Release Notes

Release 8 build 360, March 6, 2017

Overview of this release

This release features many enhancements to improve and extend Marketplace Reporting capabilities making it more useful than ever.  Many new reports, features, capabilities and enhancements have been added to this release.  This release boasts 7 new reports bringing the total to more than 100 reports and 14 Dashboards illuminating your Amazon sales.

The name for our Amazon Reporting Platform has been changed from Communique for Amazon to Marketplace Reporting for Amazon.  Our SEO guy explained Google would favor us with higher search rankings by using our domain name and page links in conjunction with our product name.  A keyword search initiated by a user is more likely to contain common words like “marketplace reporting” than “Communique” so using the new name is more likely to drive traffic to our website.  It’s a Google world and we are trying to live in it as best we can.

The following is a summary of significant enhancements and fixes for this release.  Not all improvements or fixes are listed.

General Enhancements or Fixes

  • Average Product Fees for various reports by default looks back for the last 90 days.
  • Band View reports headings are now bold and centered for easier reading.
  • Barcode, ASIN, UPC, FN SKU & EAN columns have been added to all relevant reports.
  • Data Export: Defaults to the documents directory or home path when saving to a file.  The user can still select any directory to save the file.
  • Data Filters: User selectable settings are save when existing and restore to those settings the next time the report is activated.  These settings are for the General tab only.  For reports with an Additional tab, those settings will be saved and restored.
  • Data Import: Shipments and Purchase Order importers have been added so you can import shipment data for orders and purchase order data for products.
  • Days out of Stock (DOOS) calculation for FBM takes into account if quantity is available at FBA.
  • Merge SKUs: In Products – Tools a Product Merge option was added so you can merge 2 or more SKUs and deactivate the old SKUs so they no longer display on reports.
  • Product Data Pages: Gross Margins, Sales Analysis, Period Analysis tabs were added to the data pages to provide additional product analysis.
  • Product Info Assignments: In Products – Tools a Product Info option was added so you can assign all products in the product explorer various info options en masse.
  • Quantity on Order (Qty OO) added to all FBA replenishment reports.
  • Quantity Total (Qty TOT) now features an ability to choose which fields to include in the total. Standard reports let you select to include Qty OO, Qty IT, Qty Resv as part of the total.  The user has control of these via the Additional filter tab.
  • Quantity in Transit (Qty IT) and Quantity Reserved (Qty Resv) columns added to all FBA reports.
  • Quantity in Transit (Qty IT) value no longer include the working quantity. The working quantity is ignore so this value is the quantity picked up from your warehouse en route to FBA.
  • Ship Fee column renamed to Shipping when the value is part of revenue. Avoid confusion with the actual ship fee paid to ship a FBM order.
  • Supplier Assignments: In Products -> Tools a supplier assignment option was added so you can assign all products in the product explorer to a supplier en masse.
  • Time on Hand (Time OH) and Time on Hand All (Time OHA) columns have been added to all replenishment reports to indicate how much time remaining before you are out of stock based on the current quantity and sales velocity. Time OHA includes on order (Qty OO), in transits (Qty IT), and reserved (Qty Resv);

Product Explorer

  • New Fields: New fields have been added to the product explorer to support FBA reserved inventory and FBA fee preview weight and dimension data.
  • New Columns: Brand, category, and FN SKU columns were added to the display for easier data analysis using these data elements.
  • Misc. Enhancements: Color highlighting has been added to both the Merchant and FBA fulfilled GM and GM % columns.

Product Data Import and Update

  • New Fields: New fields have been added to the product data import CatID and BrndID to support Category and Brand assignments.

New Reports

  • Cohorts – Daily Product Sales: This report can be found in the Orders -> Product Sales section.  This report provides a means to compare cohorts over a period of time.
  • Cohorts – Monthly Product Sales: This report can be found in the Orders -> Product Sales section.  This report provides a means to compare cohorts over a period of time.
  • Cohorts – Weekly Product Sales: This report can be found in the Orders -> Product Sales section.  This report provides a means to compare cohorts over a period of time.
  • Products Daily Sales Summary: This report can be found in the Orders -> Product Sales section.  This report provides a daily sales summary for products sold during the date range selected.
  • Product Analyzer: This report can be found both in the Product and FBA section.  This report has been overhauled and redone with more features and capabilities.  Several new dashboards have been added to this report.
  • Product Restocking: This report can be found both in the Product and FBA section.  This report is a new replenishment report designed to provide greater visibility into unit sales and velocities by period.  Use the new Velocity Weightings feature with this report to control how much influence each period has for determining sales velocity for a product.
  • Settlement Order Summary: This report can be found in the Settles section.  This report summarizes sales by data by order.
  • Settlement Order Summary by Item: This report can be found in the Settles section.  This report summarizes sales by data by product.

Other Report Enhancements & Fixes

  • Best Product Sellers
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Brands Monthly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Brands Weekly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Buyers Explorer
    • Ship Fee column renamed to Shipping.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Buyer Sales by Date
    • Removed Chart view since is not feasible when the results contain more than 100.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Brand Explorer.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Category Explorer.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Categories Monthly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Categories Weekly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Gross Margins ROI
    • Added ASIN & FN SKU columns to the report.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Markets Monthly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Markets Weekly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Order Data Feeds
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Order Missing Settlements
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Out of Stock with Sales: standard & FBA.
    • The Qty IT, Qty Resv, & Qty Tot columns color coded.
  • Price Floor Calculator
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Price Range Variance: standard and FBA.
    • Price & Price per Unit columns added to the report.
    • Color coded the Variance and Variance % columns.
  • Product Listing: standard & FBA.
    • Added EAN, Qty IT & Qty IR columns.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Product Monthly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Product Ranking: standard & FBA.
    • Color coded key columns within the Ranking section.
  • Product Replenishment: standard & FBA.
    • Additional tab added to the data filters. You can set Time OH color coding for priority and choose which quantities to include for you inventory Totals.
    • “Use Lead Days Only” option added to this report you. This option compels the report to use the Leads Days as set by the user and ignore any purchase orders.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Product Replenishment by FN SKU
    • Additional tab added to the data filters. You can set Time OH color coding for priority and choose which quantities to include for you inventory Totals.
  • Product Sales by Date
    • Added Barcode, EAN & UPC columns.
    • Color coded key columns
  • Product Turnover Rate: standard & FBA.
    • Color coded key columns
  • Product Weekly Sales Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Reorder Point Calculator
    • Added EAN, Barcode, UPC, & FN SKU columns to the report.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlement Accounting Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlement Data Feeds
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlements Missing Orders
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlement Order Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlement Product Summary
    • Resolved AV issue when report initially opens.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlements Refunds Missing Orders
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Settlement Refund Summary
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Slow Movers by Date: standard & FBA.
    • Added EAN, FN SKU & Qty Resv columns to the report.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Supplier Turnover Rate: standard & FBA.
    • Color coded key columns
  • Transaction Summary by Item
    • Added Supplier, Category, and Brand columns to the report.
    • Data Filters for this report include filters for Suppliers, Categories, and Brands.
  • Transaction Summary by Item
    • Added Adjustment type to the report.
  • Top Buyers
    • Issue with Days since resolved.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Top Product Sales
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Variance Sales by Product
    • Added Barcode, EAN, FN SKU & UPC columns.
    • Color coded key columns.
  • Zero Sales Listing: standard & FBA.
    • Added EAN column.
    • Color coded key columns.

Previous Releases


4.7 300 Released 7-10-2016

4.6 252 Released 1-4-2016

4.5 235 Released 9-2-2015

4.4 200 Released 7-1-2015

4.3 152 Released 5-16-2015

4.2 150 Released 4-20-2015

4.1 100 Released 9-16-2014