Over the last several months, we have made some important additions to Seller Central based on feedback from FBA sellers like you. These changes streamline two key sets of tasks: shipment creation and inventory management.
Now that we are able to offer these improved tools, important new Seller Central enhancements will only be made available to sellers using the new shipment creation and inventory tools, and we will be phasing out older tools. Here is a look at what is changing and why you should switch to the new tools today.
The new Shipment Creation Workflow will replace the original shipment workflow in Seller Central on May 1, 2014. But do not delay your switch—access to many new Seller Central enhancements and services that we launch in the coming months will only be available to sellers using the new Shipment Creation Workflow.
The new Shipment Creation Workflow features a redesign to improve ease of use, reduce steps, and better align with Amazon requirements for shipments to our fulfilment centres. Sellers using the new Shipment Creation Workflow access many benefits, including:
The new Shipment Creation Workflow also includes these requested features:
We urge you to opt into the workflow today and take advantage of the benefits. Just follow these simple steps:
You will still be able to do everything that you have been accustomed to doing in the existing shipment tools. Any shipments you have created in the old workflow will automatically be available in the new workflow, so you will not lose any data in this transition. The next time you create a shipment, you will automatically be directed to the new Shipment Creation Workflow. If you need any assistance when creating a shipment, look for the Learn More links on each step of the workflow. To view the step-by-step Help instructions now, go to Shipment Creation Workflow or view the video on this page.
The new Shipment Creation Workflow features new Shipping Plan Request templates for uploading details of larger shipments. If you currently use the Inbound Shipment Request template to create your shipments with the old workflow and you are switching to the new Shipment Creation Workflow, you will need to switch to the new Shipping Plan Request Templates. These new templates work very similarly to the templates you are used to.
If you have never used a flat file template to create a shipment, learn how to use our Shipping Plan Request Template with the new Shipment Creation Workflow.
Key inventory management features have been consolidated in a single view on the Manage Inventory page. This means you no longer have to go to the Manage FBA Inventory page for your FBA listings and separately to the Manage Inventory page for your self-fulfilled Amazon listings, and you can preview estimated Selling on Amazon and Fulfilment by Amazon fees for all your listings in one place. We will continue to add new functionality to the Manage Inventory toolset. The Manage FBA Inventory page will be retired later this year.
Download the step-by-step instructions for the new Shipment Creation Workflow or refer to our Help.
Here are the features you may be used to seeing on the Manage FBA Inventory page:
The Manage Inventory Page has nearly the same features. We will be adding more functions to this page soon, including Archive Items and the ability to select listings across multiple pages:
The Manage Inventory page has additional features not available on the Manage FBA Inventory page:
To learn how to use the individual features on the Manage Inventory page, review the following help content: