we need to daily update data feed on site [url removed, login to view] from
we need to build some script to do automatically every day or with few manual steps?
this is data feed from supplier web site:
other suppliers use excel for data feed but this one us txt or csv
1) Product category and item type.
2) Designer and brand name.
3) Fragrance notes, year introduced and recommended use (if available).
The enhanced datafeed is an easy to upload txt format. Click below to view our enhanced datafeed.
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this is how it is done but can someone automate it on daily basis?
we also need to check pricing against competitors
3dcart allows you to import your products using the Import/Export feature from a CSV file. To download the sample products import file click here.
This article will show you how to properly use the sample CSV file to upload your products to your 3dcart store.
- First download the sample products csv from the previous link or you can login to your Store Manager and go to PRODUCTS > EXPORT / IMPORT from the left navigation menu, then click on the CSV link above PRODUCTS under the Import section and download it to your computer.
Note: You will need a Spreadsheet editor like Microsoft Excel to open this file in your computer, if you don't have this installed on your computer visit [url removed, login to view] to download a spreadsheet editor.
The PRODUCTS IMPORT allows you to import the following information.
Note: Do not remove or add any columns to this file. If you do not have need for a column please leave it blank or follow the instructions for the field that follow.
ID - This field is required. It is the unique product id (SKU or Part Number) of the product. This can be any combination of letters and numbers you choose. The system will assign a separate database ID that will be used to keep track of each product in the backend of the system, this is called the CATALOGID and will only show in a product export. The CATALOGID is not included at this time since it is not needed for importing new products.
MFGID - This is the unique manufacturer id that may be provided by the manufacturer of the product or you can assign this on your own. This is an optional field.
NAME - This is the name of the product. This is a required field.
MANUFACTURER - This is the name of the Manufacturer this product is associated with.
Note: The list of Manufacturers is located in the Store Manager by going to SETTINGS > GENERAL > MANUFACTURERS. Any new manufacturer entered in the CSV file will be automatically created in the system.
CATEGORIES - This will assign the product to a particular category. The field refers to the Path of the category and it allows to set one product in multiple categories.
To add the product to a Main Category simply put in the Main Category name. Any new category entered in the CSV file will be automatically created in the system.
NOTE: The system is case sensitive so if you have "Sample 1" in the admin and enter "sample 1" in the csv file the system will treat "sample 1" as a new category and add it instead of adding the product to the pre-existing "Sample 1" category. Same will happen with any misspellings.
To add a product to a Sub Category use the / character, i.e. "Category 1/Sub Category 1"
To add a product to multiple categories at once use the @ character: "Category 1@Category 2" or for sub-categories "Category 1/Sub Category 1@Category 2/Sub Category 2"
COST - This is the base cost of your product, it's for internal use and won't be displayed to the customer. This is an optional field.
PRICE - This is the price of the product that you want to charge the customer. Use only numbers; do not enter the currency sign. It's a required field cannot be left blank for any product.
PRICE 2 - This is the MSRP or Retail Price of the product. If this is added to the product then the Savings will be displayed to the customer. This is an optional field.
STOCK - This is the stock (Quantity On Hand) of the product. It's required when Inventory Control is enabled. This is a numeric field.
WEIGHT - This is the weight of the product. The system calculates weight in pounds (LBS). Any Ounces or Kgs must be converted to Lbs before adding this information to the file (1 Pound = 16 ounces, 1 Pound = 0.453 Kgs). This is required when doing Real Time shipping calculation. This is a numeric field; enter the weight in pounds (LBS).
FREE SHIPPING - This will mark the product as free shipping. If free shipping is checked then Free Shipping will show during the checkout process as an option. Insert 1 to mark as Free Shipping. Insert 0 if you would not like this product to be marked as Free Shipping. This is an optional field.
DATE CREATED - This is a field that the system will assign once the product is added to the database. This is an optional field.
DESCRIPTION - This is the short description of the product. This should be a short text description (less than 250 characters); this is displayed in the Search page only by default. This is an optional field.
EXTENDED DESCRIPTION - This is the Description of the product, there is no size limit in this field and HTML is allowed.
KEYWORDS - These are additional keywords used by the Internal Search of the site, you don't need to add any keywords that are already part of the name or description of the product. This is also used in the dynamic Meta Tags for the product pages; the system will automatically generate Meta Tags using the NAME, EXTENDED DESCRIPTION and KEYWORDS of your product. These keywords do not show on the website to the customer. This is an optional field.
HIDE - This will hide the product from the website. Insert 1 to hide. Insert 0 to keep the product visible. This is an optional field.
SORTING - This will determine the products order or sorting inside the Categories. This is an optional field. You can also set default sortings for the entire category from the Store Manager under PRODUCTS > CATEGORIES > OPTIONS.
Note: All the images must be uploaded prior to importing the products. This can be done via the "File Manager" inside the Store Manager or via FTP. The default path for all the images is "assets/images/".
THUMBNAIL & IMAGE 1 - 4 - This is the path to the image. ex. assets/images/image1.jpg. These are optional fields.
RELATED - This column will define the related products for this product. To assign related products insert the related product's ids separated by commas. example. related1, related2, related3. This is an optional field. The system also allows to use Random Related products from the Store Manager under SETTINGS > GENERAL > STORE SETTINGS.
DISTRIBUTOR - This is the name of the Distributor this product is associated with. This is an optional field.
Note: The list of Distributors is located in the Store Manager by going to SETTINGS > GENERAL > DISTRIBUTORS. Any new distributor entered in the CSV file will be automatically created in the system.
SHIPCOST - This will add a handling fee to the product. This fee will be added to any shipping methods that you have set. This is an optional field.
HOMESPECIAL - This will mark this product as a home special which means that the system will place this product on your home page. Insert 1 to mark as home special. Leave blank to not mark as home special. This is an optional field.
CATEGORYSPECIAL - This will mark this product as a category special which means that the system will place this product on top of the Category that it is in. This is an optional field.
TITLE - This will define the title of this product in the web browser. By default the system will use the product name. This is an optional field.
META TAGS - This field is for more advanced users that know how to properly format Meta Tags. If you are unfamiliar with how to setup Meta Tags properly the best thing to do is leave this field blank and use the Tag Wizard in your admin. This is an optional field.
Once you have completed this file log in to your admin and navigate to PRODUCTS > EXPORT/IMPORT and browse for this file under the Products field under the Import section. Once you select the file click on Import File. You will then be given the following options:
INSERT ONLY: This will insert any new products that are not currently in the database. It will not update any product information.
UPDATE ONLY: This will update any information that is currently in the database. The information in this csv file will override what is in the database.
INSERT + UPDATE: This is a combination of inserting and updating. The system will insert any new information and update any existing information.
ERASE ALL PRODUCTS, THEN INSERT: This will completely remove all the product information from your database and then insert the information. Please read the warning and make sure that this is what you want to do before using this option.
This product import does not allow for importing PRODUCT OPTIONS (Sizes, Colors, etc.) with these products. The options import is a separate import. Click here to learn how to import product options. All products must be imported prior to importing any options.