By default, your seller account is set to use the Amazon barcode (FNSKU) to track your eligible inventory throughout the Amazon fulfilment process. Those eligible products can be commingled with identical inventory from other sellers who also use the manufacturer barcodes for those items. If multiple sellers have inventory with the same manufacturer barcode, Amazon may fulfil orders using products with that barcode when those products are closest to the customer. This happens regardless of which seller actually receives a customer’s order. We use this process to facilitate faster delivery.
When you receive a customer order:
When another seller receives an order for the same product:
Products must meet the minimum requirements from the following:
To qualify to use the manufacturer barcode and commingle your inventory, the product name on the package has to be identical to the ASIN that was created for listing.
Not all inventory is eligible for tracking with the manufacturer barcode. Amazon will, at its sole discretion, determine which products meet the eligibility requirements for using manufacturer barcodes. Products that do not qualify for commingled inventory must have Amazon labels to be received at Amazon Fulfilment Centres.
* Any of the memory products in the Computer category cannot be commingled and need a sticker. Original Inkjet Printer Ink cartridge, Compatible Inkjet Printer Ink cartridge, Original Projection Lamps, Compatible Projection Lamps, Memory products include USB, memory cards, SD cards, Mini/Micro SD cards, memory sticks, CF/XD cards, memory card readers, built-in memory and other memory devices.
* Medical devices are not commingled regardless of categories from the legal compliance point of view. If any medical devices that are shipped or stored as commingled inventory are detected, Amazon will immediately change the status of the inventory to unsellable. For more information, see Medical devices and accessories .
The parallel import products in the following categories, bulk products (white box, simplified package), or OEM products (off-brands) also need to have a sticker. Amazon cannot receive your product if no sticker is attached.
If you don’t want to use a manufacturer barcode to track your products, or your products are not eligible for manufacturer barcode tracking, you need to use the Amazon Barcode setting and apply labels to each product that you ship to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre. This label indicates that the product belongs to you. You can either print these labels when creating a shipment or enrol in FBA Label Service for a per-item fee. Learn more about Labelled Inventory.
Each product Fulfilled by Amazon requires a barcode. We will always use the manufacturer’s barcode, when eligible, to track your inventory throughout the fulfilment process, unless you change your barcode setting.
If you submit a removal order for inventory tracked using manufacturer barcodes, you will receive units with those same barcodes. However, they might not be the exact units that you originally sent to Amazon.
To fulfil your orders exclusively with your inventory, you can switch to Amazon barcode at any time. You can change your barcode setting for:
For more information, see these Seller University videos:
To change your default barcode preference:
To change the barcode setting for a single ASIN:
You can use the manufacturer barcode for eligible products by changing a listing from Fulfilled by Merchant to Fulfilled by Amazon. For offers that are already set to Fulfilled by Amazon, you must create a new offer to use the manufacturer barcode.
The same process applies when you change to the Amazon barcode.
For the Amazon barcode, you must apply a sticker on each unit. For the manufacturer barcode, you must apply one of the eligible barcodes (UPC, EAN, JAN or ISBN).
Every time you create a shipment, a notification on the Set Quantity page will show which of your offers qualify for the manufacturer barcode. To begin switching from the Amazon barcode to the manufacturer barcode, click Convert. You can also replace your current offer with the offer just created.
You can convert to the manufacturer barcode in one of two ways:
Eligible offers can also be converted to the manufacturer barcode when you go to Manufacturer barcode: Convert eligible offers. You can generate an Excel file with eligibility details for your existing inventory, along with instructions on how to update and upload the file to convert your eligible offers.
When you create a new offer after switching to the manufacturer barcode or Amazon barcode, information from the old merchant SKU usually won’t apply. Read the following to see where action is required for your new SKU: