Are you wondering, if you can use Fulfillment by Amazon even without selling on Amazon? Do not worry, you are not alone, several sellers who do not sell on Amazon marketplace wonder the same.
Yes! you can use FBA as a method of fulfillment without selling on Amazon.
FBA is a fulfillment service of Amazon that facilitates its sellers to manage inventory and deliver goods to end users. We will discuss in this article how non-Amazon sellers can use FBA without selling on Amazon and how beneficial is this in comparison to third-party logistic companies.
Amazon calls this MCF Multi-Channel Fulfillment and this feature is available for all sellers whether they are selling on Amazon or not.
What is Multi-Channel Fulfillment Amazon?
Multi-Channel Fulfillment is a feature of Amazon which facilitates sellers to automate fulfillment service from other e-commerce channels such as Shopify, Woo-commerce, BigCommerce, etc
Amazon and non-Amazon sellers can use Amazon FBA as a shipping partner in several countries where Amazon fulfillment centers are available.
Which Countries Have Amazon FBA:
Following is the list of countries where FBA service is available,
- Republic of Ireland
- Saudi Arabia
- United States
- United Kingdom
However, it must be noted that FBA option can only be used if your customers are based in these countries otherwise you need to use local logistics companies of respective countries to fulfill your orders.
Is Amazon FBA Worth It (Cost Benefit Analysis)
For non-Amazon sellers who use FBA as a fulfillment service needs to rethink before deciding to partner up with Amazon FBA. Let us discuss the cost-benefit analysis of using the Amazon fulfillment network instead of other third-party logistic services.
1. Services Comparison
Let us take a look at the services that Amazon provides in comparison to 3PL companies.
2. Fulfillment Cost Comparison
Let us take a look at the fulfillment cost comparison between Amazon and 3PL companies,
Notice: Please note that we have used a sample of 3PL companies fulfillment charges, you might receive reduced prices from different 3PL companies.
Well, Amazon has an edge in several services as Amazon has a huge network of fulfillment centers located at so many locations in the USA same as other countries listed previously in the article.
Amazon has reached economies of scale in various countries therefore it can provide better rates and reliable service.
Can I Use FBA For Shopify
Yes, all major e-commerce platforms easily integrate with the Amazon MCF program. To integrate your Shopify website you need to follow these steps
- Firstly, you need to sign up on Amazon seller central to integrate with Shopify. Click here to sign up
- Now click here to integrate your shopify store, then follow the process as stated by Shopify to activate Amazon FBA
This method is applicable until March 30, 2023.
After March 30, 2023, you have to use Multi-Channel Fulfillment solutions provided by different companies such as,
You can find the packages of each solution by clicking on the link above.
After reading this blog you can decide whether to use FBA as a fulfillment network or not. It is recommended to analyze quantitative & qualitative factors as different sellers have different circumstances depending upon customer base and other factors.