Getting your products on Amazon.com is exciting, but there are a few important things you should know when dealing with this popular e-commerce giant. Amazon has some strict packaging rules, and they won’t be happy if you don’t follow them. To help you navigate Amazon’s packaging requirements and communication, here are 15 Amazon packaging acronyms you need to know, so you understand exactly what needs to be done.

AMZ/AZ - Amazon

This is just an abbreviation used to represent Amazon’s name and the company. It’s used by anyone who interacts with them, including vendors and sellers.  

APASS – Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

APASS is a packaging resource network for those who sell on Amazon. It’s designed as a place where you can find packaging solutions that meet all the requirements Amazon enforces.

It’s a network of trusted names in the packaging industry who can help sellers find the right supplies and equipment to produce sustainable and frustration-free packaging.

ASIN – Amazon Standard Information Number

The ASIN is a standard code assigned to all Amazon products. It’s similar to a UPC code but is exclusive to Amazon for their internal tracking process.

DS – Drop Shipping

Drop shipping is a delivery method that can be used by a seller who doesn’t keep stock and inventory on their own. It is the act of shipping a product straight from the manufacturer or supplier to the end customer. Drop shipping is a convenient option for those who don’t want to manage their own fulfillment warehouse.

FBA – Fulfilled by Amazon

When a business pays for the FBA service, their products are stored, packed, and shipped by Amazon in one of their warehouses. This is great for vendors who don’t want to handle the fulfillment process or keep up with inventory. This service also includes customer support for returns or exchanges.

FBM/MF – Fulfilled by Merchant/Merchant Fulfilled

Vendors who have their own storage space can choose the FBM or MF option. This means all products are stored, packed, and shipped by the vendor rather than Amazon. Businesses who have already invested in storage warehouses and fulfillment centers would use this rather than paying to keep and send items from an Amazon warehouse.

FC – Fulfillment Center

This acronym simply refers to one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers.

FFP – Frustration Free Packaging

Frustration free packaging is a certification granted by Amazon for companies who supply both recyclable and easy to use packaging that doesn’t use excess materials. This stamp of approval is given to companies who supplies Amazon with products in original manufacturer packaging that doubles as the branded and shipping packaging. This means Amazon isn’t required to supply their own boxes to ship the product unless specifically asked to for a gift purchase or other reason.

FNSKU - Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit

This is a unique number assigned to any product that’s sent to an Amazon warehouse by a specific vendor. It’s how they identify which products are associated with each seller. This is a code that is exclusive to Amazon’s tracking system.

OB – Amazon Overbox

OB refers to the recognizable Amazon packaging that is used for products that need extra packaging by Amazon’s fulfillment centers. This is used for products that need additional packaging before they can be supplied to a customer. The box features Amazon’s logo and identifiable information, including a strip of their custom water-activated tape.

OOS – Out of Stock

This refers to any products that are not available in stock at a retailer location or an Amazon location. Sellers should try to get more stock available quickly or customers will look for other options.

SIOC – Ships in Own Container

SIOC products are sent to Amazon with all the required packaging, so Amazon little to no prep to do before sending the product on its way. Vendors supply products to Amazon in their original, branded packaging and it can be shipped without an Amazon Overbox.

SKU – Stock Keeping Unit

The SKU is a number used to keep track of inventory from the seller’s standpoint. Amazon does not supply this number, but it uses it to help sellers keep track of specific items they sell on the e-commerce platform. Sellers use SKUs to keep up with their different product offerings when working with Amazon.

UPC – Universal Product Code

Most retail products will have a UPC, which is a unique 12-digit number displayed with a printed barcode. This is just another way to keep track of different items.

WS – Wholesale

Wholesale refers to purchasing products direct from a manufacturer or distributor.