If you’re shipping to Amazon, you already know the benefits of selling on the retail behemoth’s platform. With unparalleled traffic and reach, fraud protection, brand recognition, and scalability, sellers know that it pays off to expand to Amazon. For millions of consumers, Amazon is the first platform to check when looking to buy a product; not only is the sheer volume of available products staggering, but the delivery speed is unbeatable.
For consumers, the choice is simple. But behind Amazon’s incredible delivery times lies an immense, intricate logistics network that enables the eCommerce giant to fulfill its promise of delivering millions of products to every corner of the country and beyond– quickly and for free.
While consumers rarely look beyond the cardboard box on their doorstep, merchants understand the reality of shipping to Amazon FBA. It’s relatively easy, but it takes work and requires acute awareness of and compliance with Amazon’s strict guidelines. These guidelines are in place due to the massive amounts of inventory that Amazon receives every day. For your products to be allowed into Amazon FBA’s warehouses, they must be shipped, labelled, and prepped for safety in accordance with Amazon’s rules. Failure to comply with the guidelines under which the warehouses operate puts sellers at risk of penalties and additional fees.
This can initially be daunting for sellers, but it’s worth it to do the work and reap the benefits of FBA’s streamlined approach to order fulfillment. It’s not just because Amazon will pick, pack and ship orders for you while also handling customer service and returns. The primary advantage is that your products will also be Amazon Prime eligible, giving you access to even bigger sales opportunities.
Having said that, it’s essential to understand Amazon’s guidelines and familiarize yourself with their fulfillment and monthly storage fees. It’s equally important to understand the restrictions that sellers and carriers have to comply with. When you partner with eShipper, we ensure that your inventory only ships to Amazon warehouses with Amazon-approved carriers. But even when the carriers do everything right, there are several factors that only Amazon can control and which can impact you as a seller, from delays to extra charges.
Here are 9 things you should know about shipping to Amazon:
Now that we’ve covered these essentials, here are the key carriers that eShipper has negotiated rates with and that are approved by Amazon to move your LTL freight inland– both cross-border and within Canada.
|Day and Ross||Canada-wide|
|Fastfrate||Ontario to the rest of Canada||Full truckloads|
|Fast Freight||Ontario to the rest of Canada|
|Flash Transport||Within the GTA||Navan, ON not covered|
|Kindersley||Ontario to the rest of Canada|
|Speedy||Within the GTA||Currently disabled on the eShipper platform|
CANADA TO THE U.S.
|Holland Motor||East Side|
|UPS Freight||All terminals|
U.S. TO CANADA
|Day and Ross||All terminals|
|FedEx Freight||All terminals|
|Holland Motor||Ontario - All terminals|
|UPS Freight||All terminals|
WITHIN THE U.S.
You can use eShipper’s discounted UPS courier rates to ship to Amazon as well. By default, you get discounted courier rates in your Seller Central account; however, these are only for domestic shipments. If you have a courier shipment to send across the border either from Canada to the US, US to Canada or even internationally, eShipper provides discounted courier rates from UPS that can be used in these instances.
Because it gives you an instant storefront, exposure to millions of potential buyers, and hands-off order fulfillment, there’s no gateway to success like Amazon FBA. But as with everything in the fast-paced world of eCommerce, sellers must navigate this world with an awareness of the logistic limitations that are well out of their control. Having a clear understanding of these limitations, especially when shipping to Amazon, can help you devise an effective strategy so you’re better prepared for unforeseen delays– and having a trusted 3PL partner is a great place to start. Reach out to us today to learn how we can support you in continuing your growth.