I‘m preparing my first shipment, and I am confused on which shipping method I should choose.
Small Parcel Delivery (SPD) or Less Than Truckload (LTL)?
I had my products sent to my house first and now I am shipping them out to Amazon. I have 5 boxes, with a total of about 195 lbs. Also, is UPS or FedEx cheaper?
If you receive your inventory from your supplier on a pallet, do not assume the boxes can be used for small parcel delivery as is. The standard box and inner packing used for LTL and FTL pallet shipments may not be able to withstand the standard shipping process for small parcel shipping, as this packing is designed for bulk pallet shipments going to brick and mortar retail stores.
If you are using Amazon’s partnered carrier (UPS), you must enter the dimensional data for your small-parcel delivery boxes. These dimensions are used to calculate dimensional weight, which may be used to determine fees if the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight.
If you’re shipping out of your house, then you’ll be choosing SPD. LTL is for palletized shipments. You can run some cost comparisons in your shipping plan to see which carrier is cheaper for you. UPS is always cheapest around me, and I have them pick up weekly.
Failure to comply with FBA product preparation requirements, safety requirements, and product restrictions may result in the refusal of inventory at the Amazon fulfillment center, disposal or return of inventory, blocking of future shipments to the fulfillment center, or charging for preparation or for noncompliance at the fulfillment center. Please share these requirements with your carrier or vendor to ensure that they fully understand these requirements.
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