As an FBA merchant on the Amazon marketplace, you're constantly looking for more ways to streamline your workflow and manage your supply chain.
RestockPro is your resource for supply chain and workflow ease and clarity, from knowing what to order and when, to creating POs and managing shipments. That's why we have the prep guide. In conversations we've had with our super customers lately, we've realized some customers may not know about this feature. I'm here to tell you about it now!
Why Use a Prep Guide?
For the FBA seller, a prep guide eliminates any confusion that could occur where goods are being prepped - whether it happens at the Amazon FBA warehouse, at a prep center or in their own warehouse.
Giving crystal-clear, SKU-level instructions to prep staff will help make sure that everything is poly-bagged, packed, labeled and treated in the exact way it's supposed to be. If you use a prep center that is some distance away, you can't exactly go check that everything is prepped correctly every day. And, even if you spend every day in the warehouse with your staff, using prep guides internally are a great way to maintain quality assurance and train new staff.
How to Access the Prep Guide in RestockPro
It's easy to access the prep guide in RestockPro. Just place your order as usual. From any Shipment Details page in RestockPro, you'll have the option to print your stickers. Next to that, you'll see a .CSV drop down menu where you can access the prep guides.
The prep guide will download as a .CSV file on your computer. At that time, you can either use the data supplied by RestockPro (if you've included prep instructions in the product's information, it will be on the prep guide) or you can customize it. RestockPro is a great central repository for storing and communicating all sorts of information about SKUs. Documenting notes and instructions in the Prep Notes field keeps your prep details organized and easy to find.
RestockPro's option to customize the prep guide is especially helpful if you have exceptions such as: you're kitting some of the items for a particular holiday or promotion, or adding a special label for Memorial Day. Since the guide is in .CSV format, you can make it as detailed or as simple as you'd like.
RestockPro Is the FBA Merchant's Friend
eComEngine's smart inventory management tool is built for FBA sellers like you, from high-level margin estimations, accurate restock advice and full supply chain automation, down to a handy feature like the prep guide. RestockPro is here to help make your workflow easier.
Originally published on May 12, 2017, updated June 4, 2020
This post is accurate as of the date of publication. Some features and information may have changed due to product updates or Amazon policy changes.
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