When it comes to cost-effectiveness, everyone knows that sending a pallet to Amazon is much cheaper than sending hundreds of parcels. In other words, your return investment will increase if your goods are being sent on a pallet to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre.
When you send a pallet to Amazon, there are a few rules and regulations that you must adhere to for the courier to accept your goods on their site.
We are going to tell you everything you need to know, from strict pallet requirements to whether particle board pallets will do the trick. So, let's get started!
For your shipment of goods to be accepted, you need to make sure you take the Amazon pallet requirements into careful consideration.
To start with, you must use wooden pallets for Amazon shipments. These must measure 1-metre x 1.2 metres to be accepted by the courier on their side. You must also keep in mind that you can only send four-way pallets to Amazon, making it possible for them to move your pallet safely and easily around their Fulfilment Centre.
We would also advise against using particle board pallets or even carboard ones as Amazon will only accept wooden pallets; this is specified in the official Amazon pallet requirements. If you use particle board pallets to send goods to Amazon, the courier will simply refuse to handle them.
- Unit Shipping – if you are shipping units, the goods must be shipped on GMA Standard B Grade wooden pallets to Amazon – these are characterized by 6 or 7 boards on top, a minimum of 4 boards on the bottom, stringers for increased support, and the aforementioned four-way entry.
Grocery Shipping – in case of grocery shipping, it must be placed on GMA 1A Grade wooden pallets for Amazon shipments – these are characterised by 7 boards on top, 5 boards on the bottom, stringers, four-way entry, and no block repairs to stringers.
Health & Personal Care and Beauty Products – when it comes to such goods, only GMA 1A and 1B Grade pallets can be used. In short, they must have 6 or 7 boards on top, minimum of 4 bottom boards, stringers and four-way entry. Keep in mind that only one of the stringers you use may have a plug or other type of repair.
To avoid any damage when shipping to Amazon, it is advised that you pack your goods on four-way pallets that are in good condition. If you use a damaged or broken pallet, it may be rejected by Amazon and you will be held responsible for expenses.
You can also use pallet wrap for Amazon shipments to ensure your items are safe and secure during transit. The best way to use pallet wrap for Amazon shipments is to shrink wrap your goods when loaded to the pallet, applying heat to tighten the shrink film.
You must also make sure that when using a pallet wrap for Amazon pallet delivery shipments, you have enough shrink wrap to cover the entire pallet otherwise it will prove to be ineffective and your goods may become damaged or broken in transit.
For your goods to be accepted by Amazon, you must adhere to their strict rules and regulations. Otherwise, as mentioned before, your pallet delivery will be refused and your goods may either be returned at your expense or disposed of - it's always worth researching their FBA guidelines!
You must measure your pallet before you arrange an Amazon pallet delivery (include both the pallet and the goods!) and ensure this is no taller than 1.8 metres.
Amazon has a strict height limit of 1.8 metres for anything and everything coming into their Fulfilment Centres. If your pallet exceeds this, it will not be accepted.
The easiest way to measure your pallet is to take a tape measure (or something similar) and go from the base of the pallet to the very top of your items. Remember, you must include the height of the pallet when measuring up! After all, the pallet is part of the shipment too.
As you may also have to label your pallets, here is how to do it. To begin with, the shipment labels must be placed on all sides of the shipping pallet. You can get more information on this by visiting your Seller Central account or simply raising a query with Amazon about labelling your pallet to meet their requirements.
As standard for any Amazon FBA shipment, you should always ensure you attach the labels to the outside of any stretch or shrink-wrap covering your pallet. This way, you know that the courier and Amazon workers will have no trouble reading the labels and identifying where everything should be going.
With the correct labels attached clearly, we can easily identify which Amazon fulfilment centre your goods should reach at the end of their journey through the network.
For ease of access, the labels should be placed squarely and not angled. If the pallet contains only one ASIN, it is to be labelled as “Single ASIN Pallet”.
There are also certain scenarios in which you have to add extra labels. For example, if the pallet contains boxes that exceed 25kg, they are to be labelled as 'Team Lift' and if they exceed 50kg, they have to be labelled as 'Mech Lift'.
Final Things To Remember
To make the shipment easier when it reaches the Palletline network, you should consider adding a label that reads “Sold as Set” when you have sellable units that consist of multiple boxes that are intended to be sold as a single SKU.
Moreover, it is recommended that the units that belong to a set are wrapped together within the box so that they are not accidentally separated. Please note this blog is for general purpose only and may not apply to PalletOnline’s offerings. Please speak with customer care before ordering if you have any concerns.
If you find yourself in need of any more information regarding Amazon Fulfilment pallet deliveries, you can always contact our friendly customer care team!