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Amazon Handmade: Use inventory templates to upload products

You can use inventory template files to upload listings to Handmade in bulk. Handmade has a unique listing process that differs from other Amazon categories, so there are some differences to keep in mind.

  • Listing attributes:

    Global Trade Item Numbers (‘GTIN’): Because all products listed in Handmade are new unique listings, Global Trade Item Numbers such as UPC, EAN, JAN or ISBN are not required for Handmade products.

  • Amazon template instructions:

    Example tab: The Example tab does not apply to Handmade ASINs. Disregard this tab for Handmade listings.

List new Handmade ASINs using inventory templates

Note: Due to required customisations built into the listing process for our clothing and shoe categories, you will be unable to use inventory templates to upload items under these product types.

  1. Go to Add Products via Upload
  2. Under Step 1: Select the types of products you want to sell section, select Handmade Products from the Product Classifier menu and then continue on selecting until you run out of options.
    Note: There is no restriction on generating a single template that contains multiple Handmade product types. However, when you generate your template it will be based on what you selected here and will not include additional fields that may be required for other categories. This is why we recommend creating separate templates for each product type you are listing. For example, Baby in one file, Pet Supplies in another. That will ensure that you are providing and legally required or sensitive information needed for your items.
  3. Under Step 2: Select marketplaces, select the stores where you would like to list your products.
  4. Under Step 3: Select the type of template
    • For Template Language, select the template language of your choice.
    • For Mode, select Custom.
    • For Available Attribute Groups, add Images and Offer. If you are planning to sell your items via FBA, select FBA as well.
  5. Click on Generate Template .
  6. Open the template and save it to the location of your preference on whichever device you will be uploading the template from.
  7. With your template open, select the Template tab and update it with the information being requested. The following fields will always be mandatory:
    • Product Type: This will not auto-populate in the template field, but there is a drop-down selector where the product type you selected in the generation of your inventory file.
    • Seller SKU: SKU or Stock Keeping Unit is defined by you and can be any combination of alpha-number characters
    • Sub Category: This will not auto-populate in the template field, but there is a drop-down selector where the product type you selected in the generation of your inventory file.
    Note: Depending on the Product Type selected for your template, additional details may be required. Those additional required details will display in the template using the same colour as Product Type, Seller SKU and Sub Category. For more information on filling in your template, go to How do I fill in a Template?.
  8. Navigate back to Add Products via Upload and select the Upload your Inventory File tab. Follow instructions on screen to upload your inventory file template.
    Note: Once your items have been uploaded, you can review processing reports for instructions on identifying any potential inventory file upload errors.

    Uploaded ASINs are available in Manage Your Inventory and the Handmade 1x1 listing tool. If the quantity for your ASINs is greater than or equal to ‘1’, they are immediately buyable once they display in Seller Central. If your intent is to offer customisations, you will set the quantity to ‘0’, which will enable you to set up the customisations first before it is available in the Handmade store.

    Note: Images may not immediately display in Seller Central or the product detail page.

Product Customisations

You cannot add product customisation via inventory templates; however, you can create the basic listing first and add customisation details afterwards. Go to Amazon Handmade: Customisable products for more details.

Edit existing Handmade ASINs using inventory templates

You can edit your existing Handmade ASINs by using the Add Products via Upload tool. Follow the steps above to download a new Inventory File template, fill it in with the appropriate edits, and upload the new Inventory file to Seller Central.

Here, the update_delete attribute offers three options for Makers to update existing ASINs by SKU in inventory templates: Delete, PartialUpdate or Update (full).

  • Delete: Removes the selected SKUs.
  • PartialUpdate: Changes only SKU attribute cells where data is entered.
  • Update (full): Overwrites all existing SKU attributes. If an attribute cell is left blank, selecting Update (full) will delete those attributes. Performing an Update (full) will also delete Customisations from existing SKUs. Only users experienced with inventory template functionality should perform an Update (full).

On the Handmade Inventory template, enter the relevant SKU for the product you want to update. Select the appropriate option under the previously mentioned update_delete attribute and enter the value you want to adjust. Once you have entered all relevant information, upload the template and allow the system up to 15 minutes for changes to display to your listings.

Downloading current inventory information

To facilitate access to the current product information, you have the option to generate a Report with your Inventory details, which you can then copy and paste to the Handmade Inventory template you will be using to edit the listings. To generate this report:


  1. In Seller Central, hover over Inventory and choose ‘Inventory Reports’ from the drop-down options.
  2. Select the type of Inventory report that best meets your needs for the items you want to edit.
  3. Click on the yellow ‘Request Report’ button for a .txt file to generate. You can select all of the information and copy it and paste it on an Excel file.

FAQ

When should I use the Inventory File Upload?

You should use the Inventory File Upload when you want to create or edit Handmade listings in bulk instead of using the 1x1 Add a Product tool.

Is this available for all Handmade categories?

You can use the Inventory File Upload feature for all categories, except the Handmade Clothing and Shoes categories. These are currently unavailable.

What is the ‘customizable_template_name’ attribute?

This attribute should only be used in the following situations:

  • When performing an Update (full) on an existing SKU:
    • Select the GuildCustomisation value from the customisable_template_name drop-down. This will preserve your existing customisations when performing an Update (full).
  • If you perform an unintended Update (full): This attribute will re-enable any deleted Customisations.
    • Enter the affected SKUs or use the existing template.
    • Select PartialUpdate under the update_delete attribute.
    • Select the GuildCustomisation value from the customisable_template_name drop-down.
    • Upload the inventory template file.

How do I tell from the template if I am listing in Handmade?

The attribute Product Type (feed_product_type) determines the category in which you are listing. Handmade Product Types are listed as guilds:

  • guildaccessories
  • guildbaby
  • guildbeautygrooming
  • guildhome
  • guildjewellery
  • guildpetsupplies
  • guildtoysandgames
You can tell that the subcategory chosen is within Handmade if Valid Values under the Summary of your selected products in Add Products via Upload starts with ‘handmade’; for example – handmade-engagement-rings.

Are products buyable once uploaded?

Once you have completed all the steps required, your items will be ready for purchase immediately once processed within Seller Central. If you do not want your products to be available immediately, set your Quantity to 0.

What are Lite, Advanced or Custom templates?

The Lite option contains ‘Required’ attributes associated with the selected products. ‘Required’ attributes are the minimum values necessary to create your product in the Amazon catalogue (for example, item_sku).

The Advanced option contains all attributes groups associated with the selected products. This option includes ‘Required’, ‘Preferred’ and ‘Optional’ attribute groups.

The Custom option allows you to choose attribute groups associated with the selected products that you can add to your template. This option includes the ‘Required’ attribute fields.

Can I transfer information from other websites?

Yes. If you have products listed on Etsy, for example, you can transfer some product details onto your Amazon Inventory File Template. For more information, go to Transfer product details from Etsy to Amazon Handmade.

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