E-commerce: Solid Commerce and Amazon

As I am passionate about all things e-commerce, I have actually just recently made an effort to learn more about how to list products on websites aside from eBay and the numerous business sites I deal with. As I utilize Solid Commerce as an e-commerce platform, I figured I would share my thoughts and experiences I have actually had while including my business’s items on Amazon. I will also be going over how to use Amazon’s Seller Account/Manage Stock Tool. Just like any task I start, the first phase is always research. Let’s figure this out together.

If you need an explanation of the fundamentals of e-commerce, my previous posts, E-commerce Item Listings: The Fundamentals and E-commerce: Inventory Kitting/Bundling must both supply an excellent insight into the world of online markets.

Keep in mind: Although I attempted to streamline this procedure as much as possible, be prepared for a wall of text.

Strong Commerce

If you do not understand what Solid Commerce, let me get you up to speed. To rapidly sum up, Strong Commerce, something I utilize on a day-to-day basis, is a multichannel order & & inventory management software that offers a user/company with a wide variety of advantages. Modern society’s spending routines have gone digital since late, and the appeal of e-commerce is showcased by companies like Amazon, which are dominating in income. There are numerous channels one can pick to sell their products on, such as eBay, Walmart, and over a lots others. With the high number of offered channels and the substantial amount of information that is included with e-commerce, any assistance is much valued.

As a business grows, correct stock management is crucial to track and handle orders and deliveries. By utilizing Strong Commerce, this is all achieved both effectively and easily. Users can likewise create and handle listings, post shipping information, sync with WMS (Storage Facility Management) and ERP (Business Resource Preparation) software application, and take advantage of having more than 60 supported markets to use. My preferred feature is the e-commerce Control panel and Reports. These intelligence reports let you see and track online sales through all channels.

From an IT viewpoint, Strong Commerce’s sales tracking and intelligence help IT experts in identifying server requirements, as well as what the manner and degree that advertising ought to be dealt with. In addition, having a simple way to view canceled orders and other delivering information makes troubleshooting a straight-forward process. Solid Commerce is an excellent tool to help progress and advance any company/user handling e-commerce, as well as reinforce IT operations.

While I currently have the majority of the following steps completed, I wished to demonstrate how to carry out each one; this guide is for those who already have a Solid Commerce account established, however desire to include Amazon performance to it.

Strong Commerce: Amazon Advantages

By using Strong Commerce to handle your Amazon inventory, you get several benefits such as a central center for syncing and keeping an eye on stock, the ability to manage several storage facilities, easily list and edit items on Amazon and other channels and help flawlessly kit and bundle items. Order management and shipping, detailed control panel and reports, automatic rate updates, and excellent drop-shipper management are all offered by utilizing Strong Commerce.

Linking to Amazon Market

Before linking to an Amazon Marketplace/Webstore, we will need to create a Warehouse/Vendor Inventory List, Market List, and a Fundamental Amazon Fixed Price Guideline.

To Develop a Warehouse:

To Create a Market List:

To Develop a Basic Amazon Fixed Price Rule

Linking to Amazon

Now that is all out of the method, we can now link to Amazon Marketplace/Webstore.

Developing New Amazon Listings Through Solid Commerce

Prior to producing new listings, there are a number of things we will both require to have and know. A Warehouse/Vendor Inventory List will be needed, in addition to an Amazon Market List, and an Amazon Pricing Rule; we have actually currently covered how to retrieve these.

Flat File Templates and BTGs

Solid Commerce uses Flat File design templates and BTG (Browse Tree Guides) for Amazon listings that do not already exist on Amazon. For instance, Solid Commerce offers the following design template that includes typical columns that many people use(this will work directly with Amazon’s template.

)By using this template

with Excel, you can rapidly input your essential fields and after that publish them to Strong Commerce. Amazon Templates Amazon frequently requires the design template to

be downloaded directly from your Amazon account. To achieve this: When I initially saw how complicated and massive the file was, I was humbled to know that you just need to occupy a small portion of the plentiful fields for it to work.

Developing the Design template

Now that we have the Flat File, we can begin constructing our Solid Commerce Design Template. To do this:

Keep in mind: The headers can be rearranged, and order does not matter; you can erase and hide columns that aren’t essential for your classification, and some of Amazon’s fields get changed by Strong Commerce’s fields

Keep in mind: you will require numerous Amazon Flat Files if you prefer to list throughout different Amazon categories

Needed FieldsI

will not talk about all of the required fields; however, these are the most commonly used fields and their descriptions:

Outcomes: Leave blank if utilizing the Solid Commerce Excel Add-In Tool(will immediately populate)Product Custom-made SKU: A SKU(Stock Keeping Unit ), is an alphanumeric recognition of a product. SKUs are used for tracking inventories, purchases, and record keeping

Warehouse ID: Our Products Storage Facility ID (Item_sku field)

Amazon Title: Title of product, 500 max character limitation (item_name field)

Amazon Description: Limit of 2000 characters, item description

Run Amazon: Get in Yes to turn on automation, no to turn it off

Note: There are much more fields you will require, however an easy Google search ought to supply whatever you require to know.

Submitting The File

Now that we have actually a finished design template, we can upload our customized Flat File utilizing Solid Commerce’s Excel Add-in Tool. To do this:

Keep in mind: You can likewise upload the customized Flat File through Solid Commerce’s web uploader. To do this:

Note: Strong Commerce’s listing service works on a cycle so it might take up to 15 minutes for them to send the automated items to Amazon. When noting a product page in Amazon’s Seller Account, it can use up to 24-hours before the search terms and title are searchable (can still discover the page if you search by ASIN.

Amazon Seller Central: Modifying Listing and Product Details

By using Amazon’s Manage Inventory tool in your seller account, you can customize an item’s details either one at a time or wholesale; this can likewise be accomplished through an inventory file upload.

How to Remedy Mistakes on a Product Detail Page

Given that product descriptions, titles, features, and other kinds of information that are displayed on an item information page can be assembled from several seller contributions; errors may appear. For a few of the techniques to fix this:

Modifying a Single Item Listing

Editing Multiple Item Listings

How/When to List a Back-Ordered Item

A back-ordered item is a product that you do not presently have in stock (OoS-Out of Stock), but will accept orders for; the products will then deliver at a later date (restock date.) To do this:

Noting a Back-Order Item

Using a Stock File Upload

Notes:

Developing Item Listing Variations

To do this:

Moms and dad SKU

Kid Product

Upload the Finished Inventory File

Product Identifier Requirements: GTIN (EAN, JAN, ISBN, UPC)

Amazon uses industry-standard item identifiers for its listings. Nevertheless, various exceptions can be made for some classifications, such as:

Note: Amazon can make more exceptions from UPC requirements on a case-by-case basis, click here for more. Erasing Particular Product Listings When it comes to deleting a listing, Amazon will get rid of the SKU, sales history, and item info from your account, permanently; due to this, just delete a product if you understand you will not offer it once again in the future (rather, setting the amount to 0 will avoid extra orders.) To erase a listing:

Now that you have read this through, I can think of that you are wondering, “what did I get myself into?” Truthfully, I could not agree more. There are a considerable variety of actions to carry out and specific criteria you must meet to be able to list on Amazon through Solid Commerce. If you have currently utilized Solid Commerce to list products on eBay or other stores, then the procedure is extremely comparable. Ideally, this details helps you reach your objectives of broadening your online sales to be included in one of the largest e-commerce platforms there is, Amazon. If you have additional concerns, do not hesitate to take a look at the links listed below. Good luck, I understand I will require it!

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