Your First Product Inventory Order – Part 4: FBA Online Shipment Preparation

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Purpose

In this lesson you will learn how to prepare an FBA shipment to have your supplier send your inventory directly to Amazon’s warehouses.

Some suppliers may not be familiar with selling to an Amazon entrepreneur, as they’re used to shipping to an office, a warehouse, or even a residence, but in this case they’re going to be sending the shipment directly to Amazon’s warehouses. These days a lot of people are familiar with this as Amazon is such a big place, but if they’re not, it’s very, very simple and should be easy to show them how to go about doing it. The basic instructions are provided below this lesson’s video in your ASM dashboard in a downloadable file (“EmailTemplate-SupplierFBAShipment.txt”), which you can use to inform the supplier on how to handle an FBA shipment.

FBA Shipment Fundamentals

There are 3 simple fundamentals involved when thinking about the FBA Shipment process:

•    Why? So the supplier can send inventory directly to FBA

Instead of requiring a third-party fulfillment company to handle your shipping needs, you can have the supplier send your inventory directly to Amazon’s warehouses, which will save you a lot of hassle and money.

•    How? FBA Setup provides shipping docs

When you set up a product for FBA fulfillment, Amazon generates 1 PDF that you will send to your supplier and have them attach to the outside of each shipping carton (there used to be two docs, but they recently changed it to only one). This document is important because it tells Amazon what products are inside of each box and where they need to go.

•    What? Supplier hands off box to UPS

If the supplier does not or cannot do UPS shipping, you can either: o Schedule a pick up at their facility.

0    Use whatever shipping method they use.

1    will show how to use another shipping method in the example below.

Set Up and Use Prepared FBA Shipment

The following will show you how to set up and use a prepared FBA shipment:

1.    Within your Seller Central dashboard, go to “Manage FBA Inventory”

a. Log into Seller Central, then go to Inventory => Manage FBA Inventory.

2.    Find your product

a. If you’re new to Amazon, there may only be one. Check the checkbox next to the product you’re handling, then select “Send/Replenish Inventory” from the drop-down list and click “Go”.

3.    Create New Shipping Plan

a.    Make sure that the address you are shipping the products from is correct. If not, edit it.

b.    Make sure that you have “Case-packed products” selected

c.    Select “Continue to shipping plan”

d.    Enter in the number of units per case

e.    Enter in the number of cases you are shipping

f.    Select “Continue”

g.    On the “Prepare Products” screen, you can select “Continue” unless you will be asking Amazon to do anything prep work on your product, such as polybagging. Most likely you can skip this step.

h.    On the “Label Products” screen, you can have Amazon add the FNSKU stickers for you (usually only costs .20 an item) or you can print them and attach them yourself. Please note that even though this screen is titled “Label Products”, it is really just for adding the FNSKU sticker to your product (NOT the label that shows your product name, directions, etc.)

i.    On the “Review Shipments” screen, just select “Approve Shipments”. Please note that Amazon may have split your shipment up into multiple shipments going to multiple FBA warehouses. This is normal and helps to make sure Amazon gets your products to your customers as quickly as possible.

j.    On the following screen, select “Work on shipment”

k.    On the “Prepare Shipment screen, you will enter in the details of your shipment, such as the size and weight of the box(es).

l.    Keep the shipment method as “Small Parcel Delivery” and keep the shipping carrier as “Amazon-Preferred Carrier (UPS)”

m.    Enter in the shipping dimensions of your package that will contain all of your products.

n.    Important: If this particular shipment will contain multiple boxes going to this warehouse, you will want to hit “Copy Last Box” once the dimensions of the first box have been entered until the appropriate number of boxes shows up.

o.    Select “Calculate” to see the estimated shipping price

p.    Select the “I agree” box and then “Accept charges”

q. Select “Print box labels” and save the pdf files to your computer.

Summary

This shipment is now ready to go. Use the instructions below the video to send the supplier what is necessary. Once you know your supplier has shipped your inventory, you can select “Marked as Shipped“. It’s not a requirement to do so, but it does make it easier for you to track what is going on inside of your Seller Central account. To then verify when the shipment has arrived in the Amazon warehouses, all you have to do is go back to the ‘Manage FBA Inventory’ screen and you’ll see when your inventory is in stock and available.

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