Amazon wants to help you grow your business with Seller Fulfilled Prime and get you started
in the best possible way with the program. This page lists some best practices for physical
warehouse space and operational flow. Please note that the page is for information purposes
only and it is up to you how you organize your warehouse.
Physical Warehouse Layout
We recommend that you set up these five functional areas in your warehouse:
The Admin Desk is used to monitor orders and create pick lists. We recommend that
you choose a central location with a table, computer and printer.
The Inbound Staging Area serves as a place to locate inventory before the
inventory is received in the warehouse.
Stow areas include shelving and floors where your inventory is held. We recommend
that you create both physical and virtual bins to keep a full overview of the inventory
that you already received.
The Packing Stations are one or more area where products that were collected for
Seller Fulfilled Prime orders are packaged for shipping to the customer. Each packing
station requires a table with certain electronics such as laser printers and zebra
printers to print labels from the Seller Central "Buy Shipping" tool. For
more information on label quality, see section 4 of Carrier operational issues in
Seller Fulfilled Prime.
The Outbound Staging Area serves as a place to store packages that are ready for
carrier pickup. We recommend that you have clear designated and labeled staging areas per
carrier. This avoids that packages are handed over to the wrong carrier. You should also
separate Standard and Premium orders with Seller Fulfilled Prime to help carriers
prioritize shipment dates.
You should locate these five areas according to where the inventory enters and leaves your
warehouse. This reduces the physical distance between the steps in your operational flow,
which can improve your throughput rate and labor utilization.
We recommend that you create pick lists of items needed for orders. You can use the following strategies:
Time of order – Prioritize items according to their expected ship date. Pick
orders that need to be processed on the same day before you pick orders with an expected
ship date of the following day. Seller Fulfilled Prime orders that were purchased before 1
pm and that display in your system by 2 pm (local time) need to be shipped with a Seller
Fulfilled Prime carrier on the same day. Seller Fulfilled Prime carriers should collect
Prime orders between 2:30 and 3:30 pm at your warehouse.
We recommend that you
review and print the first Prime orders in the morning, since customers often order in
the evening. That way, you can avoid having to print all shipping labels at 2
Size of items – Group ASINs and SKUs of the same size in certain areas of your
warehouse. Create pick lists that focus on those zones to optimize pick efficiency. That
way, you can use carts or bags to pick items of the same size.
Location of items – Create pick lists that follow a logical flow according to the
location of the items in your aisles and shelves. Store high-selling items close to
packing stations and keep items with low sales in less frequently used areas.
We recommend that you keep Prime ASINs and SKUs in one area of your warehouse to reduce the
time you need to pick these items.
Regularly check the accuracy of your Seller Fulfilled Prime inventory to ensure customer
satisfaction. You should also regularly review your Seller Fulfilled Prime performance in
Seller Central. Click Performance > Account
Health > Eligibilities > Seller
Fulfilled Prime Performance. This will help you make sure that you
meet the Seller Fulfilled Prime performance metrics.
Note: If you encounter an issue that may have affected your performance, please contact Seller
We hope these best practices help you grow your business with Seller Fulfilled Prime!