WHAT IS AMAZON’S SIOC (Ships in Own Container) PACKAGING?
Ships in Own Container (SIOC) is Amazon’s Second Tier of Certification, which was designed to minimize waste through ensuring the product packaging is designed to ship without the need for an Amazon Over-Box. The product must be able to ship in its current package and be tested to Amazon.com’s certification guidelines.
To be considered for SIOC your product must be able to ship in its own container, without having additional packaging and arrive in pristine condition. When using ‘shipping in its own container’, products are tested in their current package without the need for supporting materials on the outside. If your product requires additional protection using non-recyclable packaging materials for shipment, then it would not fall under SIOC standards.
WHAT IS AMAZON’S PFP (Prep-Free Packaging)?
Prep-Free Packaging (PFP) is Amazon’s third tier of certification, which was created for items that are not capable of shipping in their own container (i.e. liquid product that is not six sided) which require an Amazon applied over-box. A certified PFP package is designed to ship effectively without the need for Amazon to apply additional prep/packaging to prevent damage of leakage.
Products that fall into the prep-free category, will be moved many times while out for distribution. These products could be shipped alongside other items during transit. Your products must be able to remain in pristine condition, from purchase order to delivery arrival. To prepare and test your product of PFP, it must be contained in a single secured package, and have a visible, scan-able bar code without have to remove the packaging.
Purple Diamond can test to both Amazon.com SIOC and Prep-Free Packaging standards. Each product is unique, as is its packaging and we conduct tests specific for your needs.
Amazon Package Testing Tiers
Tier 1- Frustration Free Packaging (FFP) is capable of shipping in its own container in minimized, fully recyclable and easy-to-open packaging. This ensures the most optimal experience for our customers.
Tier 2- Ships In Own Container (SIOC) minimizes waste through ensuring that packaging is designed to ship without the need for an Amazon over-box.
Tier 3- Prep-Free Packaging (PFP) is designed to ship effectively without the need for Amazon to apply additional prep to prevent damage of leakage.
HOW DO WE TEST FOR AMAZON SIOC AND PFP?
Testing for Amazon.com SIOC and PFP
ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC was the standard created to challenge the product and packages to withstand typical transportation hazards and the distribution chain from vendor to Amazon.com to customer. Below are the individual standards for Ship in Own Container packages, based on weight size and delivery method.
- Type A is for parcel delivery of individual packaged-products less than 50 lb. (23 kg).
- Type B is for parcel delivery of individual packaged-products 50 lb. (23 kg) to less than 100 lb. (43 kg).
- Type C is for parcel delivery packaged-products 100 lb. (43 kg) or greater.
- Type D is for LTL delivery of individual packaged-products less than 100 lb. (43 kg).
- Type E is for LTL delivery of individual packaged-products 100 lb. (43 kg) or greater.
- Type F is for LTL delivery of individual palletized packaged-products.