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

Amazon’s package testing approach uniquely categorizes individually packaged TVs and monitors. Test Type G is designed for TVs and monitors that weigh less than 150 pounds and have a girth less than 165 inches. These products are shipped via parcel delivery using the standard handling method, also known as the floor-loaded method.

This method applies to products received at an Amazon.com Fulfillment Center as individual packages, not on pallets or with multiple packaged products on a single pallet. They are intended to ship to the end consumer without a pallet.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type G Verification Process

Type G products qualify for SIPP (Ships In Product Packaging) status, meaning they are not placed in an additional Amazon box (over-boxing). These products undergo testing based on the ISTA 6 SIPP Type G test sequence, developed by Amazon and the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA).

Like other SIPP packages, Type G products must be easy to open, designed to reduce waste, and have minimized weight and dimensions.

Amazon has developed a lab certification procedure for packaging test labs known as APASS.

Package certification becomes necessary in one of four situations:

  • When introducing a new product or package to Amazon
  • If there are changes to a product’s design
  • When a change in Amazon’s requirements makes a previously exempt package need certification
  • If Amazon observes damages during shipment to the customer.

Undergoing package testing offers multiple benefits for sellers and vendors. It leads to quicker product-to-market times, balanced distribution costs, reduced damage and product loss, enhanced customer satisfaction, and more confident product launches.

Fragile Determination

Amazon classifies TVs and monitors as non-fragile products, using only one sample for testing. Type G test method is tailored to the unique attributes of these products, considering their fragility and specific handling requirements.

Amazon SIPP Type G Pass/Fail Criteria

For its Ships in Own Container (SIOC) and Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) programs, Amazon sets clear pass/fail criteria before testing. This preparation is a collective effort involving shippers, manufacturers, Amazon, and other parties, aimed at ensuring product and packaging integrity. Key areas of focus include:

Defining Product Damage: Establishing what constitutes unacceptable product damage after shipping.

Package Condition Post-Testing: Identifying acceptable wear and tear on the package from transit.

Damage Tolerance: Setting thresholds for allowable damage during shipping.

Product Condition Evaluation: Agreeing on how to assess the product’s condition upon arrival.

These criteria are designed to maintain Amazon’s standards for customer satisfaction, reduce transit damage, and promote sustainable packaging practices, ensuring a seamless delivery experience.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type G Test Plan

Amazon sellers and vendors must certify the packaging for most TVs and monitors at an Amazon-approved testing lab, part of the Amazon APASS network. Labs must fully comprehend the process.

ISTA 6 Test G requires testing on one sample, but Amazon.com recommends performing the test five or more times with new samples for more representative results. Products submitted as samples should closely resemble actual production items.

Final official testing should be conducted with actual production items for accurate results.

Below is the test sequence for Amazon fulfillment packaging.

Type G – Parcel Delivery of Individual Packaged TV/Monitor Less Than 150 pounds (68 kg) AND Girth Less Than 165 inches (4.19 m) 

Sequence Number  Test Category  Test Type  Test Level  Remarks 
Atmospheric Preconditioning TEST BLOCK 1  Temperature and Humidity  Lab ambient, 12 hours  Required 
Atmospheric Conditioning TEST BLOCK 1  Controlled Temperature and Humidity  Temperature and humidity chosen from table  Optional 
Shock TEST BLOCK 2  Free-Fall Drop  9 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight  Required- Do not catch packaged items 
Compression, Horizontal TEST BLOCK 9  Clamping Simulation  Calculated from formula Clamp in multiple orientations as directed  Required for any of the 2 axes with a width dimension >24 inches (610mm) and <75 inches (1905mm) 
Compression, Vertical TEST BLOCK 10  Test in the intended shipping orientation  Calculated from formula maintain force for 1 hour  Required, Machine, or weights and load spreader 
Vibration TEST BLOCK 12  Random with or without top load  Overall Grms levels of 0.53 and 0.46  Required 
Shock TEST BLOCK 20  Inclined or Horizontal Impact  48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity change  Required for packages =>100 pounds (45 kg) 
Shock Test block 15  Free-Fall Drop  8 Drops – height varies with packaged-product weight. Includes drop on hazard.  Required- Do not catch packaged item. 
Shock TEST BLOCK 24  Concentrated Edge Impact  Hazard Box dropped 16 inches (400 mm)  Required- Hazard box to be dropped on the screen side 

 

Expert Ships in Product Packaging (SIPP) Laboratory Testing

Keystone Package Testing can assist you in achieving certification for your TV or monitor package. As e-commerce package test experts, we offer quotes and guidance for your needs. We understand Amazon.com package testing requirements and know that ASINs can be grouped to reduce testing.

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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 E
Amazon SIPP Type F
Amazon SIPP Type H