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Create inventory file templates and classify your products

Product classification helps customers find your products when they are searching on Amazon. Amazon uses values provided by sellers to determine where listings appear in the Amazon catalog. If this information is missing or incorrect, customers will have a difficult time finding, comparing, and purchasing your products.

Important: Inventory file templates are only available to professional sellers. However, product classifer tool is available to all sellers. If you previously used a Browse Tree Guide, the files are still available. However, we recommend you transition to the Product Classifier, which includes the most current and accurate information on the Amazon website structure. For more information, see Classify your products using Browse Tree Guides.

To identify the right classifications for your products, professional sellers can use the Search tools and Product Classifier as shown:

  1. Go to the Inventory tab and select Add Products via Upload. Download an Inventory File tab opens as the default option.
  2. Under Step 1: Select the Types of Products You Want to Sell, browse for the appropriate classification of your product using eother one of these options:
    1. Search tools:
      • Type the name or key product descriptor words in the search box and click Search.
      • Select the type of product you want to list. Click Clear Search to move to the next search.
      Note: You can make multiple selections if you are selling products with different classifications.
    2. Product Classifier:
      • Select the category in which your product belongs.
      • Continue to narrow the classification options until the Select button appears.
      • Click Select to add the classification to your list.
      • Repeat the above steps to classify all your products.
      Note: A lock sign next to a product indicates you need approval to sell this product on Amazon. For more information, see Categories and products requiring approval. If you are unable to find your type of product, check for category-specific templates under the Inventory Files section below on the same tab. Use these templates only if you are unable to find your type of products using the above tools.
  3. Review your selected products. You can edit your product list by removing specific products that you no longer want to include in your template.
  4. Under Step 2: Select the Type of Template, select a mode for your template type that you want to generate:
    • Advanced: It contains all the attributes (required, preferred, and optional) associated with the selected products.
    • Custom: You can choose attribute groups associated with the above selected products that you want to add to your template. It also includes the required attributes.
  5. Click Generate Template.
    Note: The generated template will download to your browser and you can save a copy to your local hard drive. Now you can populate your inventory file template or XML feed with the classifications that match your SKUs and with other offer data. Sellers using XML feeds can use an XML upload.

Video resources for product classification

Watch the following videos for more information on the process for classifying and uploading your products using the Inventory File Templates:

Bulk inventory upload for new sellers

Bulk inventory upload for advanced sellers

Populate the classification fields in your inventory file

To add your selected classifications to your inventory file template files:

  1. Open the inventory file, and select the Template tab.
  2. For each row of the template (which represents one SKU) start by selecting a Product Type in the first column of that row from the dropdown of valid values.
  3. Then select the Item Type Keyword in the same row from the dropdown of valid values.
Note: If you would like to list a product with a different Product Type you may have to generate a new template that includes that Product Type to ensure that all required attributes are present in the file.
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