Before you start a new Live batch you should ALWAYS click on Sync Shipments in the Working Shipment area of the List>List & Prep page to make sure Stratify has the most up-to-date shipment information. Neglecting to do this step can result in the items in the new batch being added to shipments that are already shipped out.
Make sure that any shipments in your Seller Central Shipping Queue that you do not want to add to are in “Shipped” “In Transit”, “Receiving”, or “Closed” status. If there are shipments in “Working” or “Ready To Ship” status, items from your new batch may be added to them.
Once your Working Shipments window looks correct, you can now start a new Live batch.
Note: Currently, Amazon marks shipments as "Shipped" with the first scan from the carrier. If you have shipments still in "Working" or "Ready to Ship" status that you do not want to add additional items to, be sure to list in a Private batch instead of a Live batch.
To begin a Live batch, click the List tab and select List & Prep from the menu.
Click the green New Batch button.
After clicking the New Batch button, the screen below will appear and you will need to make some selections for your batch:
Batch Name – Default is the date and time you are opening the batch. You may choose to customize it based on supplier, contents, etc.
Buy List Options - Note: You cannot upload a buy list for a Live batch. If you do, it will change to a Private batch.
Ship From – You can choose your Ship From address here. The default address will be displayed. If you have more than one address in settings and wish to change to one of the secondary addresses, click "Ship from another address" for a menu of address choices. In the drop-down, you'll also have the option to add a new address that will save to your settings as well.
Packing Type – Indicate if your batch is individually packed items or case pack items.
Channel – Note: You can only list in the FBA fulfillment channel when using the Live workflow. If you choose Merchant Fulfilled (MFN) it will change to a Private batch.
Workflow Type – Clicking on this allows you to decide which workflow to use for the batch. Your choices are Private or Live. To learn more about the workflow options, please see Which Workflow Should I Choose? You cannot change between Private and Live once the batch has been created. In this case, you will choose Live.
Labeling Preferences – Choose if you would like to label your items, or if you want Amazon to label them. (Make sure your Amazon Seller Central settings are the same!)
Note: By default, Amazon will set your account to have a commingling (also known as FBA virtual tracking or NO_LABEL) setting turned On. For information on this setting, please see Amazon's Help Page.
If you’d prefer to label all of your items yourself, please check out this article to turn off this setting before you start your batch.
If your settings are NO_LABEL when you add your first item to a batch, you will be notified and prompted to change the setting if necessary.
If you choose to update your preference, you will be taken to the barcode settings page in Seller Central. Once you change the setting and return to InventoryLab, a new SELLER_LABEL MSKU will be created once you choose to add it to your batch. If you continue as commingled, your item will add to your batch as NO_LABEL.
Provide Box Content – As of shipments being received on November 1, 2016, Amazon began charging per item if you do not provide Box Content information for your shipments. InventoryLab has built this feature right into your workflow to make this process as easy as possible. To activate this feature, make sure the dropdown box has "On" selected.
Min/Max Preferences - Choose whether you would like to capture min/max prices for items added to the batch. You have a choice of "Do not capture", "Send to Amazon", or "Save to InventoryLab." For more information, see Entering Min/Max Pricing
Shipping Method - Choose whether you plan to create the shipment as a Small Parcel Delivery (SPD) or a Less than Truckload (LTL) shipment. This does not allow you to choose which one you are using - that has to be done in Seller Central - but it allows you to be able to create the correct amount of boxes needed for each option. SPD has a box limit of 200 boxes. For information on listing LTL with Stratify, please see How to List a Pallet Shipment
Box Auto Assign - If Box Content is turned On, choose whether you would like your items to auto-assign to boxes after adding them to your batch.
Once you've made all your selections, click the blue Create button.