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Send to Amazon: Your Guide to FBA’s New Shipment Creation Workflow Effective 9/1/22

Alyssa Prevost
Aug 10, 2022 1:49:52 PM

“Send/replenish” Officially Moving to “Send to Amazon”

With Amazon officially sunsetting its Send/replenish inventory workflow at the end of the month, all FBA sellers will be automatically transferred to Fulfillment by Amazon’s new workflow—Send to Amazon—on September 1, 2022. Think of this blog post as your TL;DR recap for any communication you’ve received from Amazon about the new FBA shipping portal thus far. For those who haven’t already switched over to Send to Amazon (we get it, things have been busy for sellers… to say the least), here’s what you need to know:

August 31 is the last day FBA sellers can create shipments using the old Send/replenish workflow. Starting September 1, all new FBA shipments must be created either in Send to Amazon or  through Amazon Marketplace Web Service (MWS) and Selling Partner API.

Send to Amazon to Replace Send/replenish: Fulfillment by Amazon’s New Inventory Workflow

According to Amazon, the updated inventory workflow is meant to simplify the shipment creation process, provide fewer steps than the Send/replenish workflow, and allow sellers to add both single-SKU and mixed-SKU boxes to the same workflow. Send to Amazon also features reusable case-pack templates to save box-level information and labeling details—so sellers can avoid having to re-enter information each time they need to replenish inventory.

Below we cover the key changes (and pros/cons) of the new workflow, how to create a shipment with Send to Amazon, and give you pointers on how to adapt your inventory and logistics strategy accordingly.

  

Send to Amazon vs. Send/replenish: What Else Has Changed?

The new Send to Amazon workflow has fewer steps, and some inventory features and processes of Send/replenish have either become simpler or disappeared altogether. While there are benefits to Send to Amazon, some FBA sellers have pointed out potentially troublesome changes, too. Take a look:

Pros:
  • New “Case pack templates” let you save box configurations for SKUs so you can automatically fill them when you replenish inventory. Since Amazon already has the master carton dimensions and weights, they’ll automatically estimate and populate the pallet information for you, and you can override Amazon’s estimates if you need to. (More on this later—see “Step 1” in “Creating an FBA shipment” section.)
  • General box labels are gone, but the new box labels have the ASIN added as an additional identifier as well as the SKU, which should make labeling easier for you.
  • You can have single-SKU and mixed-SKU boxes in the same workflow.
 Cons:
  • You can no longer cancel individual shipments that are part of a grouped shipment. You’ll have to delete the entire shipment and start over.
  • Naming a shipment can now only be done via the “Print box labels” screen.
  • The option to duplicate shipments has been removed.
  • Charges have to be accepted at the same time for all grouped LTL shipments or all grouped Parcel shipments—you can’t finalize and accept charges on one shipment method (LTL or Parcel) without accepting the charges and ship date on ALL grouped shipments within that method (LTL or Parcel).

Amazon has indicated that they are working on other features like adding/removing boxes from shipments and editing weights and dimensions after a shipment has been created.

  

Creating an FBA Shipment With Send to Amazon

The quickest way to navigate to Send to Amazon is by viewing your shipping queue via the Manage FBA Shipments tab. A link to Send to Amazon will be in the top left corner of the screen in your Seller Central account.

How to Create an FBA Shipment with Send to Amazon

Step 1: Choose inventory to send in

After navigating to Send to Amazon, you’ll want to select the inventory you’re shipping in. You’ll either select SKUs from your list or upload a template file. You’ll also choose the number of units you want to ship.

You’ll need to enter the master carton information (quantity, dimensions, and weight) for each SKU before making a shipment. Amazon will save that info for you (you’re able to enter and save multiple different case pack QTYs for 1 ASIN too). As long as you have consistent master carton QTYs (quantities), this new process will simplify parcel shipping since you won’t need to enter the box dimensions and weights on the shipping screen each time you ship.

Step 2: Confirm shipping

After you’ve indicated what you’ll be shipping, you’ll select your shipping method—small parcel delivery (SPD) or less-than-truckload (LTL)—and ship date. Learn how Parcel vs. LTL shipments can impact FBA receiving times here.

Note: You have the option to choose different shipping methods if you have a grouped shipment that is going to multiple destinations.

Step 3: Print box labels

You can name/rename your shipment here.

Step 4: Prep and ship
  • Confirm your carrier and pallet information (if you’re shipping pallets)
  • Print pallet labels (if you’re shipping pallets with an Amazon-partnered carrier)
  • Get tracking information for your parcel and pallet shipments (if you aren’t using an Amazon-partnered carrier)

Once you’ve completed the steps that apply to you, your inventory is ready to ship into FBA. This is the gist of it, but you can view a comprehensive Send to Amazon guide via Seller Central.

    

Need Help Adapting to Evolving Amazon Fulfillment & Inventory Processes?

From surprise storage changes and a new inventory category, to constantly keeping up with current supply chain issues and shopper spending behaviors, Amazon inventory management is evolving every day. Adapting to and making the most of persistent changes can seem like a full-time job—and we get it.

As an Amazon wholesale seller and agency since 2013, SupplyKick takes on our partners’ day-to-day account management, inventory forecasting and reporting, tracking important FBA ship-in dates and customer trends, and much more—saving you loads of time (and many moments of frustration) while continuing to achieve aggressive growth on the marketplace.

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