By default, when you create a shipping plan, your shipment may be divided into multiple shipments, each directed to a different receive center or fulfillment center (referred to as distributed inventory placement). The fulfillment centers are selected based on the products you're shipping and where you are shipping from. By having your inventory spread across multiple fulfillment centers across the country, customers who buy your product may receive it faster than they would if your inventory was located farther away.
To better spread your products, Amazon may route your shipment through a receive center, which receives units and then reships them to other fulfillment centers in our network. Your products are available for sale as soon as we successfully receive them at any of our receive centers or fulfillment centers. Units that are being reshipped to other fulfillment centers are available for customers to buy, but customers may be shown a future ship date if no other units are available for immediate fulfillment.
You can sign up for the Inventory Placement
Service and send all of your eligible inventory to a single receive center or
fulfillment center (see the Inventory placement exceptions section below). When the shipment
arrives, it is split up and sent to different fulfillment centers for you. A per-item
service fee applies.
When you use the Inventory Placement Service, the destination receive center or fulfillment center is determined by Amazon. You cannot choose the receive center or fulfillment center to which you send your shipment. The destination chosen by Amazon may vary from shipment to shipment.
Inventory placement settings
To change your inventory placement settings:
Under Settings, select
Fulfillment by Amazon.
Under Inbound Settings, click Edit.
Under Inventory Placement
Option, select Inventory Placement
in-progress shipments are not affected when you change your inventory placement option.
The new setting applies only to shipments created after you update your settings. In
order to apply this change to your current shipment, delete the shipping plan and then
re-create it after you change your settings. To quickly re-create your shipping plan, in
Queue, select Deleted/canceled, and then click the shipping plan that you want. On the
Inventory page, at the bottom left, click Duplicate.
Inventory placement exceptions
If you sign up for the Inventory Placement Service, most of your standard-size items will be directed to a single receive center or fulfillment center. However, items in the following categories may be directed to a different receive center or fulfillment center even if you use the Inventory Placement Service:
Inventory tracked with a manufacturer
Amazon prep required
Amazon labeling required
Tip: When you
add products to a shipment one at a time from your inventory list, the destination
fulfillment center is re-evaluated every time. For best results, choose all of the items
that you want to include in a shipment at the same time from the Manage
Inventory page, and then select Send/replenish inventory
from the Actions
|Standard size (per item)
|1 lb or less
|Over 2 lb
||$0.40 + $0.10/lb above the first 2 lb
|Oversize (per item)
|5 lb or less
|Over 5 lb
||$1.30 + $0.20/lb above the first 5 lb
Note: The weight used to calculate the per-item fee is the dimensional weight
or unit weight (whichever is greater) for large standard-size non-media items weighing
more than 1 lb and for all small, medium, and large oversize units. The unit weight is
the weight of an individual item. The dimensional weight is the volume (based on length
x width x height in inches) divided by 139. Amazon may verify the weight and dimensions
of a product using representative samples. Amazon’s information about a product’s weight
and dimensions will be used to calculate fees if there is a difference between Amazon’s
information and a seller’s information. Amazon may change its information about a
product’s weight and dimensions from time to time to reflect updated measurements. Fees
based on the weight and dimensions of a product are calculated using Amazon’s
information about the weight and dimensions of that product at the time the fee is
Your participation in this service is subject to the FBA Inventory Placement Program Terms and Conditions.
Case packs refer to individually sellable units that are packaged together. To create a shipment based on case packs, choose Case-packed products under Packing type during the initial shipment creation step. You will then be able to enter the number of cases and units per case for each SKU in the shipment.
Note: FBA supports two
packing types: individual products and case-packed products. Select Individual products if
your shipment consists of individual items with different SKUs and in different
conditions. Select Case-packed
products if your shipment consists of cases previously packaged by the
manufacturer that contain identical items with matching SKUs in the same condition. Each
case must contain the same number of items.
Amazon’s placement system will generally respect case packs and not require you to break a case pack into separate shipments.
Note the following rules for case-packed products:
All products in a box must have a
matching SKU and condition and must have been previously packaged together by the
All boxes with the same product must
contain equal quantities of that product in each box. For example, a case pack of
24 units must always contain 24 units.
The case pack limit is 150 units per case.
While receiving this type of shipment, the fulfillment center scans one unit from the box and the box is placed in inventory. There is no need to scan every unit because they are all the same.
In some cases, a manufacturer or
distributor may package more than one case pack into a larger box called a master
carton. Master cartons do not qualify as a case pack and must be split at the
appropriate case-pack level.
sending individually sellable units in a case pack, remove or cover any scannable
barcode on the case itself. Only the individual items inside the case should have
Note: A case pack is not the same as a multi-pack. Case packs are intended to be split and the contents sold individually. Multi-packs are sold as bundles or sets. A case pack may be sold as a multi-pack, but must be prepped according to the requirement for products sold as a set.