Posted By: Megan Castillo
If you’re selling on Amazon through Seller Central or using FBA [Fulfillment by Amazon], then you’re probably familiar with the challenges inherent in managing orders through Amazon.
Let’s face it. Selling on Amazon raises the profile of most products and makes them a hotter commodity. Multichannel Merchant magazine covered Amazon sales results in 2014 in their first issue of January 2015. “Amazon announced that sellers sold a record-setting more than 2 billion items worldwide in 2014. The number of sellers on Amazon adopting the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service to help scale their businesses and delight customers with Amazon’s award-winning fulfillment and customer service also grew more than 65% year-over-year worldwide. There are currently more than 2 million sellers on Amazon worldwide that account for over 40% of the total units sold on Amazon.”
Read the full article here: “Amazon Sellers Sold More Than 2 Billion Items in 2014”
If you’re like most merchants selling on your website and also on Amazon, some of these challenges may be all too familiar to you:
• Inventory Updates – Inventory levels in your Amazon store(s), as well as other channels, can get out of sync. You risk overselling and tarnishing your Seller Rating.
• Order Status Updates – Once a product is shipped, does your system automatically mark that product as ‘shipped’ and immediately update inventory levels across synced channels? If not, you could face costly errors.
• Keeping Track of FBA Inventory – Another common challenge is in keeping track of inventory sent to Amazon to fulfill FBA orders. Having the ability to create ‘FBA Reserved Bins’ allows you to compare Amazon’s order calculations to your own to ensure accurate inventory counts from Amazon, and to know when to replenish product levels.
These are such important and timely issues for the online retailers that come to us. If this is important to you, check out our on-demand webinar Solution Spotlight – Managing Amazon Orders, to learn how Freestyle can help you process and manage your Amazon orders more efficiently.