Updated 9/20/2016 with a refreshed list of trusted pre-fulfillment centers.
If you're an Amazon FBA seller anywhere in the world, you're probably doing 'pre-fulfillment' yourself.
By 'pre-fulfillment', I mean:
- receiving packages from the manufacturer/wholesaler,
- sorting the products
- bundling and/or packaging them
- Photographing the product to Amazon's specs (if you're a private label seller)
- labeling them, and then
- shipping all of it to Amazon's FBA warehouses
It's a HUGE time-suck, and it's rather inefficient. For many sellers, it's a 'bottleneck' (meaning they get a lot of inventory but it all piles up in their home/warehouse, waiting to be prepared for Amazon's Fulfillment center.)
Thus, enter Amazon.com's official FBA Label service, as well as independent companies like FBAInspection.com and Varehouse.com (both of which charge nominal fees per unit that is prepped for you).
> Amazon's own FBA Label service is fine if you having a single SKU shipped in multiple quantities directly from the wholesaler/distributor/manufacturer. Sellers just like you are having further discussions about Amazon's FBA Label service on the facebook threads here and here (those Facebook groups are free to join.)
Some pre-fulfillment centers are 'fly by night' and/or going out of business. So which fulfillment centers can be trusted? Below are two honest ones (I did a lot of homework on this). Fees are very reasonable. Yes they will work with any Amazon seller around the world, they accept retail arbitrage and online arbitrage products, as well as wholesale and private label and international shipments.
FBAInspection.com (California): 707-961-0343. Minimum order $35. They also do product inspections & photography and more. Use my discount code mk10 to get 10% off all services across the board (new customers only)
Varehouse.com (in tax-free Oregon): 971-251-5202. Starter plan is $0 monthly (per-carton/per-unit fees are extra, you have to spend a minimum of $15). They also do product inspections & photography, etc. Save 10% on their professional plan ($100/month) when you commit to an annual contract - coupon code Jordan2016 Note: you don't enter the coupon code at checkout. Just sign up at varehouse.com and you'll get a welcome letter from the owner (Jim Wilson). Reply with the Jordan2016 code and Jim will complete the process.
(If you need a pre-fulfillment center on the East coast of the U.S. I've also heard good things about Prime Zero Prep and Ship in New Hampshire.)
So you don't actually have to 'touch' (nor receive, nor label, etc.) the inventory you order. Your inventory goes straight to the folks at and they take care of it as if they were 'you' (everything is tracked, 'your' sales are yours, it's your existing seller account, etc.)
Good luck, and feel free to post your experience with any of the above facilities here (click on 'Comment' below).
* For FBAInspection first-time customers: mention referral code MALIK and they will waive the 1st time minimum order fee AND take 5% off your 1st order. FBAInspection is not accepting arbitrage customers at this time: private label, white label, or wholesale products only
(A tip of the hat to Brian Guy from Australia for his tremendous help with this post.)