WHAT IS AMAZON’S SIOC (Ships in Own Container) PACKAGING?
Ships in Own Container (SIOC) is Amazon’s Second Tier of Certfication, which is able to minimize waste through ensuring the 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 additional packaging and arrive in pristine condition. When shipping in its own container, products must be tested in their current package without the need for any other supporting materials on the outside. If your product requires additional protection using non-recyclable packaging materials such as foams to ensure minimal damage during 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, designed for items that are not capable of shipping in their own container (i.e. liquid product that is not six sided) requiring an Amazon applied over-box. A certified PFP package is designed to ship effectively without the need for Amazon to apply additional prep to prevent damage of leakage.
When dealing with products that fall into the prep-free category, you must keep in mind that the product will be moved many times while out for distribution ,and will possibly be shipped alongside other products during transit. To prepare and test your product of PFP, it must be contained in a single secured package, with a barcode that is scannable without opening 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 package 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.