In order to allow for customers who have had existing WooCommerce or Shopify stores to get up and going with the software quickly, we’ve added import tools that will automatically create items in your inventory from the items on your ecommerce store. This is supported both through Windows and ThunderPOS.net.
The importer is designed to work for the majority of customers in as simple a manner as possible; if you’re needing to do something more complex, such as importing custom fields from WooCommerce or tags from Shopify, you may need to use the spreadsheet method of importing to the software.
Please also note that after you’ve used the importer, the syncing will flow as normal – changes to price or description on the WooCommerce or Shopify ends won’t flow into ThunderPOS, for example. This is simply a tool to allow a new user with an existing site to quickly hit the ground running with ThunderPOS.
There are a few options you’ll need to select for the importer. For WooCommerce, you’ll need to pick if you’re importing just new or just used items, or if you have an attribute on variations to indicate whether it’s new or used.
For both WooCommerce and Shopify, there are a few fields that you have to decide how to import. For WooCommerce, the default suggestion is to import description into the notes field, and the short description into the description field.
For Shopify, the default is to import the Body to notes, the Type to category, and the Vendor to manufacturer.
For either, you’ll need to select whether you want to import items that have blank SKUs on the ecommerce side. Importing these items will assign a randomly generated UPC as the SKU, and this will include setting that on the ecommerce site. Item IDs are a required field for ThunderPOS, so if you don’t let it assign SKUs and haven’t assigned one yourself, the item will be skipped.