How To

FBA Inbound Shipping Plan

ChannelAdvisor now offers the ability for sellers to identify inventory to send to Amazon and start the process of submitting a shipping plan within ChannelAdvisor. Starting an FBA Inbound Shipment Plan in ChannelAdvisor allows you to view relevant information about your product, performance, and margins so you can make better decisions on what to stock or restock. Once you create your shipment plan, you will be directed to Seller Central to complete the process of preparing and labeling your products, as well as preparing the individual shipments.

You can access the Inbound Shipping Plan form from the FBA Inventory Management grid ( Marketplaces > Amazon > FBA > FBA Inventory Management ) or from the new Amazon Insights page ( Marketplaces > Amazon > Optimization > Insights ). To begin a plan, select a subset of products from the grid, either FBA or seller fulfilled items, and click on the icon to Start Inbound Shipping Plan. Once you are in the plan, you have the option to add or remove products here as well.

 

Setting Your DC


Your plan has a default name of ChannelAdvisor Plan once the plan is created. When submitting the plan for creation on Amazon, we will append a date timestamp to the default and any custom names to make the plan name unique in Seller Central.

The default distribution center that is selected as the Ship From location is the primary distribution center that is assigned to the Amazon marketplace in ChannelAdvisor. To change this to another distribution center assigned to Amazon, select the Shipping Address drop down to select the correct distribution center. If the shipping location isn't available as a distribution center assigned to Amazon, then you can type in the address directly.

Inbound Shipping Plan_DC Selection

 

Adding Units


After selecting the distribution center information, you will need to select either Individual or Case-packed products for your shipment and add the quantity information for each item that you plan on shipping to the FBA fulfillment center. This is required information for each product that you send. If some items are case-packed and others are individually packed items, you will need to separate these into two separate shipping plans in ChannelAdvisor. To remove products, select the check box beside the items you would like to remove and select Remove Products.

 

Selecting Additional Products


To add additional products, select the Add Additional Products to Selection tab. Here you are able to see both FBA and seller fulfilled inventory and sort and filter the products to add them to your shipping plan. You would select the check box beside the item(s), and click on the Add Products button. This will add them to the plan and you will need to return to the X Product(s) Selected tab to enter in the inbound quantity for those items.

Adding seller fulfilled items to the shipping plan will not convert these items to FBA in ChannelAdvisor. It will allow you to inbound the quantity and once the quantity has been processed by the fulfillment center, it will convert the item to FBA.

Inbound Shipping Plan_Add Products

 

Plan Submission


To submit your plan, click on the Create Shipping Plan button. You can either wait on the current screen for the submission completion or navigate away from the page and you will get a message in the Message Center for either success or error. If the plan is successful, you will be presented with a link that will take you directly into Seller Central to complete the shipping plan and create your shipments and prepare products and labels.

If the plan encountered an error when attempting to upload to Amazon, you will be redirected back to the plan and presented with the error message from Amazon. We will save the plan configuration for up to 10 days and you will need to correct any errors during that time. Only one plan can be created at a time, so you would need to address any errors before creating a new plan.

ChannelAdvisor now offers the ability for sellers to identify inventory to send to Amazon and start the process of submitting a shipping plan within ChannelAdvisor. Starting an FBA Inbound Shipment Plan in ChannelAdvisor allows you to view relevant information about your product, performance, and margins so you can make better decisions on what to stock or restock. Once you create your shipment plan, you will be directed to Seller Central to complete the process of preparing and labeling your products, as well as preparing the individual shipments.

You can access the Inbound Shipping Plan form from the FBA Inventory Management grid ( Marketplaces > Amazon > FBA > FBA Inventory Management ) or from the new Amazon Insights page ( Marketplaces > Amazon > Optimization > Insights ). To begin a plan, select a subset of products from the grid, either FBA or seller fulfilled items, and click on the icon to Start Inbound Shipping Plan. Once you are in the plan, you have the option to add or remove products here as well.

 

Setting Your DC


Your plan has a default name of ChannelAdvisor Plan once the plan is created. When submitting the plan for creation on Amazon, we will append a date timestamp to the default and any custom names to make the plan name unique in Seller Central.

The default distribution center that is selected as the Ship From location is the primary distribution center that is assigned to the Amazon marketplace in ChannelAdvisor. To change this to another distribution center assigned to Amazon, select the Shipping Address drop down to select the correct distribution center. If the shipping location isn't available as a distribution center assigned to Amazon, then you can type in the address directly.

Inbound Shipping Plan_DC Selection

 

Adding Units


After selecting the distribution center information, you will need to select either Individual or Case-packed products for your shipment and add the quantity information for each item that you plan on shipping to the FBA fulfillment center. This is required information for each product that you send. If some items are case-packed and others are individually packed items, you will need to separate these into two separate shipping plans in ChannelAdvisor. To remove products, select the check box beside the items you would like to remove and select Remove Products.

 

Selecting Additional Products


To add additional products, select the Add Additional Products to Selection tab. Here you are able to see both FBA and seller fulfilled inventory and sort and filter the products to add them to your shipping plan. You would select the check box beside the item(s), and click on the Add Products button. This will add them to the plan and you will need to return to the X Product(s) Selected tab to enter in the inbound quantity for those items.

Adding seller fulfilled items to the shipping plan will not convert these items to FBA in ChannelAdvisor. It will allow you to inbound the quantity and once the quantity has been processed by the fulfillment center, it will convert the item to FBA.

Inbound Shipping Plan_Add Products

 

Plan Submission


To submit your plan, click on the Create Shipping Plan button. You can either wait on the current screen for the submission completion or navigate away from the page and you will get a message in the Message Center for either success or error. If the plan is successful, you will be presented with a link that will take you directly into Seller Central to complete the shipping plan and create your shipments and prepare products and labels.

If the plan encountered an error when attempting to upload to Amazon, you will be redirected back to the plan and presented with the error message from Amazon. We will save the plan configuration for up to 10 days and you will need to correct any errors during that time. Only one plan can be created at a time, so you would need to address any errors before creating a new plan.

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