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Shipping Workflow Release Notes

Key Benefits of the New Shipping Workflow

  • Your account can now support both stickered and stickerless inventory. (See more in the following section How a Stickerless, Commingled Account Works.)
  • A shipping workflow guides you through each step of the process of creating your shipment.
  • Shipments are split intelligently: Since a single shipment must:
    • Contain items that go to a single fulfilment centre (FC)
    • Contain either ALL stickered items or ALL stickerless items
  • Therefore, if your shipment contains items that don't meet the above rules, the new workflow splits your items into separate shipments automatically, based on the destination FC and based on the stickered/stickerless nature of the items. You no longer have to remove items from shipments manually. You can delete either shipment or work on them independently.

  • You can create less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments.
  • You can specify when you are sending case quantities of items.
  • We include helpful messages in the workflow if your shipment has errors and enable you to fix errors, when possible, on the page itself.
  • You can make changes to your shipment after it has been sent (so you can match physical quantities in shipments with online shipment quantities)

For more information on the new shipping workflow, go to FBA Manual 5.3 Shipping Workflow.

How a Stickerless, Commingled Account Works

If you are currently sending stickerless, commingled inventory

  • A stickerless, commingled account will support your ability to send both stickerless and stickered SKUs based on the individual items you are sending, not the type of account you have.
  • Whenever you create new SKUs, the ones that pass our qualifying checks will automatically create a commingled and stickerless item (FNSKU begins with B000).
  • SKUs that fail our qualifying checks will automatically result in a stickered item (FNSKU begins with X000).
  • Qualifying items must meet the following criteria:
    • Items in new condition
    • Items not in the Media category
    • Items not belonging to high-value categories (find the complete list at 5.5 Stickerless, Commingled Inventory)
    • Items with scannable bar codes (UPC or EAN)
    • Item's bar code maps to a single ASIN (the UPC cannot be linked to more than one ASIN in our fulfilment systems)
  • If an item fails any of the above checks, you can still send it as a stickered item.
  • When you replenish previously created SKUs here's what can happen:
    • If you have been fulfilling media items through a stickerless, commingled account, you will find that you are unable to send in any more of these media items (Unless you have been granted exemption through a Contact Us or directly from the FBA team, and we have explicitly allowed you to send in stickerless media items)
    • A SKU that you had previously registered with FBA as stickerless might fail the check because the EAN or UPC now maps to more than one ASIN.

      In above cases, you will need to create NEW MSKUs (previously unused) for affected items and then convert them to AFN. You will get a stickered type of FNSKU (X0000FBA for example) for this item when you register it again, and you can fulfill the stickered item through FBA.
      Note: If you have any stickerless inventory for this item, that is not a problem. It can stay in the fulfilment centre and be fulfilled without any issues.

    Once your account is configured as stickerless, commingled, all new and existing items that pass our checks will be stickerless. Any new items that fail checks will automatically return a stickered FNSKU. Only for previously commingled items that now fail our checks, you will need to create new MSKUs and convert over to FBA so as to get a stickered listing for that item.

If you are currently sending stickered inventory

  • Qualifying items must meet the following criteria:
    • Items in new condition
    • Items not in the Media category
    • Items not belonging to high-value categories (find the complete list at 5.5 Stickerless, Commingled Inventory)
    • Items with scannable bar codes (UPC or EAN)
    • Item's bar code maps to a single ASIN (the UPC cannot be linked to more than one ASIN in our fulfilment systems)
  • If your account is currently stickered inventory and your items don't meet the above requirements, you don't need to take any action.
  • If your account is currently stickered inventory and your items pass the above requirements and you now would like to convert your account to stickerless, commingled, you can file a Contact Us with the qualifications for your items passing the checks.
  • If you are approved for stickerless,commingled, we will work with you on the conversion of your account.

Identifying Stickerless and Stickered Listings

In the image below, you will see on the right, on the "Inventory Amazon Fulfills" page, there is a check box for Show ASIN/FNSKU. If you select it, you will see the ASIN and FNSKU appear under the title of the item. If the ASIN is the same as the FNSKU, the item is stickerless. If the ASIN starts with "B000" and the FNSKU starts with "X000" then the item requires stickering.

In the example below, all SKUs are stickerless.

When creating a shipment, items that require labeling will be grouped into shipments with "Item Labels Required" indicated under the Ship To fulfilment centre.

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