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Create components in bulk

Conveniently create, upload and update components in bulk using the retraced Import Wizard.

Creating and updating components are notably tedious tasks if you do it one by one. But we have great news! With our import wizard you can export your component data from any system and upload it without the hassle of preparing the file to fit a certain template format! Start in your components overview via the 'Components' tab and click on the '+' button to begin the process.

💡Although the wizard is convenient for creating and updating components in bulk, you also have the option to create a component manually. To do so, click on this article.


How to use the product import wizard?

Step 1 - Choose the material composition structure

Before uploading, you need to select the structure of the material composition in your export file. You can choose between none (for no material composition information), row separation (material composition is shown in rows), column separation (material composition is shown in columns.

Step 2 - File Upload

Export your product data from any database (e.g. PLM, ERP, Shopify etc.) and simply drop it into our import wizard or browse for it by clicking on the 'Import Product Data' button.

You may use the retraced product sheet as a guidance.

Step 3 - Header Selection

Here, you have the option to confirm and select the header of this sheet. In general, you can just move on by clicking on the 'Continue' button.

Step 4 - Column Matching

Our wizard will magically map your columns with the corresponding retraced fields (sometimes it requires a little bit of help on your side). Once the mapping is done, click on the 'Confirm' button.

❗Product Code is a required column for a successful upload. Please ensure your file includes this field as a column!

It is not necessary to have complete data for product level and product type, you can select from our dropdowns during the import process.

Step 5 - Data Cleaning 

If the wizard senses errors in the data, it will highlight those for you, so that you can easily clean your data before completing the import. To do, slide the toggle for 'Show all rows with errors' to the right to only see the respective rows. You will also be able to select from our dropdowns, in case of fields with predefined options (e.g. materials, country of origin, product type etc.). To continue, click on the 'Complete Import' button.

Step 6 - Complete Import

To finish the import, click on the 'Submit' button. That's it - congratulations, you've just saved yourself lots of valuable time and can get started to work with your data on our platform.

💡Would you like to edit individual component information? You can do so via the 'pencil' icon directly in the component profile. Don't forget to click 'Save & Return'!