How to start selling on Amazon without FBA

With self-isolation and lockdowns giving everyone a little more time at home this year, now is the perfect opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to begin that Amazon business they’ve always dreamed of.

From March to April, Amazon FBA restricted inbound deliveries of non-essential items. Depending on what you want to start selling, you may have to start without FBA in the meantime. Here’s how to do it.

What is Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)?

FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) is a service for Amazon sellers, whereby sellers send their inventory to FBA warehouses across the country, for Amazon to fulfill incoming orders from your store.

The FBA service includes storing, picking, packing, shipping, tracking, and handling returns. For someone starting to sell on Amazon, this is ideal. You don’t have to worry about acquiring storage space, learning about logistics, or breaking the bank to get orders out quickly.

Although FBA is slowly recovering, it is not what it was. If you’re starting an Amazon business, some restrictions could prevent you from fully utilizing FBA and affect your ability to generate new sales by offering fast shipping.

Use Fulfillment by Merchant (FBM) to start selling on Amazon without FBA

Fulfillment By Merchant (FBM) is when you handle the storage, picking, packing, shipping, and return of your Amazon orders, as opposed to outsourcing it to Amazon FBA.

This method of fulfillment has many benefits, both now and long-term.

1) Overcoming current FBA restrictions

FBM immediately overcomes the current FBA restrictions, which means that you can ship new products immediately, replenish stock, and offer customers fast shipping speeds.

2) More control

While FBA is undoubtedly an easy option for new Amazon sellers, it involves relinquishing a lot of control to Amazon straight away. FBM allows you to test out different fulfillment methods and practices first, before deciding who to hand them over to.

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