Amazon FBA vs Direct Fulfillment

What is Amazon Direct Fulfillment? To better aid suppliers, Amazon offers Direct Fulfillment facilities to selected vendors, along with the traditional FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). To join this program, vendors must already be in the traditional program, and must fill out an application. Normally, FBA is a system by which vendors ship their products to an Amazon Distribution Center, from where Amazon manages all shipping and returns to the individual customers. Amazon issues bulk order at the beginning of each week. Suppliers [...]

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Freight Carrier Invoice Automation – Use EDI

Freight Carriers Large Freight Carriers like ABF, Bax Global, BNSF Logistics and many other Freight carriers provide Electronic Data Integration(EDI) as an option to automate the documents exchange with them. This improves data processing speed and accuracy. It also helps to reduce human data entry errors and time consuming manual process. Documents for automation with EDI The below documents can be automated with Freight Forwarders using EDILoad Tender (Pickup Request) – EDI 204 Carrier Invoice – EDI 210 Bill of Lading – EDI 211 Shipment [...]

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Smart Supply Chain – What is it and why do you need it?

The Importance of a Connected Supply Chain Most companies rely on traditional processes to ensure the gap between demand and supply is as small as possible. These include forecasts and purchasing plans, which are used to order the necessary materials on time. To factor in some variation, companies may have a distribution plan in place, all of which come together to give the customer a precise delivery window. This entire process, however, is prone to delays and miscalculations, all of [...]

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How to Print UCC-128 Shipping Labels

​​​​ ucc128label As part of EDI   messages, most of the time, large retail customers like Amazon or Walmart will insist on sending the shipments with cartons affixed with the UCC-128 Shipping labels. These labels have a set of predefined information that are printed in both bar coded and human readable format. Essential information to be printed on a  UCC-128 labels areFrom and To AddressSKU NumberUPC Bar code if availableCustomer Purchase order numberSSCC container codeNumber of cartonsThe information printed on this UCC barcode should [...]

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Understanding Amazon Vendor Central – Order Types

Within Amazon Vendor Central, there are two order types, DC and Direct Fulfillment. They vary in order frequency and processing steps. DC Orders DC stands for Distribution Center, meaning that orders ship to Amazon’s various distribution centers. By default, anybody invited to the Vendor Central Program is added to DC. DC orders work by suppliers shipping inventory as requested by Amazon to one of their distribution centers. Form there, the products are shipped to the end user. Usually, Amazon order requests are [...]

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Amazon Payments Reconciliation

Reconciling payments to Invoices in Amazon Vendor Central can be confusing and time consuming for many users. This post explains how to read the payments and reconcile from vendor central. Invoices and Remittances After logging into Vendor central, under Payments tab, you can view the below categoriesCoOp Invoices Remittance Disptues Current Balance  1. Coop Payments These are the marketing and sales promotion charges Amazon will deduct from the invoices due to the supplier. The charges are agreed between Amazon and the supplier at the time of the [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central Shipping Automation

Processing orders and shipping them in Amazon Vendor Central is a step by step process. Each step has to be executed carefully to avoid any chargebacks. The main steps in Order Processing areConfirming Purchase Orders Preparing Shipment Routing Requests Printing Labels Submitting Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) Submitting InvoicesConfirming Purchase Orders Each order will have one or more items. Each item has to be either Accepted or Rejected. Rejection can be soft Reject or Hard Reject. Soft Reject means the item is not available now but it [...]

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Amazon Direct Fulfillment Inventory Feed

We discussed the merits of doing direct fulfillment with Amazon in our earlier blog.   One of the requirements for doing Direct Fulfillment is that the suppliers should maintain the inventory up to date in the vendor central. As orders are directly fulfilled by the suppliers, Amazon need to know if inventory is available before accepting an order from the online customer. So, it is the responsibility of the supplier to maintain the inventory status updated regularly. Amazon expects the suppliers to provide [...]

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TPSynergy wins 2017 Great User Experience and Rising Star Awards

Best Ecommerce Software Finance Online reviews best Ecommerce applications in terms of Ease of use, user adoption and business benefits. Finance Online reviews various E commerce supply chain platform in terms ofSophisticated search facilities that make it simple for shoppers to find the services or products they need. The capability to list new products complete with feature lists, descriptions, and pictures, categorize them conveniently, and update them when required. Complete automation of the checkout process including accurate calculation of pricing, taxes, and [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central Fulfillment Centers

When Amazon sends EDI orders, they only provide the fulfillment center codes and not the full address. Here is the current fulfillment center codes and their address. You may need to confirm the address by referring to North American Fulfillment center address in the vendor central resource section. But this list can be a ready reference. EWR6 Amazon.com.dedc LLC 275 Omar Avenue Avenel NJ-07001-2240 EWR7 Amazon.com.dedc LLC 275 Omar Avenue Avenel NJ-07001-2240 BWI2 Amazon.com.dedc LLC 2010 Broening Hwy Baltimore MD-21224 SEA8 Amazon.com.kydc, LLC 1227 124th Ave NE Building 2 Bellevue WA-98004 ABE2 Amazon.com dedc, Inc 705 Boulder Drive Breinigsville PA-18031-1533 ABE3 Amazon.com.dedc, LLC 650 Boulder Drive Breinigsville PA-18031-1536 PHL4 Amazon.com.dedc, LLC 21 Roadway [...]

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