Salestio helps to automate the process of creating new Amazon listings. Last time, we explored how to create listings for drinking cups. But what if the items have variants, and a lot of them? Today, we dive into variations and how to make them work with Amazon properly. This example will be done on two products, and both of them are presented in different colors and sizes:

Adding a Creation Profile

Creation Profiles provide a way to create and extend Amazon listing information with extra details and place the product into the correct category on the marketplace. All of the specific product details are defined here.

To add a new Creation profile, go to Salestio > Profiles > Creation profiles. Click the “Add Creation profile” button.

The Creation profile consists of 2 parts. The first one relates to the settings for all mappings inside the Creation profile. The second part is the actual mappings that connect Shopify products with Amazon categories. We will add the basic details and move on to selecting the category:

In Product conditions, we select which Shopify products are added to the mapping, so we will look for the “t-shirt” product type in our store.

As we are listing women’s t-shirts, the category happens to be Clothing > Women > Tops, T-Shirts & Blouses > T-Shirts. The product type is Shirt. Remember to pick the right one, as this determines which specifics you can and should add in the next step:

Next, we specify how our shirts are different from all the others. For the current product type, there are a few mandatory fields:

Collar style; Model name; Manufacturer; Skip offer; Condition type; Gift options; Generic keyword; Lifestyle; Style; Department; Target gender; Age range description; Size system; Size class; Size; Body type; Height type; Fabric type; Item type name; Water resistance level; Special size type; Color; Fit type; Weave type; Care instructions; Is autographed; Back; Neck; Top style; Sleeve; Country of origin; Dangerous Goods Regulation; Outer material.

Most fields accept text from the keyboard, selection from the drop-down, or you can pick a metafield if it’s already on the product page.

Map the variations

Because we are using variations, it is important to indicate this in the mapping.

  1. Pick an appropriate option in the “Variation Theme Name” field. We chose SIZE/COLOR.
  2. For each variation theme (“Apparel Size Value” and “Colour” in our case), select the respective Shopify product variant option value:

After all the details are added, scroll down to the bottom and click “Add mapping”. To save the new Creation Profile, click “Add Profile”.

Set up the Amazon Profile to work with variations

To enable variations, we need to specify this in the Amazon Profile. Make sure that Allow variation is enabled among the other options:

Send the products to Amazon

Next up is creating a Selling List and adding some products. After the products are added, let’s send them to Amazon. Wait for 15 minutes, and the status should change to “Linked”:

In some cases, you might see some errors instead of “Linked”. No need to be upset, just check the logs for any new messages:

If the product is missing any information, you can always go back to the Creation Profile to add the missing pieces.

Make selling on Amazon better

Creating listings on Amazon can be a bit complex, but with Salestio, it becomes much more streamlined. You might need a little time to set it up, but once you’re done, the completed profiles can be used to send products in batches and make bulk updates super fast and easy.

You can start the free trial today to see how the app works. If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out to support@salest.io or look for the help widget inside the app. The team is always happy to help!

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