August 23, 2018
Your inventory fulfillment lifecycle begins when product arrives at a fulfillment center and is received into inventory. This crucial first step sets the tone for inventory accuracy and operational success on the ground.
We’re excited to share our newly revamped Receiving Guide that dives into the nitty-gritty details and specifications of all inbound logistics points, helping set up your inventory for success.
Our global facilities experience high inbound and outbound volumes daily, so fine-tuned organization and operational procedures are essential. Our receiving process is designed to be methodical, repeatable and scalable, but even with a tight process success begins before inventory arrives at the warehouse dock. Following a few simple guidelines will help ensure the fulfillment cycle is trouble-free.
Plan Ahead. Be sure to send inventory well before reach reach your restocking minimums or you expect higher volumes due to a marketing campaign or sales push. Particularly keep in mind volumes needed to support holiday season sales and any warehouse closures by location. Peak inbound shipping occurs from September through November during which time many of our facilities require that delivery appointments be scheduled in advance. Taking these factors into account will avoid potential disruptions to product availability.
Let us know. To send product to our facilities you need to create an Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) in your Shipwire Platform. When tracking or BOL information is added to the ASN, it will push the inbound shipment information to our warehouses, allowing us to plan storage in advance. Learn how to optimize shipping through configuring your products in your Shipwire Product Catalog to best suit your needs.
Package and Label Correctly. Our facilities have specific requirements regarding barcodes, labels and packaging for all layers of your inbound shipment: pallets, master cases, inner packs and base products. Not only is this important for the safety of your inventory during shipping and storage, it’s also imperative to ensure the systematic intake of your inventory into our Warehouse Management System (WMS) and the Shipwire Platform. Noncompliant inbound shipments can incur labor fees to correct faults and will experience delays.
Cross Border Paperwork. Inventory must arrive clear of customs, duties and tariffs, with correct Importer of Record and Tax ID information. We strongly recommend that you work with a customs broker to minimize delays and help you navigate the inventory import process.
Coordinate Delivery. We suggest working with your freight forwarder to determine who will set up a delivery appointment for the inbound shipment. Note that each facility has different inbound delivery appointment criteria, and we plan labor and dock space to support incoming shipment based on those criteria. Please refer to our receiving guide for more information.
Following these tips and requirements allows the inbound operation to pre-assign storage locations, make better use of resources and move inventory as quickly and safely as possible. Efficiently prepared, quickly processed and properly accounted for, your products will move seamlessly through the inventory system and your customers will enjoy prompt and accurate order fulfillment.