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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 having to use 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 are shipping in their packaging through the mail with no additional work from an Amazon overbox or preparations. The main difference between Tier One And Two is this packaging doesn't need to be as recyclable. This tier is usually dependent on the tape or other materials you are using.

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 "overbox" that is 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

Make sure that your product’s packaging fits snugly in the box, allowing no extra room for it to move around during shipping. This will help reduce damage due to shifting and make it easier for customers to open the package without damaging it.

Open The Box In 120 Seconds

Amazon has implemented a test to ensure that 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 FFP. Not only are they recyclable, but they can also come in a wide variety of sizes and styles to fit your product needs.

Minimize Tape And Glue Use

Try to avoid using tape and glue whenever possible, and when they are needed opt for the most recyclable option.

3. Minimize Waste

There should be less than 2 inches of empty space inside the packaging, compared to the product. To reach tier 1 status, you want to reduce as much as possible to be completely efficient. Every little change can make an impact on the environment!

Related: 8 Packaging Options For Your Products

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 get it ready 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 judgement when researching solutions to meet your business needs.*