Should I use Restock from Supplier or Restock from Warehouse?
The answer to this question depends if you are shipping inventory into Amazon from your local warehouse or your supplier.
If you ship your products directly from your supplier into FBA, you would create a shipment in Restock from Supplier. If you are sending inventory from your local warehouse into Amazon, you would ideally use Restock from Warehouse.
Restock from Warehouse
To create a shipment from your local warehouse, you will first be prompted to upload your current warehouse inventory. Shipments can be made for only one warehouse location at a time, so only upload quantities from one warehouse for items you would like to add to this shipment. Items with uploaded inventory will be the only items displayed in the next step, inventory selection. It is not necessary to upload inventory for all active SKUs unless you would like to view all. Next, you will see all available information relative to warehouse lead times and restock suggestions for each SKU. You can then add quantities to your shipment, select the warehouse to ship from and submit the shipment to Amazon.
Restock from Supplier
When navigating to Restock from Supplier, first choose if you would like to view SKUs from a specific supplier or choose to view all. The image above is the information seen next, where you can modify product details, see restock recommendations and create your shipment. In the far right column is "Order Qty" where you enter the number of units you would like to send to Amazon for each item. You have the option of manually entering an order quantity or selecting the restock recommendation. After an order quantity has been entered for one item, a pop-up will prompt you to select a source supplier to initiate shipment creation. Afterwards, you can continue to add items, then select "Create FBA Shipment" when it is ready to be submitted to Amazon.
*Note: Shipments can be made from only one supplier at a time, be cautious when viewing all suppliers.
Restock Recommendations: In Restock from Supplier, you will see three different restock recommendations to choose from when creating a shipment.
Supplier Restock Recommendation will give you a recommended reorder quantity based on your supplier lead time and daily sales rate calculation.
Forecast Recommended Qty will give you a recommended reorder quantity based on your supplier lead time and the forecast data alone.
Warehouse Restock Recommendation is the same calculation you would find when creating a shipment in Restock by Warehouse. This recommendation is based on your warehouse lead times and daily sales rate calculation.
This is included in Restock from Supplier for ease of accessing all restock recommendation information. Also, you can create a shipment from your warehouse in this section through the same process as if ordering from a supplier, but it is not ideal. If using Restock from Supplier to ship from your local warehouse, updated warehouse quantities must be entered first for each item and the "Supplier" would need to be reassigned as the local warehouse.