Why keeping a “book sourcing log” is one of the best things I’ve done to improve my Amazon inventory sourcing
What is a book sourcing log?
One of the best advancements I made on the book sourcing side of my Amazon FBA business is to maintain a source log.
What is a “book sourcing log”? Answer: A list of every FBA inventory source within a 45 min radius of my house, and a record of my last visit there.
It’s a simple document I made on my computer, printed out, and keep in a binder.
Why a book sourcing log is so helpful
Often I consider going to a familiar FBA inventory source without being able to remember the last time I was there.
Naturally I like to pace out my visits to book sources evenly, allowing time for fresh inventory to come in so I’m not going over my own leftovers.
A sourcing log solves this problem: Allowing me to see all my book sources at a glance, along with the last time I was there.
Each book source gets its own sheet of paper where I write down three things:
- Source info (name, address, type of source, etc)
- Date of last visit (the primary purpose of the log)
- Notes (anything I deem relevant: names of helpful employees at this book source, etc)
How I organize my sourcing log binder
I have mine divided by “book sourcing routes” of anywhere from 2 to 10 sources each. A “route” being a cluster of sources either near each other of on a linear path that I can conceivably visit in a single day. When I decide on a source to visit, I can see all other sources I should visit that day.
(I also have a Google map saved for this, but that’s another article…)
At a glance, I can see the last time I visited a book source, and assess either if enough time has elapsed to warrant a return visit (I like to allow 3 or more weeks). I can also see if I’m not going to a book source often enough.
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My book sourcing log has been an incredible boost in removing mental clutter and being able to identify quickly where my attention is needed. It eliminates the often lengthy morning list-building process before going out book for the day.