A combined warehouse can be used to see total demand from more than one warehouse. A combined warehouse allows you to chose which warehouses to include to show total demand (sales information). You also specify which warehouse stock to consider.
The following scenarios are examples of merchants who might find a combined warehouse useful:
- Amazon sellers using a staging or overflow warehouse before forwarding inventory to an FBA (fulfilled by Amazon)warehouse. In this case, the extra warehouse is set up as an IP warehouse to show stock levels.
- Merchants with multiple locations or sales channels who want to see the total demand for products to order from overseas vendors.
- Stores selling both on their own domain and Amazon that want to see demand for different regions. In this case, Amazon US + Amazon CA + domain.com can be shown together. Then, Amazon GB (showing pan-EU demand) + domain.co.uk can be shown in a different combined warehouse.
- A merchant selling on their own domain and FBM (Amazon fulfilled by merchant). A combined warehouse is useful when these two sales channels fulfill orders from the same stock in the same physical warehouse.
Combined warehouses are used for replenishment when you need to know demand from more than one warehouse. You may want to know the total stock amount at more than one location so you don't over-order. Conversely, you may need to specify that two warehouse (using Inventory Planner terminology, which can mean two sales channels when selling) use the same stock to fulfill customer orders. A combined warehouse ensures that you're considering all stock you have on hand while not double-counting stock available to different warehouses.
Combined Warehouse Set-up
To set-up your combined warehouse, go to Account > Settings.
First check to see which warehouses are currently enabled. If you need to see demand for a specific location, click the corresponding box in the Enabled column.
Next click '+ New Combined Warehouse'.
Name your combined warehouse.
Then select which warehouse you want to combine.
In the Details column, select how you handle stock.
- Combine sales and stock will include both customer purchasing history (demand) and inventory available (stock) from this location.
- Combine sales, ignore stock will include customer purchasing history (demand) but not inventory available (stock) from this location. This should be selected when you fulfill orders from more than one warehouse from the same location. For example, Shopify and FBM orders are both fulfilled from this location.
- Combine sales, share stock with another warehouse will use inventory levels from the shared warehouse if any. If there is no inventory at the shared warehouse, then it's taken from the current warehouse. This should be selected when different variants are listed in two different warehouses (ie retail and wholesale options), while some variants are the same. With some variants listed on both channels, you want to be careful not to double could stock while ordering. Customer orders for these variants are fulfilled from the same physical location.
Finally, click Create.