Starting an online business is exciting, but there will always be a few mundane tasks you’ll need to take care of – a necessary evil if you will. In this guide, I will be looking at how to print labels for Amazon FBA.
Before I take you through what you need to know, here is a link to my detailed guide on the labels you need for FBA.
Alright, let’s get into the practical stuff.
How to Print Labels for Amazon FBA (Step-By-Step Instructions)
The good news is Amazon has made it really easy to print your FBA labels. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Log in to your Amazon Seller Central account and click on the Inventory menu item.
- Decide which of your products you want to print labels for, and click on Edit to the right of the product.
- You will now see a dropdown menu with the option to Print Item Labels.
- You can now select how many labels you want to print and choose your Paper/Sticker.
- Once you are done, click Print Item Labels.
Remember that you will need to know what printer you plan to use before printing your labels (more on printers later).
Source: Amazon Seller Central
What Size Labels Do I Need for Amazon FBA?
While Amazon will provide you with several options in terms of label size, they should ideally be between 1 x 2 inches (25 x 50 mm) and 2 x 3 inches (50 x 76 mm).
Here are the standard options Amazon gives you:
- 21 labels per page (63.5 mm x 38.1 mm on A4)
- 24 labels per page (63.5 mm x 33.9 mm on A4, 63.5 mm x 38.1 mm on A4, 64.6 mm x 33.8 mm on A4, 66.0 mm x 33.9 mm on A4, 70.0 mm x 36.0 mm on A4, 70.0 mm x 37.0 mm on A4)
- 27 labels per page (63.5 mm x 29.6 mm on A4)
- 30 labels per page (1-inch x 2 5/8 inches on US Letter)
- 40 labels per page (52.5 mm x 29.7 mm on A4)
- 44 labels per page (48.5 mm x 25.4 mm on A4)
All Amazon labels must be printed in black ink on white, non-reflective labels.
What Printers Use Amazon FBA Labels?
In terms of which printer to use for your Amazon FBA labels, you could use a laser printer, but a thermal printer is definitely the better choice.
I also recommend that you stay away from inkjet printers for labels as it will end up costing you a small fortune over time.
Thermal printers such as DYMO are better because they’re fast, don’t require you to replace ink or cartridges, are easy to use, and last much longer than other printers. What I also really like about thermal printers is that you have the option to print one label at a time.
So, because I use a DYMO thermal printer myself, I thought I would take you through how to use it.
How to Print Amazon FBA Labels with a DYMO Printer
Unfortunately, Amazon won’t allow you to print directly to your DYMO printer in the preferred label format. I will take you through two methods you can use to print your Amazon FBA labels correctly.
The Snapshot Method
This method uses Adobe Acrobat Reader to print your labels.
- Once you have downloaded the PDF label file that Amazon generated, open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Under the Edit menu, you will see an option to Take a Snapshot.
- You will now use the toolbar below the menu bar to click on the minus (-) sign several times. This makes it easier to take a snapshot of the barcode you need. Basically, you want the entire label to be visible.
- You can now click, drag, and release your mouse to highlight the barcode you want to print. Right-click within the label and select Print.
- Make sure the preview you are seeing includes the entire label before selecting your DYMO printer.
- Under the Advanced tab of the printer window, select Custom setting and Print As Image.
- Set your DPI to a minimum of 300 (600 is better, though).
- Lastly, you want to select the right label size. Click on Page Setup, select the DYMO printer and click on Paper Size. You can now select your label size using the Multipurpose Labels dropdown menu.
- You can now print your label.
The Barcode Method
This method uses the DYMO Label application software that’s available for installation.
- Before you generate the PDF file with your labels in Seller Central, make sure you select the 30-Up Labels. You can now open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Next, open the DYMO Label application program and select Label Types. This gives you the option to choose the label size you plan to use.
- Select a blank template, click on Insert and select Barcode. You can now double-click the barcode to access its options.
- You will now see the option for Barcode Type. Change this to Code 128 Auto and enter the character from under the barcode into the Barcode Data.
- Adjust Barcode Size to Large before making sure it fits into the top 50% of the label template.
- Using the Label Objects menu, select the Text option and copy the text from beneath your label into this field. You will also need to adjust the text to ensure it fits below the barcode you just created.
- You can now save your barcode and print.
These are time-consuming ways to print labels, especially when you are selling multiple items. The other option is to sign up for a service such as AZLabels, which allows you to print directly from Seller Central using a Chrome extension.
And that’s all you need to know about printing your Amazon FBA labels. I hope this guide gave you the answers you need.
If you have further questions though, leave me a comment below.