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How to process an FBA Inbound shipment / shipping plan in SKULabs
How to process an FBA Inbound shipment / shipping plan in SKULabs
Updated over a week ago

SKULabs helps everyone from large top of category sellers to fresh startups manage their FBA inbound inventory more accurately. After you connect your FBA warehouse, you can view near real-time FBA inventory levels that take into account all of the complex inventory issues we've witnessed over millions of units of inventory being sent to FBA fulfillment centers around the world.

As of today, we recommend using Amazon's tools for planning your inbound shipments. You can't really beat their FBA forecasting and optimization tools for planning your inbound shipments. After your shipments are created in Amazon, we recommend one of three processes to deduct your Inbound shipments:

Manual orders

  • Create a manual store for FBA Inbound shipments.

  • Create a manual order. Allows you to reserve the inventory and to pick and verify and deduct items.

  • Pick the order just like you would process regular orders.

  • Create a pickup or manual shipment to deduct from inventory.

  • Exclude this manual store from insights and reporting.

Ad-hoc deduction

  • Go to the inventory tab

  • Click into the "deduct" tab.

  • Scan out inventory for your FBA inbound shipment from the Deduct tab.

Staging warehouse

  • Create a staging warehouse. Do not link this warehouse to any store.

  • Create transfer orders from local warehouse to the staging warehouse and process the transfer order. This allows you to reserve the inventory and track inventory until it is received by Amazon warehouse

  • Empty the staging warehouse once it is received by Amazon warehouse.

Creating Inbound Shipments from SKULabs

In prior versions of SKULabs, you could plan your inbound shipments but Amazon's rapid advancement in tools surrounding this functionality have supplanted the need to plan shipments in SKULabs so we retired the feature.

In future versions of SKULabs we do plan to automatically sync your shipping plans from Amazon and display them possibly even with the ability to print FBA labels.

How inventory shows up in SKULabs

Once Amazon receives, redistributes, and increments the FBA on hand quantities, you will see those in your connected Amazon warehouse in SKULabs if you have one set up for that Amazon store. If you haven't already set up an Amazon FBA warehouse in SKULabs, you just add a warehouse, select type "Amazon" and choose the store you want to connect to that placeholder warehouse which always contains your most recent FBA quantities.

Need additional help?

Let our team know if you struggle with creation of inbound shipments in Amazon or need a better way to process inbound shipments you've already created in SKULabs. We're constantly improving the product and would love to hear your situation.

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