Amazon continuously updates processes, and as a seller, it can be hard to keep up! We’re reviewing step by step how we create Amazon FBA shipments in 2021. Check out our original blog post on How to Create FBA Shipments in 2021 if you are creating a shipping plan for less than 15 SKUs. If you want to create a shipping plan for 15 or more SKUs, keep reading...
How To Create FBA Shipments In Bulk (Step by Step)
Step 1: On Seller Central go to Inventory > Manage FBA Shipments
Step 2: Click on “Upload Shipping Plan File”
Step 3: Under “Prepare Your Create Shipping Plan File” click on “Download Template”
Step 4: Open the excel file and go to the sheet called “Create Plan Template”. On the top left corner, you will find a section to be completed with the information of the warehouse the products will ship from (only complete the fields that are in bold letters). If the warehouse is in the United States use the country code “US”.
For the “PlanName” choose any name of your preference to identify this replenishment order.
Step 5: On the mid-section of the excel sheet you will find a section to include the SKUs numbers/names and the quantity to be replenished. Make sure the format for the merchant SKU column is text and the quantity column is in numbers.
Step 6: When you have completed steps 4 and 5, and staying on the sheet “Create Plan Template” go and save the file as a “Text (Tab Delimited)”.
Step 7: Go back to seller central and under “Upload Your Create Shipping Plan File” click on “Choose File” and select the recently saved Text (Tab Delimited) file. Then click on “Upload Now”.
Step 8: Click on the refresh button after a minute and keep doing it until the status changes to “Done”.
Step 9: Go to Inventory and then Manage FBA shipments
Step 10: Click on “Shipping plans” and there you will see at the top your shipping plan created with the name inserted in the excel sheet in the “Plan Name” field. Click on the name of the shipping plan created.
Step 11: Here you will see the number of units previously entered in the excel sheet and the SKUs to be replenished.
Step 12: 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 13: Any SKU requiring an Amazon barcode will populate here. You may select 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 14: 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 15: Click Work on Shipment. Please note that Amazon may split your shipping plan into multiple separate shipments.
Step 16: Determine whether you should use SPD or LTL. 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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.
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