You don’t have to complete your listing before you can create your first shipping plan. But your listing will need to be changed to Fulfilled By Amazon.If you plan to use Amazon to fulfill your orders (i.e. FBA) your inventory will need to be delivered to an FBA warehouse.And that means creating a shipping plan.
Amazon has more than 75 fulfillment centers and counting across the North America, many of which are set up for FBA. Shipping to Amazon FBA is relatively easy, but it does take some work. There are many decisions to be made, and some product categories require extra measures to be taken.
If your product is intellectual property (IP) or is a unique representation of something already patented, sign agreements with your suppliers to ensure they won’t sell them to other clients. To do this, you will need to prepare and have the supplier sign an NNN agreement (non-disclosure, non-use, non-circumvention) which is available both in English and Chinese and falls under Chinese legal jurisdiction.
Although contracts like these tend to have high minimum order quantities and long-term commitments, if your product sells well, it’s a no-brainer.
The fewer people competing with you on a product, the greater your potential for success is and the less likely you are to get into a pricing war.