Amazon SIPP Type F Package Testing

Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Type F Package Testing

The ISTA-6 Type F Amazon Package Testing Standard represents a collaborative effort between Amazon and the International Safe Transit Authority (ISTA) to formulate a benchmark for pallet testing that employs the pallet handling technique.

This standard is integral to Amazon’s Ships In Product Packaging (SIPP) packaging initiative. It is designed to ensure that pallets can withstand the rigors of the Amazon distribution network. This eliminates the need for additional over-boxing by Amazon.

ISTA 6 SIPP Type F Verification Process

The verification process for ISTA 6 SIPP Type F is structured to address the various environmental challenges pallets encounter. Starting from the initial departure at the vendor’s or seller’s facility, the process extends through the Amazon Fulfillment Center. It finally culminates with the delivery at the customer’s doorstep.

Amazon mandates that packaging materials must offer sufficient protection for the product, adhering to frustration-free standards. These standards emphasize ease of opening, the elimination of preparatory requirements, waste reduction, and the minimization of weight and dimensions to mitigate the need for overpacking.

Achieving APASS certification provides numerous benefits, including:

  • Expedited product introductions
  • Decreased distribution expenses
  • Fewer damages
  • Improved customer satisfaction.

This certification, in alignment with ISTA standards, verifies that packaging meets the stringent demands of both Amazon and SIPP, enhancing the overall marketplace experience.

Criteria for Unacceptable Packaging

Amazon assesses the acceptability of packages based on their performance during testing, identifying certain designs as unacceptable. This includes packaging solutions such as non-taped, 123 or auto bottom boxes, packages with protruding tuck flaps, tabs, and handles. It also includes those with cutouts exposing the product, or employing plastic bags and other coverings.

Packaging that fails due to inadequate strength is deemed unsuitable for the Amazon distribution system. Similarly, boxes lacking a six-sided structure are also considered unsuitable.

Amazon SIPP Type F Pass/Fail Determinants

The establishment of pass/fail criteria for Amazon SIPP Type F is a collective effort involving Amazon sellers, vendors, shippers, and other stakeholders. This collaborative process defines acceptable thresholds for product damage, the condition of products and packaging post-testing, and tolerance levels for damage.

Adherence to these criteria, which are in line with Amazon’s ISTA guidelines, is crucial for sellers and vendors on Amazon. This verification process, facilitated through Seller Central for sellers and as a mandatory step for vendor enrollment, is pivotal in mitigating transit damage and elevating customer satisfaction. By establishing clear and stringent criteria, Amazon ensures the preservation of product quality, packaging integrity, and durability, reflecting its commitment to excellence and sustainability within its delivery ecosystem.

Overview of the ISTA-6 Type F Test Plan

The scope of testing for Amazon Type F packages differs due to the use of the pallet handling method. Below is the test sequence for Amazon fulfillment packaging.

Type F – LTL Delivery of Individual Palletized Packaged-Products

Sequence NumberTest CategoryTest TypeTest LevelRemarks
1

Atmospheric Preconditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Temperature and HumidityLab ambient, 12 hoursRequired
2

Atmospheric Conditioning

TEST BLOCK 1

Controlled Temperature and HumidityTemperature and humidity chosen from chartOptional
3

Shock

TEST BLOCK 3

Tip/Tip OverUse a 22 degree tip angleRequired for packages ≥48 in. (1.2 m)  tall and any one base dimension < ½ the height; or for packages ≥ 30 in. (760 mm) tall and with a center of gravity vertical location > ½ the package height
4

Shock

TEST BLOCK 5

Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
5Shock TEST BLOCK 6Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
6

Shock

TEST BLOCK 7

Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
7

Shock

TEST BLOCK 8

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impact velocity or velocity changeRequired
8

Compression, Vertical

TEST BLOCK 9

Top-to-Bottom Pallet on topCalculated from formulaRequired, Machine or weights and load spreader
9

Shock

TEST BLOCK 11

Fork Lift SimulationFlat Push and Rotate tests, Elevated Push and Pull testsRequired
10

Vertical Vibration

TEST BLOCK 14

Random With Top LoadOverall Grms level of 0.54Required
11

Shock

TEST BLOCK 17

Rotational FLAT Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
12

Shock

TEST BLOCK 18

Rotational EDGE Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
13

Shock

TEST BLOCK 19

Rotational CORNER Drop9 in (230 mm)Required
14

Shock

TEST BLOCK 20

Inclined or Horizontal Impact48 in/sec (4 ft/sec) (1.2 m/sec) impacts  or 3 in. (76 mm) dropsRequired
15

Shock

TEST BLOCK 24

Concentrated Edge ImpactHazard box dropped 16 in (410 mm)Required for Flat Packages Only

 

Expert Amazon SIPP (Ships in Product Packaging) Testing Laboratory

Keystone Package Testing can assist you in achieving the benefits of a certified package. Whether you are certain of your needs or need guidance, we are here to help. We understand Amazon.com package testing requirements and know that ASINs can be grouped to reduce testing.

As an Amazon APASS package testing lab, Keystone Package Testing assists numerous companies annually with their compliance testing needs. Request a quote to find out about our short lead times, efficient report writing, and volume discounts. We look forward to partnering with you to certify your packages efficiently.

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For additional resources on SIPP testing, including a free test-type calculator to help determine the most suitable test type for your product, visit our APASS Lab website. Our goal is to assist you in selecting the perfect test to guarantee your product arrives in excellent condition, providing a positive unboxing experience for your customers.

 

For more information on SIPP testing, follow the corresponding links:

 

APASS SIPP Overview
Amazon SIPP Type A
Amazon SIPP Type B
Amazon SIPP Type C
Amazon SIPP Type D
Amazon SIPP Type E
Amazon SIPP Type G
Amazon SIPP Type H