The Power of the Manage FBA Inventory Report: Archive

Manage FBA Inventory Report

A Comprehensive Guide to Optimizing Inventory Management and Boosting Profits on Amazon

The “Manage FBA Inventory Report: Archive” provides valuable information for Amazon sellers to help drive growth and profit through effective inventory management.

Why Use The Manage FBA Inventory Report: Archive?

The report provides listing, condition, disposition, and quantity information to help Amazon sellers with day-to-day inventory management tasks, including listings that have been archived.

Here’s how sellers can use the data in this report:

  • Inventory Planning: Sellers can use the SKU, FNSKU, and ASIN information to identify and track specific products within their inventory. This helps them plan which products to focus on and which may need attention.
  • Condition Monitoring: The “condition” field indicates whether products are listed as new or used-good. Sellers can assess the condition of their inventory and make pricing and restocking decisions accordingly.
  • Pricing Strategy: Sellers can review their current selling prices (“your-price”) and adjust them based on market conditions and competition. Pricing optimization can lead to increased sales and profits.
  • Fulfillment Method: The “mfn-listing-exists” and “afn-listing-exists” fields help sellers identify whether products are listed for fulfillment by themselves or by Amazon (Fulfillment by Amazon). Sellers can evaluate which fulfillment method is more cost-effective and convenient for each SKU.
  • Inventory Levels: Sellers can monitor the “afn-warehouse-quantity” and “afn-fulfillable-quantity” to ensure they have sufficient stock in Amazon fulfillment centers to meet customer demand. Maintaining optimal inventory levels prevents running out of stock or incurring storage fees for excess inventory.
  • Unsellable Inventory: The “afn-unsellable-quantity” field provides insight into the number of unsellable units. Sellers can investigate why these units are unsellable and take corrective actions, such as removing damaged items.
  • Reserved Inventory: Sellers can keep track of the “afn-reserved-quantity” to understand how many units are currently being processed, packed, or reserved for internal purposes. This helps in estimating when these units will become available for sale again.
  • Total Inventory: The “afn-total-quantity” field gives an overview of the inventory units across various stages, including warehouse stock, inbound shipments, and more. Sellers can use this to assess the overall health of their inventory.
  • Inbound Shipment Tracking: Information about inbound shipments, such as “afn-inbound-working-quantity” and “afn-inbound-shipped-quantity,” helps sellers track the progress of their shipments to Amazon fulfillment centers and ensures timely availability.
  • Future Supply: Sellers can plan for future inventory replenishment by considering “afn-future-supply-buyable” units available for customers to buy while inventory is in transit. They can also monitor “afn-reserved-future-supply” units, which customers have pre-purchased.

This report shows that Amazon sellers can make informed decisions about pricing, restocking, managing inventory health, and optimizing their overall FBA strategy. This can lead to improved sales, reduced storage costs, and increased profitability on the Amazon platform.

What Report Fields Are Included In The Manage FBA Inventory Report?

  • SKU (Stock Keeping Unit): Unique identifiers for your products comprising letters or numbers (e.g., AB-8675309).
  • FNSKU (Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit): Unique IDs assigned by Amazon to products stored and fulfilled from Amazon’s centers (e.g., X00000E5TX).
  • ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number): Amazon’s 10-character code for identifying items (e.g., B003ZYF3LO).
  • Product Name: The title of your product (e.g., Toysmith Nonstick Bakeware Set).
  • Condition: Indicates whether the product is new or used (e.g., New or Used-Good).
  • Your Price: Your current selling price (e.g., $10.25).
  • MFN Listing Exists: Indicates if the product is listed for fulfillment by you as the seller (e.g., Yes).
  • MFN Fulfillable Quantity: The quantity in your fulfillment network available for picking, packing, and shipping (e.g., 10).
  • AFN Listing Exists: Indicates if the item is listed for Fulfillment by Amazon (e.g., Yes).
  • AFN Warehouse Quantity: Units for an SKU in Amazon fulfillment centers that have been processed (e.g., 35).
  • AFN Fulfillable Quantity: Units in Amazon fulfillment centers ready to be picked, packed, and shipped (e.g., 20).
  • AFN Unsellable Quantity: Units in Amazon fulfillment centers in unsellable condition (e.g., 5).
  • AFN Reserved Quantity: Units in Amazon fulfillment centers being processed, packed, or sidelined (e.g., 10).
  • AFN Total Quantity: The overall units for an SKU in inbound shipments or Amazon fulfillment centers (e.g., 55).
  • Per-Unit Volume: Volume per unit (e.g., 0.23).
  • AFN Inbound Working Quantity: Units in inbound shipments you’ve notified Amazon about (e.g., 10).
  • AFN Inbound Shipped Quantity: Units in shipments with notification and tracking numbers (e.g., 5).
  • AFN Inbound Receiving Quantity: Units at Amazon fulfillment centers for processing (e.g., 5).
  • AFN Researching Quantity: Units under research at Amazon fulfillment centers (not exceeding 30 days) (e.g., 1).
  • AFN Future Supply Buyable: Units available for customers while in transit to Amazon centers via In-Stock Head Start (e.g., 10).
  • AFN Reserved Future Supply: Units pre-purchased by customers while in transit via In-Stock Head Start (e.g., 5).

Why are my items being researched?

There is a newer inventory classification on the Manage FBA inventory and Manage FBA Inventory — Archived report called “Researching.” This represents the misplaced or fulfillment-center-damaged inventory that is actively being confirmed at our fulfillment centers.

The research process is limited to a maximum duration of 30 days. After the inventory under investigation has either been reimbursed or the 30-day timeframe has passed, you will find the corresponding adjustment reflected in the detailed view of the Inventory ledger report. For inventory adjustments made after March 19, 2021, there is no need to wait for the full 30 days before filing a claim, as we now handle the 30-day research period on your behalf.

Unify Manage FBA Inventory Report: Archive Data

While you can manually download the report, automation and unifying this data is when you can create insights that drive growth and operational efficiency.

Automating the extraction and integration of the Amazon Manage FBA Inventory report data using the Amazon Selling Partner API, unifying it in a data warehouse or data lake, and leveraging BI tools like Tableau or Power BI for insights can streamline inventory management and provide valuable insights for Amazon sellers.

  • Amazon Selling Partner API Integration: No need to develop a script or application that utilizes the Amazon Selling Partner API to retrieve the Manage FBA Inventory report data. Openbridge has pre-built the Amazon SPAPI app for you.
  • Data Extraction and Transformation: Openbridge automates extracting the data from the API response in a structured format, such as JSON or CSV. We will transform the raw data into a standardized format easily ingested by your data warehouse or data lake. This includes data type conversions, cleaning, and formatting.
  • Data Warehousing or Data Lake: Openbridge unifies the data into a trusted, private data warehouse or data lake like Amazon Redshift, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, Google BigQuery, Snowflake, Azure Data Lake, and Amazon Athena, owned by you. Creating tables, views, and data structures in your data warehouse or data lake needed to accommodate the Amazon FBA inventory data is automated and fully-managed.
  • Data Integration and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load): No need to develop ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes to automate the regular extraction of Amazon FBA inventory data from the API and load it into your data warehouse or data lake. Openbridge automates and schedules these ETL processes to run at predefined intervals (e.g., hourly, daily or weekly).
  • Data Unification: Openbridge will unify the Amazon FBA inventory data with other relevant data sources, such as sales, advertising, and marketing data, when needed. This creates a comprehensive, unified dataset for analysis.
  • BI Tool Integration: Unified data simplifies connecting your chosen BI tool (e.g., Google Data Studio, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Looker, or Amazon Quicksight) to your data warehouse or data lake. These tools offer easy integration to kickstart your insights efforts.
  • Data Visualization and Analysis: Create dashboards, reports, and visualizations in your BI tool to analyze the unified Amazon FBA inventory data. You can use the data to gain insights into product performance, inventory levels, pricing strategies, etc. Set up parameters and filters in your BI tool to allow users to customize their analyses based on specific criteria.
  • Automation and Alerts: Implement automation to generate alerts or notifications when specific inventory conditions are met. For example, you can set up alerts for low inventory levels or when unsellable inventory exceeds a certain threshold.
  • Regular Maintenance and Monitoring: Continuously monitor the data integration and ETL processes to ensure data accuracy and reliability. Regularly update and expand your data warehouse or data lake to accommodate new data sources or additional historical data.
  • Data Governance and Security: Implement data governance practices to ensure data quality, security, and compliance with relevant regulations, especially if sensitive customer data is involved.

By automating this process and utilizing BI tools, Amazon sellers can gain real-time insights into their FBA inventory, make data-driven decisions, optimize inventory management, and drive growth and profit on the Amazon platform.

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