Amazon continuously updates processes such as how sellers create shipments for FBA. We’re reviewing step by step how we create Amazon FBA shipments in 2021. If you are creating a shipping plan for more than 15 SKUs check out our blog How to Create FBA Shipments in Bulk. If you want to create a shipping plan for less than 15 SKUs, keep reading…
Step 1: On Seller Central go to Inventory > Manage Inventory
Step 2: Enter a SKU name into the search bar
Step 3: Click the checkbox next to the specific SKU
Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all SKUs included in your replenishment report
Step 5: Click “Action on” then “Send/replenish Inventory”
Step 6: Click “Create a new shipping plan” then verify that the “ship from” address is correct. Select either “Individual Products” or “Case-Packed.” From there, click “Go back to the previous workflow” at the bottom right.
Step 7: For each SKU, enter the number of units per case and the number of cases you will be sending in. Once finished, click continue at the bottom right
Step 8: Select Prep categories for each SKU. If you are unsure what type of prep your product will require. Click “Prep guidance” for details. If any prep is needed you may select “Manufacturer” or “Amazon” under the “Who preps?” column. Amazon is able to perform all necessary prep for a fee. Once complete, click continue at the bottom right.
Step 9: Any SKU requiring an Amazon barcode will populate here. Similar to step 8, you may elect to label each unit with an Amazon Barcode yourself, or elect to have Amazon do so for a per-unit fee. Once finished, click continue at the bottom right.
Step 10: Next to the create new button, you may edit the shipment name to make it easier to track on your end. Once finished, click approve & continue at the bottom right.
Step 11: Step 10 has officially converted your “shipping plan” that we have been working on into a “shipment.” Click Work on Shipment. Please note that Amazon may split your shipping plan into multiple separate shipments.
Step 12: Determine whether you should use SPD or LTL (read about the benefits of each here). In general, LTL offers a cheaper per-unit shipping fee when your shipment is at least 150 pounds but will be checked in slower than an SPD shipment.
Step 13: In the next section you have the option to put your entire shipment into one large box, or multiple boxes. From here, enter the units per box configuration and dimensions. Please note that this step allows you to consolidate cases (putting multiple cases into one larger box) which will result in less box labeling required. Click Confirm when finished.
Step 14: Amazon will estimate your shipping fees. Once you click “Accept Charges” you have 24 hours to cancel the shipment and remove all fees. After this period you may still cancel your shipment but you will incur the shipping fees.
Step 15: In this final section, select the paper type that you will be using to label each box you will be sending in. Enter the estimated date that your inventory will be sent out. From there click “Print box labels” and make sure to put a shipping label on each and every separate box within your shipment. Each shipping label will have a SKU name on it so make sure to put the correct label on each box. From here, click complete shipment and you’re done!
After Shipments are Sent Out
Step 1: Go to Inventory > Manage FBA Shipments
Step 2: Select “Track Shipment” on the shipment that has been sent out
That’s it! Now that you are an expert in creating FBA shipments, read more from Envision Horizons…
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