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Amazon Buy Shipping Launches Print Connect


Amazon logoAmazon offers sellers the ability to purchase shipping through its platform for non-FBA orders, called Amazon Buy Shipping and available in Seller Central. It launched a new feature that gives sellers greater flexibility when printing shipping labels through the program: Amazon Print Connect.

For those unfamiliar with Amazon Buy Shipping, Amazon acts as a shipping carrier – as ShipRush explains: “Outside of Amazon, a shipping carrier is actually a truck that transports and delivers your packages, and you purchase service from that shipping carrier. In Amazon Merchant Fulfillment, you actually purchase the shipping service from Amazon, but you then hand the packages to the actual carrier (USPS, FedEx or UPS) for transportation.”

Here’s the letter announcing the new Amazon Print Connect feature.

Dear Seller,
Thanks to sellers’ feedback, we have launched Amazon Print Connect. When purchasing shipping labels through Buy Shipping, you can now automatically print labels directly to your preferred thermal or laser printer with just one click*.
Set up Amazon Print Connect >
With Amazon Print Connect, you can:

– Set a preferred printer for shipping labels
– Automatically print high quality labels when you click Buy shipping
– Print ZPL labels with your thermal printer

For more information about Buy Shipping, see Buy Shipping through Seller Central. Do you have suggestions for the Buy Shipping team? Contact us.

Thank you for selling on Amazon,
The Buy Shipping team
*You will have the option to print shipping labels with one click after installing the Amazon Print Connect application.

In discussing the new feature, sellers seemed generally happy with Amazon Print Connect, though some experienced some browser-related issues and one seller said it constantly ran in the background. Another seller said it was missing the ability to have packing slips print alongside the shipping labels.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.