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March 18, 2010

Best Practices for Submitting Item Feeds

If you use feeds to update your product listings, there are a number of things you can do to decrease their processing time.

After the initial upload, you do not need to provide all product information in your feed, unless you are updating all aspects of your existing listing. If you intend to update only your prices and quantities, your feed will process more quickly if it doesn’t include any listing data you don’t wish to modify.

Feed data can be broken into four parts: Amazon Sign

  1. Price
  2. Inventory and lead time to ship
  3. Images
  4. Product Data and Relationship Data
     (description, bullet points, category, etc.)

To create Pricing and Inventory feeds, eliminate from your feed any product data that typically does not change (particularly Product, Relationship and Image information). You can maintain a separate feed that contains full product data which you can upload when that data changes. Below are the fields required for creation of Pricing and Inventory feeds:

  • sku, item-price, currency – this will update just your price (you can submit sale prices in this feed)
  • sku, quantity, leadtime-to-ship – this will updated your quantity; leadtime-to-ship must be included if the item does not have the default 1-2 day leadtime-to-ship

- Brent M.

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