Packaging has become a major focus of Amazon. The company has instituted a certified package program to address a number of concerns. These include damage throughout the supply chain to the customer’s door. An elimination of “wrap rage”. This is the frustration of trying to open a package. A reduction in packaging material. This reduces waste and environmental footprint. An increased use in recycled packaging components.
There are three tiers of Amazon’s package certification. The first tier of certification is Frustration Free Packaging (“FFP”). The second tier is Ships In Own Container (“SIOC”). The third tier is Prep-Free Packaging (PFP) certification. By meeting these packaging standards, Amazon sellers will significantly reduce costs and new product registration time. Keystone Package Testing assists vendors by not only providing the necessary ISTA-6 Amazon packing tests, but also assists with walking sellers through the registration process.
Below is information on each of the three tiers as well as links to their specific requirements:
Tier 1 is Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP). The packaging must be ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC Test Compliant by a certified lab like Keystone Package Testing. The packaging should be minimal and comprised of recyclable materials. The product should be easily removed from its packaging within two minutes. There is no prep needed by Amazon including an Amazon box or over box. There should be minimal damage rates.
Tier 2 is Ships In Own Container (SIOC). The packaging must be ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC Test Compliant by a certified lab like Keystone Package Testing. There is no prep needed by Amazon including an Amazon box or over box. There should be minimal damage rates.
Tier 3 is Prep-Free Packaging (PFP) or Over Boxing. The packaging must be ISTA 6-Amazon OB Test Compliant by a certified lab like Keystone Package Testing. The product is shipped in an Amazon box, but there is no other prep needed by Amazon. There should be minimal damage rates.
Why is Amazon package certification so important to vendors? Here are the benefits:
Amazon Packaging Certification Tiers
|Benefits||Tier 1: FFP||Tier 2: SIOC||Tier 3: PFP|
|Reduction/Removal of Amazon Prep Chargebacks|
|Reduction/Removal of Amazon FFP/SIOC Chargebacks|
|Reduced Packaging Costs|
|Reduced Transportation Costs|
|Additional Site Marketing|
|Free Vine Enrollment|
What does package testing look like? Each test plan will be unique to the requirements of that product. Requirements are set based on the size, weight and type of product. Most packages will undergo some amount of preconditioning, drop testing, impact testing and compression testing. Preconditioning is having the package reach a certain temperature before testing begins. The drop testing can include free fall drop, drops onto hazards and various rotational drops. Impact testing includes inclined impact, concentrated edge impact and bridge impact. The compression testing can include both vertical compression and horizontal compression.
How many units do I need for package testing? For most test blocks, only one package is needed. However, if the product is considered fragile or liquid, multiple packages will need tested. Liquids are not just liquids, but also solids that can become liquid over 70 degrees Fahrenheit as well as semi-liquids. Fragile products are products that can be easily broken or chipped. Some of the most common materials are clay, porcelain, ceramic and glass.
Keystone Package Testing provides vendors with the testing to certify their products to receive the benefits of Amazon’s Packaging Certification Tiers. With significant package testing knowledge, globally-recognized accreditation, short lead times and affordable prices, Keystone Package Testing is the best Amazon package testing partner.
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