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Case Packed Shipments vs. Individually Packed Shipments

When creating a shipment plan, you'll need to decide between case packed shipments and individually packed shipments. Both options have their unique characteristics, benefits, and considerations. Here's a comprehensive look at the two to help you make an informed decision:

Shipment plan with case packed items

Case Packed Shipments

When you choose case packed shipments:

- Quantity Specification:
For each SKU you're sending to FBA, you must specify both the quantity per case and the total quantity. This gives Amazon clear information about how many units are in each case and how many cases you're sending in total.

- Prevention of Split Shipments:
One major advantage of case packed shipments is that it can prevent split shipments where cases would need to be opened. When you specify case quantities, Amazon respects these quantities and doesn't break open the cases. This can be especially useful if you're looking to maintain the integrity of your cases.

Individually Packed Shipments

On the other hand, if you opt for individually packed shipments:

- Flexibility in Packaging:
Here, each product is individually packed. This means that there isn't a set quantity within each box or case. Instead, products can be assorted in various quantities across different boxes.

- Lower Risk of Split Shipments for Specific Quantities:
Interestingly, Amazon often refrains from splitting individually packed shipments containing standard size items with a quantity greater than 17. This implies that if you're sending standard size items in quantities of 18 or more, there's a good chance your shipment will remain intact.

While case packed shipments offer the assurance of Amazon respecting case quantities, if your items are case packed but you often ship in quantities of 18 or more, it might be worth considering individually packed shipments. This might not only simplify the process but also reduce the risk of your shipments being split.

Final Thoughts

Both case packed and individually packed shipments have their unique advantages. Your decision should hinge on the specifics of your product, your shipment quantities, and your preferences in managing inventory. Always keep in mind the primary objective: ensuring your products reach Amazon's warehouses safely, efficiently, and in a manner that best suits your business operations.

Updated on: 05/09/2023

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