As part of Amazon’s Frustration Free Packaging Program, Amazon has created a number of extremely valuable web-based resources that are available to help their Vendors improve sustainability and drive innovations to improve the customer experience, decrease the environmental impact of consumption, lower supply chain costs and unlock additional selection. You can access their helpful Packaging Sustainability site, where you can learn more about Design, Testing and their vendor Certification requirements.
Certification of packaged items with Amazon requires that the packaging pass a physical performance test. Amazon has partnered with ISTA to develop two 6 Series test methods to help simulate a journey of a package through Amazon’s fulfillment network. The two 6 Series tests are:
Amazon announced a Vendor Incentive Program, noting that they are requiring that by August 1, 2019 all items larger than 18″ x 14″ x 8″ or greater than 20 lbs. and sold through Amazon be designed and certified as ready-to-ship (Tier 1 – FFP or Tier 2 – SIOC) within their Frustration-Free Packaging program. Vendors achieving Certification prior to that date will receive an early adopter credit for their certified ASIN(s). Beginning August 1, 2019, ASINs that have not been certified per the ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC test will be issued a chargeback. Complete details of the Amazon program can be found here – Amazon Vendor Incentive Program.
To find a 3rd party, Certified Laboratory capable of performing the ISTA 6-Amazon SIOC testing: