Placing Your First Inventory Order

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Now that you have everything set up in your Amazon Seller Central account, you are ready to place your first inventory order and have it sent to the FBA warehouses.

Plan to order 100-500 pieces of your product, depending on your financial situation and risk tolerance. If you can only do 100 pieces, that’s fine. If you have to do less than that, that’s fine too. The optimal amount is 100-500.

You will give away 10-25 of these pieces to get reviews from your family and friends, and maybe some other people.

If you can only order 50 pieces, and you want to give away 10, be aware that only 40 of the pieces you order will sell and make you profit.

And remember, you’re not spending money. You’re investing in an asset (your inventory) that will sell at a higher price later.

Go to your Amazon Seller Central account, click “Inventory” and “Manage Inventory”

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This brings up all your current listings.

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In this example, there are zero available. Because there’s nothing in the FBA inventory, the product is inactive.

Open the dropdown menu to the right of “Actions” scroll down, and click on “Send/ Replenish Inventory”

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Or if you are ordering multiple products, use the checkbox to the left of “Actions” open the dropdown menu under “Actions” at the top, and select “Send/Replenish Inventory”

replenish inventory

This brings you to the “Send/Replenish Inventory” page.

shipping plan

To create a new shipping plan:

Enter the ship-from address (yours or your supplier’s). If the address is in a country other than the US, just print the FBA labels and either use them yourself or send them to your supplier.

Choose packaging type (individual or case). Check with your supplier and ask whether they do case-packaged products. An example of case-packaging is when you order 200 pieces, and they arrive in four boxes of 50. An example of individual products is when you order 125 and get 100 in one box and 25 in another.

Click “Continue to Shipping Plan.” This brings you to the following page:

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Scroll down and add the shipping dimensions and quantity of units you’ll be sending.

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If your supplier is sending directly to the Amazon warehouses, make sure they tell you how many cases they have, how many boxes, and the amount that is in each box so you can do this correctly.

Click continue, and go to “All Products.” Scroll down to the product you’re sending (in this example, “fogless shower mirror”).

You will be prompted for prep guidance. Just click “Apply to All”

Placing Your First Inventory Order-8This will bring up a “Prep Activities” box.

Prep Activities

Enter the prep category and include any information that applies, or click “No Prep Needed” Click choose to close the “Prep Activities” box, and open the dropdown menu for “Who preps?”

Who preps

“Who preps?” has to do with the Amazon Standard Inventory Number (ASIN) that you print and put on your packaging. If you want Amazon to put the ASIN label on for you, click on Amazon here, enter the required information, and agree to the terms (Amazon charges 20 cents per piece, per product to do this for you).

The terms of service appear in a pop-up window that looks like this:

Placing Your First Inventory Order-9If your supplier will attach the ASIN label or if you will do it yourself, click on Merchant.

If you click Merchant, click “Continue,” and click “Print labels for this page,” which opens a PDF.

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This is an example of a label with the ASIN barcode and a little description of what the product is. You can save this and email or Skype it to your supplier so they can print and attach the label.

If you need to send the label separately from making the order, just go to “Actions” and choose “Print Labels.” You can also print this onto address labels and attach it to your products yourself. Or you can pay Amazon 20 cents per item to do it for you.

Now that you’ve taken care of the ASIN, you’ll see a confirmation where you can check the details and make any changes. One thing you might want to do is add a little description, so when you see this in your Amazon Seller Central account you’ll know what the shipment is.

Once you approve the shipment, you’ll see a page with the shipment name and ID.

shipment name

If you want to review and modify the units, click “Work on Shipment.”

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If your shipment is from a US supplier or you are shipping from your house in the US, you can use the Amazon-partnered carrier, UPS. This allows you to use Amazon’s rates. Just enter your shipment information under “Shipment packing”

If not, click on “Other Carrier,” select the carrier you want, and enter the number of boxes you’re shipping. Be sure to ask your supplier for the weight of those boxes and enter that information as well.

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Then scroll down and click “Print Box Labels.”

Placing Your First Inventory Order-14This opens a PDF with the FBA shipping labels for your supplier. All you have to do is tell your supplier to put a label on the outside of each box. These labels will identify each box as an FBA shipment coming directly from you.

If you are shipping from the US, be sure to use the Amazon Preferred Carrier. Then do everything exactly the same. The only difference is that we’ll put on post labels as well as the FBA labels.

You can calculate the shipping charge before accepting the terms and printing the labels. Send those labels (FBA plus post) to your US supplier who will send them directly to the FBA warehouses, or do it yourself if you have the boxes at your house. Then all you have to do is drop them off at a UPS drop-off.

To complete the shipment, just enter the tracking numbers for each box once you have that information.

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Once your product ships, you can mark that in your dashboard, as shown below, and it will show in your Amazon Seller Central account.

sent inventoryTo see the status of your shipments, go to “Inventory” and click “Manage FBA Shipments.” You will see a page that looks like this:
shipping queue

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