Before you start negotiations with the supplier, check if your product is not gated or restricted on Amazon.
– Make a ghost listing.
– Also check if no patent or trademarks on your logo and name.
– If you need custom packaging, find a designer.
– Ask your supplier if they can do a packaging and print inserts. If not, find a printing company to do it for you and ship everything to your supplier.
– Ask and pay for the product sample shipped to you for inspection.
Negotiate with manufacturer from alibaba.com the exw price (meaning) if shiping DDU, or DDP
Than send a sample to a photo company, or local photographer of completed custom sample.
Design insert cards, asking for if they need any assistance to contact us and leave a review after they try the product. Or just saying hello to a customer, your Facebook page website, etc.
Design box (if applicable).
Than purchase upc from gs1. To put on product box by manufacturer.
Start creating listing on amazon.
Than send card designs to manufacturer to start making the product.
Inspect the product with inspector from “forest shipping”.
If product is good Than get FNSKU of amazon and send to manufacturer.
Than contact forest shipping for freight forward
You need UPC barcode on your packaging only if you plan to sell your product somewhere else. If you will sell only on Amazon platform, you need FNSKU. When you create your listing, you use UPC to create FNSKU, and then send FNSKU to your supplier, so they will stick/print it on your product packaging.
If you are satisfied with your product inspection report, do a shipping plan and generate shipping labels. Send them to your supplier and ask to put them on your shipping cartons. Forest shipping then can go, pick up your product and deliver directly to Amazon warehouses.
Update: Good news you can have advance access if you file trademark. However you will have to wait to get your 7 digit number once trademarked is approved. the 8 digit registration won’t allow you to register with amazon yet.
In order to get this: you have to register your trademark word or logo , show specimens proving the use of it, eg. Website with products, physical product I turned with name etc. than register. However you will have to wait to get your 7 digit number once trademarked is approved. the 8 digit registration won’t allow you to register with amazon yet.