Now with the rapid development of e-commerce, the formation of the global store boom. I admire the new sellers of Amazon very much, because they are facing great pressure and difficulties in FBA sourcing in China, and they are still working hard to overcome difficulties and increase sales.
Then, how to carry out a series of procedures for these new Amazon sellers, especially those who need to purchase and deliver goods from China to the FBA warehouse? Hope you have a clear understanding through the following articles.
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Let me list the steps of selling a product on Amazon so you can see what parts the seller handles and what parts Amazon handles (when we use FBA):
Things you need to do:
- You find a product to sell on Amazon
- You list the product on Amazon.com (does not go “live” at this point)
- You prepare the items to send to Amazon’s warehouses
- You ship the items to Amazon’s warehouses
Amazon FBA product sourcing
On Amazon, Amazon FBA product sourcing is the first step. A good selection of products largely determines the number of orders and the overall sales of the store, which should be the most important thing for you.
This is a platform rule you should know before you decide to do the Amazon platform. Looking for a good product is the first step of Amazon FBA sourcing, you can do as following:
1. Search products on Amazon Best-Seller Ranking
Before you start your business on Amazon, you should discover the best Market Research Business in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Best Sellers. like the below picture.
2. Search products using the Jungle Scout Chrome Extension
You should study the Jungle Scout Chrome Extension to do the product search, more details please check below the video.
3. Search products based on your local market and cost estimates
In addition to search online, find the right products should be according to your local market situation. You need to research which products are selling well in the local market and which ones are needed.
In addition to researching the product according to the market, you also need to consider the cost estimation.
Generally speaking, for new Amazon sellers, it is better to choose some cheaper products in the early stage, so that the investment capital will be relatively small.
Amazon FBA supplier sourcing for Amazon new sellers
After you search out the ideal products, later you need to do the Amazon FBA supplier sourcing, to help produce the products, also meet your customized requirements.
Many Amazon sellers don’t know how to source a good China supplier, you can try on below points:
- Search online
Sourcing China suppliers from websites should be the least expensive way.
You can search online by yourself, through China website like 1688.com, Alibaba.com, Made-In-China, etc
Pros: There is no cost, you can check it anytime, anywhere on the Internet
Cons: There are too many providers on the network to screen and compare. This is a time-consuming thing, the information on the Internet is unreliable
- Search from sourcing agent
You can enjoy one-stop service, even if you don’t have any China importing experience, you can run your business in China smoothly.
If want a sourcing agent, we can recommend you “RunSourcing”
Pros: The fastest way to get information about suppliers is also the most reliable.
Solved all the issues of your purchase in China.
Cons: You should pay a handling charge, but it’s worth it compared to the gain
- Visiting the factories by yourself
If you have enough funds to visit the factory in person, it should be a way for you to have a direct understanding of the China market and the factory. It is also a great exercise for all aspects of your abilities.
Pros: Having the chances to discuss with factory director face to face.
You can know China market better.
Cons: You’ll need to pay for the expensive traveling cost.
It is likely that you and the factory cannot communicate normally due to language communication barriers.
- Search from the trading company
Traditional enterprises can also seek China suppliers through trading companies, but it may be more appropriate for sellers with stable orders and stable products in one field.
Know the Amazon FBA label sourcing requirements
After you decide what you’ll be shipping to Amazon and determine the appropriate shipping method and carrier to use, it’s time for knowing the Amazon FBA label sourcing requirements.
You should know the requirements of Amazon label clearly. When you do the Amazon FBA sourcing, You should clearly tell your China supplier about the requirements of Amazon label, so that they can package the products according to your requirements.
Each box and pallet you ship to an Amazon fulfillment center must be properly identified with a shipment ID label. Follow these guidelines for labeling your boxes:
- Print the full set of labels. Because each label is unique, don’t photocopy, reuse, or modify labels for use on additional boxes.
- Labels supported measure 3 1/3 x 4 inches.
- Don’t place labels on a seam or opening on the box because they will be damaged when the box is opened.
- Place both the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) shipment ID label and the carrier label (UPS, FedEx, or other) on a flat surface of the box so the barcodes don’t fold over the edges or corners.
- Both labels must remain uncovered so they are scannable and readable.
- Each box in the shipment must have its own FBA shipment ID label printed from your Shipping Queue.
- Each pallet you send needs four labels, one on the top center of each side.
- If you’re shipping multiple case packs in a master carton, apply the shipment ID label to the master carton. You don’t need to apply shipment ID labels to the case packs inside the master carton.
Manage well Amazon Inventory for Spring season 2019 to avoid out-stock of FBA
You don’t want to run out of your Amazon FBA inventory? Understand the demand & stock level for each of your product is the main part. Good accurate planning will help you a lot. If your products are coming mostly from China, you have to consider your sales volume and inventory for this would be a peak season for purchasing and shipping that might cause a delay in your shipments. The Amazon sellers have a system used to look at with their previous Amazon sales reports to understand how much they’re selling each item. Take seasonal variations into account and calculate roughly how many units you’re shifting on a monthly basis. Don’t forget to take account of year-on-year increases in customer demand.
The most important thing is Manage Amazon Inventory for Amazon FBA seller. So now that you have a sense for what products you want to sell and how much you could make, it’s time to figure out the best way to source them. Here are the 10 most common sourcing methods: Retail Arbitrage, Online Arbitrage, Drop Shipping, Wholesale, Private Label, Alibaba, Auctions and Thrift Stores, eBay, yourself or Virtual Assistants/Outsource. For more details, you could search from Google.
Arranging shipment to FBA to keep up your sales
After all the preparatory work, the final step of FBA sourcing is to transport the products from China to the Amazon FBA warehouse,
This step is also very critical. Only when the products are sent to the warehouse on time, can we ensure that the products can keep up with your sales and complete the task of purchasing in China.
To know about how to ship from China to Amazon FBA, there are some three practical favorable solutions as follow:
- The goods will be directly shipped from your suppliers in China to Amazon FBA.
- The goods will first be sent to your home and then transported to the Amazon warehouse.
- The goods are shipped from China to a third-party company that prepares for shipping to Amazon FBA. They check the goods for you and then transport them to the Amazon warehouse.
Our previous article, we have compared these three cases: TOP 3 options for shipping from China to Amazon FBA, which is better?
For the new sellers of Amazon, the best way of transportation should be through middlemen, so as to help the sellers solve the problem of customs clearance documents, and the control the transportation time, besides, if you choose to work with “RunSourcing”, we will help you reduce the shipping cost.
RunSourcing is your “EFFICIENT RUNNER”: Time & Efficiency is everything! With the native language, professional skills, and sensitive reaction, RunSouring can speed you up and get you ahead of your competitors. We have a lot of logistics companies cooperated for a long time, they will give priority to your goods, for more details, please visit the website: www.runsourcing.com
For new sellers of Amazon, it is a prudent thing to decide to do an e-commerce platform. Therefore, the best way to maintain the competitiveness of this business is to make the most comprehensive consideration of all aspects, in order to let your FBA sourcing more smoothly.
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