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Trusted pre-fulfillment Services for your Amazon FBA Business

prep centers for your amazon businessUpdated 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 (US-California), McKenzie Services (US-Oregon), and PrimeZeroPrep (US-New Hampshire). All prep centers 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)
  • McKenzie Services (in tax-free Oregon): 503-718-3205. Pricing Plans start at  $0.00 monthly (per-carton/per-unit fees are extra, you have to spend a minimum of $40). They also do product inspections & photography, etc. Save 10% on all their fees when using coupon code Jordan2017Note: you don't enter the coupon code at checkout. Just sign up at McKenzie Services and you'll get a welcome letter. Reply with the Jordan2017 code and the McKenzie Team will complete the process.
  • FBAPrep.com is in multiple U.S. locatons. Contact them here. Starter plans base begin at $0.45/unit or $7.50/carton (whichever is greater). Retail & Online Arbitrage Products include de-stickering & cleanup, starting at $0.50/unit or $8.00/carton

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).

-Jordan

* 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

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(A tip of the hat to Brian Guy from Australia for his tremendous help with this post.)

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  • Lyla Adam April 8, 2014, 8:16 pm

    hello Jordan,

    I agree that the amazon course is so over priced but these guys are giving away so much useful info for free in their series of videos that I am using even before I buy the course; if you compare them with somebody like Jessica Lawrance as an example (I am trying to push some FBA grocery sales) unfortunately doesn’t give that much usable tips (like what you do in your blogs as an another example) regarding the FBA grocery selling I do believe Jessica could have given away some useful stuff I was trying to search for something on her blog and found she is just trying to push her info book there. The amazon selling machine guys are succeeding in letting us get our feet wet before they take the big money. not trying to bash her but my 2 cents

    • Jordan Malik April 8, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Jessica gives away plenty of free info on her blog, as well as her free e-book (see the link at the top of her page). Most importantly her information and products are extremely low-risk, both in her price point and her 100% no-questions-asked guarantee. If you’re looking to get started selling on Amazon with the minimum amount of risk, she is one of the experts to go to.

  • Lyla Adam April 8, 2014, 8:19 pm

    I am sorry if the above is not clear to you guys, I meant to say Jessica is not giving so much useful info not even compared with amazon selling machines guys or not to be compared with Jordan in his blog here. English is my third language so pl excuse me.

  • Nigel November 12, 2014, 8:31 am

    Hi Jordan,

    Here is a question regarding FBAInspection.com and PrepAndShip.com – which one is the best, or to put it another way, which one is the most economical to use?

    From what I can see FBA Inspection charges 35 dollars a package, where as PrepandShip charge from as little as .75cents an item. Am I correct in my working out here?

    So which one in your opinion offers the best option for someone like me wanting to break into this market without buying huge volumes of goods to start with?

    Thanks for all your help on YouTube by the way it has been invaluable.

    • Jordan Malik November 12, 2014, 8:44 am

      I haven’t used either, I gathered feedback from trusted partners/sellers who were using both services. FBAInspection seems to be one that focuses on receiving large pallets/containers of goods, where PrepAndShip appears to be focused on sellers who have smaller lots to sell. Presumably, both can handle shipments of any size and I am sure their rates are competitive to each other.

    • Jim Smith CEO Of FBA Inspection April 26, 2015, 12:23 am

      Hi Nigel, our current pricing as of 4-25-2015 is .45 cents an item not $35 per package, I apologize if our pricing page has confused you.

      .45 for basic processing, and if you need labeling services we add an extra 20 cents. which is 10 cents cheaper that prep and ship and most other companies.

      $35 is only the minimum order fee.

  • Brad December 2, 2014, 6:12 pm

    Seems prepandship.com is our of business. We found fulfillmentpackagingservice.com is a great service also.

    • bruno varela gonzalez September 29, 2016, 7:01 pm

      Be careful with fulfillmentpackagingservice.com . I sent some goods 4 weeks ago which are already delivery as tracking shows. I did not have any notice from them and they don’t answer my emails. Seems like they are only interested in big customers and quantity. I’m out $750. They are very unprofessional.

  • sam January 3, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Hi Jordan,

    I can’t find prepandship.com. The site is gone. Do they still offer the services?

    • Jordan Malik January 4, 2015, 10:04 am

      Sam – they are indeed out of business, I don’t know the reasons why try FBAInspection.com

      • Jim Smith CEO Of FBA Inspection April 26, 2015, 12:43 am

        There are many FBA Prep business starting, and Many failing, Its a very difficult business to make a profit with. It is very labor intensive and requires a large amount of space for inventory. any company worth their weight in gold, has to purchase a large warehouse, and hire many people.

        We have over 25 employees now, about 1/3 customer service 1/3 floor labor, Managment, shipping and receiving labor. 1/3 processing.

        and many behind the scenes cost such as fire / thief insurance, security, monitoring, warehouse cost, PAYROLL, Workmans comp insurance, computers and phone lines to handle all the customer service.

        We have been around for 2 years now, since may of 2013 was when we received our first shipment. There are a lot of companies sprouting up everyday, quite a few of them have copied our website content verbatim. word for word, some even have use our graphics.

        New customers only, want to try our service, Try what 1000’s of others have tried and find out why we are the best. Mention referral code malik and we will wave the first time minimum order fee. and give you a 10% discount on your first order. again for new customers only.

        We are not accepting arbitrage customers at this time, private label, white label, or wholesale products only. [email protected] for a free quote.

  • sam January 6, 2015, 6:03 am

    Hi Jordan,

    Would you know of any alternatives based in the UK.

    Best,
    Sam

  • Craig January 9, 2015, 7:42 am

    Hi,
    I note that no one has mentioned and, I have not found it on any of these fulfillment services that they remove any “old” labels from the shipment. I am referring to labeling put on by Walmart or ToyrUs. Is this even an issue? or do these companies remove any old labeling if asked?
    Any comments or views appreciated. Love your work Jordan and am an avid listener to your podcast.
    Regards Craig from Perth, Australia
    Cheers

    • Jordan Malik January 9, 2015, 7:53 am

      You should ask them, I would assume some will do that for a small fee. Contact them via phone and ask.

  • AKO June 13, 2015, 6:52 am

    Hi You are so right about
    “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.)”

    I will follow your advise in the future about using these guys.
    But, what would you suggest about the already piled up inventory in my house that don’t have ASIN (need to create a new page)…
    Do you have any recommendation of outsourcing services for that?

    Thank you

    • Jordan Malik June 13, 2015, 2:43 pm

      Re: piled up inventory – best bet is to do it yourself (create new page/listing) but only do it if your total potential net revenue for each item is $100+

  • Oni June 30, 2015, 4:08 am

    Do you suggest Import empire Jumpstart by StartUpBros as THE BEST option for Amazon FBA, Private Label and Whosale course out there that are available over all other course that teach in the same topic>

    • Jordan Malik June 30, 2015, 10:03 am

      I highly recommend it over similar courses at that price point.

  • Nia Bakshi July 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Hi Jordon

    I’m a total Newbie and would like to send inventory from India and Nepal where I live to be fully Prepped and Labelled before being sold on Amazon. Is there any advantage to using an Independent firm such as FBA Inspection to do this vs using the Amazon prep and label service? I anticipate that I will be sending in about 10 units each of about 6-7 different products to begin. Sending it to an independent company first would involve an extra step so do you think there is any advantage to do doing this? Many thanks in advance for your advice.

    • Jordan Malik July 13, 2015, 6:44 pm

      You will likely run into problems unless you have a thorough inspection service handling your goods before they go to Amazon. If they are packaged wrong/damaged by the time they arrive to Amaxon’s fulfillment, you run the risk of not getting the problem(s) rectified and that will cost you time/money. On the other hand if you have a supplier who you trust enough to ensure the products are packaged/prepped correctly and give them clear instructions on how to send the items to Amazon and they follow those instructions, you should be fine. Personally I would send them to a 3rd party inspection because those companies (3rd party inspection services) are built/knowledgeable to streamline the process.

      • Nia Bakshi July 13, 2015, 6:59 pm

        Hi Jordon

        I’m a total Newbie and would like to send inventory from India and Nepal where I live to be fully Prepped and Labelled before being sold on Amazon. Is there any advantage to using an Independent firm such as FBA Inspection to do this vs using the Amazon prep and label service? I anticipate that I will be sending in about 10 units each of about 6-7 different products to begin. Sending it to an independent company first would involve an extra step so do you think there is any advantage to do doing this? Many thanks in advance for your advice.

        Understood! Thank you Jordan. I will personally be buying the inventory and sending it but i’m not yet confident of the prep and also of the customs issues so I will follow you advise and use FBA Inspection of the Bullards. Many thanks once again!!

  • Christan July 20, 2015, 9:51 pm

    BTW- FBA inspection is no longer taking on retail arbitrage. Also, My Inventory Team’s website is not allowing for people to contact them.

  • Leonico December 14, 2015, 8:39 am

    Hi! Can you suggest at least two of the cheapest and best rated Amazon Pre-FBA Fulfillment Centers? Your response is very well appreciated. Thank you.

  • Will March 16, 2017, 12:28 pm

    I am not sure if this thread is dead but here are my comments or questions. Why is no one talking about location of prep services? It would appear to me but a lot can be saved on shipping when the prep service is more centrally located in the country. I spend a lot on shipping because I live on the west coast and many of my inbound shipments to Amazon must go to the East Coast the South East or the Midwest. Having a prep service that is centrally located like in Ohio would tremendously save on the cost of shipping from the prep service location in to Amazon. Thoughts??

    • Jordan Malik March 16, 2017, 12:31 pm

      Ummmm, yeah that’s why I put the location of each of all of them in the above article.

      • Will March 16, 2017, 6:03 pm

        Good point. Thanks my friend.

  • Jim Smith September 5, 2017, 5:19 pm

    Hi Jordan,

    The phone number listed for McKenzie Services is incorrect. Will you please correct it? It should be: 503-718-3205

    Thanks,

    Jim

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