FBA inspection services: Making your products FBA-ready

FBA is a lifesaver, but it’s easy to get bogged down in pitfalls when shipping your products to FBA centres. If you’re about to use Fulfilment by Amazon, you need to ensure that your goods are FBA-ready. Why? If your inventory isn’t FBA-compliant, you will end up forking out for additional fulfilment fees and have to deal with customer complaints.

Minatus FBA inspection services help you avoid unexpected fees when getting your products handled by Amazon. We inspect your shipments for packaging and labelling issues and put them right before dispatching your goods to FBA. No Amazon penalties. No one-star product reviews.

6 Steps of Amazon FBA prep service by Minatus

We serve local and international sellers looking to go for FBA in the UK. Here’s how our FBA inspection works:

  • You send your shipment to Minatus
  • We receive it along with your shipping plan and labels
  • We check it for packaging and labelling issues
  • We report damage and other shipment mistakes if any

  • We bundle, relabel, and pack your goods with FBA standards in mind
  • Once your shipment looks perfect, we send it to an FBA fulfilment centre

All products qualify for this service, except for illegal and dangerous goods.

If you’re partnering with a freight forwarder to manage your shipments, you should specify our warehouse as a third-party delivery destination. It is you who covers forwarding costs and taxes to get your inventory to Minatus.

Take the hassle out of your FBA experience

You sell your products – Minatus handles them through the FBA fulfilment process. We save you the bother of ensuring FBA compliance when making your shipments Amazon-friendly. Send your inventory to Minatus (including packing lists and labels) and rest easy whilst knowing it’s in the right hands.

Whether you’re a UK-based or overseas seller, Minatus has it all to prepare your shipments for FBA. We always keep track of Amazon’s shipping and packing guidelines to:

  • make sure your products are never rejected once they make it to FBA
  • help you avoid sanctions and unplanned FBA service fees
  • free you from tedious work

Plus, Minatus can serve as your fulfilment solution instead of FBA. With us, you can get your products stored, inspected, packed, and shipped. It’s a more cost-effective option as we take Amazon fees, warehouse rental, and packing material costs out of the equation.

FBA Pre Prep - Pricing

Amazon FBA Charges 1st Jan 2022
FBA Pre Preperation per box shipped > 10 £8.39 Per box up to 50 items then 5p per item up to carton 61.5 x 61.5 x 61.5cm or 23Kg
FBA Pre Preperation per box shipped < 10 Low Volume £4.80 Low volume (less than 10 Items)
FBA Shipment Forward per box shipped £4.80 This a Shipment Forward service therefore order should arrive prepared to be sent out immediately as is.
Some Common Additional Services Charges    
FNSKU/ ASIN Box Labelling per unit £0.13 per label unit
Repack Charge £0.37 Per item replacing damaged packaging or putting in one item to new box.
Assembly Charge £0.53 Per item, Packed, assembled, Tagged etc, Tissue wrapped
Pallets and Cages Charge    
FBA Pre Prep Cardboared Pallet Box/ Cage/ Gaylord shipped £29.10 To 50 items then £0.08p per item includes cage and non returnable pallet charge and loading
FBA Pre Prep Single Product single Box, Pallet Preparation Charge 16.45 Charge for assembly and shipping of palletised goods where the carton/s contain a single item + £0.45 per carton includes non returnable pallet charge and loading

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FBA prep service in the spotlight

We use the IWMS warehouse management system to prepare shipments for FBA. This WMS allows you to send a booking request for your inventory as you get an order update from your supplier. We then:

  • receive and check every item for FBA compliance (quantity, quality, labels, etc.)
  • record damages and inconsistencies associated with your inventory and cartons
  • upload photos as proof of inventory-related issues to Konnex, which notifies you of existing woes via email
  • prepare your items and cartons according to FBA standards, including assigning and verifying ASIN barcodes
  • create a shipping order and dispatch your well-prepared inventory to FBA

No-prep forwarding option Freight Forward

The Minatus FBA prep service is a cost-effective way to bring your inventory to an FBA centre in tip-top condition. This reduces your product return rate as Amazon has no ground for rejecting your shipments whilst your customers receive what they’re paying for.

However, if you’re sure your shipments are perfect, you may not need prep service. In this case, Minatus can forward them further to FBA with no inspections in between (Freight Forward).

We offer two no-prep forwarding options:

  • Original packaging. If you select this forwarding option, we will not remove the packaging your products arrive in. We will only put proper labels on your cartons and dispatch them to FBA.
  • Repacking and consolidation. This is when Minatus provides new cartons and combines several of your shipments into one inventory to be forwarded to Amazon.

Please note that you should provide Minatus with access to Amazon Seller Central so we can download UPS prepaid labels direct to our label printers.

Minatus can be your local return address

One of the Fulfilment by Amazon programme requirements is that you must specify a return address for the country in which you sell your products. In other words, you must list a UK-based return processing centre if you put your items up for sale on Amazon.co.uk.

The good news is that you can specify Minatus as your local return address. We can also inspect your returns to help you decide whether they can be repackaged and dispatched to Amazon for resale.

Please note that this service is for FBA prep and inspection customers and is not a standalone service.

Why leaving FBA prep to Minatus makes sense

For obvious reasons, when you’re looking to sell something, you set up an account on Amazon. It’s a vast pool of customers (read opportunities). Amazon enables you to get your products in front of them, whether you’re a small or large merchant.

But Amazon wouldn’t be Amazon if it set the bar low and allowed poorly packaged or damaged goods to be sent from its FBA centres. Actually, it has a range of stringent guidelines to meet. The failure to do so puts your merchant reputation and bottom line at risk.

Minatus is your safe bet to dodge any risk. With our Amazon FBA prep services, you can get your shipments properly packaged and labelled so that Amazon accepts and dispatches them further. We are here to tackle all shipping problems your products may have to streamline your fulfilment process and save you money in unexpected fees and lost customers.

Outsource fulfilment tasks and grow your business

Minatus sets out to help Amazon sellers smooth out all facets of the fulfilment process, including:

  • FBA inspection
  • prep work for all shipments
  • forwarding to Amazon facilities
  • FBA inventory management

We cut the work hours you used to spend checking Amazon shipping rules, printing and putting labels, and dealing with returns. When you outsource these tasks to Minatus, you can do what you do best – selling and expanding your business. Meanwhile, we guarantee that nothing stops your products from getting to FBA and your customers.

We can also manage your FBA inventory to align it with your sales. This service helps minimise stockouts and overstocks, saving you from preventable costs. On top of that, it improves your visibility on Amazon. Because your pages are unlikely to show up if you can’t satisfy the demand for the products they feature, Minatus inventory management services ensure your listings are never hidden. We keep you posted on your stock levels so that you know the volumes you should handle.

With Minatus, selling on Amazon.co.uk is always rewarding. We stand behind your business growth as a UK-based fulfilment provider, eliminating high Amazon fees and costly shipment issues. Get your products prepared by Minatus to rake in more money and establish a stellar merchant reputation!

Seller-oriented FBA inspection and preparation services

There is one rule of thumb you need to know: the reputation of your brand always precedes you. In light of this, if something tarnishes it, your chances of success are getting low. From the perspective of Amazon, letters of complaint and negative customer reviews are those factors that give your brand a bad name. The great news is that you can now mitigate all the risks associated with the tainted reputation with the help of Minatus and our FBA prep services for UK and overseas sellers.

As far as you know, non-compliance with Amazon FBA requirements is likely to lead to severe consequences, including order delays and penalties. What is even worse is that it may upset the apple cart and, thus, prevent your business from growing. With Minatus, however, this is no longer the case. We specialise in preparing your products, regardless of their volume and size, and carefully inspecting each of them to make sure all FBA guidelines are met. The central aim of our services of FBA prep for UK and overseas merchants is to save your time and money by ensuring Amazon compliance.

What is included in our FBA inspection services?

Minatus provides thorough FBA inspection for UK and international clients who are carrying out their commercial activities on the Amazon platform. No matter how many products you need to get inspected and prepared, we are up for the task if they are safe-to-use and legal. Be sure to leave the following to us:

  • unpacking your shipments;
  • making sure your goods are Amazon compliant;
  • delivering reports on defective products and cartons;
  • verifying all barcodes and labels;
  • dispatching your goods from our warehouses for further fulfilment by Amazon.

These procedures are applied to products which require inspection. As an option, you may choose freight forwarding shipment without any prep processes if you are sure that your goods meet all Amazon fulfilment requirements. Within this service, our specialists will:

  • remove shipping labels and put on those which are required by Amazon;
  • repack products if needed;
  • ship original goods and cartons to Amazon fulfilment centres.

Keep in mind that you, as a seller, have to pay all fees and tariffs when shipping your goods to our warehouses.

What benefits will you get by using the Minatus FBA preparation service?

Teaming up with Minatus means taking an immense weight off your shoulders. Our inspection services are necessary for those looking to grow their businesses with no need to hire more staff for product preparation. All you are asked to do is organise shipments to our warehouses, provide us with your labels, and let us know your FBA shipment details. We will take care of everything else.

You can also benefit from our fulfilment solutions if you want to leverage considerable storage facilities. Furthermore, our fulfilment centre can be used as your return address in the UK so that Amazon can send your products back if there is something wrong with them.

To open the door of new business opportunities, it’s high time to turn to Minatus – your trusted FBA prep company. We assure you that you won’t find better prices than ours!

Other options to handle Amazon FBA prep

Amazon is the #1 e-commerce platform, and working with the best requires you to step up your game. Anyone can become an Amazon seller, but not everyone is up for the challenge of complying with multiple rules of the marketplace.

Indeed, Amazon FBA packaging and shipping can be extremely frustrating. A single mistake can get your account suspended and put you out of business for up to a month, with your chances of restoring it being slim to none.

As a seller, you have only three options: do FBA prep yourself, pay Amazon to do it for you or outsource it to an independent FBA prep company. If the first way is not for you, it would seem logical to go with Amazon, right? Well, not exactly.

The thing is, the Amazon prep service is quite expensive. Storage and fulfilment fees are paid separately, and unless your products fly off the shelves like hot cakes, you will end up paying for the products you are not selling, which is a surefire recipe for a business disaster. This leaves you with the third option – outsourcing your FBA prep services in the UK. But however advantageous, it has its own pitfalls. It is hard enough to find a reliable partner to whom you can hand over the responsibility for a crucial part of your business, let alone picking a financially beneficial option. But Minatus can be your perfect option.

Count on Minatus for prep and FBA inspection in the UK

Minatus is a West Yorkshire, UK-based company that serves small and large-volume sellers. We can do all it takes for your successful Amazon FBA in the UK thanks to:

  • Pricing. Our per-item charges leave no room for vagueness or miscalculations. You can easily budget for FBA fulfilment fees, preparation and repacking to avoid cost overruns as you ship your inventory to us.
  • Location. With Minatus, you can use an FBA prep centre near Amazon centres. This can save you both time and money as well as streamline how your products are moved.
  • Facilities. Our Amazon FBA warehouse boasts fully equipped storage, preparation and shipping facilities to help you cut expenses.
  • Inspection. Our FBA prep and ship services include inspection in addition to packaging and labelling to minimise returns.
  • Timing. We guarantee fast turnaround times to process your stock and get your products to Amazon FBA centres quickly. Even if it’s the peak sales season for your business, we won’t make you wait.

Outsourcing your FBA prep in the UK means trusting somebody outside your company with important business processes. Minatus will be delighted to prove you can put your trust in us. Contact us to learn more about our Amazon FBA preparation service and get a quote.