How To

Amazon Settings

Now that you have created your Amazon Pro Merchant Account, have reviewed Amazon's category requirements and have prepared your inventory according to these requirements, it is time to complete the Amazon Setup Guide. This guide will walk you through the initial setup process within the ChannelAdvisor application and will set the foundation for your account integration with Amazon.

Click below to download the eBook:

 

Prerequisites


You should be familiar with the following topic before completing this task:

 

Video


Configuring Amazon Settings – This video is a walkthrough of the Amazon Setup Guide and reviews how to access the guide, assigning labels and templates, and defining quantity allocation.

 

Tasks to Complete


Navigate to Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings for the first time and you will be entered into the Setup Guide and will need to complete the steps found there.

If you have already completed the setup guide, you'll be taken directly to the Settings view . You can manage and customize the following:

 

Setup Guide Overview

Once in the Amazon Setup Guide you will be guided through a series of steps. Below is some information about how to navigate through the steps of the Amazon Setup Guide.

  1. Navigation: To advance between the sections of the guide simply select the links in the left-hand navigation or select the Next/Back buttons.
     
  2. Help Tool: Select this icon to view helpful hints about how to complete each field within the guide.
     
  3. Required Fields: Fields with this symbol must be completed in order to successfully complete each section of the guide.
     
  4. Save and Return: You may save your progress and return to the guide at any time by navigating to the Amazon > Settings view.

 

(1) Authorize ChannelAdvisor As Your Integration Partner

The first step of the guide asks you to provide your Amazon Seller Central account information so ChannelAdvisor can be authorized as your integration partner. ChannelAdvisor is one of the only 3rd party integrators using Amazon's most up to date Merchant Web Service (MWS)APIs. Amazon requires sellers to authorize ChannelAdvisor as your integration partner.

  1. API Authorization Status: Select the link and log into your Amazon Seller Central account. Amazon will direct you through a few pages to authorize ChannelAdvisor and agree to terms and conditions. ChannelAdvisor does not store your login or password – this authorization flow is enough information for ChannelAdvisor to recognize your account. You will be redirected back to ChannelAdvisor and your account will be associated to ChannelAdvisor. View Image
     
  2. Amazon Release Package: From your Amazon Seller Central account navigate to Help > Manage Inventory > Reference > Text-file Templates > Inventory File Templates. Scroll down and locate your Amazon Release Package. Return to the Setup Guide and select your release package from the drop down.
     
  3. Amazon Seller Central Authorization: Complete the two step process to authorize ChannelAdvisor as a secondary user in your Seller Central account to take full advantage of the range of Amazon features in ChannelAdvisor. This is not required to communicate product or order data with Amazon. Instructions for each step are provided in Amazon Settings > Marketplace Account Information > Seller Central Authorization, and can also be found on the Amazon Seller Central Authorization SSC page . View Image

 

(2) Identify Your Amazon Categories

Next, you will be asked to identify which category or categories of products you plan to sell on Amazon. If you choose a category that requires approval from Amazon and have not received approval, you can continue setup but when we send your products they will not be accepted by Amazon. Be sure to receive approval prior to sending products in those categories.

For a more detailed discussion on Amazon Categories, click here .

Sections (3) to (7) are feed level settings:

 

(3) Select the Default Amazon Label

ChannelAdvisor uses labels to associate your inventory with a channel. In this step of the Setup Guide, we will default your inventory label for Amazon to " Amazon Seller Central - US " (or -UK, -DE, -FR, -CA depending on your account). If you would like to use a different label, you may change that selection here. In addition, you can create a new label or make adjustments to the selected label from this screen. Please refer to the labels page of the SSC for detailed information about this topic.   View Image

 

(4) Select the Amazon Default Template

ChannelAdvisor uses templates to map your inventory information to the site's specification. In this step of the setup guide select the Amazon Default Template. If you would like to use a different template you may change that selection here, but we recommend using the Amazon template provided. After completing the steps of the Setup Guide you will then have the opportunity to map your inventory according to Amazon's specifications by completing this template. View Image

 

(5) Feed Filters

Filters can be applied to the feed in order to selectively exclude products. A Filter is a business rule that evaluates to either TRUE or FALSE and will thus determine the inclusion of products in your feeds.

 

(6) Allow ChannelAdvisor to Categorize your Inventory According to Amazon's Requirements

When enabled the Categorizer will review your inventory information and compare it to Amazon to help suggest Amazon-specific product detail information, such as Item Type and Used For. This information will be used to categorize your products onto the appropriate Amazon browse node (taxonomy). After supplying some information from your inventoryyou will be shown a list of suggestions for you to review. You will be given a chance to accept, edit or reject the suggestions. After you accept a suggestion that information is saved in your inventory details page for that product. Your template mapping for those Amazon fields will be adjusted to utilize that data if it is available in your inventory. View Image

  1. Yes, use the Categorizer: Select where in your inventory you are storing Product Titles and Product IDs by mapping to those fields in your inventory
  2. No, do not use the Categorizer: You may choose to decline ChannelAdvisor's assistance if you know the information for your products.  This setting is adjustable at any point in the future for additional products added to your inventory. 

Please refer to the ChannelAdvisor Categorizer page of the SSC for detailed information about this topic.

 

(7) Setup Your Quantity Management Strategy

Next, we provide you a step to setup your quantity management strategy. There are two aspects to a quantity management strategy:

  1. Quantity to Send
  2. Buffer Quantity Amount

The Quantity section on the Marketplace Settings page explains more in details the various options you can choose. Please note that Maintain a quantity of ... and The quantity specified in... are called differently on that page. But the functionality is the same.

If you want to edit your Quantity Settings after you've completed the Setup Guide please navigate to Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings. In the grid search for the Amazon Label you want to edit and click on the Edit link in the Actions column.

 

(8) Inventory Reconciliation

In the event that your inventory information has been updated directly on Amazon, unanticipated results may occur, including the possibility of overselling. For this reason, ChannelAdvisor strongly recommends you never update your inventory information directly on Amazon. To help safeguard this, ChannelAdvisor provides the Inventory Reconciliation feature. When enabled, this feature will automatically detect any differences between your Amazon inventory and your ChannelAdvisor inventory and reconcile the differences according to the behavior you specify on the Inventory Reconciliation settings page outlined below. The page has the following settings:

  1. Product Listings – I only list Amazon products through ChannelAdvisor: If ChannelAdvisor detects products listed on Amazon that are not assigned to an active ChannelAdvisor Amazon feed, the Reconciler will withdraw those products from Amazon. This option is recommended to ensure the catalog parity between the two platforms. When this setting is selected and you remove a product from your Amazon Feed label in ChannelAdvisor, ChannelAdvisor will remove the product from Amazon.
  2. Product Prices – I only set my Amazon prices directly within ChannelAdvisor: If ChannelAdvisor detects a price difference to an Amazon product that is currently managed by ChannelAdvisor, it will correct that price difference with the value configured in the ChannelAdvisor platform. This is the case for both price updates made within ChannelAdvisor and outside of the ChannelAdvisor software. But this option only applies to products assigned to an active ChannelAdvisor Amazon feed.

For additional information and example on how this feature works please refer to the Using the Marketplaces Inventory Reconciler page.

Activation Date: Once enabled, the feature will become active upon the first successful feed sent to Amazon. If you are in the process of migration to ChannelAdvisor and already have active listing managed outside of ChannelAdvisor, please note that reconciliation will begin to occur once your first successful feed is sent to Amazon from ChannelAdvisor. If you are testing the integration, you may want to temporarily disable the setting to ensure that your existing live listings remain on Amazon. When you are ready to fully transition to ChannelAdvisor, we strongly recommend that the setting be enabled.

 

(9) Choose How Order Fulfillment is Communicated to Amazon

You have the option to directly pull your orders from Amazon or utilize the integration ChannelAdvisor has already put in place for this process. View Image

  1. Date Orders downloaded to ChannelAdvisor effective: Select the date you plan on launching to Amazon. Orders will begin downloading to ChannelAdvisor on this day.

    Please Note: Typically you will not know the exact date you plan to go live. We suggest entering a date about 1 month in the future. When you are ready to officially launch on Amazon you can than return to this view and select the actual date you would like to begin downloading orders to ChannelAdvisor.

  2. Choose Yes if ChannelAdvisor should import orders from Amazon and send shipping/cancellation/refund notifications to Amazon on your behalf. Or choose No if you fulfill your Amazon orders via an external integration.

    Note: When selecting “No”, the orders will import into your account as “Third Party Managed”. Because the setting indicates that all fulfillment and notifications on orders is happening outside of ChannelAdvisor, we will import the orders as this status and no changes or updates to these orders will be sent to Amazon. To begin sending updates on orders, you would toggle the setting to “Yes” and orders imported from that point forward would send updates to Amazon.  

  3. Decide if ChannelAdvisor should import orders that are in a "pending" status on Amazon. These orders are "checkout complete" but are reviewed by Amazon during their fraud check. This process can take up to 30 minutes (and more on rare occasions). This feature is useful to avoid overselling. For more information on Pending Orders, refer to the Pending Order Quantities on Amazon page.
     
  4. Amazon Custom is an Amazon program for sellers who offer customizable products. Currently it's invite-only. If you have been approved for this program by Amazon you need to mark the affected SKUs as custom directly in Seller Central after you have activated the feature within ChannelAdvisor. Please contact Amazon Seller Support to ask for assistence on marking the SKUs as custom. Once everything is setup correctly ChannelAdvisor will be able import customization details into your Order Details.

For more information on how ChannelAdvisor assists you in fulfilling your sales refer to the Fulfill and Cancel Orders section of the Amazon Getting Started Guide.

WARNING: Never download orders directly on Amazon Seller Central. This will prevent these orders from being imported into ChannelAdvisor and can lead to various discrepancies between your ChannelAdvisor and Amazon accounts.

 

Check Out by Amazon (CBA) Orders

Checkout by Amazon is a complete checkout and payment solution for ecommerce retailers. You can offer it as a checkout or payment option on your retail website to enable Amazon customers to use information stored in their Amazon.com accounts to buy on your site. Your customers use shipping addresses and payment methods stored in their Amazon.com accounts to checkout on your website.

By default, Check Out by Amazon orders will come into ChannelAdvisor along with your orders from the Amazon marketplace and an Amazon Webstore, if one exists. If you do NOT want your Check Out by Amazon orders to come into ChannelAdvisor for fulfilment and order processing, please contact ChannelAdvisor support and request that this order type is turned OFF.

 

(10) Amazon Shipping Mappings

In this section of the guide you will need to map any custom shipping carriers configured in your ChannelAdvisor account to the applicable Amazon shipping carriers codes. Mapping these codes will allow ChannelAdvisor to tell Amazon what specific Amazon carrier code (UPS, USPS, DHL, etc) the buyer has requested and will allow Amazon to provide shipping and tracking details for the buyer when they are viewing their order on Amazon.

For example, if you have a custom shipping code for "FedEx Express", you will need to map this to the Carrier Code understood by Amazon "FedEx". When you do this, when ChannelAdvisor tells Amazon about the shipping confirmation, the carrier code of "Fedex" will be passed to Amazon so that they will know which carrier to contact for shipping and tracking information. The shipping and tracking information is presented back to the buyer on the Amazon "track your order" screen.

 

(11) Product Removal Threshold Warning

In this section you can specify a threshold warning for a percentage of products removed from Amazon. This feature is an added safeguard to give you notification when a process you have initiated will result in the removal of a certain % of your products from the Amazon marketplace. For example, you can have the system warn you when more than 20% of your products have been removed (removal of label, business rule to assign labels, blocked items, addition of a template filter), to serve as a double-check that this was your intended action. The new setting will default to a warning at 20% and can be modified in your Amazon > Settings. Additionally, you may specify an email address to receive the warning.

 

(12) Product Categorizer Retrigger When Amazon Issues Recommendation

The Product Categorizer is an important feature which can help you determine the correct product classification via the Item Type Keyword field (or Browse Node ID for non-US Amazon locales) within the Amazon catalog. The specific values accepted by Amazon are defined within the Amazon Browse Tree Guide (BTG) for each category and they control a buyer's ability to locate your product. In this release, we have provided a feature which, independent of the Categorizer, will notify you when Amazon has issued a recommendation to indicate that your product may be (1) missing a classification, (2) may have an invalid classification or (3) may contain a classification that could be more specific. From Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings, you can turn this retriggering feature on.

Note: The Externally-Managed Distribution Center settings for Amazon FBA are no longer in the Setup Guide. They can be located after completing the setup guide in the Amazon Settings. See this page on configuring Auto-Flip Settings .

 

(13) Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity

Our Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity helps you know how much to inbound to Amazon’s warehouses based on inventory demand for your FBA items. This calculation takes into account your historic sales, year over year growth, and recent performance trends on the item to project what quantity you should inbound to FBA facilities to maintain a desired weeks of cover. The default weeks of cover is set to 8 weeks.

If you need more customization, in the Marketplaces > Amazon > Amazon Settings page, you can configure your Suggested Inbound Quantity settings to reflect how much stock you want to maintain. For more information on these settings and Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity, visit the FBA Inventory Management page.

 

Revising Your Amazon Settings


You have now completed the process to set up your account through ChannelAdvisor. Navigate to the Amazon > Settings view to adjust your Setup Guide selections.

  1. Editing the Settings: Select the edit icon to change any of the settings you have selected within the Setup Guide.

 

Creating Multiple Product Groupings


While best practice in listing on Amazon is to apply only one Product Grouping, you can have up to 3 active Amazon labels/settings groups, and 10 total.

Click the Add Inventory button to create additional product groupings.

For more information, visit Marketplace Product Groupings .

Now that you have created your Amazon Pro Merchant Account, have reviewed Amazon's category requirements and have prepared your inventory according to these requirements, it is time to complete the Amazon Setup Guide. This guide will walk you through the initial setup process within the ChannelAdvisor application and will set the foundation for your account integration with Amazon.

Click below to download the eBook:

 

Prerequisites


You should be familiar with the following topic before completing this task:

 

Video


Configuring Amazon Settings – This video is a walkthrough of the Amazon Setup Guide and reviews how to access the guide, assigning labels and templates, and defining quantity allocation.

 

Tasks to Complete


Navigate to Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings for the first time and you will be entered into the Setup Guide and will need to complete the steps found there.

If you have already completed the setup guide, you'll be taken directly to the Settings view . You can manage and customize the following:

 

Setup Guide Overview

Once in the Amazon Setup Guide you will be guided through a series of steps. Below is some information about how to navigate through the steps of the Amazon Setup Guide.

  1. Navigation: To advance between the sections of the guide simply select the links in the left-hand navigation or select the Next/Back buttons.
     
  2. Help Tool: Select this icon to view helpful hints about how to complete each field within the guide.
     
  3. Required Fields: Fields with this symbol must be completed in order to successfully complete each section of the guide.
     
  4. Save and Return: You may save your progress and return to the guide at any time by navigating to the Amazon > Settings view.

 

(1) Authorize ChannelAdvisor As Your Integration Partner

The first step of the guide asks you to provide your Amazon Seller Central account information so ChannelAdvisor can be authorized as your integration partner. ChannelAdvisor is one of the only 3rd party integrators using Amazon's most up to date Merchant Web Service (MWS)APIs. Amazon requires sellers to authorize ChannelAdvisor as your integration partner.

  1. API Authorization Status: Select the link and log into your Amazon Seller Central account. Amazon will direct you through a few pages to authorize ChannelAdvisor and agree to terms and conditions. ChannelAdvisor does not store your login or password – this authorization flow is enough information for ChannelAdvisor to recognize your account. You will be redirected back to ChannelAdvisor and your account will be associated to ChannelAdvisor. View Image
     
  2. Amazon Release Package: From your Amazon Seller Central account navigate to Help > Manage Inventory > Reference > Text-file Templates > Inventory File Templates. Scroll down and locate your Amazon Release Package. Return to the Setup Guide and select your release package from the drop down.
     
  3. Amazon Seller Central Authorization: Complete the two step process to authorize ChannelAdvisor as a secondary user in your Seller Central account to take full advantage of the range of Amazon features in ChannelAdvisor. This is not required to communicate product or order data with Amazon. Instructions for each step are provided in Amazon Settings > Marketplace Account Information > Seller Central Authorization, and can also be found on the Amazon Seller Central Authorization SSC page . View Image

 

(2) Identify Your Amazon Categories

Next, you will be asked to identify which category or categories of products you plan to sell on Amazon. If you choose a category that requires approval from Amazon and have not received approval, you can continue setup but when we send your products they will not be accepted by Amazon. Be sure to receive approval prior to sending products in those categories.

For a more detailed discussion on Amazon Categories, click here .

Sections (3) to (7) are feed level settings:

 

(3) Select the Default Amazon Label

ChannelAdvisor uses labels to associate your inventory with a channel. In this step of the Setup Guide, we will default your inventory label for Amazon to " Amazon Seller Central - US " (or -UK, -DE, -FR, -CA depending on your account). If you would like to use a different label, you may change that selection here. In addition, you can create a new label or make adjustments to the selected label from this screen. Please refer to the labels page of the SSC for detailed information about this topic.   View Image

 

(4) Select the Amazon Default Template

ChannelAdvisor uses templates to map your inventory information to the site's specification. In this step of the setup guide select the Amazon Default Template. If you would like to use a different template you may change that selection here, but we recommend using the Amazon template provided. After completing the steps of the Setup Guide you will then have the opportunity to map your inventory according to Amazon's specifications by completing this template. View Image

 

(5) Feed Filters

Filters can be applied to the feed in order to selectively exclude products. A Filter is a business rule that evaluates to either TRUE or FALSE and will thus determine the inclusion of products in your feeds.

 

(6) Allow ChannelAdvisor to Categorize your Inventory According to Amazon's Requirements

When enabled the Categorizer will review your inventory information and compare it to Amazon to help suggest Amazon-specific product detail information, such as Item Type and Used For. This information will be used to categorize your products onto the appropriate Amazon browse node (taxonomy). After supplying some information from your inventoryyou will be shown a list of suggestions for you to review. You will be given a chance to accept, edit or reject the suggestions. After you accept a suggestion that information is saved in your inventory details page for that product. Your template mapping for those Amazon fields will be adjusted to utilize that data if it is available in your inventory. View Image

  1. Yes, use the Categorizer: Select where in your inventory you are storing Product Titles and Product IDs by mapping to those fields in your inventory
  2. No, do not use the Categorizer: You may choose to decline ChannelAdvisor's assistance if you know the information for your products.  This setting is adjustable at any point in the future for additional products added to your inventory. 

Please refer to the ChannelAdvisor Categorizer page of the SSC for detailed information about this topic.

 

(7) Setup Your Quantity Management Strategy

Next, we provide you a step to setup your quantity management strategy. There are two aspects to a quantity management strategy:

  1. Quantity to Send
  2. Buffer Quantity Amount

The Quantity section on the Marketplace Settings page explains more in details the various options you can choose. Please note that Maintain a quantity of ... and The quantity specified in... are called differently on that page. But the functionality is the same.

If you want to edit your Quantity Settings after you've completed the Setup Guide please navigate to Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings. In the grid search for the Amazon Label you want to edit and click on the Edit link in the Actions column.

 

(8) Inventory Reconciliation

In the event that your inventory information has been updated directly on Amazon, unanticipated results may occur, including the possibility of overselling. For this reason, ChannelAdvisor strongly recommends you never update your inventory information directly on Amazon. To help safeguard this, ChannelAdvisor provides the Inventory Reconciliation feature. When enabled, this feature will automatically detect any differences between your Amazon inventory and your ChannelAdvisor inventory and reconcile the differences according to the behavior you specify on the Inventory Reconciliation settings page outlined below. The page has the following settings:

  1. Product Listings – I only list Amazon products through ChannelAdvisor: If ChannelAdvisor detects products listed on Amazon that are not assigned to an active ChannelAdvisor Amazon feed, the Reconciler will withdraw those products from Amazon. This option is recommended to ensure the catalog parity between the two platforms. When this setting is selected and you remove a product from your Amazon Feed label in ChannelAdvisor, ChannelAdvisor will remove the product from Amazon.
  2. Product Prices – I only set my Amazon prices directly within ChannelAdvisor: If ChannelAdvisor detects a price difference to an Amazon product that is currently managed by ChannelAdvisor, it will correct that price difference with the value configured in the ChannelAdvisor platform. This is the case for both price updates made within ChannelAdvisor and outside of the ChannelAdvisor software. But this option only applies to products assigned to an active ChannelAdvisor Amazon feed.

For additional information and example on how this feature works please refer to the Using the Marketplaces Inventory Reconciler page.

Activation Date: Once enabled, the feature will become active upon the first successful feed sent to Amazon. If you are in the process of migration to ChannelAdvisor and already have active listing managed outside of ChannelAdvisor, please note that reconciliation will begin to occur once your first successful feed is sent to Amazon from ChannelAdvisor. If you are testing the integration, you may want to temporarily disable the setting to ensure that your existing live listings remain on Amazon. When you are ready to fully transition to ChannelAdvisor, we strongly recommend that the setting be enabled.

 

(9) Choose How Order Fulfillment is Communicated to Amazon

You have the option to directly pull your orders from Amazon or utilize the integration ChannelAdvisor has already put in place for this process. View Image

  1. Date Orders downloaded to ChannelAdvisor effective: Select the date you plan on launching to Amazon. Orders will begin downloading to ChannelAdvisor on this day.

    Please Note: Typically you will not know the exact date you plan to go live. We suggest entering a date about 1 month in the future. When you are ready to officially launch on Amazon you can than return to this view and select the actual date you would like to begin downloading orders to ChannelAdvisor.

  2. Choose Yes if ChannelAdvisor should import orders from Amazon and send shipping/cancellation/refund notifications to Amazon on your behalf. Or choose No if you fulfill your Amazon orders via an external integration.

    Note: When selecting “No”, the orders will import into your account as “Third Party Managed”. Because the setting indicates that all fulfillment and notifications on orders is happening outside of ChannelAdvisor, we will import the orders as this status and no changes or updates to these orders will be sent to Amazon. To begin sending updates on orders, you would toggle the setting to “Yes” and orders imported from that point forward would send updates to Amazon.  

  3. Decide if ChannelAdvisor should import orders that are in a "pending" status on Amazon. These orders are "checkout complete" but are reviewed by Amazon during their fraud check. This process can take up to 30 minutes (and more on rare occasions). This feature is useful to avoid overselling. For more information on Pending Orders, refer to the Pending Order Quantities on Amazon page.
     
  4. Amazon Custom is an Amazon program for sellers who offer customizable products. Currently it's invite-only. If you have been approved for this program by Amazon you need to mark the affected SKUs as custom directly in Seller Central after you have activated the feature within ChannelAdvisor. Please contact Amazon Seller Support to ask for assistence on marking the SKUs as custom. Once everything is setup correctly ChannelAdvisor will be able import customization details into your Order Details.

For more information on how ChannelAdvisor assists you in fulfilling your sales refer to the Fulfill and Cancel Orders section of the Amazon Getting Started Guide.

WARNING: Never download orders directly on Amazon Seller Central. This will prevent these orders from being imported into ChannelAdvisor and can lead to various discrepancies between your ChannelAdvisor and Amazon accounts.

 

Check Out by Amazon (CBA) Orders

Checkout by Amazon is a complete checkout and payment solution for ecommerce retailers. You can offer it as a checkout or payment option on your retail website to enable Amazon customers to use information stored in their Amazon.com accounts to buy on your site. Your customers use shipping addresses and payment methods stored in their Amazon.com accounts to checkout on your website.

By default, Check Out by Amazon orders will come into ChannelAdvisor along with your orders from the Amazon marketplace and an Amazon Webstore, if one exists. If you do NOT want your Check Out by Amazon orders to come into ChannelAdvisor for fulfilment and order processing, please contact ChannelAdvisor support and request that this order type is turned OFF.

 

(10) Amazon Shipping Mappings

In this section of the guide you will need to map any custom shipping carriers configured in your ChannelAdvisor account to the applicable Amazon shipping carriers codes. Mapping these codes will allow ChannelAdvisor to tell Amazon what specific Amazon carrier code (UPS, USPS, DHL, etc) the buyer has requested and will allow Amazon to provide shipping and tracking details for the buyer when they are viewing their order on Amazon.

For example, if you have a custom shipping code for "FedEx Express", you will need to map this to the Carrier Code understood by Amazon "FedEx". When you do this, when ChannelAdvisor tells Amazon about the shipping confirmation, the carrier code of "Fedex" will be passed to Amazon so that they will know which carrier to contact for shipping and tracking information. The shipping and tracking information is presented back to the buyer on the Amazon "track your order" screen.

 

(11) Product Removal Threshold Warning

In this section you can specify a threshold warning for a percentage of products removed from Amazon. This feature is an added safeguard to give you notification when a process you have initiated will result in the removal of a certain % of your products from the Amazon marketplace. For example, you can have the system warn you when more than 20% of your products have been removed (removal of label, business rule to assign labels, blocked items, addition of a template filter), to serve as a double-check that this was your intended action. The new setting will default to a warning at 20% and can be modified in your Amazon > Settings. Additionally, you may specify an email address to receive the warning.

 

(12) Product Categorizer Retrigger When Amazon Issues Recommendation

The Product Categorizer is an important feature which can help you determine the correct product classification via the Item Type Keyword field (or Browse Node ID for non-US Amazon locales) within the Amazon catalog. The specific values accepted by Amazon are defined within the Amazon Browse Tree Guide (BTG) for each category and they control a buyer's ability to locate your product. In this release, we have provided a feature which, independent of the Categorizer, will notify you when Amazon has issued a recommendation to indicate that your product may be (1) missing a classification, (2) may have an invalid classification or (3) may contain a classification that could be more specific. From Marketplaces > Amazon > Settings, you can turn this retriggering feature on.

Note: The Externally-Managed Distribution Center settings for Amazon FBA are no longer in the Setup Guide. They can be located after completing the setup guide in the Amazon Settings. See this page on configuring Auto-Flip Settings .

 

(13) Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity

Our Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity helps you know how much to inbound to Amazon’s warehouses based on inventory demand for your FBA items. This calculation takes into account your historic sales, year over year growth, and recent performance trends on the item to project what quantity you should inbound to FBA facilities to maintain a desired weeks of cover. The default weeks of cover is set to 8 weeks.

If you need more customization, in the Marketplaces > Amazon > Amazon Settings page, you can configure your Suggested Inbound Quantity settings to reflect how much stock you want to maintain. For more information on these settings and Suggested FBA Inbound Quantity, visit the FBA Inventory Management page.

 

Revising Your Amazon Settings


You have now completed the process to set up your account through ChannelAdvisor. Navigate to the Amazon > Settings view to adjust your Setup Guide selections.

  1. Editing the Settings: Select the edit icon to change any of the settings you have selected within the Setup Guide.

 

Creating Multiple Product Groupings


While best practice in listing on Amazon is to apply only one Product Grouping, you can have up to 3 active Amazon labels/settings groups, and 10 total.

Click the Add Inventory button to create additional product groupings.

For more information, visit Marketplace Product Groupings .

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