Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type E Package Testing

Amazon has refined its packaging requirements for vendors and sellers to mitigate returns and operational costs. In partnership with the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA), Amazon has formulated a comprehensive suite of packaging test protocols. Specifically, the Amazon Type E package standard caters to Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipments weighing over 100 pounds, identified as ISTA-6 Type E.

This standard focuses on packages managed via standard handling procedures, simulating the varied conditions encountered within Amazon’s logistics network, including transportation impacts and fulfillment center environments.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type E Verification Process

Type E items fall under the Ships In Product Packaging (SIPP) classification, designed to be shipped in the vendor’s own packaging without additional Amazon boxing, thus eliminating over-boxing. Testing for these packages is conducted by labs accredited through Amazon’s APASS network, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of Amazon’s testing criteria, the package verification process, and enrollment procedures for Amazon vendors and sellers. Completion of these tests, evidenced by a detailed report submitted through Amazon Seller Central, avails numerous advantages.

The APASS program outlines a lab certification process for packaging test labs, offering significant benefits such as heightened confidence in product launches, reduced market entry times, and optimized distribution expenses. Central to this initiative is waste reduction, achieved by minimizing unnecessary packaging materials and dimensions, which in turn enhances customer satisfaction, brand reputation, and decreases returns. Amazon incentivizes participation with reduced or waived prep fees and chargebacks, though program specifics may periodically adjust.

Criteria for Unacceptable Packaging

Amazon assesses packaging based on test performance, excluding designs that fail to meet specific standards, such as unsealed or improperly constructed boxes, packaging that exposes the product, or lacks adequate structural integrity.

Non-compliance results from using non-taped closures, boxes with protruding elements, or packaging that inadequately protects the product, emphasizing the necessity of robust, six-sided designs.

Amazon SIPP Type E Pass/Fail Determinants

Establishing pass/fail benchmarks for SIPP packaging necessitates a collaborative approach among Amazon, shippers, manufacturers, and other stakeholders.

This collaboration focuses on defining acceptable levels of product damage, post-test packaging condition, damage tolerance, and assessment methods for evaluating product state post-test.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type E Test Plan

Below is a chart outlining the full scope of testing:

Sequence Number Test Category Test Type Test Level Remarks
1 Atmospheric Preconditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Temperature and Humidity Lab ambient, 12 hours Required
2 Atmospheric Conditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Controlled Temperature and Humidity Temperature and humidity chosen from table Optional
3 Shock

TEST BLOCK 3

Tip/Tip Over Use a 22 degree tip angle Required for packages ≥48 in. (1.2 m)  tall and  any one base dimension < ½ the height; or for packages ≥ 30 in. (760 mm) tall and with a center of gravity vertical location > ½ the package height
4 Shock

TEST BLOCK 5

Rotational FLAT Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
5 Shock

TEST BLOCK 6

Rotational EDGE Drop 9 in (230 mm) Required
6 Shock

TEST BLOCK 8

Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change Required
7 Compression, Vertical

TEST BLOCK 9

Test in the intended shipping orientation or most stable orientation Calculated from formula, Maintain force for 1 hour Required, Machine, or weights and load spreader
8 Compression, Horizontal

TEST BLOCK 10

Clamping Simulation Calculated from formula, Clamp in multiple orientations as directed Required, For any of the 2 axes with a width dimension ≥ 24 in (610mm) and < 75 in (1905 mm)
9 Vertical Vibration

TEST BLOCK 13

Random With Top Load Overall Grms level of 0.54 Required
10 Shock

TEST BLOCK 20

Inclined or Horizontal Impact 48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) drops Required
11 Shock

TEST BLOCK 23

Bridge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm) Required for Elongated Packages Only
12 Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge Impact Hazard Box dropped 16 in (400 mm) Required for Flat Packages Only

 

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For more information on SIPP testing, follow the corresponding links:

Amazon SIPP Type A
Amazon SIPP Type B
Amazon SIPP Type C
Amazon SIPP Type D
Amazon SIPP Type F
Amazon SIPP Type G
Amazon SIPP Type H