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Inventory file templates

Individual sellers: This feature is only available to sellers with a Professional selling plan. Learn more by visiting Selling plan comparison.

Overview

An Inventory File Template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that contains multiple data columns for describing your products. Sellers use Inventory File Templates to upload listings to Amazon.

Most Inventory File Templates are designed for a specific product category. Additional templates are available to create or update listings in all categories, when the target products are already known in the Amazon catalog.

Category Specific Templates and Lite Templates

You can use these templates to list your products on Amazon. They help you to either create new product detail pages, or match to existing items in our catalogue. The templates contain detailed instructions and data definitions.

To create new listings quickly, you can get started using Lite Templates. These templates contain less columns because they are limited to the attributes that are essential for listing on Amazon. You always have the option to add additional product data to your listings at a later date using the Standard Template.

For detailed instructions on how to create an inventory file using the Inventory File Template, see Building Your Inventory File.

Inventory Loader and Listing Loader

If you intend to sell items which exist already in Amazon's catalog, you can use either the Inventory Loader or Listing Loader to assign your offers to these products. The Inventory Loader and Listing Loader are similar templates with slightly different uses:

  • The Inventory Loader allows you to enter shipping settings for media products (Books, Music, Video, DVD, usually referred to as "BMVD") with optional fields for expedited-shipping and will-ship-internationally.
  • The Listing Loader allows you to enter information for non-BMVD features, with optional fields such as "sale-start-date" and "is-gift-wrap-available".
Note: On February 28, 2020, Amazon made new versions of the Inventory Loader, Listing Loader, and Price & Quantity File available for download on Seller Central. Please download the new versions of the Inventory Loader, Listing Loader, and Price and Quantity File using the links below.

While the files below can be used by all sellers with a Professional selling plan, some files contain macros that can be used only by sellers with MWS credentials. The macros provide optional features that are not required to use the files. To obtain MWS credentials, you must be compliant with the requirements set forth in the Acceptable Use Policy and Data Protection Policy, described here. Note that the Upload File macro that was available in the legacy versions of the Listing Loader, Inventory Loader, and Price & Quantity File, is no longer available in the new versions of these files.

Browse Tree Guides

Browse Tree Guides (BTGs) contain information about our catalog structure and help to classify products correctly. They provide the same information as is exposed in the Product Classifier tool, but in list format. BTGs also contain required refinements for each listing and valid values. We use the refinements to improve the customer discovery experience. For example, the refinement "Cuff Type" is displayed to customers in the Men's Dress Shirt browse node, but not to customers in the Electronics node.

Note: If you are selling in more than one European marketplace, use the EU Browse Node Mapping table to easily find the corresponding Browse Nodes across all EU Marketplaces.

Category Style Guides

There are general requirements that are applicable to all categories. In addition, each category has slightly different listing requirements that sellers should follow. These requirements ensure your listings are displayed optimally on the website. For more information, consult the style guide for your category in the table below. (Style guides are not available for all categories. Where no style guide exists, refer to the general listing guidelines.)

General Templates (not category specific)

Template Name Use Case Use for
Inventory Loader To upload your inventory by assigning your offers to existing products in the Amazon catalog. Use for BMVD products (Books, Music, Video, DVD) including their shipping settings.
Listing Loader To upload your inventory by assigning your offers to existing products in the Amazon catalog. Use for non-media products, including the option to set sales prices or gift options.
Price & Quantity Update Update Prices and Quantities of items already listed in your seller account. Use for price and quantity updates of items already listed in your seller account.
Shipping Overrides Modify shipping settings for individual products in your seller account. Use only for non-media products as exceptions where the regular shipping settings in Seller Central are not sufficient.

Category Specific Inventory Templates

Note:
  • The Template Name values do not necessarily correspond to categories or product tabs on Amazon.
  • The Required column in the inventory file's data definition tab specifies which elements are mandatory and which are optional.
  • We recommend that you keep a back-up copy of your completed inventory file on your computer for future reference.
Standard Category-Specific Inventory File Templates

(Create new products with access to all detail attributes)

Browse Tree Guide - BTG

(Are you selling on more than one EU marketplace? Check our EU Browse Node Mapping table)

Style Guide (only available in German)

(PDF file)

Use for Approval Required
Alcoholic Beverages**

(Producttype: Beer, Wine, Spirits)

BTG Style Guide For example, beer, wine, spirits

To ensure that you only upload the appropriate product types, click here.

Yes, for further information see Grocery requirements

Automotive:

Car & Motorbike Parts and Accessories

Tyres and Wheels

Powersports Protective Wear

Motorcycles and Skooters
BTG Style Guide For example, Car and Motorcycle parts and accessories, tyres and rims, lubricants, protective wear, helmets, boots. No

Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies

Professional Health Care

Lab Supply

Industrial

Educational Supplies

Jan-San

BTG Style Guide Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies developed for professional use No
Toys Baby BTG Style Guide For example, beds, pushchairs, babyphones, pacifiers, diapers. Use the Clothing template for baby clothes.

To ensure that you only upload the appropriate product types, click here.

No
Home Improvement BTG Style Guide For example, DIY tools, building supplies,plumbing, work safety equipment. No
Homewares, Living & Decoration BTG Style Guide For example, pots, pans, tableware, furniture, home textiles, bedclothes etc. No
Beauty BTG Style Guide For example, fragrances, make up, hair care, shampoo, shower gel, etc.

To ensure that you only upload the appropriate product types, click here.

No
Apparel * ** BTG Style Guide Women, men, kids & baby clothing. Use the Shoes & Accessories Template for clothing accessories like belts or scarfs. Use the new Eyewear template for glasses. Yes, for further information see Clothing requirements
Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear* BTG Style Guide Eyewear is now separated from the Clothing category; e.g. sunglasses Yes, for further information see Clothing requirements
Lighting BTG Style Guide For example, indoor and outdoor lamps, light bulbs No
Books BTG

The Book Loader will either match your listing data to an existing product page in the Amazon catalogue or create a new product detail page if none exists. Instructions No. Please note that the sale of books in condition "new" will usually be covered by the German law on fixed book prices ("Gesetz über die Preisbindung für Bücher") and ensure that your listings comply with the relevant legal requirements. For further information see Offering Books in Condition New
Office BTG Style Guide For example, calculators, fax machines, copiers, printer cartridges, stationary, office furniture No
Computer and Software BTG Style Guide For example, computers, laptops, computer parts, tablets and tablet accessories. No
Health & Personal Care BTG

Style Guide Health & Personal Care

Style Guide Sexual Wellness

Health & Personal Care, Personal Care Appliances (electronic), Dietary Supplements, Sexual Wellness, Optics. See here for details.

To ensure that you only upload the appropriate product types, click here.

No
Consumer Electronics BTG Style Guide For example, TV, HiFi equipment, headphones, cameras. No
Large consumer electronics BTG Style Guide For example, Washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators No
Garden BTG Style Guide For example, flowers, plants, garden furniture, BBQ accessories, watering No
Pet supplies BTG Style Guide For example, pet food, dog leashes, rabbit hutches, aquarium accessories etc. No
Amazon Device Accessories

Not available Use this template to load your accessories for Amazon Devices like Kindles or Fire tablets. No
Luggage BTG Style Guide For example, travel bags, suitcases, satchels No
Kitchen and Household BTG Style Guide See here for details. No
Food & Beverages *

(Producttype: Food, Beverages)

EU Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers
BTG Style Guide For example, tea, coffee, pasta, spices, chocolate, snacks. Use the "Health & Personal Care" template for dietary supplements, vitamins, medicines

To ensure that you only upload the appropriate product types, click here.

No
Music

The Music Loader will either match your listing data to an existing product page in the Amazon catalogue or create a new product detail page if none exists. No
Musical Instruments BTG Style Guide For example, Instruments, DJ Equipment, PA No
Jewellery* ** BTG Style Guide

Yes, for further information see Jewellery requirements
Shoes & Accessories BTG Style Guide

No
Software BTG Style Guide

No
Toys BTG Style Guide

No
Sports BTG Style Guide See here for details. No
Video/DVD

The Video & DVD Loader will either match your listing data to an existing product page in the Amazon catalog or create a new product detail page if none exists. Instructions No
Video Games BTG Not available

No
Watches** BTG Style Guide

Yes, for further information see Watches Requirements
Product Compliance

Use to add information required as part of the EU laws regulating the sale of chemicals and dangerous substances. See Requirements
Disclaimer: *This document contains a non-exhaustive list of fields for you to complete to include information about the product you intend to sell. Please note that you are solely responsible for all product compliance, including all legal and tax requirements. If the fields in this document are insufficient to comply with these requirements or you want to provide more detailed information about your product, please use the Standard Template.

**Can only be used by pre-authorised merchants. See this page for more information.

Instructions for selecting the category specific file

To identify which category-specific inventory file to use, we recommend you to follow these steps:

  • Identify the classifications for the listings in your catalog using the Product Classifier tool. This produces a Product Classifier file.
  • Use the Product Classifier file to identify the inventory file template you will use to upload your listings and classifications.
  • When filling in required, preferred and optional values in an inventory file, please refer to the instructions provided in the Inventory File Template as well as in the category specific Style Guide.

Instructions for downloading the file

We recommend you save the file to your computer and then open it using a spreadsheet program.

  • In your browser, right-click the link for the file you want from the list below.
  • When the pop-up menu appears, click Save Target As.
  • When the Save As dialogue box appears, choose a location on your computer, and then click Save.

For detailed instructions on how to create an inventory file using the Inventory File Template, see Building Your Inventory File.

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