FBA is the abbreviation of fulfillment by Amazon. FBA is a fulfillment network created by amazon to help amazon sellers promote their service and improve their business. Sellers only have to ship their products to Amazon’s FAB warehouses, and Amazon will do the rest for them.
And here is how FBA works:
When Amazon fulfills your items instead of you, your items are not available for sale upon listing them, instead you are prompted to print special barcodes to adhere to your individual items in order to differentiate your products from the products of other sellers at the fulfillment center. Next, you’re instructed to pack all of your items, in bulk, into boxes to have shipped to an Amazon fulfillment center near you (well, I hope you get one close, sometimes they may ask you to have your stuff shipped across country). As you work through the process you are offered “Amazon Partnered Shipping Rates”, which means that you can take advantage of the super low rates that Amazon has with UPS (Ground tends to cost between 30 – 40 cents per pound for us, which is incredibly cheap).
Once this large box of your listed goods arrives at it’s destination, Amazon will shelf your items in one of it’s massive, state-or-the-art warehouses, and once this happens your items will then become available for sale. So, when a customer buys your item, Amazon will go and retrieve your specific, specially labeled item and ship it off to the customer.