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How Amazon Receives and Stores Your Inventory

When you ship your inventory to Amazon for fulfillment, you can be assured that it will be stored in a secure environment.

When you send your inbound shipments to Amazon Fulfillment Centers, it is important to follow our Prep, Packaging and Labeling requirements so your shipments will be received quickly and accurately.

How Amazon Stores Your Inventory

We store inventory either in bulk or in individual "pickable" locations. Media products are stored on library-type shelving in vertical, spine out positions with loose stacking to avoid "shelf wear." Specialty items like food or high-value goods may be placed in specific secure or climate-controlled areas of the fulfillment center as appropriate.

If inventory is damaged or misplace while in Amazon's control (in the fulfillment center, during delivery to or from a customer or inbound to Amazon if using an Amazon Partnered Carrier), we will purchase the inventory from you.

Your inventory is generally scanned and made available for sale within three business days of being received at a fulfillment center. You can track the status of your shipment in the Shipping Queue with the status cycling through In Transit, Delivered, Checked-In, Receiving and finally Closed. During the Receiving process, your item barcodes are individually scanned and entered into the tracking system, the dimensions (to the nearest 1/10') and weight (to the nearest 1/10 lb) are captured for storage and fulfillment purposes.

Before you ship your products to Amazon, be sure to review FBA Inventory Requirements and FBA Product Restrictions.

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How Amazon Receives and Stores Your Inventory


How Amazon Receives and Stores Your Inventory


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