Reserving inventory for FBA will ensure that received inventory will not be made available on various channels before they have arrived at Amazon’s Fulfillment Center.
Reserving inventory will also increase labor efficiency because received inventory will be flagged to ensure your shipping department doesn’t spend the effort stocking it on the warehouse shelf and then repacking it for your FBA inbound shipment.
Reserve Quantity When Creating a FBA Inbound Shipment
- After adding a product to the shipment, click Reserve Quantities from the action menu.
- On the grid enter a value in the Reserve Quantity field.
- Click Reserve Quantities. The Inventory Available Quantity will then decrease to reflect the inventory reserved for FBA.
- Once the status of the FBA Inbound Shipment changes to “Shipped” the inventory will no longer be reserved. They will not, however, become available for sale while in transit. This is because FBA inbound shipments are placed in an unsellable interim warehouse and will not become available until they are received in the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
- Open the Receive Quantities page.
- Now select the item you want to release and click UnReserve Quantities on the action menu.
The Inventory Available column can not reflect any changes that occurred after you opened the page. If you want to make sure that you that the quantity you are adding is currently available, enable the client setting Enable Validate Inventory for FBA Shipments. Now, when clicking the Reserve Quantities button, the system will check the actual availability at that moment and will return an error message if there is no availability.
To view the inventory movement after quantity has been reserved, open the “Inventory Movement History” page of the reserved product. The reserved quantity is noted in the grid under the movement type “FBA Reserved.”
Mark Qty for Reserve When Creating a Purchase Order
- Create PO and add products.
- Enter a quantity value in the box called FBA Allocation. This will flag those items for FBA as they are received in ReceiveBridge to let the receiver know that the quantity should be used for FBA and should not be shelved. It will not actually reserve the Qty.
- Configure ReceiveBridge to flag FBA.
- Menu > Options > General tab > Enable FBA Allocation. Now, when receiving the purchase order, this column will show the quantity intended for FBA. The receiving department staff will then know not to shelve that quantity, and will instead direct it to be added to the FBA Shipment.