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5 Tips For Amazon FFP Packaging

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Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) is a sustainable packaging solution that simplifies the unboxing experience for customers, while reducing costs and waste. It also helps to reduce product returns due to damage caused by traditional packaging materials. The goal of FFP Tier 1 is to make it easier for Amazon customers to open boxes and remove products without using scissors or knives.

To help your business reach this important level of sustainability, here are some tips on creating an Amazon FFP Tier 1 compliant package.

The 3 Tiers Of Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging

Tier One | Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP)

Tier One packaging is the ideal choice for customers seeking quick and eco-friendly delivery! With 100% curbside recyclable packaging, easy-opening features, and no additional prep needs from Amazon, these items can be delivered immediately with no overbox.

Tier Two | Ships in Own Container (SIOC)

Products ship in their packaging through the mail with no additional work from Amazon over boxes or preparations. The main difference between Tier One and Two is that this packaging doesn't need to be as recyclable. This tier usually depends on the tape or other materials you use.

Tier Three | Prep-Free Packaging (PFP)

While there is no additional preparation from Amazon, this packaging will need an Amazon Overbox for shipping. That means these are subject to chargebacks from Amazon and can have additional supply chain costs.

1. Choose The Right Box Size To SIOC

Your box size is an important factor in determining your FFP tier. Too large a box can result in additional shipping costs and damage during transit, while too small of a box will limit product visibility and protection. Amazon has specific guidelines to ensure the best customer experience.

Ship In Its Own Container (SIOC)

The packaging must ship in its own container and not have an "over box" used for shipping. Rather than using a box-within-a-box, the goal is to reduce waste and use an e-commerce-ready box.

Test To Ensure It Will Ship Safely

It's crucial to ensure that your product’s packaging fits securely in the box, leaving no room for it to shift during shipping. This step is key to reducing damage caused by movement and to making it easier for customers to open the package without causing any harm to the product.

Open The Box In 120 Seconds

Amazon has implemented a test to ensure customers can open the box within two minutes or 120 seconds. If it can't pass that test, it's not ready.

Related: Guide To Understanding Corrugated Boxes

2. Add Only Necessary Protective Materials

Sometimes you will need materials such as bubble wrap or foam peanuts to further protect against damage during transit. The goal is to add enough, without needing too much. And most importantly, using recyclable materials.

Corrugated Box

Corrugated boxes are the most common type of packaging used for Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP). They are not only recyclable but also versatile, available in a wide range of sizes and styles to fit various product needs. 

Their recyclability supports environmental sustainability by reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. Additionally, their strength and durability protect products during transit, enhancing customer satisfaction and minimizing the environmental impact of returns and replacements. 

Choosing corrugated boxes for FFP ensures secure, eco-friendly packaging that meets consumer expectations.

Minimize Tape And Glue Use

To minimize waste, avoid using tape and glue whenever possible. When necessary, choose the most recyclable options available.

Opt for adhesives and tapes that are easily recyclable or made from recyclable materials. This reduces non-recyclable waste in landfills and supports sustainable resource management. Making these choices helps lower environmental impact and promotes a culture of responsible resource use.

3. Minimize Waste

To meet optimal packaging standards, ensure there is less than 2 inches of empty space inside the packaging compared to the product. Minimizing empty space helps achieve tier 1 status in Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) program, indicating high efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Reducing void space reduces the need for additional padding, prevents product movement during transit, and decreases packaging material waste. This leads to more efficient shipping, as smaller, tightly packed boxes optimize space in delivery vehicles and lower the carbon footprint.

Every small adjustment in packaging design can significantly impact the environment by conserving resources, supporting recycling, and promoting sustainability. Consumers value eco-friendly practices, and by minimizing empty space, companies can enhance their brand reputation and appeal to environmentally conscious buyers.

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4. Use 100% Curbside Recyclable Materials

When designing your packaging, try to use recyclable materials whenever possible. This will reduce waste and give customers confidence that they are helping the planet by recycling their packaging instead of contributing to landfills.

Label Recyclable

It's important to inform customers that your packaging is recyclable to encourage them to do their part. Putting a label on the box that says “100% Curbside Recyclable” will make them more likely to recycle!

Related: 10 Tips To Make Your Packaging More Sustainable

5. Ready To Ship

Amazon doesn't have to prep your product any further, its ready for transit. There is no overbox, no waste, and no worries. They reward those who make their job easier.

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By following these tips, you can easily create an Amazon FFP Tier 1 compliant package that is both environmentally friendly and customer-friendly. Doing so not only helps your business become more sustainable but also makes it easier for customers to unbox their products without damaging them. Contact us today if you need help getting started. We can help you create the perfect package for your product and prepare it for Amazon FFP!

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*This content was written by a third party and is not reflective of Amazon’s policies or opinions. It is provided as-is solely for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any particular product, service, or point of view. Please use your own judgment when researching solutions to meet your business needs.*