List of Amazon FBA Prep Services

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.

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.

Any 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 (be sure to check out our extensive list of Amazon FBA Prep Services below). 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?

Amazon’s prep service 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. Besides for the US, there are also FBA Prep Services from all over the world, whether you need an Amazon FBA Prep Company in the UK or another country in Europe, Asia, Australia, or Canada. 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.

Featured Amazon FBA Prep Services

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Prep CompanyLocationPrep
Time
Tax
Free
WholesaleImportsOARAHazmatUsed
Books
MN24 Hours
IL24-48 Hours
WI24-48 Hours
Canada24 Hours
PA24 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
TX24 Hours
CA, FL, IN, MI, NH, NJ, TN24-48 Hours* Multiple Locations
VA48-72 Hours
OH24 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
NY,NH24-48 Hours
CA24 Hours
NY24-48 Hours
DE24 Hours
OR48-72 Hours
CT24-48 Hours
DE48 Hours

OH24-48 Hours
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OR24-48 Hours
NJ24 Hours
CA24 Hours
NH24-48 Hours
FL24 Hours
NC24-48 Hours
OH24 Hours
FL24-48 Hours
MI24-48 Hours
CA24-48 Hours
CA (multiple locations)24-48 Hours
TX24-48 Hours
NJ24-48 Hours
GA24-48 Hours
TX24 Hours
OR24-48 Hours

IL24-48 Hours
NY24-48 Hours
DE24-48 Hours
MI24-48 Hours
OR24-48 Hours

More Amazon Prep Services

Prep CompanyLocationPrep TimeTax FreeWholesaleImportsOARAHazmatUsed Books
SkladUSAMN24 Hours
Prep NinjasOR48-72 Hours
Rite Prep ShippingNY24-48 Hours
PrepFBACA24-48 Hours
iLogistics USAFL24-48 Hours
ZonPrepGA24-48 Hours
eFulfillment ProTX24 Hours
My Prep CenterMI24-48 Hours
Smart Prep CenterDE24 Hours
Flash ShippingPA24-72 Hours
Eastern Prep ServiceNJ24-48 Hours
FBAPrep4U OH24 Hours
FoxCom ManagementNJ24 Hours
Pacific Prep ServicesOR24-48 Hours
Prep It. Pack It. Ship It.CA24-48 Hours
PrepFortIL24-48 Hours
FBA Prep AustraliaAustralia24-48 Hours
Priority PrepTX24-48 Hours
PREPPALVA48-72 Hours
MKZ ServicesOR24-48 Hours
United States PrepNH24-48 Hours
Prep Center DelawareDE48 Hours
A & M Prep ServicesCA24-48 Hours
Automated FBACT24-48 Hours
MyFBAPrepCA, FL, IN, MI, NH, NJ, TN24-48 Hours* Multiple Locations
Fast Prep USAFL24 Hours
MetsCube LLCVA24-48 Hours
Mi Fba PrepMI24-48 Hours
California FBA Prep CenterCA24-48 Hours
Flat Rate PrepWI24-48 Hours
ShipHypeCA, Canada24 Hours
One Prep DirectNY,NH24-48 Hours
Truckmen Prep & ShipOH24 Hours
Little Owl PrepOH24-48 Hours
A Storage HubCA24 Hours
SalesInUSADE24-48 Hours
ShipdifOR48 Hours
Shipux LLCIL24-48 Hours
3P Shipping Inc
NY24-48 Hours
Atlantic FulfillmentNC24-48 Hours
Simpl FulfillmentTX24 Hours

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