Schedule regular Product price update

Scheduled imports

You can schedule imports and updates to your Shopify store using Bulk Import Export Update app.

For the sake of example, in this tutorial, you will schedule Product price update twice per week – to have different prices during the weekend and working week. It will be done following these steps:

  1. Prepare import files.
  2. Schedule import with repeating.
  3. Many ways to Update prices:
    • By Variant SKU
    • By Product Handle
    • By ID and Variant ID
    • By Handle and SKU
    • By Handle and Barcode
    • By Handle and Options

1. Prepare import files

Export all products and variants (or, use filter and export only those that need to be updated regularly).

Then leave only the data that is relevant to the price update: ID, Handle, Variant ID and Variant Price.

Let this be a file for working day prices – so save it to the file “working day prices.xlsx”.Import Working Day Prices

Create the second file with the same products and variants, but different prices – for the weekend. Save the file with the different name “weekend prices.xlsx”:Import Weekend Prices

2. Schedule import with repeating

Now go to the App and upload the first file with weekend prices. Click Options section. Every Friday morning I would like to set Weekend prices.

There is a checkbox “Schedule import at” – switch it on and set the first date and time when import should be processed.

Then mark the next checkbox “Repeat every” as well and set the period of how often this file should be imported. If it is needed once per week, then set every 1 weeks. Then choose how many times to run this import – I am choosing to run until canceled. The import will repeat at the same time every week.

When all options are set, press “Schedule” button.

Schedule Weekend Import

Similarly, set the options for the second file – the working day prices. Set it to run every Monday morning at 1am:

Schedule Working Day Import

Now Scheduled imports are visible in the History and Schedule section:

Scheduled imports

 

3. Many ways to update prices

By Variant SKU

Typically, your supplier provides you prices for each SKU number.
That is the only thing you need to update them.

Minimal required columns:
– Variant SKU
– Variant Price

Since Shopify doesn’t force the SKU to be unique, the app will update all product variants that match imported SKU numbers.

Shopify update price SKU

By Product Handle

If you just have your product Handles, and you have no product variants (meaning each product has one variant), then you can do an update like this.

Minimal required columns:
– Handle
– Variant Price

Shopify update price by Handle

By ID and Variant ID

This is the fastest way to update prices – if you have enormous volumes of products to update. That’s because ID is the most precise reference to the item in Shopify.

Minimal required columns:
– ID
– Variant ID
– Variant Price

Shopify update price by ID and Variant ID

By Handle and SKU

Since several products can have the same SKU number, you might want to target your updates of only the SKUs that belong to specific products.

Minimal required columns:
– Handle
– Variant SKU
– Variant Price

Shopify update price by Handle and Variant SKU

By Handle and Barcode

What if you don’t have SKU numbers, but you have the Barcodes? No problem – you can identify product variants by Barcode, too.

Minimal required columns:
– Handle
– Variant Barcode
– Variant Price

Shopify update price by Handle and Variant Barcode

By Handle and Options

This might seem crazy, but you can update prices by variant options. For example, change the prices by a Color or Size, or any other option combinations your products have.

Minimal required columns:
– Handle
– Option1 Name
– Option1 Value
– Option2 Name
– Option2 Value
– Option3 Name
– Option3 Value
– Variant Price

Shopify update price by Handle and Variant Options

 

Good to know

  • If there is a need to schedule import just once, use only Schedule import at section providing the date and time.
  • There are many variations of how often import can be repeated, for example, every 2 days, every 3 months (quarterly), every 6 months (semi-annually) etc.
  • Scheduled import can be repeated 2 – 99 times, or infinitely. It starts at 2 times because if you want it to repeat just one time then you don’t need to repeat it – you just schedule it to run once.
  • You can schedule Import and Export of products, collections, customers, discounts, orders, and pages, and any combination of those.
  • Scheduled imports and exports can be canceled in the “History & Schedule” page in case they are not needed anymore.