Inventory Lab and Prep Center help

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    Mary

    Hey There Martin, I replied to your open case earlier so please feel free to write back if you still have any questions! We do not currently have a tutorial on this directly but I will reach out to our Customer learning and Development Team with your suggestion! 

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    Martin Goldberg

    Hi Mary, I’m trying to get all the Accounting benefits of IL, but handing over all shipment creation to my prep center (and them doing all that shipment stuff in Seller Central). So I was hoping to list the items in IL before the items actually arrive at the prep center (meaning just after I order the items) and then giving my prep center maximum control over all shipment creation. Even though I “listed” the items via IL, I was hoping to allow my prep center to have the ability to actually determine which listed items go into a shipment creation.

    So if I “list” all my items through Inv Lab (not creating an FBA shipment) so that, afterward my prep service can go into Seller Central to do everything having to do with create shipments, can my prep Service do that? Hope that kind of explain what I’m trying to do...

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    Mary

    Hey There Martin, That does make sense! Did you happen to reach out to your Prep center to see how they prefer to complete the workflow? Depending on where they wish to pick up the process we would be happy to respond with detailed steps, but we need a little more information on their workflow. You can list all the items, send the feeds, and then have your Prep Center create shipments and enter box contents in Seller Central or you can list the items in an open Batch, leave the batch open in InventoryLab and then have your prep center create shipments/enter box contents in InventoryLab and then complete the shipments in Seller Central.  Both are workflow options, we just need to know which you prefer in order to provide the detailed steps. 

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    Martin Goldberg

    Thanks! I’ll be checking with my prep center about it

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    Michael Carlino

    Hello, I like Martin are trying to Figuer out how to use inventory lab and my prep center. Currently my workflow in seller central is to create the whole shipment and then when I go to the final screen to print ship labels I share the shipment with the prep center to finish.

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    Vee

    Hey Michael. You can definitely use InventoryLab with your prep center! It all depends on what workflow works best for you. Will your prep center only work to finish up shipments or will they assign box content as well? Let us know how you plan on splitting up the process with them and we'll get some detailed steps out to you. 

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    Michael Carlino

    Let me walk you through my process.
    1. Select items in shipment and the number of units I am sending in.
    2. Set prep guidance and who preps(merchant).
    3. Under view shipments I select work shipment and then shAre shipment with my prep center.

    They print out all barcodes for the product and create shipping labels.

    Hope that helps.

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    Mary

    Hey There Michael, If your Prep center only has access to your Seller Central account you would want to create the batch within InventoryLab with our Box Content feature off. This will allow your Prep center to enter Box Contents within Seller Central and then print your shipping labels. If your prep center also has access to your InventoryLab account you can create batches with our Box Content option enabled, create your shipments and then let your prep center know that they can log into InventoryLab in order to enter Box Contents and print product labels. They would then log into Seller Central to finalize the shipments. Much of this is simply personal preference on how your Prep center wishes to handle these steps. 

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    Steve Silvestre

    Hello Mary,

    I received this note below from my prep center:

    Hello Steve

    On the seller central you should change the box content to web form not web feeds.
    I have no idea how web feeds works never had that used for box content but the web form i fill in and i know its completed.
    Thank you
    (She has access to IL  - I create the batches and I have box content enabled)
     
    I'm not sure why I do not have the option of disabling the 2D Barcodes below...as I believe this may play apart in this - Please see below:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    If I click on working shipments in Inventory Labs...it brings me to AZ SC "send inventory page below:
    Please see the ERROR box in red.  And no...it will not allow me to select "use web form" above the ERROR box.
     
    I hope some of this makes sense.   Please help ;)) . Thank you, Steve S.
     
     
     
     
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    Mary

    Hey There Steve, When you enable Box Contents within InventoryLab we must tell Amazon how this information will be provided so they autoselect the MWS option (which is how we transmit this information). Unfortunately after the fact Amazon does not let you select a different option if you have already elected to enter Box Contents within InventoryLab. If your prep center prefers to enter Box Contents within Seller Central you would want to turn off the Box Content feature when first starting your batch (you can also change the default of this under Settings>Advanced Settings). If there is a specific Shipment ID where you accidentally enabled Box Contents in InventoryLab and your Prep center needs it disabled to complete their workflow please open a case with support and we will see if we can help! :)

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