Labeling should be one of the easiest processes in your operations flow. After submitting your listings, you can sign in to your Amazon seller account, select your shipping plan, and print the corresponding product labels. Amazon provides a PDF download for printing (30-up labels by default). If you use Bulklister, you will be able to print either Dymo Labels or 30-up labels in the software.
The most common labels available are the Avery 5160 labels. These can be purchased at most office supply or retail stores. However, there are also many companies that sell these labels online, often at a lower cost. The commonality between all labels is that they are 1" x 2 5/8 mailing labels with 30 per sheet. The advantage of using 30 labels per sheet is that they can be printed using any printer.
Dymo thermal printers are another useful option for printing product labels. Dymo 400 and 450 label printers are popular among booksellers. These printers do not require ink since they burn the label information into the label paper. With these printers, you can print only what you need (as opposed to printing sheets of 30 at a time). Over time, this can save on labeling and paper waste costs. To print Dymo labels, you need specialized software that converts label information to fit the Dymo format.
Bulklister lets you print one or many labels at a time. Additionally, label printing is arranged according to the order items are scanned. This allows you to identify the exact next item to the label without searching for its title, eliminating the need for guesswork while labeling.
Amazon offers a labeling service and charges by the unit. This might be useful if your business can afford to pay for extra labeling. In general, as a book or media seller, it helps to learn the labeling process first as it will save costs and help you understand many bookselling concepts. Having Amazon do this work for you can be beneficial, but this service is more of a luxury than a necessity for your business.
Each step in the operations workflow helps to verify that the previous step has been done correctly. If labels don’t print out as expected, this can indicate a listing error or oversight has occurred. When this happens, place these items aside and investigate the issue later.
There are times when Amazon may restrict certain items from being sold online. This occurs when a manufacturer requests Amazon to require sellers to develop a wholesale relationship before selling an item.
If you do not have permission to sell these “Restricted” items, Amazon excludes the product and the label from your shipment. This is useful since you should know when you cannot sell specific items. Do not send items that cannot be sold on Amazon. This creates more work for you than is necessary, and you may be required to dispose of the item. Keeping any and all shipment errors to a minimum is key to saving time and resources.
Once the labels are printed, find the first item, place the appropriate label over the barcode, and every additional label should be in the exact order in which they were scanned. You might occasionally see books with more than one barcode on the back cover. Amazon requests that those additional barcodes also be covered with blank labels (so warehouse workers won't mistakenly scan the wrong barcode). It is helpful to save any blank labels for this purpose. Once all the labels are in place and all barcodes are covered, you are ready to move to the next step. It is now time to package and ship the items.
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