On Friday March 23rd we plan to release the new datafeed format to affiliates, with additional fields added to help everyone further work with these feeds.
The current affiliate datafeed is:
The new order will be:
Which means, the following 7 fields are being added to the end of the database record, ...
|manufacturer - 255 Chars, merchant defined field with the Manufacturer information
|partNumber - 255 Chars, merchant defined field with the part number
|merchantCategory - 255 Chars, merchant defined category
|merchantSubcategory - 255 Chars, merchant defined subcategory
|shortDescription - 255 Chars, non-HTML short description of the product
|ISBN - 25 Chars, specific for media, see Wikipedia definition of ISBN
|UPC - 25 Chars, Universal Product Code - see Wikipedia definition of UPC
All of the new fields are text fileds, and blank values are possible. ISBN
and UPC have a maximum character limit of 25, the other fields have a
maximum character limit of 255.
We've been working with Merchants to have new feeds uploaded containing the new data
, but it is likely that you will see blanks in the additional 7 fields at the end for a little while, as merchants make the changes necessary.
We've recommended for those merchants using the current Custom fields to create a category structure, that they leave those intact for a while, and utilize the new category fields in parallel until some time has passed in order to make the change smoother...