Yesterday I sold baby clothes, popcorn makers, a kitchen towel set, a shower curtain, shoes & slippers, a screwdriver set and numerous toys. I know that because each time I check my sales, I also check my Pending Orders! This is what the pending orders report looks like:
What Are Pending Orders?
These are orders that aren’t ready to be shipped yet. According to Amazon’s pending orders page (sign-in required), common reasons for pending orders are:
- Amazon has been unable to obtain authorization for the buyer’s credit card.
- For an FBA order, the buyer has qualified for free shipping and the order is waiting for all of the order items to be gathered.
- For an FBA order, if the order is for multiple items but one item is out of stock, even if Amazon chooses to split the order and send the in-stock FBA Unit(s), the order will still show Pending status.
Because most of my pending orders go through, I tend to think of them as near-future money in the bank!
How to Check Your Pending Orders
It’s very easy to check your pending orders. You start by going into your Seller Central account and clicking on the “View your orders” link:
This leads you to the “Manage Orders” page and you’ll see a listing of your recent orders. However, depending on how your filters are set, you may or may not see your pending orders at this time.
Before I changed my filter, the report showed all of my orders (shipped & pending) for the last 3 days. I didn’t like it because then I had to manually count out how many pending orders that I had. Also 3 days is too short and I was missing some of my pendings.
As a side note, I usually don’t look at my shipped orders in Seller Central. Instead, I look at them inside of InventoryLab because then I can also see my net profit and ROI. But that’s just my preference and I’m not saying that you need to do the same.
Setting Up Your Pending Orders Filters
The next step is to click on the “Advanced Search” link.
This leads you to the “Advanced Order Search” page:
You can experiment with the different settings, but the above image shows how mine are setup.
*** Thank you T for showing me how to do this! 🙂
Once you’re happy with your settings, make it your default view by checking the box:
The next time that you view your orders, you’ll immediately see your favorite view! If you haven’t guessed, my favorite is the pending orders view.
Please let me know if you have any questions or additional tips by leaving a comment below or by finding me on Facebook.