How to Automate Magento 2 Import & Export

- E-Commerce, Magento 2

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We have very good news for you: it’s no longer necessary to import/export files to/from Magento 2 manually. And below we explain how to automate Magento 2 import and export processes. Check this post and you will find out how to save tons of time and effort making your daily routine fully automated.

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Of course, you need a third-party extension to achieve your goal. And we recommend you to use the Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension. The default Magento 2 platform doesn’t add any automation to import/export processes, so you have to perform each run manually, but before diving deep into the nature of our solution, let’s tell a few words about the automation itself.

In case of Magento 2, it is fully based on Cron –  a time-based job scheduler which is widely used to schedule commands or shell scripts (jobs) to run periodically at fixed intervals. It not only automates system maintenance or administration, but is also useful for things like downloading/uploading files or scheduling other repetitive tasks. For further information, check this Wiki article.

As for Magento 2 Cron, it is used in case of reindexing, catalog price rules, sitemap generation, newsletters, notifications related to price changes, etc. All features and nuances are described here: Magento 2 Configuration Guide: Configure and Run Cron. Luckily, you don’t have to read the article to automate import and export processes. As mentioned above, our Magento 2 Improved Import & Export extension will do everything for you.

The module is entirely based on import and export jobs. You can create an unlimited number of both jobs that will be launched automatically according to specified schedule. At the same time, you can run any job any time asynchronously. The Improved Import Export Magento 2 extension allows importing/exporting products from/to various sources in different formats. As a result, you can automatically update stock and other product attributes. Let’s pay attention to some details.

Automatic Data Transfers with Improved Import and Export

Job Grid

All import jobs are gathered in a grid that provides enough information to find the desired job (the same is about export jobs). You can view job ID, title, status, schedule, entity type, and import source.

Also note that it is possible to automate Magento 2 import & export right in the grid by changing crone schedule right there:

While adding a new import job, you have to deal with the following sections: General Settings, Import Settings, Import Behavior, and Import Source.

General Settings

The first section allows enabling/disabling the job, typing its title, and automating the process by configuring the frequency of the import job. In addition to a custom schedule, you can select a predefined one as well as enable manual run only. The module introduces the ability to assign particular cron jobs to cron groups so that you can save up time on managing separate cases.

The rest of the General Settings include:

  • Locale – set up your locale to support scheduling.
  • Generate Unique Url if Duplicate – enable it if you are not sure that the products you are importing come with the unique URLs. This setting allows to get rid of the most annoying import trouble.
  • – enable if you want to launch re-build indices after the import is complete.
  • Send email from new tracks – enable if you intend to supply customers with tracking numbers of shipped orders.

Import Settings

The second section of the configuration page provides the ability to specify an entity that will be imported. 

The module supports crucial entities to help you start or maintain competitive e-commerce business: 

  • Products, 
  • Categories, 
  • Customers 
  • Customer Addresses, 
  • Advanced Pricing, 
  • Cart Price Rules,
  • Attributes.  

To increase the user-friendliness of your store you can add extra Magento 2 components 

  • URL rewrites, 
  • Catalog Search Terms, 
  • Search Synonyms,
  • Widgets, 
  • Product Reviews. 

With the transfer of CMS blocks and CMS pages, you can compose unique layouts and implement second-to-none design elements, including the ones created via Page Builder.

Owners of Magento 2 Commerce and Cloud editions have the ability to import and export extra features, such as Gift Cards, Page Hierarchy, Visual Merchandiser, Stock Sources, and Stock Source Quantity.

Improved Import and Export along with the B2B add-on process exclusive B2B entities:

  • Companies, 
  • Shared Catalogs, 
  • Requisition Lists, 
  • Quotes and Negotiable Quotes.

In this section you can also:Enable API connection with the CMS or ERP system you are using.

  • Clear attribute values – if enabled all values of the optional product attributes will be reset and deselected. For example, if you are importing a product with the ‘Color’ attribute set to ‘Red’, in the imported product value for the ‘Color’ attribute will NOT be selected.
  • Remove Product Association – removes product associations of the Grouped Products imported.
  • Remove Product Website – assigns the import data to the admin store view and cancels all other website associations.
  • Remove Product Categories – clears any mentions about the import data categories.
  • Remove All Images – clears all product images from the database; the images can be found only in the relevant directory.
  • Remove Related Products – replaces the existing related products with the new import ones.
  • Remove Cross-sell Products – replaces the current cross-sells with the new import ones.
  • Remove all address association – is possible during Customer Address processing; compares the addresses existing in the database with the ones in the import table and prevents duplication by transferring only new data. 
  • Remove Upsell Products – replaces the assign upsell products with the new ones from the import table.
  • Disable Product not in list – makes products not transferred during the current import disabled.

Import Behavior

Next, it is necessary to specify import behavior: Add/Update, Only Add/Only Update, Replace, or Delete; configure validation strategy: ‘Stop on Error’ or ‘Skip error entries’; set allowed error quantity that will be used for halting import process; and specify separators.

Import Source

In Import Source select a file format (the default import supports just one): CSV, XML, XLSX (Excel), ODS (OpenOffice), Json, or compressed data in ZIP and TAR.

The second step allows you to choose the import source. In order to automate Magento 2 import, our extension provides the ability to get the desired update via a specified file path or from FTP/SFTP, URL, or even Google Sheets and Dropbox. File upload configuration looks as follows:

And this is how the Dropbox upload section looks:

We have also added support of Google Sheet CSV files. So you can work with your colleagues on a single import table. Share it, and only paste a link. Improved Import and Export extension will do the rest – it will get a CSV file and import anything from it to your Magento store.

Also note that despite the selected import source, there are always basic image and mapping settings involved as well as file validation.

File Mapping

If your import file has a custom structure, you can always apply mapping in order to automate Magento 2 import (the same is about export. Our extension provides the ability to use mapping presets as well as create custom mapping manually. Furthermore, you can always apply hardcoded (default) values to all items or insert them only into empty rows.

In the next section you can map categories of the imported products with the categories that currently exist at your store. This may come handy if you are importing product from a different store or migrating.

Additionally, you can create new categories that are missing at your store right from the import job.

Translation Tool

Improved Import and Export for Magento 2 automates updates of multilingual sites. With the built-in translation tool, you can convert import content into any language versions.

Price Adjustment

You can also control the prices of the imported products. This is done inside the Price Rules section.

You can decide if you want to increase or decrease the prices of the imported products by a flat or percent value. For example, if you are getting ready for a sale, this section can help you quickly adjust the prices to include a discount.

Custom Logic for Configurable Product Creation

Using your product data, you can create configurable products on the fly right in the import job. Decide how configurable products will be formed and specify the key attributes for product variations. Improved Import and Export will see to update your database without fail.

Similar features are available in case of export, so you can fully automate Magento 2 export with the help of the Firebear Improved Import & Export Magento 2 extension.

Use Cases of Automated Import and Export

Stock Updates

Magento 2 Improved Import and Export allows you to define the way your store is maintained. With the functionality, you can arrange fully automatic stock updates based on cron. The module offers time-related import and export oriented on specified time or events. All the updates and pre-configured modifications are applied without any admin involvement, thus, you control both new entries and existing data with no actual time spent on it. 

You can easily transfer products from and to your store database regardless of the update frequency, data size, or the number of channels you get the data from. Firebear Improved Import and Export helps you to manage the MSI with ease. Stock source quantity import allows updating particular stocks precisely without product duplications or any changes in the general stock info. In case you deliver services via multiple store views, the module will take care of translating all the elements of product pages.  

You can roll back to manual updates at any time. High processing speed provided by the extension allows dealing with import or export as fast as possible. Thousands of products with all the related data can be transferred in a couple of minutes.

Magento 2 Integrations

If you seek a way to expand your business reach, it’s high time to turn your attention to various management tools. The strategy will help you to organize a self-sustainable lifecycle, create a flexible business environment, and increase ROI. Improved Import and Export is the very tool that brings these opportunities to you by enabling Magento 2 integrations with ERP, CRM, accounting software, and PIM.

The ability to connect via multiple channels and the variety of file formats supported make the extension a hub for synchronizing drastically different systems. The functionality processes all Magento 2 B2B and B2C entities which means all the data can be sent for management via professional tools and retrieved for in-store usage. With Improved Import and Export as a platform connector, you can administrate supply chain, finances and taxes, human resources, store content, customer care, marketing activity, and receive profound analytics on every process in your store.

Dropshipping with Magento 2

Improved Import and Export supports and enhances the diverse opportunities held within Magento 2. When it comes to dropshipping, the extension establishes a stable communication channel with your supplier. Direct API connection helps to exchange all the crucial data – from products to orders – without delays. Cron-based stock updates reduce the admin workload and allow you to stay in control over synchronized data. The advanced mapping features ensure the correct implementation of all the product data provided from the supplier side to your Magento 2 site.

For further information, check our Improved Import & Export Magento 2 Extension Manual. You can get the Magento 2 import/export module here:

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