In the Automated product imports page you will find a list of all the automated import processes that you have set, and also other important details: import frequency, last run date, and the import status (active / inactive).
The Options section allows you to manually run the import, to dry run the import, and to edit the import or frequency settings. In addition to this, if you access the All import settings link you can see a summary of the product import settings.
By doing a product import dry run you have the opportunity to check in real-time the settings you have used, and to observe several information about the existing products (their number), the number of categories, and even of the manufacturers that will be added in a real product import.
Also, by using the Add button, you can add a new import process, and even a new product inventory update process.
Through the product import process you can add new products, and update the existing ones (through matching the product IDs or SKUs). In order to update your existing products, the datafeed you use, must contain the product IDs that our system automatically generated (when they were first added) for those products. In case you want to update your products depending on their SKUs, it is very important for the datafeed to contain the product SKUs, and for you to map them correctly. This means that you have previously added / set the SKUs for each product (if you chose to import your products depending on SKU, you must not map the product ID field).
With the "Product inventory update" option you cannot add new products, but depending on the SKU or ID set, you can update the existing products or product variants. The update will be done depending on the SKU code or ID, and the products which are detected to use that SKU code or ID, will have their information modified (stock, price, SKU).
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