Amazon sellers know full well that building a successful product catalog takes time, effort, and a ton of hard work.
And that’s exactly why you need to be prepared for when disaster strikes and your precious data mysteriously disappears. Losing your precious work immediately results in lost sales and frustrated customers, which would make a big dent in your business. The thought of losing everything you’ve worked so hard to build is enough to make any of us break into a cold sweat, but it’s a real risk that Amazon entrepreneurs continue to face.
Protecting your Amazon catalog should be at the top of your priority list if you want to avoid any unforeseen events! Today, let’s take a closer look at 6 simple steps for backing up your Amazon catalog.
This SellerPlex Guide walks you through the steps to back up your data and ensure that your business stays up and running, no matter what life throws your way!
Access your Amazon Seller Central account.
Go to “Inventory Listings”.
Simply hover your cursor over this section, and you can see multiple inventory reports that are connected to your Amazon account.
Switch to Category Listings Report (CLR) by clicking the drop-down menu.
To access the Category Listings Report (CLR), click the drop-down menu. Please be aware that the CLR is currently in beta and subject to changes or removal without notice. A yellow alert serves as a reminder of the beta status and that the report and its features may be adjusted or discontinued at any time.
Download your reports.
After successfully navigating your device to the Category Listings Report section, you can verify that you have the correct report and download the ones that you need to back up. These reports should have “Ready” as a report status and a clickable download button.
To download the report, simply click the download button located on the far right side. This will prompt the file to be downloaded to your device.
Edit and update your catalog.
Once you’ve downloaded the file, open it in Microsoft Excel and click the “Enable Editing” button located at the top of the page.
The file will display your catalog’s classic core attributes, including product type, SKU, and brand name, among other relevant information. To ensure that you have a backup of your catalog, save the file as “Catalog Backup” in a designated folder.
Before making any changes to your catalog, it’s also a good idea to perform a catalog backup. This can be done through an “Update”, a “Partial Update”, or a “Delete” action on your Excel sheet.
Upload your new catalog.
After making changes to your catalog, you must re-upload the modified file to Amazon Seller Central. To do so, go to the Catalog area and pick the Upload Inventory File option.
Search for the revised file, input your email address to get upload status updates, and then click “Upload.” Your listing modifications will then be processed, and you should wait for the revisions to take effect. It is critical to examine your listings on a frequent basis and make any required modifications to maintain your catalog correct and up to date.