Ship via FBA – Multi-Channel Fulfillment Overview


Overview

Amazon FBA not only fulfills FBA orders automatically, but you can also instruct it to fulfill orders originating at other channels, like Website orders, etc. In Sellercloud, the Amazon Multi-Channel Fulfillment program is called Ship via FBA.


Prerequisites

  • Ship via FBA should not be used to fulfill eBay orders. This is because Amazon will often use carriers not recognized by eBay. It should also not be used for Walmart Marketplace or Rakuten orders in adherence to the policies of those marketplaces. When using Ship via FBA for other marketplaces, make sure you are blocking Amazon Logistics. See how to do so here.
  • Ship via FBA will only work if the FBA warehouse is Sellable.
    Inventory quantities from FBA are not updated to Sellercloud in real-time, so inventory may not always be 100 percent accurate. Thus, it is highly recommended to use the Safety Qty feature on any product using FBA inventory for other channels to lessen the risk of overselling.
  • Any item can be substituted for the order item by inserting the Amazon Merchant SKU in the Amazon Merchant SKU text box. For example, products sent to FBA are often a Shadow SKU. This lets Sellercloud users sell the same item on Amazon as Merchant Fulfilled or Amazon Fulfilled. Nevertheless, the shadow SKU at FBA can be used to fulfill the order of the regular SKU. By default, the Shadow SKU will be populated in the SKU field as the product you will ship from FBA.
  • If you have a product listed under multiple Amazon accounts, you can ship the order from any Account A, even if the order was placed on an item listed under Account B. Simply choose a company from the dropdown configured with the desired Amazon account.
  • When the inventory of a given product is stored at an onsite warehouse and FBA, orders that come in for that item will reserve inventory in your regular warehouse. As soon as the Ship via FBA action is initiated, the reserve is lifted and the aggregate quantity in your regular warehouse will revert to its previous level.
  • While the initial request is sent to Amazon in real-time, getting the updated shipping status and sending it to eBay are done using schedulers, so there is a time delay. Amazon doesn’t push shipping information into Sellercloud; rather, Sellercloud keeps requesting it and pulls information in. Similarly, Sellercloud updates the status on eBay on a scheduler, though an option exists in Sellercloud to manually initiate the sending of the tracking number immediately using the Export Orders action on the action menu.
  • Shipping expenses that FBA charges the seller are recorded on the order under the Shipping and P&L tabs. These costs are imported with the Amazon settlement report.
  • Shipping via FBA can be restricted to non-client admin users. Under the Employees tab, select the user. Open the Security tab and locate the Ship via FBA checkbox to allow or restrict users from shipping via FBA.
  • Sellercloud Support can create plugins to automatically send orders for shipping via FBA based on provided rules.
  • You can ship a multi-item order via FBA. However, if there are items in the order that is not in your FBA inventory, you must split the order.
  • When inventory in FBA has been sent as individual components – not as a kit – and the order item is a kit, you can increase the units to ship in the Ship via FBA console so that FBA will ship the correct amount to the customer. For example, if FBA has 6 individual water bottles and an order for a 1 kit pack of 6 comes in, the number of units to ship will be 1. However, you can increase the unit to ship from 1 to 6 so that FBA will ship 6 units to the customer.
  • Default shipping comment can be set from Settings > Client Settings > FBA Shipping Default Comments.

Ship Orders via FBA

  1. Go to Orders > Manage Orders > Select an order > ActionsShip via FBA.
  2. Complete the Shipping Details and the Ship to Address mandatory information.
    Shipping info
  3. Select a Fulfillment Policy from the dropdown field:
         POLICY       DESCRIPTION
         FillAll All fulfillable items in the fulfillment order are shipped. The fulfillment order remains in a processing state until all items are either shipped by Amazon or canceled by the seller.
        FillOrKill If an item in a fulfillment order is determined to be unfulfillable before any shipment in the order moves to the Pending status (the process of picking units from inventory has begun), then the entire order is considered unfulfillable. However, if an item in a fulfillment order is determined to be unfulfillable after a shipment in the order moves to the Pending status, Amazon cancels as much of the fulfillment order as possible. See the FulfillmentShipment data type for shipment status definitions.
        FillAllAvailable All fulfillable items in the fulfillment order are shipped. All unfulfillable items in the order are canceled by Amazon.
  4. You can enable an email alert to notify the customer that the order has been shipped.
  5. Click Verify SKU to confirm that the Amazon Merchant SKU is in your Amazon catalog > input a quantity to ship.Verify merchant SKU
  6. Click Ship Order to ship the order via FBA. The order is marked with a Dropship Requested status.
    As Amazon processes the shipment, the status will be updated in Sellercloud, including the tracking number. After Sellercloud knows the shipping status, it will update the respective originating channel.

Ship Multiple Orders

  1. Select the orders > Go to Action menu > Ship via FBA.
  2. To verify that the Amazon Merchant SKU is in your Amazon catalog, select the products and click Check Merchant SKU.Ship via FBA multiple
  3. Select the products and click Ship Orders to process the Shipment to FBA.
The Transshipment option should be enabled when the Ship To address is international and the item is not approved by FBA to ship internationally.
If the ordered item is a kit, but its components were sent to FBA as individual items, check the Ship Kit components instead. This will break the ship request into its FBA-recognized SKU components.

Automate Ship via FBA

Using a Post Order plugin, Sellercloud can ship via FBA automatically when the item has no inventory in a default warehouse:

  • For every item in each order, it checks if there is a quantity for it in the default warehouse. If there is no quantity, it checks if that SKU has an AFN counterpart (shadow, parent) that has quantity in the FBA warehouse. If it does, it splits that item into a new order to be shipped via FBA.
  • If there are multiple items in the order that need shipping via FBA, those items are split into the same new order (not separate ones).
  • If all the items in the whole order need shipping via FBA, the whole order is shipped via FBA.
  • The plugin adds order notes to show what happened to the order (or what did not happen), so if there is confusion, check the order notes.
  • The plugin ignores kit items.

To set up the plugin:

  1. Go to Settings > Companies > Manage Companies > Open a company > Toolbox > Defaults.
  2. In the Order Post Action Plugin dropdown, choose FBA Format or the more advanced version FBA SplitByCompany With Kit Support Format.
    Note: Contact Sellercloud Support if you do not see the plugins in the dropdown.
    FBA format

Introduction to Shipping via FBA
Amazon FBA not only fulfills FBA orders automatically, but you can also instruct Amazon to fulfill orders originating at other channels, like Website orders, etc.
Amazon refers to this as Multi-Channel Fulfillment (http://services.amazon.com/fulfillment-by-amazon/multi-channel.htm); we call it – Ship via FBA Note: Ship via FBA should not be used to fulfill eBay orders. This is because Amazon will often use carriers not recognized by eBay. It should also not be used for Walmart Marketplace or Rakuten orders in adherence with policies of those marketplaces.
Ship a single order via FBA from an Order Detail page

  1. To initiate an outbound shipment from Amazon’s fulfillment center, click Action Menu > Ship via FBA > Go.
  2.  Select a shipping method from the Ship Method dropdown field.
  3. Click Action Menu > Preview Shipment > Go to calculate and preview shipping costs for the each of the available shipping methods. The actual shipping cost will update automatically on the order with the Settlement import.
  4. The Trans Shipment option should be enabled when the Ship To address is international and the item is not approved by FBA to ship internationally.
  5. Select a Fulfillment Policy from the dropdown field:
  • FillAll – All fulfillable items in the fulfillment order are shipped. The
    fulfillment order remains in a processing state until all items
    are either shipped by Amazon or cancelled by the seller.
  • FillOrKill – If an item in a fulfillment order is determined to be unfulfillable before any shipment in the order moves to the Pending status (the process of picking units from inventory
    has begun), then the entire order is considered unfulfillable. However, if an item in a fulfillment order is determined to be unfulfillable after a shipment in the order moves to the
    Pending status, Amazon cancels as much of the fulfillment order as possible. See the FulfillmentShipment data type for shipment status definitions.
  • FillAllAvailable  – All fulfillable items in the fulfillment order are shipped. All unfulfillable items in the order are cancelled by Amazon.6. You can enable an email alert to send to the customer that the order has been shipped.
    7. Click the Verify SKU link to confirm that the Amazon Merchant SKU is in your Amazon catalog. This also checks that quantity is available to ship by looking at the “In Stock
    Supply quantity” on the Inventory Supply list.
    8. If necessary, you can replace the SKU with a different SKU recognized by FBA. Read about kits and components below.
    9. Enter quantity to ship.
    10. By default, the Ship To address will be the customers shipping address.
    11. Click Continue to ship the order via FBA. The order is marked with a “Dropship Requested” status. This enables the order to be filtered out of the shipping queue and prevent it from exporting to ShipBridge.
    12. As Amazon processes the shipment, the status will be updated in SellerCloud, including the tracking number. After SellerCloud knows the shipping status, it will update the respective originating channel.

Ship via FBA and kits
If the ordered item is a kit, but its components had been sent to FBA as individual items (not as an assembled independent kit), check the Ship Kit
components instead option. This will break the ship request into its FBA recognized
SKU components.
Ship multiple orders via FBA from the Manage Orders page

  1. Select multiple orders.
  2. Click Action Menu > Ship via FBA > Go.
  3. On the following page, you can verify that the Amazon Merchant SKU is in your Amazon catalog by selecting the products and clicking Check SKU from the Action Menu.
  4. Select products and click Continue to process the Shipment to FBA.
  5. By default, the Ship To address will be the customer’s shipping address.
  6. The process continues as above.

Using a Post Order plugin, Sellercloud can ship via FBA automatically when the item has no inventory in a default warehouse:

  • For every item in each order, it checks if there is quantity for it in the default warehouse.
  • If there is no quantity, it checks if that SKU has an AFN counterpart (shadow, parent) that has quantity in the FBA WH.
  • If it does, it splits that item into a new order to be shipped via FBA.
  • If there are multiple items in an order that need shipping via FBA, those items are split into the same new order (not separate ones).
  • If all the items in the whole order need shipping via FBA, the whole order is shipped via FBA.
  • The plugin adds order notes to show what happened to the order (or what did not happen), so if there is confusion, check the order notes.
  • THIS PLUGIN DOES NOT LOOK AT KIT ITEMS.

To set it up:

  1. Company Settings > Toolbox > Product Defaults.
  2. In the Order Post Action Plugin dropdown, choose FBA Format.

Key points for Ship via FBA

  • Ship via FBA will only work if the FBA warehouse is Sellable.

Note: Inventory quantities from FBA are not updated to Sellercloud in real-time, so inventory may not always be 100 percent accurate. Because of this, it is highly recommended to use the Safety Qty feature on any product using FBA inventory for other channels to lessen the risk of
overselling.

  • Any item can be substituted for the order item by inserting the Amazon Merchant SKU in the Amazon Merchant SKU text box. For example, products sent to FBA are often a Shadow SKU.  This lets
    Sellercloud users sell the same item on Amazon as Merchant Fulfilled and as Amazon Fulfilled. Nevertheless, the shadow SKU at FBA can be used to fulfill the order of the regular SKU.
  • By default, the Shadow SKU will be populated in the SKU field as the product you will ship from FBA.

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