- When to Use a Combined Warehouse
- Combined Warehouse Setup
- Forecasting with Combined Warehouses
- Create Purchase Orders Using Combined Warehouses
A Combined Warehouse can be created in Inventory Planner to calculate forecasted needs and replenishment recommendations using combined stock and/or sales from multiple locations. You can create multiple Combined Warehouses in the same account, and there are no extra fees associated with creating combined warehouses.
The Combined Warehouse is a Replenishment Warehouse - not a true physical location. When creating a purchase order using a combined warehouse, you will need to select a different warehouse as the true destination warehouse.
When to Use a Combined Warehouse
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 should be used for replenishment planning based on a "global" view of stock and/or sales information. Perhaps you must consider reserve stock before placing a purchase order for additional items, or conversely - perhaps there are multiple locations/warehouses pulling from the same stock. A combined warehouse ensures that the correct information is being considered to generate accurate forecasting and replenishment recommendations.
If you need to evaluate forecasting and replenishment for individual selling locations or warehouses, make sure to Enable them in your warehouse settings. Otherwise you can disable individual locations/warehouses if it's sufficient to include them in the combined warehouse view.
Note: you do not need to enable individual warehouses if it's sufficient to include them the combined warehouse configuration. Enabling individual locations impacts your pricing - as we look at the number of connections vs. the number of individual, enabled warehouses coming from connections (whichever is greater).
Combined Warehouse Setup
To set-up your combined warehouse, go to Account > Settings.
> Connections & Warehouses
If you need to evaluate forecasting and replenishment for individual selling locations or warehouses, make sure to Enable them in Account > Settings > Connections & Warehouses so they appear as selectable warehouses through Replenishment and Reporting. Otherwise you can disable individual locations/warehouses if it's sufficient to include them in the combined warehouse view.
Next click '+ New Combined Warehouse'.
Name your combined warehouse.
Use the + Add Warehouse button to define the locations you want to combine.
In the Combine Method column, select how you handle stock.
Warehouse settings can be configured to:
- Combine sales, stock, and purchase orders with another warehouses. Sales history (units sold), stock, and purchase order quantities will be summed up with other warehouses.
- Combine sales, ignore stock and purchase order for a warehouse. Unique products in this warehouse won't appear in the combined one. Select this option when fulfilling more than one 'warehouse' from the same stock. This ensures that stock will not be double-counted when calculating replenishment recommendations.
- Combine sales, share stock and purchase orders with another warehouse. Sales history (units sold is combined). The stock will be taken from the shared warehouse if any, otherwise it's taken from the current warehouse. Then the stock is combined with other locations. Purchase orders will be combined using the same logic as shared stock.
- Combine purchase orders and stock, ignore sales. Select this option when integrating with a warehouse management system that supplies accurate stock information but not sales order history. For example, if sales history is supplied by Shopify, but accurate stock information is supplied by an integration with ShipHero, then select this option for your combined warehouse.
- Combine purchase orders, ignore sales and stock. Select this option to strictly focus on incorporating purchase orders from an additional location (no sales or stock information), so that "on order" quantities remain accurate.
Finally, click Save Changes.
Forecasting with Combined Warehouses
Warehouses marked as Enabled in appear in the main Replenishment screen when "All Warehouses" is selected;
Enabled warehouses also appear in the the location dropdown in the top left;
In a Combined Warehouse a (?) icon appears next to stock and sales related metrics. Click this button to see how data breaks down by location.
Note: if an option was selected to "ignore" the stock (or sales) information from a specific location, they still appear in this view - but are not counted in the displayed amount on the main Replenishment table.
The Combined Warehouse is not a true, physical warehouse. This is a Replenishment Warehouse - intended for calculating forecasted needs and replenishment recommendations based on combined stock and/or sales from multiple locations.
Forecasts and Replenishment are created independently for a combined warehouse. Adjustments in a single warehouse do not impact forecasts or replenishment recommendations in a combined warehouse. If stock cannot be transferred or shared between warehouses to fulfill customer orders, you should create purchase orders using forecasts and replenishment for each individual location/warehouse instead.
Create Purchase Orders Using Combined Warehouses
The Combined Warehouse is a Replenishment Warehouse - not a true physical location. When creating a purchase order using a combined warehouse, you will need to select a true Destination Warehouse.
To set a default Destination Warehouse for Purchase Orders using a Combined Warehouse, go to Account > Settings > Connections & Warehouses and select the gear icon next to the Combined Warehouse to edit settings;
Use the "Default Destination Warehouse" dropdown to select the warehouse that should be used by default on future purchase orders using the combined warehouse.
Purchase Orders should be received and adjusted for the true destination warehouse where the new order will be received.