With the launch of PREP & SHIP, we introduced support for purchase orders as a means of organizing the receipt of inventory seperately and as a source for shipment batches. Understanding the structure of purchase orders and batches is critical to your success with our software.

Purchase Orders vs. Batches

Purchase Order

A purchase order (PO) contains a list of ordered items, which need to be shipping inbound to FBA. POs track whether the items is received in full, has missing or damaged,  or excess quantity as well as indicating other important fields such as Cost, selling Price, and expiration dates. You can import items received into shipment batches under the Prep & Ship menu. The use of POs is optional.


A batch is a grouping of products to inbound to FBA. Batches can be created with items received in 1 or morepurchase orders, from individual scanned items, or imported from Inventory, a Spreadsheet, or the Buylist.  When items are added to the batch, ScanPower automatically requests a shipping plan and previews the Fulfillment Center destination.

Creating a New Purchase Order 

  1. Be sure you have selected a ship-from location. You cannot create a PO or batch without having a location selected.
  2. Select the "+" indicated by the red arrow in the illustration above to open the new batch/PO . From here, you may create a new PO or batch by selecting the "+" next to Purchase Order or Batch respectively.  
  3. You may edit the names of the POs or batches or add tags to either by selecting the "edit" box next to the PO or batch name.