Category: Featured

AmDash Mobile — Sales and Inventory On the Go

Ever wanted to check sales or inventory on your phone?

Now You Can!

We recently released a mobile version of AmDash, customized specifically for smart phones.

This is just the beginning…

We have much more planned for the mobile version of AmDash (as well as the web version).

But it’s already too useful to not share with you.

Here’s where we started:

  • Quickly see today’s sales, both in total and by product.
  • Skip back through sales history by day, for the last month
  • Includes promo and PPC cost, for any day prior to today
  • View all inventory by product, and update “on hand” inventory
  • View profitability, by product, and totals by month (not pictured)

We have been using it and digging it, and I hope you do too.

How to access mobile AmDash:

On your phone’s browser, just go to: m.myAmDash.com

Save it to your homepage for easy access in the future!
(How to save to Home Page instructions)

What Next?

Thanks to everyone who filled out the mobile survey a few weeks ago. We used your input to help select our initial features, and will keep referring to it as we plan our next steps.

That said if you have a strong opinion as to the next thing you want added to the mobile version of AmDash please reply and let us know!

-Steve

New: Cost-Per-Unit Calculator, Product Details Page

We recently rolled out a new page in AmDash without announcing it. The reason for the secrecy is simply that we still have a lot more we want to add to this new page; still, it is already useful so it’s time to let folks know about it.

From the Dashboard page (or most any page with product thumbnails) click on the image to get to the new Product Details page.

Product Details Page

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We have plans to add much more to the summary section at top, as well as a couple of additional graphs such as BSR and profitability over time.

Cost-Per-Unit Calculator

Below the current graph, though, you’ll see an option to Create New Batch. Clicking this presents you with a built-in version of the CPU calculator we shared with the world here.

If you have all the info for a batch, you can quickly calculate your CPU and click “Save and Apply” to have AmDash start using that value in your profit estimates. If you are just starting a batch you may not have all the costs yet; you can still save this info as a Draft and come back later to finalize your numbers.

The bottom of the calculator also helps you track how long each product batch takes to produce and ship, to help you refine your re-order planning over time.

Check it out in your AmDash dashboard today!


Got ideas for making the Product Details page better? Let us know!

Inventory Page: On Order -> On Hand

The Inventory Page in AmDash helps you keep track of not only what is sitting at Amazon, but what is earlier in your supply chain as well.screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-27-15-am

 

When you place an order with your supplier, go ahead and update the “on hand” quantities for those SKUs, and overnight AmDash will update the reorder recommendations you see at the top of the screen.

What’s New?

Until today, when your order arrived you would have to manually change “on order” to zero and change “on hand” to whatever amount you just deleted.

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Well that’s just silly. So we fixed it!

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Now you can just click the little arrow between those two cells and we’ll move the “on order” amount over to “on hand” instantly.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make life more pleasant.

Free Cost-Per-Unit Calculator

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-12-56-22-pmUnderstanding Cost-Per-Unit

To fully understand your profitability, you need to know exactly how much each unit costs you to produce.

The value of your inventory, as recorded in your accounting, is based on the total amount it costs you to get units produced, packaged, and shipped to your warehouse.

When you sell on Amazon, you also want to know the cost (per unit) to not only get it to you, but to actually land it in Amazon’s warehouses.

(If you ship directly to Amazon, these two numbers will be the same.)

This is Cost-Per-Unit, also known as COGS (Cost of Goods Sold), and is what you enter into AmDash for each product in order to see extremely accurate profit estimates.

Easy (Free) Calculator

To make it easier to compute these values, we put together a simple calculator. Just put in a few values, and we’ll do the calculations and show you your exact CPU, both with and without re-shipping included.

The calculator is available for free on our website here.

 

Please share this free calculator with others! 

Quick Tip: Turn Off “Open Listings Report” Emails

Do you get an email every day (or perhaps even more than one) like this?

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AmDash, as well as some other third party systems, pulls some of the data from Amazon using their Reports API, which has the effect that Amazon sends you the above totally-unhelpful emails.

Good news — you can turn these off!

Here’s how.

1. Log in to Seller Central, go to to the Settings menu in the top right corner, and choose Notification Preferences.

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2. Scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page to the Reports section.

Click Edit for that section (on the right), then uncheck the box next to Open Listings Report.

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3. The “Edit” button has changed to a Save button — one more click there and you’re all set.

Whew! Nice to cut out one more bit of Spam, eh?

Product “Nicknames” in AmDash

One of the little but oh-so-nice features of AmDash is the ability to set product “nicknames”.

What are Nicknames, exactly?

We all know that despite Amazon’s recommendations it’s currently considered best practice to stuff a bunch of extra information and keywords into your product listing title.

You may have 3 products, for example, with titles like:

  • #1 rated garlic press for home and professional use · stainless steel · comes with new bag!
  • Garlic storage bin for home and professional use · stainless steel · money back guarantee!
  • #1 best garlic press for medical use · steel and black plastic · now with 10″ handle

When you’re viewing a page in Seller Central for these products, it takes time and effort to identify which one is which.

That’s why in AmDash you can add “nicknames”, so that on any page or in any of our notification emails you can simply see:

  • Garlic press – Steel
  • Garlic storage bin – 2016 version
  • Garlic press – Black plastic

Isn’t that so much better? Easy to scan and understand. Quicker to find the one you want to do something with.

What’s new?

Prior to today, to add nicknames you had to go to the Settings > Product Settings page. You can still do this, to edit all the information about your products at once; but now you can also just click the product name on the Dashboard and add a nickname directly.

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Wait, but will this change my Amazon listing?

No no no…. most certainly not.

We are just making things easier for you within AmDash (and our email reports). We understand that there are reasons for the long and potentially cluttered listing title, and adding a Nickname in AmDash doesn’t affect your listing in any way.

Your Turn...

Are you using product nicknames yet? If not, why?