Fulfillment by Amazon
According to Amazon, Fulfillment By Amazon allows you to “store your products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we will pick, pack, ship, and provide customer service for them.”
Here's how Fulfillment By Amazon works:
- Register with Amazon. Provide your basic personal information, as well as a credit or debit card, a bank account for receiving payments, and a valid tax ID.
- Choose what products you wish to sell. More on that below.
- Ship your products to Amazon. Amazon's low, standard shipping rate is all it takes to get your products to an Amazon fulfillment center.
- Amazon stores your products. Amazon catalogs, inventories, and stores your products at a fulfillment center so they are ready to ship immediately when ordered.
- Customers buy your products. Customers shop, purchase, and order your products on Amazon.com (or other e-commerce channels like your own storefront) just like they would any item.
- Amazon picks, packs, and ships your products. Amazon selects your products from inventory, packages them, ships them out to your customers and provides customer support for any items ordered from Amazon.com.
Fulfillment By Amazon is out-of-this-world smart for certain sellers. If you have a great product that just needs to reach a ton more buyers' eyes, what better way to expand your product's impact than by making it available on Amazon, where so many millions of the world's shoppers already are, AND letting them shoulder the burden of storing inventory in their network of worldwide warehouses? Forget keeping all those boxes in your basement/warehouse any more.
What does Fulfillment By Amazon cost? Well, that depends on a few factors. Amazon charges fees based on the category of the product being sold, the weight and dimensions of the product being stored, the time of year, and whether you select the “Professional” program ($39.99 per month) or the “Individual” program ($0.99 per item sold).
A full list of Fulfillment By Amazon's fees and pricing schedules is available here.