The very first thought of integrating Amazon with Shopify is just not a by pass idea to facilitate your shipping services with Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment. Instead, it is a universally accepted solution by modern eCommerce businesses to overcome the problem of all the three ‘I’ s in managing their businesses. Inventory, infrastructure and information.
The inventory management is a crucial issue when carrying out a shipping of an order. eCommerce store owner resorts to manage its inventory for B2B and B2C operations, where, one is pallet based activity, while, other one is units based activities managed by a single SKU number and further segregated by serial numbers. While using separate inventory management systems for distinct business processes, a seller becomes unable to see real-time view into all inventory items either in distribution centers or in the stores.
eCommerce stores with huge number of orders everyday faces setup requirement for fulfilling their daily number of orders. The bulk distribution system demands within a warehouse requires racking built for pallets and cases, forklift trucks to move those units, large spaces for placing freight.
In situations like bulk distribution of goods under eCommerce fulfillment on two different information systems. However, Multi-Channel Fulfillment on a single system requires an effective method to meet the EDI requirement of large retailers.
Therefore, Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment for Shopify Amazon integration offers the best practices of three ‘I’ of inventory. It offers one master inventory for all sales channel, fulfill B2B and B2C orders from the same warehouse and inventory pool and a single information system to manage inventory for all channels. Moreover, its broader network helps to keep the cost of Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment fees to be low.
Considering above mentioned three I of a fulfillment process lets investigate how Amazon multi channel fulfillment helps a business to optimize its inventory, fulfillment and order management.
Amazon Marketplace Benefits Offered to a Seller
Amazon having an extensive market base offered to sellers also facilitates fulfillment services that are unmatched, especially, with respect its fulfillment centers spread wide across different countries. Whereas, FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) offers the packing and shipping services for the respective geographic marketplace of Amazon. Along with FBA by Amazon its Multi Channel Fulfillment services allows Shopify, a third party retailer to take service of Amazon FBA to ship its order through Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment in market places like Canada, USA, Japan, England, Germany, Australia, NewZeland and France and others.
What a Shopify store owner has to do is only sync his orders and inventory to Amazon FBA through Auto Multi-Channel Fulfillment apps provided by third party developers. With Amazon MCF, a Shopify seller is not required to worry about fulfillment related services, as storing, picking, shipping, tracking all is done eCommerce experienced competent Amazon staff. And, in addition Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment fee are the most competitive in the market.
Benefits of Shopify Store While Opting for Amazon MCF Services
Choosing Shopify as an eCommerce retailer platform end a seller’s over-reliance on Amazon to generate sales and saves him money as well, otherwise, paid by him in form of huge referral fee for every sale made by him on Amazon. With Shopify a seller first of all is not required to pay referral fee at all and can keep it’s brand identity intact. Due to Amazon’s pre- defined rules it is impossible for a seller to brand on Amazon.
Moreover, a seller with an eCommerce store on Shopify is not required to worry about losing business on Amazon due to the frequently changing business policies. The store setup of Amazon is quite fair and easy in comparison to other eCommerce platforms. It takes just a few hours to complete the basic setup and launch the store.
What does a seller requires to establish Integration with Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment ?
In order to integrate Amazon FBA and Shopify store to fulfill orders, automatically, through Amazon Multi Channel Fulfillment, a seller is required following user facilities and accounts.
- Amazon Professional Seller Account: For integration, one should have Amazon professional account that charges $39.99 for a seller and other selling fees on the basis of category selected
- Amazon Marketplaces: This depends on the account either for USA and Canada on the basis of set currency. USD for USA or CAD for Canada.
- Product Information: There should be product information at hand for uploading the product on Shopify store. The necessary information requires steps like ASINs, SKUs, UPCs or EANs and other important product attributes.
- Shopify Store: No need to mention, a seller first of all requires a Shopify store. Existing stores can have needed customization for the integration. A new seller on Shopify can begin with a 14-day trial with steps like store name, logo, domain, business address and phone number, TIN or EIN, bank account, and page content.
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