If you haven’t had an Amazon emergency happen to your account, count yourself lucky. But don’t count yourself risk-free. Emergencies can come out of nowhere and wipe your listings. Don’t believe us?
We’ve seen dozens of emergencies—ranging from account hacks to Amazon delistings to suppliers shutting down.
Some emergencies can be especially painful for sellers that have dozens or hundreds of listings. Imagine them all going down. Pretty doomsday scenario though right? Maybe. But we’d still rather be safe than sorry. Wouldn’t you?
How long would it take you to get everything back up as it was?
If the answer is above is more than a few minutes (an hour, max), you’re doing it wrong. You should be able to get listings back up right away.
You need to get your inventory into a flat file backup using our template. Not having this puts your business at a risk you cannot afford.
It could leave cash on the table or your brand at risk of losing repeat or consistent customers.
Get your listings in order and get them in a back-up. Save yourself from having to face these circumstances.
How do you do it?
Follow these steps.
Let’s start with the basics.
Amazon offers two methods for listing your products: Add a Product and inventory file templates.
- 1Add a Product – Interactive listing tool that guides you through the process of adding and maintaining your inventory.
- 2Inventory File Template – Tab-delimited text files that include the necessary information to list your products
How to Add Product Using Inventory File Template
We recommend everyone use an Inventory (“Flat”) File Template and Back-up system. While the ‘Add A Product’ feature makes it easy to get things uploaded, it means there’s no hard copy or record of your listings. If Amazon decides to shut you out, you may never recover that information.
Also, you want to add multiple product listings at the same time, you can do so using inventory file templates. This template is a tab-delimited text file (.txt) that include all of the information that you need to list your products on Amazon.
What Do I Need To Do Before Using Inventory Files?
You’ll need a few things ready to make your inventory file before you upload it to list your products. Here’s what you’ll need to get ready:
Once you’ve made this, you’ll upload your file. Your inventory will then reflect on these pages to create offerings for buyers. If there is insufficient information to match to existing pages or create new pages, you will receive an error message in the processing report following your upload.
How To Add Your Inventory File Into Amazon
We built an entire SOP around how to upload and maintain your inventory file. We’re giving that SOP away for free here!
And not just that this SOP, but we’re adding in TEN more SOPs on what we think EVERY Amazon seller needs to be using. These are the SOPs we use in our Foundation ‘Done With You’ Package where we help Amazon sellers set up the organizational necessities they’ll need to scale, grow, become more profitable, or sell their business.
Get our step by step guide to Inventory File uploads and back-ups here, along with the other SOPs.