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Send/replenish inventory: Create a shipping plan in bulk

This page provides information about completing a bulk shipping plan in the Send/replenish inventory workflow using Microsoft Excel. If you are managing large quantities of inventory and want to create shipments to fulfillment centers easily, you can use the shipping plan file upload tool to create or update a shipping plan.

You can create bulk shipping plans by downloading a Microsoft Excel template, saving it in a tab-delimited .txt format and uploading it to Seller Central.

To get started, go to Upload shipping plan file and click Download template. If you have already uploaded a shipping plan and want to update it, click the Update shipping plan tab and download the template from that page.

Important: You must first create the listings for the products that you want to include in your shipping plan. For more information, go to FBA Inventory.

The templates

The shipping plan and update shipping plan templates have tabs with instructions, data definitions, examples, and blank spreadsheets for shipping individual products or case-packed products.

Tip: Create a plan that includes only one product to ensure that you've filled out the spreadsheet correctly and are able to upload it.

Create a bulk shipping plan

To create and upload your shipping plan:

  1. Review the instructions and data definitions. Individual products and case-packed products must be listed separately. For individual products, see the Create plan example and Create plan template tabs. For case-packed shipments, see the Case quantity example and Case quantity tabs.
  2. Fill out the spreadsheet. Fields with labels in bold text are required fields.
  3. Click File and then click Save As. Browse to the location where you want to save your file. In the File name text box, enter a name for your file. In the Save as type drop-down list, select Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt). Click Save.
  4. On the Upload shipping plan file page, under 2. Upload your create shipping plan file, click Choose file to locate your file and then click Open. Click Upload now to upload the completed shipping plan.
    Tip: We recommend keeping the file you uploaded for future reference.
  5. Under 3. Review file status and history, click Refresh to see the progress of the upload. After the upload is complete, review the report that is generated for any additional information, errors, or warnings. Two common errors are:
    • Invalid Merchant SKU. If the MSKU could not be found, it cannot be added to your shipment. Verify that the MSKU is correct in the spreadsheet.
    • Item added to shipment, but needs to be converted to Fulfillment by Amazon. The MSKU is set to Fulfilled by Merchant. The product is included in your shipping plan and can be shipped to Amazon, but the listing must be converted to Fulfilled by Amazon for it to be available for sale using FBA. For more information, go to List products for Fulfillment By Amazon.
  6. Go to the Shipping Queue and click the Shipping plans tab to find the shipment you created.

Update a bulk shipping plan

If you have already uploaded a bulk shipping plan and want to update it, click the Update shipping plan tab and download the template from that page.

To update your shipping plan:

  1. Review the instructions and data definitions. Individual products and case-packed products must be listed separately. For individual products, see the Example and Update inbound plan request tabs. For case-packed products, see the Case quantity example and Case quantity template tabs.
  2. Fill out the spreadsheet. Fields with labels in bold text are required fields. The shipping plan ID is available in the Shipping Queue. To modify the quantity, enter the adjusted total in the Quantity field. To remove a SKU from the shipping plan, enter DELETE in the Quantity field.
  3. Click File, and then click Save As. Browse to the location where you want to save your file. In the File name text box, enter a name for your file. In the Save as type drop-down list, select Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt). Click Save.
  4. On the Upload shipping plan file page, click Update shipping plan.
  5. Under 2. Upload your update shipping plan file, click Choose file to locate your file, and then click Open. Click Upload now to upload the updated plan.
    Tip: We recommend keeping the file you uploaded for future reference.
  6. Under 3. Review file status and history, click Refresh to see the progress of the upload. After the upload is complete, review the report that is generated for any additional information, errors or warnings. Two common errors are:
    • Invalid Merchant SKU. If the MSKU could not be found, it cannot added to your shipment. Verify that the MSKU is correct in the spreadsheet.
    • Item added to shipment, but needs to be converted to Fulfillment by Amazon. The MSKU is set to Fulfilled by Merchant. The product is included in your shipping plan and can be shipped to Amazon, but the listing must be converted to Fulfilled by Amazon for it to be available for sale using FBA. For more information, go to List products for Fulfillment by Amazon.

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