Looking for California 3PL services to prep and ship your Amazon products? California is a popular destination for many 3PL FBA prep and ship companies because of the ports and number of residents. Or learn more about Chinese 3PL FBA prep and ship companies.
California is the most populous state in the nation with over 39 million residents, meaning one out of every eight residents of the US lives in California. The state is also home to three major ports: Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland. The Port of Los Angeles alone ranks as the #1 container port in the whole of North America.
So it’s no small wonder why many sellers look for an FBA prep and ship company somewhere in the state. Not only does it mean that products are inspected and processed quickly, but it minimizes transit time for Amazon warehouses already in California.
We’ll list 9 different FBA prep and ship companies with operations in California for this article, along with the different services they offer. Read this article if you want to see a more complete list of 3PL providers throughout the US and other Amazon services.
All of these 3PL services will offer your basic set of services for preparing your shipments to an Amazon warehouse. These features include receiving, inspecting, preparing, and sending your shipments out via a carrier like UPS to an FBA warehouse. We’ll try to avoid listing these basic features below unless there’s something unique about the way the business handles it.
SellerZen is not affiliated with any of these services, nor does SellerZen endorse any of these services. We’ve created this list only for informational purposes, so do your own due diligence before you sign up with any services listed in this article.
3PL Center – Simi Valley, CA
3PL Center has multiple locations on both the East and West costs of the United States. There’s also a location in Dallas, Texas as well.
The services 3PL Center offers are:
- Kitting and assembly (retail packaging, heat sealing, and display assembly, and more)
- Pick and stick (full case or single box)
- Pick and pack (pack multiple products into one box or multiple boxes)
- 24/7 web-based system
AMS Fulfillment – Valencia, CA
AMS Fulfillment’s services are more generalized toward ecommerce, but they also handle “all things Amazon.” Their services include:
- Fulfillment and distribution
- Order management
- Order shipping
- Pick, pack, and ship
- Wholesale product fulfillment
- Direct-to-consumer fulfillment
- Packaging and complex assembly
- Marketing materials distribution
- Inventory management
- Returns and refurbishment
- Logistics services
- Fulfillment consulting
- Kickstarter fulfillment
- “All Things Amazon!!””
Automated FBA – Perris, CA
Automated FBA offers the standard FBA prep service in that it receives, inspects, and prepares, and ships your inventory to an FBA warehouse. Preparation includes services like sticker removals, labels, and heat sealing poly bags.
In addition to those features, Automated FBA offers the following services:
- Monthly storage
- Marketing inserts
- Printing (letter-sized paper)
Best Logistics Global – Chino, CA
Best Logistics Global offers ecommerce fulfillment services, including Amazon and eBay. In addition to the standard Amazon fulfillment services like prepping, labeling, and shipping, they offer these other services:
- Distribution services (coast to coast and offline and online)
- Reverse logistics (inspect returns, restock, and repack)
- Cross-border transportation (China, LCL, FCL, and air freight)
- Deconsolidation and cross-docking
- Value-added services (repack, relabel, and bagging)
California FBA Prep Service – Lincoln, CA
California FBA Prep Service provides the standard prep service many sellers are looking for. Pricing is fairly straightforward, with few add-on charges like poly bags. The process for this service is similar to FBA: ship to the warehouse, receive and inspect, and then ship via UPS.
For basic, standard-sized items at 75¢ per item, this 3PL provider will:
- Remove sticker or cover
- Additional boxes
- Fold clothes
FBA Inspection – Fort Bragg, CA
FBA Inspection offers the standard FBA prep and ship services in addition to some other services some sellers may find useful. FBA Inspection is insured and has surveillance for its warehouse.
Other features for FBA Inspection are:
- Amazon removal orders
- Professional photography
- Merchant fulfillment services (outside of Amazon)
- Full-service inspection
- Marketing proofing
- Import tax management
- Document storage, scan, and send service
Prep It! Pack It! Ship It! – Oceanside, CA
Prep It! Pack It! Ship It! offers a few other services outside of the standard FBA prep and ship services that include inspecting, prepping, and forwarding. These services are:
- Extra inserts, labels, or tags (expiration date, logos, or marketing inserts)
- Product photography
- Containers (unloading), pallets (palletizing), and storage
River Source Logistics – Los Angeles, CA
River Source Logistics boasts the largest FBA warehouse in the US with 94,000 square feet. It’s also based in Los Angeles, so it’s a short distance from the busy port. Prices are roughly equivalent to or slightly lower than Amazon’s prices for the same service.
Outside of your standard 3PL features, this service provides:
- Kitting and bundling
- Outbound shipping
- Labels (Sold as set, suffocation warning, custom labels)
- Receiving (container unloading)
Value Prep and Ship – Sacramento, CA
Value Prep and Ship provides the basic set of services for prepping and shipping to an FBA warehouse as well as a few other features.
Sellers who deal with books will have to look elsewhere, as this business doesn’t handle new or used books.
Sellers who manufacture their products overseas and have inventory shipped in containers should seriously consider a California 3PL business.
Having a California-based 3PL business handle your incoming goods from the two busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will reduce the time it takes for your inventory to be ready for sale.
If products aren’t inspected overseas and shipped straight to an Amazon warehouse, then there’s a lot of potential for costly errors. These 3PL services will catch those errors before they make it to Amazon and then to the customer. Sellers may spend a little more money upfront, but this will save the headache, stress, and frustration that is certain to occur if those products are defective.
Other California-based FBA prep services that launched or were discovered after the article published:
- Build Industries – Sylmar, California
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