What causes Shortages on amazon?

What Causes Shortages on Amazon Vendor Central?

Three main defects causing shortages:

  1. Supply Chain Defects
  2. Invoicing Defects
  3. Catalog Defects

What causes Shortages on amazon?

1. Supply Chain Defects

Possible causes for Supply chain defects:
    • Failed/rejected appointment: truck shipment failed to arrive or was rejected at the Fulfillment Center (FC).
    • No appointment: Amazon can’t find any delivery appointment linked to a specific Purchase order (PO).
Make sure:
    • The carrier arrives on schedule within the designated and properly loaded truck.
    • The carrier creates only one booking per delivery.
    • Deliveries meet the requirements of load guidelines and Hazmat product standards.
    • Cancel the Vendor Central purchase order if no appointment is confirmed and no units are shipped.
Additional causes for Supply chain defects could be:
    • No ASN submitted
    • Shipment Delay: Shipment arrived more than 14 days after the product was invoiced or the invoice became due
    • Incorrect Fulfillment center delivery
Make sure:
    • ASNs are provided for all shipments before reaching Amazon.
    • ASNs match the PO and the invoice and represent the content of the shipment.
    • Fulfillment centers are prepared to receive your shipments.

2. Invoicing Defects

Possible causes for Invoicing defects:
    • ASINs / POs have already been invoiced: this usually happens with multiple shipments for a single PO.
    • Canceled items have been invoiced: products are delivered for a canceled PO, which might be triggered by products that are not delivered within the delivery window.
Make sure:
    • The quantity invoiced is the same as the quantity ordered: if the shipment is divided up, please check your records to ensure the total quantity invoiced matches the ordered quantity.
    • Before submitting an invoice, the item has not been canceled in the PO.
    • The invoice is generated after packing and shipping out the products.
Additional causes for invoicing defects could be:
    • Products are not listed in PO: might be triggered by supplying a more recent product version compared to the version Amazon ordered.
Make sure:
    • The invoiced product is the same as the ordered product and EAN barcodes are mapped correctly.
    • The invoice can be processed; Utilize the Financial Scorecard to cross-check and correct invoices.

3. Catalogue Defects

Possible causes for Catalogue defects:
    • Incorrect units vs. pack quantities: product quantity and invoice costs do not match with the PO.
    • Multiple ASINs for a single product: The product ID on the invoice refers to 2 or more ASINs.
Make sure:
    • ASIN/ vendor level (case pack quantity & case pack barcode) attributes are correct in your catalog.
    • The barcode is correctly linked to only 1 ASIN: use EAN/GTIN or ASIN (not SKU) when possible. Correct any ID issues in the catalog and re-submit the invoice.
Additional causes for Catalogue defect could be:
    • Unrecognized product: The product ID on the invoice is not recognized in the catalog. It is crucial to identify all product IDs being invoiced to avoid shortages or mismatches.
Make sure:
    • Deliver and invoice in the same format: the same unit of measure and the same EAN codes for PO, ASN, and invoice.
    • The invoiced product ID is valid and without any mistype characters.

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