How to Update Products in BigCommerce Using Only the SKU

Running an online store on BigCommerce just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the latest updates to our Your Store Tools suite. These enhancements are designed to save time and streamline product management, making the process more efficient than ever. Here’s a deep dive into what these updates entail and how they can benefit your eCommerce business.

Simplified Product Updates for BigCommerce

One of the most notable updates is the revamp of our Import Products tool. Previously, updating existing products in your BigCommerce store required the inclusion of the BigCommerce product ID in your file. This process was not only time-consuming but also cumbersome, as it involved exporting your products to find the specific IDs. However, with the new update, this is a thing of the past.

Now, all you need is the product SKU (Stock Keeping Unit). This singular, straightforward requirement dramatically simplifies the updating process. Imagine you need to update the shipping weight of several items. Instead of sifting through numerous IDs, you simply create a CSV file with two columns: one for the SKU and the other for the new shipping weight. This change eliminates the tedious task of locating product IDs, saving valuable time and effort.

Create New Products and Update Existing Ones – At the Same Time!

Another significant improvement is the ability to combine updates for existing products with the addition of new items in a single CSV file. This integration is particularly beneficial for businesses that are continuously expanding their product range. By selecting the “create new products if SKU doesn’t exist” option during the import process, new products will be created automatically alongside the updates. This feature not only saves time but also ensures that your product catalog is always up-to-date with minimal hassle.

Continued Access to Product IDs

While the necessity of product IDs for imports has been eliminated, we understand their value in certain scenarios. Therefore, we will continue to provide access to product IDs through our Product Export tool. This decision ensures that businesses have all the necessary tools at their disposal, whether for internal record-keeping, analytics, or other operational needs.

Your Store Tools Support and Documentation

To aid in the transition to these new features, we’ve updated our support documentation. This resource is invaluable for understanding the nuances of the new import process, including insights into the default values passed during the creation of new items. Users need to familiarize themselves with these details to make the most of the updated tools.

The latest updates from Your Store Tools represent a significant leap in simplifying and optimizing product management on BigCommerce. By focusing on ease of use and efficiency, these enhancements are set to save businesses considerable time and effort. The streamlined process for updating existing products and adding new ones, combined with continued access to product IDs for those who need them, demonstrates Your Store Tools’ commitment to enhancing the eCommerce experience for all BigCommerce store owners.

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