How to use box content for Amazon FBA

Box Content

How Box Content Works

Box content was created by Amazon to streamline the way inventory moves through their distribution network. This helps Amazon to know exactly where every product is even before it is organized at their fulfillment warehouse. Products become available for sale sooner and get to the customer faster.

 

The One Box Method

If you are shipping a small number of books and get a shipment where all books are going to one warehouse in one box, you are not required to submit box content information. It’s not always possible because Amazon often splits shipments. The reason you don’t have to submit box content information in a single box shipment is simply that Amazon knows exactly everything that is in the box. It is only when shipping multiple boxes that providing box content information becomes necessary.

How to do a One Box Shipment (In Theory)

Sometimes you can “force” a one box shipment. The theory about how this works requires the following.

  • Fill a small box 16x12x12 with books until it is full or weighs 45-48 lbs.
  • Remove the books from the box and proceed with normal processing (clean, grade, list, label).
  • Select those books in Inventory Management, and create a shipment plan. (We keep track of those books by setting an indicator price to remember which books to add to the shipment. For example, all the books that fit into the one box are priced at $500. Then in Inventory Management you can select all the books priced $500 and create a new shipment for only those books.

This approach should mean you will process and ship about 25-40 books or so at a time. The theory is that Amazon may be organizing the way they route shipments by weight or cubic feet. This has worked in the past for us but it is not a guarantee. There is always the possibility Amazon can split the shipment. We will continue to test these methods and let you know our findings.

Using Box Content with Scanlister to Check your Work

Providing box content can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Amazon Seller Central provides a Web form, Excel or TSV file for you to enter box content information. This method requires you to enter every individual unit into cells on a spreadsheet. This is extremely time-consuming, and not surprisingly an intimidating process for new sellers. There are people who will completely avoid sending large shipments to avoid this.

For this reason, we are using Scanlister to track box content information. Scanlister is a listing software that includes a box content utility. This has been a significant time saver for our business. They way it works is, you simply enter the shipment ID into Scanlister, you select the box number, then you scan the contents of the box. As you scan you will see the image of the book onscreen. This helps to verify it is the correct book for the shipment (not a cover mismatch or mislabeling error). The beauty of this approach is that it will also help to identify if a book is not meant to be in the shipment. So if you have multiple shipping plans and all the books are together, you can use the box content process to separate the books. Scanlister will tell you whether or not a book belongs in the current shipment. During this process, if we see a book that does not belong in the shipment, we’ll take that book, put it to the side, and scan the book later for the next shipment.

After all box content scanning is complete, you can simply export the file (we use TSV format) and upload it to Amazon. Amazon will scan the file to look for errors. The error check will tell you if there is something missing in your shipment.






What is Amazon FBA?  (Fulfillment by Amazon)

FBA Fulfilled by Amazon Amazon launched the FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) service on September 19, 2006. For the first time, small... Read More

Bluetooth Scanner, Scanning Software, Smartphone

Getting Started First, you need to set up a seller account on Amazon. The process is simple and can be accomplished in no time.... Read More

Sourcing and Understanding the Value of a Book

Introduction to Sourcing There are two key elements to sourcing - data analysis and finding sources. To begin we will talk about data... Read More

Find Books, Library and Bag Sales

Library and Bag Sales Library and bag sales are some of the best sources you'll find. Libraries collect donations every day from the public.... Read More

Cost of Goods, Invest, Ranked Books

What should you pay for a book? Free cash flow is the lifeblood of a business. The more cash available, the more flexibility a business... Read More

Sort and Track Your Books

Sorting/Tracking Upon arrival at your home/office/warehouse, it is useful to sort books. You can sort by the price paid, location, seasonality,... Read More

Cleaning Books, Process, Positive Reviews

Cleaning  There are a few schools of thought about cleaning books. Some sellers choose to avoid this process to save time. Yet if you are... Read More

Grading or Condition your Books

Grading / Conditioning Grading books is a vital part in the operations process. During the grading process it is important to look for the... Read More

How to List Books on Amazon FBA

Use Software to List your Books Quickly We have created our own listing software if you choose to use.   You can list around a hundred... Read More

How to Label Your Books for Amazon FBA

Labeling Labeling should be one of the fastest processes in your operations schedule. After following the scanning procedure in our last module, you... Read More

How to use box content for Amazon FBA

How Box Content Works Box content was created by Amazon to streamline the way inventory moves through their distribution network. This helps Amazon... Read More

Ship FBA to Amazon and Pricing

How frequently should you ship? Our approach is to ship at least once a week if possible. When new units become active, you'll notice... Read More

Customer Service Response Templates

Customer-Response-Templates Here are some general ideas for how to respond to customer inquiries. You won’t receive these types of messages often,... Read More

Share this tutorial!

If you have any questions, we are here to help.

This information was last updated, August 2020.

Copyright © 2020 Book Seller Academy. All Rights Reserved.