What is ‘Auto-Import Listings’ – and why is it important?

March 19, 2018

When you’re selling across multiple channels, one of the biggest challenges is inventory management. That’s where good multichannel eCommerce software like ChannelGrabber is essential. It helps you manage your inventory across every channel, in real time. Therefore, all your listings are up to date and efficiently selling your stock. But product lines aren’t static. They are constantly changing, and you’ll probably want to be adding new products and new listings all the time. So how do you keep your central inventory system up to date with new products? You import them.

The Importance of Importing Listings

There are benefits to importing new listings in your ChannelGrabber account. For example, you’ll continue to have your inventory, order management and customer messages all in one place. That means reduced admin time and improved productivity across all parts of your selling process, from stock management to order fulfilment.

Importing any new listings is essential if you want to manage that stock effectively across all your channels. To automate certain processes, then you’ll need to import your products first. Notably,  setting VAT rates, or including product weight and dimensions for shipping labels. Furthermore, it also gives you a chance to add product images to invoices, picking lists and your order table. As a result, it’s easier for your staff to identify products and improves your professional image to your customers. ChannelGrabber checks for new listings once every 24 hours, and you can then choose to import any listings you want. But what if any new listings were automatically added to your account, without you having to worry about them? Our new auto-import listings feature lets you do just that.

Keep your inventory up to date if you add a new channel

Auto-import is a great new feature to help make sure your inventory stays as up to date as possible. This also applies whenever you add a new channel. For example, you might have been testing a new product on Amazon that’s proving popular. To maximise your sales, you decide to list it on your own webstore and on eBay.With auto-import on, you don’t need to worry about adding the new channels to ChannelGrabber and synchronising stock levels – it’s all taken care of for you automatically.

Ensure you stay on top of new product lines

Whilst adding new products to lines all the time, it is difficult to keep everything organised in your inventory system. You might be adding two new listings for two new colours, and you need to make sure you can see and manage the stock at all times. Auto-import ensures adding any new listing will automatically import in your ChannelGrabber account, ready for you to review and amend the next day.

Cut Down on Admin Time – and User Error

You can always manually add new listings to your ChannelGrabber account. Also, by adding several new listings regularly, it’s likely you review the manual import of new listings and select those to add. If you’re occasionally adding a new listing, a new channel for a product, or a new product that you’ve just got in stock – then you don’t want to be checking and reviewing them all the time. Auto-import helps you cut out that unnecessary admin time – and also ensures you won’t forget about adding that new listing to your inventory management which you posted yesterday!

When to use Auto-Import Listings

Importing listings automatically might not be for every seller. Indeed, all your SKUs need to be set-up correctly, with accurate stock levels across your channels. However, if these are all in place, then our new auto-import feature can be a great addition to streamlining your internal processes. Besides, it’ll also free up time for other important tasks.

To get started, see our helpful guide on: Auto-Import Listings.

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