Entering items for OA as purchased then later assigning them to a batch

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    Angie

    Hey Robert! Although we don't have a streamlined process for this currently, one workaround we have seen some customers use is to create a Private batch for some of the inventory and use that as kind of an inventory control system. To do this, you would list your home inventory into a Private batch, which would not create working shipments in realtime like with a Live batch.  Please take a look here for more details:

    Which Workflow Should I Choose, Live or Private?

    You can make a batch for each ASIN if you wish, or combine them all into one batch and call it something that you will recognize as your home or ordered only inventory. For this example, let's say you call it 'Home Inventory' for lack of a better name. 

    Add all of the inventory you are going to be keeping out of Amazon, entering your cost, supplier, purchase date, etc. so that those are tied to the items. Once done, you can keep it open on the List & Prep page and as you send the items in, you would list them into a new batch to create shipments and then decrease the amount you have of each item in that Home Inventory batch. 

    Or, you can close the batch then when you are ready to ship some or all of the items from your order, you can restore as new so you don't have to enter the information in manually. This may be a good option to try since the ASINs wouldn't need to be re-entered this way. This page from our support portal shows you how to do this: 

    Create a New Batch From a Closed Batch

    As mentioned, we don't have a clean solution for this at the moment, but this may be worth a try to see if it helps with your current workflow. We are also looking at ways to incorporate this into our application as well as the suggestion to be able to combine batches, but we aren't quite there yet. When we're able to announce any details, it will be in our Newsletter, so please stay tuned!

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    Robert Ryan

    thanks for the follow up, this is what i started doing (actually creating an FBM batch just holding the info) and then having to manually enter it all into the FBA batch, it's just as my volume grows (i recently hired two VAs) it's taking more and more of my time.  I already have a full time job and am squeezing this in where I can, so anything that can be done to cut down on my time to do entry is a major benefit.  I'm glad to hear you're looking at a solution to this sort of situation.  However you implement it, as a holding area or as the ability to move items between batches, I'll take whatever you can provide.  Heck I like holding area for another reason, maybe you can keep replens there and just copy them into an existing batch each time you get a replen, rather than have to search for it.  Many of my items don't have valid UPCs so I can't just scan them.  

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    Don Carder

    I use RevSeller in Amazon to export the purchase info into a spresdsheet. This spreadsheet can then be imported to IL.

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