Amazon systems are barcode-driven. Each unit you send to a fulfillment center requires a barcode so that it can be tracked throughout the fulfillment process.
Each item to you send to Amazon warehouse needs to have an Amazon barcode. You can print Amazon barcodes from within your seller account and apply the barcodes yourself.
Any item that arrives at a fulfillment center without one will be delayed in making it sellable for customers.
You can print Amazon barcodes for your products from the Send to Amazon page when you create a shipment, or at any time from the Manage Inventory page.
If you use a thermal printer, labels are printed immediately. For laser printers, a PDF is generated that you can use to print labels using standard label paper.
To print Amazon barcodes from the Label Products page:
To print Amazon barcodes
from the Manage Inventory page:
Amazon barcodes must remain scannable for a minimum of 24 months. Following the printer and label requirements will help ensure the longevity of your Amazon barcode.
When printing Amazon barcodes onto labels, make sure that the printed labels include:
All other barcodes on the package must be covered, including the manufacturer barcode. Failure to do so can cause delays in processing and may result in unplanned prep service fees.
The tools in your seller account are optimized for thermal printers. You can also use laser printers. Do not use ink jet printers to print Amazon barcodes.
We also recommend that you:
All Amazon barcodes must be printed in black ink on white, non-reflective labels with removable adhesive. Dimensions must be between 2.5 cm x 5 cm and 5 cm x 7.6 cm (2.5 cm x 7.6 cm or 5 cm x 5 cm, for example).
For laser printers, the tools in your seller account support the following label sizes:
If your printer attempts to scale the PDF print area when you print your labels, make sure that the printer scaling is set to None or 100%.
All barcodes must be printed in black ink on white, non-reflective labels with removable adhesive. The product name and condition must appear on the label.
The tools in your seller account support the following label sizes:
When you print your barcodes, if your printer attempts to scale the PDF print area, ensure that the printer scaling is set to None or 100%.
You can print a PDF version of the barcodes for your shipment from the Label Products page when you create a shipment. You can also print Amazon barcodes from the Manage Inventory page by selecting the products in the left column and then selecting Print Item Labels from the Action on Selected Item(s) drop-down menu.
Requirements for printing barcodes directly on product packaging
If you are the product manufacturer or brand owner and you want to print barcodes directly onto the product packaging, apply for your own GS1 standard UPC barcode. For more information, see GS1.