Mass item import into Bridge: Overview and instructions

When you have lots of products to add to your Bridge, Bridge can help you import the items.
 
Below are the steps to prepare your Excel file.
 
1. See if the number of items meets our 'we'll help' thresh hold.
 
Mass item import minimums:
The general threshold for mass importing is a minimum 100 items at a time. 
If you have less than 100 items to import, please refer to our help articles on Single item addition or Multiple items additions,
 
2. Excel file preparation
 
Please note: preparing your Excel file and images are separate steps. We recommend you do these two things separately. Handle your Excel sheet first, then later do the images. We'll address the images step farther down this page. 
 
A. View this Excel sheet formatting checklist:
View our import checklist for Excel import file here
 
 
If you wish, you can use the blank Excel file linked below. The spreadsheet has been pre-formatted with correct fields for import.
 
 
 
The sample spreadsheet linked below allows you to see what properly structured import data looks like.
 
 
 
B. Sharing Excel data file with Bridge
 
A. Name your Excel import sheet something relevant.
 
Example:
"[Your brand name] - February 2016.xlsx"
 
B. Email the file to Bridge.
 
 
3. Image file preparation
 
A. Gather and prepare your images. Guidelines:
 
i. One image per item.
 
ii. All images should be at least 1000 px height or width.  Bridge software will use this image file to auto-generate the different image sizes that it needs. We suggest providing us with the highest resolution images you have available for your items.
 
iii. Accepted image formats: jpg, tif, or png. JPG is preferred. Color profile RGB is preferred.
 
iv. Image file names: the image must be the SKU or UPC. Please remove extra non-SKU identifying data from the file name.
 
Example: 
 
Item SKU is:
ABC1234
 
Image file name must be:
ABC1234.jpg
 
Non-compliant file name examples:
ABC1234_front.jpg
ABD1234_2.jpg
 
Properly naming your images speeds up Bridge's ability to match Excel data to images.
           
B. Send Bridge your images. 
 
i. Put all of your images into a a single folder. Please no subfolders for patterns, collections, or lifestyle shots. 
 
Zip this file. If the ZIP archive is too big to upload in a single instance, you may split the images into a few different folders or zip archives and then load them individually to the Library.
 
ii. Log into your Bridge account and roll over "Management" menu at the top of the screen and select the "Library" link from the dropdown menu.
 
 At the top of your Library page, there is a "+ Add document to library" link. Click this link and select either the Excel sheet or zipped images archive(s) and proceed to upload them until all data/image archives are successfully in your Library.
 
Alternate upload option: 
Bridge has the ability to download files via DropBox. Simply gather all your assets in a relevantly named folder in your DropBox and then share a link to that folder to support@bridgecatalog.com
 
           iii. Notify Bridge
           When the above steps have been accomplished, please contact Bridge and let us know your images are ready.
 
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Import is usually completed in five business days. 
 
 

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