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Inventory file templates, Category listing guidelines, and BTG

Individual sellers: This feature is only available to sellers with a Professional selling plan. Learn more by visiting Selling plan comparison.
Note: Macros in inventory file templates are no longer supported.
Note: From September 1, 2020, Amazon will transfer some products from the Baby & Maternity category to the Clothing & Accessories category to make it easier for customers to find products on the Amazon site. Learn more.
Note: From July 1, 2021, Amazon will transfer some products from the Drugstore category to the BISS category to make it easier for customers to find products on the Amazon site. Learn more.

You can also get the information from Seller University:

Overview

An Inventory File Template is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that contains multiple columns for describing and listing your products. Sellers can use inventory file templates to create and update listings on Amazon

Identify classification for your listings

The Amazon classification system uses values supplied by sellers to determine where listings are visible in the browse structure on Amazon. The Product Classifier tool helps you to identify the appropriate classification for your listings.

You can also use Browse Tree Guide, which can be downloaded from this page, to identify appropriate classification.

Select an inventory file template

Refer to the following table, select an appropriate inventory file template for your usage from the Inventory File Template section in the second half of this help page, and download it. Fill out the downloaded file and upload it to Seller Central. See here for creating and uploading an inventory file template.

File type Use Case File name More Info
Product creation and matching

Page does not exist in Amazon catalog. You have full product information.

You will provide a range of product attributes in your file.

Category Specific Inventory Files Templates for each category are in the table below.
Note: The name of file template may differ from the name of category or the name of store in Amazon.
Product matching only

Page exists in Amazon catalog. You do not have full product information.

You can update only listing information (such as price, points and quantity), but not product information (such as title and description). Match the product using only the product identifier, such as a UPC, JAN, or ISBN, and then provide listing details such as condition, item notes, price and quantity.

Inventory Loader

For BMVD(Books, Music, DVDs and Videos)

"will-ship- internationally" field is contained. Shipping settings are available for BMVD products.
Listing Loader

For Non-BMVD

"sale- start-date" and "is-gift-wrap-available" fields which can be used for Non-BMVD are contained in the file.
Inventory or Price updates Quick updates to price, Amazon Points or quantity only Price & Quantity File Select "Price & Quantity File" to upload.
Shipping options Update BMVD shipping service areas Inventory Loader

Change shipping service areas or fees for specific products Shipping Override File
Note: Shipping overrides are not available for BMVD products
Product data changes Update data contributions to product pages Category Specific Inventory Files For single products, use Add a Product instead
Delete product and catalog contributions Category Specific Inventory Files

For Non-BMVD

Enter "Delete" to the "Update-Delete" field
Inventory Loader

For BMVD

Enter "x" to the "Add-Delete" field

Download, save, and open the inventory file template

We recommend you do not open these files directly in your browser. Instead, save the file to your local computer and then open it using a spreadsheet program.

  1. In your browser, click the link for the inventory file template you want from Inventory File Template section in the second half of this help page.
  2. From the pop-up menu, select "Save the file."
  3. Choose a location on your local computer, and click the downloaded file to open it in Excel.

Inventory File Templates

Note: Difference between Inventory Loader and Listing Loader
  • The Inventory Loader allows you to enter BMVD shipping settings, 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.

For basic matching, either the Inventory Loader or Listing Loader can be used.

Inventory Loader

For BMVD (Books, Music, DVD/Video)

Before Microsoft 2003

The macro program is NOT contained.

Microsoft 2003 and later

The macro program is contained.

Note: We recommend you to use the file of Microsoft 2003 or later version which contains Macro programs. Though the file before Microsoft Excel 2003 can be used temporarily, the file is unsupported.

Listing Loader

Listing Loader

Price & Quantity

Price & Quantity

Select "Price & Quantity" to upload

  • Please choose ‘Price & Quantity file’ as file type from drop down when uploading Price & Quantity file.
  • Price and Quantity file is always treated as Partial Update.
  • Please set ‘standard-price-points’ as well when changing ‘price’, otherwise, point will be initialized and set to 0 automatically.
  • Please set ‘handling-time’ as well when changing ‘quantity’, otherwise, handling-time will be initialized and set to default automatically.

Category-Specific Inventory File Templates

Note: *Translation (English and Chinese) is for reference purpose only and if there is any conflict between the translation and the Japanese version, the Japanese version will control.
Category Template Name Listing Guideline Browse Tree Guide
Electronics Inventory File Template Electronics (Japanese) Electronics (Japanese)
Electronics (English)*, Electronics (Chinese)* Electronics (English)*, Electronics (Chinese)*
Camera Inventory File Template Camera (Japanese) Electronics (Japanese)
Camera (English)*, Camera (Chinese)* Electronics (English)*, Electronics (Chinese)*
Home, Home Appliances Inventory File Template

Home (Japanese)

Home Appliances (Japanese)

Home & Kitchen (Japanese)
Home (English)*, Home (Chinese)* Home & Kitchen (English)*, Home & Kitchen (Chinese)*
Home Appliances (English)*, Home Appliances (Chinese)*
Software/Video Games Inventory File Template Imported Video Games (Japanese)

Software (Japanese)

Video Games (Japanese)

Imported Video Games (English)*, Imported Video Games (Chinese)* Software (English)*, Software (Chinese)*
Video Games (English)*, Video Games (Chinese)*
Toys, Baby & Maternity Inventory File Template

Toys (Japanese)

Toys (Cosplay-related products) (Japanese)

Baby&Maternity (Japanese)

Toys (Japanese)

Hobbies (Japanese)

Baby&Maternity (Japanese)

Toys (English)*, Toys (Chinese)* Toys (English)*, Toys (Chinese)*
Toys (Cosplay-related products) (English)*, Toys (Cosplay-related products) (Chinese)* Hobbies (English)*, Hobbies (Chinese)*
Baby&Maternity (English)*, Baby&Maternity (Chinese)* Baby&Maternity (English)*, Baby&Maternity (Chinese)*
Sporting Goods Inventory File Template

Sporting Goods (except for Golf Goods) (Japanese)

Golf Goods (Japanese)

Sporting Goods (Japanese)
Sporting Goods (except for Golf Goods) (English)*, Sporting Goods (except for Golf Goods) (Chinese)* Sporting Goods (English)*, Sporting Goods (Chinese)*
Golf Goods (English)*, Golf Goods (Chinese)*
Baseball Goods (English)*, Baseball Goods (Chinese)*
Drugstore Inventory File Template Drugstore (Japanese) Drugstore (Japanese)
Drugstore (English)*, Drugstore (Chinese)* Drugstore (English)*, Drugstore (Chinese)*
Food & Beverage Inventory File Template Food & Beverage (Japanese) Food & Beverage (Japanese)
Food & Beverage (English)*, Food & Beverage (Chinese)* Food & Beverage (English)*, Food & Beverage (Chinese)*
Watches Inventory File Template Watches (Japanese) Watches (Japanese)
Watches (English)*, Watches (Chinese)* Watches (English)*, Watches (Chinese)*
Clothing & Accessories Shoes & Bags Inventory File Template

Clothing & Accessories (Japanese)

Shoes & Bags (Japanese)

Clothing & Accessories (Japanese)

Shoes & Bags (Japanese)

Clothing & Accessories (English)*, Clothing & Accessories (Chinese)* Clothing & Accessories (English)*, Clothing & Accessories (Chinese)*
Shoes & Bags (English)*, Shoes & Bags (Chinese)* Shoes & Bags (English)*, Shoes & Bags (Chinese)*
Beauty Inventory File Template Beauty (Japanese) Beauty (Japanese)
Beauty (English)*, Beauty (Chinese)* Beauty (English)*, Beauty (Chinese)*
Jewelry Inventory File Template Jewelry (Japanese) Jewelry (Japanese)
Jewelry (English)*, Jewelry (Chinese)* Jewelry (English)*, Jewelry (Chinese)*
Computers Inventory File Template Computers (Japanese) Computers (Japanese)
Computers (English)*, Computers (Chinese)* Computers (English)*, Computers (Chinese)*
Office Products Inventory File Template

Office Products (Japanese)

Office Products (Datebook) (Japanese)

Office Products (Japanese)
Office Products (English)*, Office Products (Chinese)* Office Products (English)*, Office Products (Chinese)*
Office Products (Datebook) (English)*, Office Products (Datebook) (Chinese)*
Tools & Home Improvement Inventory File Template Tools & Home Improvement (Japanese) Tools & Home Improvement (Japanese)
Tools & Home Improvement (English)*, Tools & Home Improvement (Chinese)* Tools & Home Improvement(English)*, Tools & Home Improvement(Chinese)*
Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies

MechanicalFasteners

LabSupplies

Industrial

See the catalog for recommended inventory files and product types.

Industrial (Japanese) Industrial (Japanese)
Automotive Inventory File Template Automotive (Japanese) Automotive (Japanese)
Automotive (English)*, Automotive (Chinese)* Automotive (English)*, Automotive (Chinese)*
Musical Instruments Inventory File Template Musical Instruments (Japanese) Musical Instruments (Japanese)
Musical Instruments (English)*, Musical Instruments (Chinese)* Musical Instruments (English)*, Musical Instruments (Chinese)*
Pet Supplies Inventory File Template Pet Supplies (Japanese) Pet Supplies (Japanese)
Pet Supplies (English)*, Pet Supplies (Chinese)* Pet Supplies (English)*, Pet Supplies (Chinese)*
Major Appliances Inventory File Template Major Appliances (Japanese) Major Appliances (Japanese)
Major Appliances (English)*, Major Appliances (Chinese)* Major Appliances (English)*, Major Appliances (Chinese)*
Amazon Dedvice Accessories Inventory File Template Amazon Device Accessories (Japanese) Computers (Japanese)
Amazon Device Accessories (English)*, Amazon Device Accessories (Chinese)* Computers (English)*, Computers (Chinese)*
Music Music Loader: See here for details Music (Japanese) Music (Japanese)
Music (English)*, Music (Chinese)*
DVD Learn more Video LoaderSee here for details DVD (Japanese) DVD (Japanese)
DVD (English)*, DVD (Chinese)*
Books Book Loader : See here for details Books (Japanese)

Japanese Books (Japanese)

Foreign Books (Japanese)

Books (English)*, Books (Chinese)*

Amazon Business Templates

For Amazon Business, use the following template versions.

Note: *These templates contain 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.
Template Name Approval Required
Automotive Parts & Accessories No
Beauty No
Books No
Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies:

MechanicalFasteners

Laboratory

Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies

No
Camera No
Clothing & Accessories Shoes & Bags No
Computers No
Electronics No
Food & Beverages No
Drugstore No
Tools & Home Improvement No
Home, Home Appliances No
Jewelry No
Amazon Device Accessories No
Major Appliances No
Music No
Musical Instruments No
Office No
Pet Supplies No
Software & Video Games No
Sporting Goods No
Toys Baby & Maternity No
DVD No
Watches No
Inventory Loader No
Listing Loader No
Price & Quantity No
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