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Shopping Providers Recommended Inventory File Content

When listing to Comparison Shopping Sites you will be required to send the required data designated by each provider. The table below outlines the fields required for some of the most popular providers. For a full list of fields that are required and accepted you will need to visit each site to obtain this information.

To learn about the various formats available to upload your inventory file into ChannelAdvisor as well as the methods available to deliver those files please visit the Upload File Formats and File Delivery Methods pages.

Note: In order to avoid issues with special characters when uploading inventory data into ChannelAdvisor, we recommend the file be encoded in UTF-8 before upload. This is easily accomplished by saving the file and selecting the option to save as UTF-8.

= Required

= Conditionally Required

= Highly Recommended

Field Name

Description

Google

Connexity

eBay Commerce Network

NexTag

Action URL

Trackable URL for the specific product offer; The URL should take the customer directly to the product detail page where they can purchase the item.

Age Group

The age range most commonly associated with the item

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

Brand

The distinctive name or trademark under which the product is marketed

Category/Classification

Your category hierarchy for this product, with a delimiter between levels, with no preceding or trailing delimiter; Use a delimiter other than the one separating fields in your feed. Note: Send only the primary category (most relevant, most descriptive) to which this product should be assigned.

Required for Apparel, Media & Software categories

Color

The color of a product

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

Condition

A classification of the condition of the product

Description

Text describing offered product

Gender

The gender most commonly associated with the product

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

GTIN

A standard, alphanumeric string that uniquely identifies the product; This could be a UPC, EAN or ISBN.

Required for any items with ‘new’ condition and if assigned by manufacturer; Store brand items and other products for which you are the only seller generally don't have and won't be required to include GTINs. Other products that commonly don't have GTINs assigned by the manufacturer include replacement and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, custom products, antiques, and some apparel products. In addition, you may not have GTINs for items with availability ‘preorder’ or condition ‘used.’

Required for Media, Software, Games, Books categories

Required for Media category

Height

The Height of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Image File/Reference Image URL

URL for image that represents the product offer; The URL must begin with http:// and end with the image file type extension (.gif, .jpg)

Item Group ID

This is the shared identifier for product variations ("variants"). It is not needed for products that don't have variations. If you have a Parent SKU that is shared by all variants of a product, you can provide that as the value for this field.

Required for product variations in Apparel category

Required for product variations

Length

The Length of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Description

Text describing offered product

Manufacturer

The name of the company that created the product (not necessarily the same as the Brand)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPN

Manufacturer Part Number – A unique identifier assigned to a product by the manufacturer

Required for Computers & Electronics category

Required for Media category

Price

The regular price of the product offer; Do not include commas or currency signs in this field. If there’s only one price value, please populate either CurrentPrice or both RegularPrice and CurrentPrice.

Product Features

Technical features of a product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Size

The size of the item

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

SKU or Inventory Number or Model

An ID (number) used to uniqely identify a product, most often your SKU number or inventory tracking number

Stock Status

Stock designates the quantity of products currently on-hand or if the product is in-stock. Use a numerical value to represent quantity in-stock; Alternate designations include: In-Stock, Back-Order, Pre-Order, Out of Stock, Limited Quantity, Special Order, See Site 100 to represent 100 units in stock

Title or Product Name

Concise name of the offered product; Some sites limit this field so longer product names may be truncated on certain sites. 

Weight

The shipping weight in pounds of the products

Width

The Width of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

When listing to Comparison Shopping Sites you will be required to send the required data designated by each provider. The table below outlines the fields required for some of the most popular providers. For a full list of fields that are required and accepted you will need to visit each site to obtain this information.

To learn about the various formats available to upload your inventory file into ChannelAdvisor as well as the methods available to deliver those files please visit the Upload File Formats and File Delivery Methods pages.

Note: In order to avoid issues with special characters when uploading inventory data into ChannelAdvisor, we recommend the file be encoded in UTF-8 before upload. This is easily accomplished by saving the file and selecting the option to save as UTF-8.

= Required

= Conditionally Required

= Highly Recommended

Field Name

Description

Google

Connexity

eBay Commerce Network

NexTag

Action URL

Trackable URL for the specific product offer; The URL should take the customer directly to the product detail page where they can purchase the item.

Age Group

The age range most commonly associated with the item

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

Brand

The distinctive name or trademark under which the product is marketed

Category/Classification

Your category hierarchy for this product, with a delimiter between levels, with no preceding or trailing delimiter; Use a delimiter other than the one separating fields in your feed. Note: Send only the primary category (most relevant, most descriptive) to which this product should be assigned.

Required for Apparel, Media & Software categories

Color

The color of a product

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

Condition

A classification of the condition of the product

Description

Text describing offered product

Gender

The gender most commonly associated with the product

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

GTIN

A standard, alphanumeric string that uniquely identifies the product; This could be a UPC, EAN or ISBN.

Required for any items with ‘new’ condition and if assigned by manufacturer; Store brand items and other products for which you are the only seller generally don't have and won't be required to include GTINs. Other products that commonly don't have GTINs assigned by the manufacturer include replacement and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, custom products, antiques, and some apparel products. In addition, you may not have GTINs for items with availability ‘preorder’ or condition ‘used.’

Required for Media, Software, Games, Books categories

Required for Media category

Height

The Height of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Image File/Reference Image URL

URL for image that represents the product offer; The URL must begin with http:// and end with the image file type extension (.gif, .jpg)

Item Group ID

This is the shared identifier for product variations ("variants"). It is not needed for products that don't have variations. If you have a Parent SKU that is shared by all variants of a product, you can provide that as the value for this field.

Required for product variations in Apparel category

Required for product variations

Length

The Length of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Description

Text describing offered product

Manufacturer

The name of the company that created the product (not necessarily the same as the Brand)

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPN

Manufacturer Part Number – A unique identifier assigned to a product by the manufacturer

Required for Computers & Electronics category

Required for Media category

Price

The regular price of the product offer; Do not include commas or currency signs in this field. If there’s only one price value, please populate either CurrentPrice or both RegularPrice and CurrentPrice.

Product Features

Technical features of a product

N/A

N/A

N/A

Size

The size of the item

Required for Apparel category

Required for Apparel category

SKU or Inventory Number or Model

An ID (number) used to uniqely identify a product, most often your SKU number or inventory tracking number

Stock Status

Stock designates the quantity of products currently on-hand or if the product is in-stock. Use a numerical value to represent quantity in-stock; Alternate designations include: In-Stock, Back-Order, Pre-Order, Out of Stock, Limited Quantity, Special Order, See Site 100 to represent 100 units in stock

Title or Product Name

Concise name of the offered product; Some sites limit this field so longer product names may be truncated on certain sites. 

Weight

The shipping weight in pounds of the products

Width

The Width of the product

N/A

N/A

N/A

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