A prep center is a service that will receive your inventory, inspect your inventory, prepare your inventory for Amazon, and then ship your inventory to Amazon.
The Amazon prep center can provide ample storage space a retailer might not have at their disposal. Through third-party FBA prep centers, products no longer need to terminate at a retailer’s headquarters.
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No matter where you are on your eCommerce journey, Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) will allow you to free up warehouse space, meet the fulfillment requirements to be on Amazon Prime, and improve your customer service and account health by taking advantage of Amazon’s services.
However, using FBA means preparing packages for FBA yourself, paying Amazon’s fees to do it for you, or paying a third-party FBA prep service. Each option has different advantages depending on your business size, existing warehouse capabilities, and total costs.
Outsourcing FBA prep can be an extremely cost-effective way to move inventory, import new stock directly into FBA, and decrease the cost of staging inventory.
Inspection, packaging, and labeling products must meet FBA’s quality standards, so it’s crucial that you have access to the manpower, equipment, and resources to do so efficiently and affordably.
Staging or FBA prep warehouses allow you to outsource this step to a third party, so you can quickly and easily scale your eCommerce business without the headaches. The best FBA prep services will depend on your location, demand, and sales volume.