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Custom and Category Inventory Files


We have improved the product listing experience, allowing you to customise your templates to list products from different categories together in one template.

If you have previously used the Category-specific and Standard Book Loader file templates, you will need to begin using the new Custom and Category Custom Inventory Files. Amazon will no longer accept older versions for creating or modifying listings. If you submit an old template, you will receive an error in your Processing Report. On the Monitor Upload Status tab within the Add Products via Upload page, you can download your previously submitted data in the newer version by clicking on the Download your submission in the updated template version beside your upload status.

Note: Inventory Loader, Listing Loader and Price and Quantity templates will not be affected by this change.

The new templates are in an Excel format and are regularly updated with the current listing requirements for Amazon. This ensures that you are able to provide all of the current required and optional information for each category and use new features. There are two options for using the new templates:

  1. Custom Inventory Files
    • These are customisable templates that you can tailor by selecting the categories and attribute groups that you need. All the selected categories are auto populated as a drop-down selection in the new template. To learn more about Custom Inventory Files, see the Create your inventory file template page.
  2. Category Custom Inventory Files
    • These are the updated version of the Category-specific inventory files featuring the full list of attributes for an entire category.
    • See the Inventory file templates page to download the templates.

Attributes and valid values

The new templates include new attributes and required fields. Attributes in the Custom Inventory File are generated based on the chosen category through the Product Classifier tool.

In addition, minor changes were made to the valid value options as Amazon periodically revises values to ensure that relevant and correct values are being shown.

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