
unnamedIN24-72 Hours
GA24-48 Hours
VA48 Hours
CA, FL, DE, MI, TN, NJ, NH24-48 Hours* Multiple Locations
NY24-72 Hours
WI24-48 Hours
OH24 Hours

More Amazon FBA Prep Services

Prep CompanyLocationPrep TimeTax FreeWholesaleImportsOARAHazmatUsed Books
Adstral FulfilmentUK24-48 Hours
Central Wisconsin Prep Pack & ShipWI24 Hours
Guided ImportsNJ / China24-72 Hours* See Article above
Logistics Done RightOH48 Hours
SkladUSAMN24 Hours
New York FulfillmentsNY24-72 Hours
MKZ ServicesOR24-48 Hours
ArbSmartUK48 Hours
Illinois Pack and ShipIL24-48 Hours
BGI Worldwide Logistics, Inc.CA24-48 Hours
akses FBACA24-48 Hours
FBA TerminalNJ24-48 Hours
Build BurbankCA24-72 Hours
My Prep CenterMI24-48 Hours
Prep PinnacleTN24-48 Hours
AMZ ImportersAL48-72 Hours
Zebrapals, IncCA24-48 Hours
FBA ExpressMA24-72 Hours
URI Prep And ShipAL24-48 Hours
FBA Prep and ShipOR24-72 Hours
FBA Store & PrepCA24 Hours
FBA TransportFL / China24-48 Hours* See Article above
FBA StrategiesFL24-48 Hours
eFulfillment ServiceMI24-48 Hours
PrepFBACA24-48 Hours
Selltec PrepMT24-48 Hours
3PLGuys CA24-48 Hours
KroogaFrance24 Hours
Indy PrepIN24-72 Hours
Tocantis LLCFL24-48 Hours
Prime Zero PrepNH24-72 Hours
Little Owl FBA Book PrepOH24-72 Hours
Value Prep and ShipCA24-72 Hours
FBA Made SimpleTX24-48 Hours
ForwardToFBA AustraliaAustralia48 Hours
WeFulfillTOH24 Hours
QCAdvisorChina24 Hours
eHub SolutionsCA24 Hours
FBA FlexPrepTX24 Hours
Central Ohio FBA Prep & ShipOH48 Hours
FBA In and OutCA24 Hours
Vid Export, IncDE48 Hours
Canada Prep and Fulfillment BC / ON, Canada24-48 Hours
Phoenix Package LogisticsFL, TN24-72 Hours
My Fulfillment TeamTN24-48 Hours
North PrepBC, Canada24-48 Hours
Pro Prep and FulfillmentIL24-72 Hours
AMZ TransitNY,CA24-48 Hours
T-Link LogisticsCA24-48 Hours
Ultimate PackersNY72 Hours
Leeline Sourcing China20 Working Days* See article above
Rolling "R" Prep and ShipMT24-72 Hours
FBA Prep Poland, EUPoland24 Hours
Amzon PrepON, Canada24 Hours
Mi Fba PrepMI24-48 Hours
Pacific Prep ServicesOR24-48 Hours
California FBA Prep ServiceCA24-48 Hours
Out West Prep ServicesOR24-48 Hours
ForestShipping Intl LtdChina24-48 Hours
Midwest Prep & Forwarding Services LLC IN24-72 Hours
Brown Box NinjaTX24 Hours
Prep and PackVA48 Hours
FBA InspectionCA24-96 Hours
Simpl FulfillmentTX24 Hours
FBABoltMD24-48 Hours
FBA Prep WarehouseMN24-48 Hours
FBA Indiana PrepIN24-72 Hours
QC FulfillmentNCWeekly
EZ PrepCA24-48 Hours
PacEast LogisticsIL24-48 Hours
Midwest Prep CenterIL24 Hours
CheapAss Prep FL48 Hours
Atlantic FulfillmentNC24-48 Hours
Yeg PrepAB, Canada48 Hours
A Storage HubCA24 Hours
Kitting and Assembly SolutionsCO24-48 Hours
Profit GopherGA24-48 Hours
Buckeye Prep 2 PrimeOH24-72 Hours
FwdToAmazin Logistics IncON, Canada24-48 Hours
Swift AccentFL48 Hours
Imaginari PrepVA48 Hours
Best Logistics GlobalCA24 Hours
Priority PrepTX24-48 Hours
Amazon Prep CanadaON, Canada24 Hours
Prep Gurus ProIL24-48 Hours
Romex EnterpriseFL24 Hours
Guangzhou AgentChina72 Hours
MyFBAPrepCA, FL, DE, MI, TN, NJ, NH24-48 Hours* Multiple Locations
MT Prep n ShipMT24-72 Hours
3P Shipping Inc
NY24-48 Hours
Atlantic Prep and ShipDE24-48 Hours
KC Prep and ShipMT24-48 Hours
Simple Price PrepGA24-72 Hours
Worldwide FulfillmentFL24-72 Hours
FBA Prep CompanyUK24-48 Hours
Midwest Prime Prep And ShipMN24-48 Hours
Central Virginia PrepVA24-48 Hours
Big Sky Prep & ShipMT24-48 Hours
Nationwide Fulfillment ServicesDE24-72 Hours
FPS FBA Prep WarehouseMI24-72 Hours
Prep It. Pack It. Ship It.CA24-48 Hours
Swan Packaging FulfillmentNJ24-120 Hours
ShipMonkFL24-48 Hours
Central Mt Prep N ShipMT24-48 Hours
Prepped ExpressAR24 Hours
American eBoxFL24-48 Hours
EasiLogic Ltd UK48 Hours
Prep NinjasOR48 Hours
Ship on TimeNC24-72 Hours
Wafusa LogisticsMI24 Hours
One Prep DirectNY,NH24-48 Hours
FBA Prep AustraliaAustralia48 Hours
Flat Rate PrepWI24-48 Hours
Three Step PrepMO48-72 Hours
MT Prairie Prep N ShipMT48-72 Hours
Truckmen Prep & ShipOH24 Hours
Automated FBACT24-48 Hours
Prep Label BoxWA24-48 Hours
FBA Prep CompanyUK48 Hours
FBA Books PrepOH24 Hours
Green FulfilmentUK24 Hours
eFulfillment ProTX24 Hours
Rogue Prep & PackOR24-72 Hours
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