Within Skubana, sellers have the ability to create Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Shipments without the hassle of doing it directly in Seller Central.
FBA Workflow Orders are a shipment of inventory that you are sending from a fulfillment source to Amazon in order to make that inventory available to sell under the FBA program.
To create your FBA workflow plan, click into the Orders Module. From here, you will click “+ New Order.” Once clicked, select “FBA Workflow” from the dropdown menu.
A new prompt will then open and ask you to indicate a “Pending Shipment Plan Name”. This name will eventually be overwritten when you are ready to submit the plan over to Amazon. This interim name cannot contain special characters, including spaces.
The three dropdown menus will ask you to select the source warehouse, which is the warehouse that the inventory will originate from, and a warehouse address for it, for which you have the warehouse's Basic Info address and any Secondary Addresses as options. The third dropdown is the destination FBA channel.
At the top of the next window that appears, notice that both the source warehouse and the destination sales channel, which you previously selected on the first page, are displayed. You can also choose your prep preference, whether it be the seller or Amazon.
Lastly, you also have the option to select “Based on In-stock Days”. Checking this off will tell Skubana to only calculate sales velocity based off of the days you actually had inventory at FBA.
Below is a group of search and filter fields that will help customize the data you wish to see represented in the report below.
The filter options are:
All columns are sortable except for the “Available” column. The data points are:
Once you have checked off the SKUs you wish to send over, click the “Add” button to add them to the bottom grid.
At the bottom, this grid displays any items in the plan, along with the quantity being sent. This information is automatically pulled from the top report from the column “Qty. to Transfer” in addition to the “quantity per case”.
Regarding the quantity per case, this is the total number of units that make up each case, not how many cases you are sending. Feel free to override the quantities suggested by Skubana.
If you wish to take an item out of the plan that you are working on, select the item(s) and click the “Remove” button.
Next to each product name, please note a small printer icon. This clickable icon will give you the ability to generate your item labels, if you chose to do so from this window. There are many other places within Skubana where you can print your item labels as well.
If you chose to print them from this window, a new pop up will appear after you click the printer icon. The window will ask you to select the following:
You also have the ability to paste all of your FBA workflow data as CSV if you choose not to go through the list directly. You will need these required fields to complete a CSV paste:
From the “New FBA Workflow Order” window, you have two options to proceed with:
If you select “Next – Generate Preview” the following page will be similar to the window in Seller Central, where Amazon divides up your plan into separate shipments and chooses the address(es) to ship it/them off to.
Within this window you also have the ability to override the more traditional “Shipment Plan” name, which has already overwritten your pending plan name, with your own custom name.
Please note, you cannot use the same shipment plan name more than once.
Within this window, if you click on the (+) sign next to each shipment, you will have more prep preferences to review and select.
Once satisfied with all aspects of your order, select “Submit Selected”. Once submitted, the order will get registered in Seller Central and the physical order in Skubana will move to the appropriate fulfillment source category (i.e. “Awaiting Shipment”, “Awaiting 3PL Export”, “Awaiting Dropship”).
For next steps, refer to the below:
Awaiting Shipment: You can generate small parcel and LTL/FTL shipping labels in Skubana with Amazon FBA Partnered shipping. Once the labels are generated and the shipment is in a shipped status in Skubana, we will communicate the shipment data to Seller Central. If you are shipping an FBA workflow with an alternate carrier, the shipping labels will need to be generated outside of Skubana and the workflow will need to be manually marked as shipped with the carrier and tracking information.
Awaiting 3PL Export: You can have the FBA shipment flow to your 3PL via FTP, API, or by sending it manually. Once the tracking information is communicated back to Skubana, we will update Seller Central with the shipment data.
Alternatively, if you select “Save & Close” from the draft plan window, the shipment window will be closed out and the shipment will fall under the “Pending Shipment Plan” section in the Orders module. You can then re-visit your shipment and continue working on it from there.
Under the “Pending Shipment Plan” section, you can select your order(s) via checkbox and a list of buttons will appear for you to take action on.
These buttons are:
Once the shipment is generated, you can then ship it out in Skubana.
You can track the movement of your shipment by going into the Inventory Module and selecting the “Transfers” tab near the top.
Once Amazon receives the shipments, Skubana will automatically update the FBA warehouse quantities as soon as Amazon makes the quantities available in the API.