Carrier Appointment Request Portal User Manual for Carriers

Carrier Appointment Request Portal
User Manual for Carriers
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User Manual for Carriers
In an effort to improve supply-chain efficiencies, Amazon has launched the Carrier
Appointment Request Portal for carriers who have been engaged directly by Amazon vendors to
move freight to Amazon Fulfillment Centers.
This portal reduces the time taken by vendor-paid carriers to schedule appointments at
Amazon Fulfillment Centers (FCs) and provides a standard process for scheduling appointments to
any Amazon FC.
Process
Carriers to log on to http://transportation.amazon.com and review past appointments or schedule a
fresh appointment. Amazon systems then systematically schedules the freight and provides the carriers
a time and date for delivery of freight within a fixed turnaround time.
Navigation Workflow
In this document. we describe the steps to be followed by the carrier to schedule an appointment using
the Carrier Appointment Request Portal. We will illustrate the steps to be followed through screen shots
from the website.
Requesting an account
Carriers can request an account by logging onto the website and following the simple steps below:
•
Click on the link “Request New Account”
•
Fill in all the details. Pay particular attention to the field called “Standard Carrier Alpha Code”,
please provide your SCAC.
Amazon Transportation will authorize the user id after checking with the terminal.
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Screen 1: Requesting for a new account
Logging into the website
Carriers can logon to the website using the screen below:
Screen – 2: Logging into the website
After logging into the website, the carrier can provide the details and request for an appointment.
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Workflow Options
Once the carrier is logged onto the website, he/she is presented with a menu as shown below. The carrier
can choose to review past appointments or schedule a fresh appointment.
Screen – 3: Menu Options
In order to submit a request, the carrier should click on the “Submit request” option.
In order to review past appointments, carrier should click on the “Search Past Appointments” option.
Submitting an appointment request
Upon reaching the “Submit Request” screen, the carrier should provide all the details of the freight and
request for an appointment.
(a) PRO Number: Carrier should provide the appropriate PRO number for the shipments that will be
delivered
(b) BOL Number: Carrier should provide the BOL number given by the vendor in this field
(c) PO Number: Carrier should also provide all the PO numbers associated with that shipment in this
field
(d) Freight Details: Carrier should also provide the details of the freight that is being delivered.
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After filling all the details carrier can click on the submit button.
Screen – 4: Request Appointment
The portal requires the carrier to fill all the relevant details in this screen.
The carrier has to fill the details in this page and click on the “submit” button to submit the request to
Amazon.
Field
Trailer Number
ARN
PRO
Condition
9
optional, single value field
9
if provided, it must consist of at least 1 nonwhitespace character
9
can contain one or more spaces
9
optional, single value field
9
if provided, it must be a valid ARN known
to Amazon TRAN systems
9
mandatory, single value field
9
cannot contain any spaces (must be a single
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token)
BOL
Pallet Count
Carton Count
Unit Count
PO List
9
cannot be longer than 30 characters
9
optional, single value field
9
if provided, cannot contain any spaces
(must be a single token)
9
if provided, cannot be longer than 30
characters
9
optional, single value field
9
if provided, must be non-negative number
9
if provided and if "Palletized" is defined in
"Load Type:", then must be 1 or more
pallets
9
mandatory, single value field
9
must be a value 1 or greater
9
optional, single value field
9
if provided, must be non-negative number
9
mandatory, multi-value field (values
separated by space or comma), at least 1
value required
9
each PO ID must follow these rules:
9
it must be a valid PO known to Amazon
TRAN systems
9
PO's destination FC must match the
destination FC on the CARP form
9
PO must NOT be "closed"
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Screen - 5: Confirm Appointment
The portal then seeks a confirmation from the carrier that the data he/she provided is appropriate for the
appointment sought.
The carrier has to click on the submit button to confirm his appointment request to Amazon.
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Screen – 6:
The portal then provides full details of the appointment that can be printed for the carrier’s future
reference.
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The request for appointment is submitted to Amazon. The carrier will get a message that the appointment
request has been registered. At this point, the request will be provided with the dock clerk of the
fulfillment center where the appointment is sought. The dock clerk will in turn confirm the appointment
and the actual appointment details will be communicated to the carrier through the email address
specified while scheduling the appointment.
Important Note:
The carrier receives an acknowledgement of the request immediately from the portal. However, the
carrier will have to wait for the fulfillment center to revert to his request for appointment. The
confirmation email that a carrier receives once the appointment is confirmed is shown in Appendix -2.
The carrier can however check the status of the appointment in the portal itself. The appointment status is
“Pending confirmation” if the appointment has not been confirmed by the fulfillment center. The
appointment changes status to “Confirmed” when the fulfillment center grants an appointment to the
carrier.
Reviewing Appointments
Carrier can also review past appointments by clicking on the “Search Appointments” option in the menu
screen.
Upon providing the necessary details the website throws a list of appointments matching the condition.
The carrier can use this search option to review the details of past appointments as well as to know
appointments that he has scheduled with the Fulfillment Center.
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Screen -5: Search Appointment
Screen – 6: Appointments Results
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Managing errors
If an appointment that is being scheduled by the carrier contains any errors, the website will specify the
error message for that request in the request itself. Carriers will get to know of the error message
immediately when the data provided fails validation. For example, if the PO is invalid, the carrier will be
asked to recheck the PO or check the PO number with the vendor. A completely correct appointment
request will not generate any error message and the carrier will be automatically notified with an
acknowledgement when the data provided is accurate and valid. Please see Appendix 4 for a sample error
message.
Seeking Support
If the carrier faces a problem in using the website or has concerns about the appointment being provided,
the carrier can reach out for support in using this website by writing an email to carpsupport@amazon.com.
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APPENDIX -1: Dos & Don’ts
Do’s:
(a) Do provide all the POs in the appointment request
(b) Do provide the correct PRO(mandatory) and BOL as required in the portal
(c) Please note down the request id for your reference
(d) Do contact carp-support@amazon.com for any queries about the portal
(e) Do contact the fulfillment center if there is any exception to be handled such as change of
appointment date/time
(f) Do check with the vendor if the website indicates that the PO number is invalid
(g) If the carrier has to deliver an Amazon PO as well as the PO of an Amazon FBA customer (such as
Target, Bebe or Lacoste) the non-Amazon POs have to be delivered using separate PRO numbers.
(h) Please wait for the fulfillment center to revert to your request for appointment.
(i) Do check the status of the appointment in the portal. The appointment status is “Pending
confirmation” if the appointment has not been confirmed by the fulfillment center. The
appointment changes status to “Confirmed” when the fulfillment center grants an appointment to
the carrier.
Don’ts:
(a) Do not request for an appointment for the same freight through email or through the portal again
(b) Do not mix Amazon POs with non-Amazon POs in the same PRO
(c) Do not share your user id or password to any person
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APPENDIX -2: Appointment Confirmation Email Sample
Hello ABCD on behalf of WXZY, An appointment on September 23, 2009 12:30:00 PM EDT has been confirmed at Amazon.com's SDF1 Fulfillment Center for the shipment listed below. The appointment ID is 20381013. Please make sure you have the appointment ID ready when you show up for the appointment. If you have additional concerns or need assistance, please reply to this e‐mail or contact the Amazon.com Transportation Department at carp‐support@amazon.com. Thanks! Appointment Summary Fulfillment Center: SDF1 Inbound Shipment Appointment (ISA) ID: 20381013 Arrival Date: September 23, 2009 12:30:00 PM EDT Departure Date: September 23, 2009 1:00:00 PM EDT Door: 32.0 Shipments PRO: 838‐771393 BOL: 126965117 Pallet count: 1 Carton count: 70 POs: L7419309 Have a great day! Amazon.com Transportation Department 12 y
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APPENDIX -3: Appointment Re-scheduled Email Sample
Hello ABCD on behalf of WXZY, A confirmed appointment with appointment ID 20381013 on September 23, 2009 12:30:00 PM EDT at Amazon.com's SDF1 for the shipment listed below has been rescheduled. The new appointment ID is 20381013 and the appointment is on September 23, 2008 12:30:00 PM EDT. If you have additional concerns or need assistance, please reply to this e‐mail or contact the Amazon.com Transportation Department at carp‐support@amazon.com. Thanks! Appointment Summary Fulfillment Center: SDF1 Inbound Shipment Appointment (ISA) ID: 20381013 Arrival Date: September 23, 2008 12:30:00 PM EDT Departure Date: September 23, 2008 1:00:00 PM EDT Door: 32.0 Shipments PRO: 838‐771393 BOL: 126965117 Pallet count: 1 Carton count: 70 POs: L7419309 Have a great day! Amazon.com Transportation Department 13 y
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APPENDIX -4: Error message when the PO is invalid
The website will prompt the user to verify the PO number or validate it with the vendor.
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Disclaimer: Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates (“Amazon”) maintains this website solely to facilitate
scheduling of carrier appointments for deliveries to Amazon and you agree that you will not use this
website for any other purpose. Scheduled appointments do not constitute a legally binding obligation on
Amazon and you may not rely on such appointments, and Amazon assumes no liability or responsibility
for any such reliance. Amazon may cancel appointments at any time. This website is provided “as-is”
and Amazon makes no warranties or representations, express or implied, as to any information contained
in the website or the operation of the website. Communications with Amazon or its subsidiaries through
this website shall not constitute legal notice when such notice is required by law, rule, or regulation, nor
shall such communication be considered to be confidential for any purpose. Amazon hereby disclaims
liability for any claims, losses, demands, or damages of any kind whatsoever with regard to any
information, content, or services provided at this website, including but not limited to direct, indirect,
incidental, or consequential loss or damages, compensatory damages, loss of profits, or data, or
otherwise.
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