Category Mapping Tool

The Category Mapping Tool allows you to "map" the supplier's default categories to your own custom categories on your website. You can combine redundant categories, rename categories, and "nest" sub categories under the appropriate main categories.

Quick Video Overview:


Frequently Asked Question's:


Can I exclude specific categories totally?

Yes, when you're in the category mapping tool. If there's a category that just doesn't fit your business needs or you just want to focus on specific categories you can simply exclude an entire category by clicking the box under the exclude column.


If I want to exclude specific subcategories but not total categories is that possible?

If you're wanting an entire category but don't want a a few of the child categories that are included with that category. All you have to do is click the plus sign to the left of the main category name and a drop down list of all of the child categories that are included within that category appear. Simply click the box next to the child category that you don't want to include in your product listings and it will exclude it from your website and your daily updates.


What is the difference in “new parent” and “rename” how do they show on my site?

The "new parent" column can be used if you're wanting one of the given categories that are set by your supplier to become a subcategory of a more broad category. Let's say you have categories that were given like 'shirts', 'shoes', and 'pants' and you want all of those to go under a parent category "clothes," you would set your new parent category as "Clothes" and those given three categories will now all fall under that one main "parent " category. This can be done with both main categories given and sub categories given. 

When you click the "new parent" box next to the category you want to change a pop up box will show up. This will give you the option to come up with a new name all together or use one of the current category names that are already listed. 


How do sub-categories show up on my Shopify store?

For Shopify they don't use the actual term "sub-categories" nor "child categories", they refer to these as 'tags' therefore the sub-categories that you set in this tool may not transfer over as desired. Not to worry  here is Shopify's guide on how to set your categories and sub-categories up to best fit your business needs. This shows step by step how you will achieve your ending goal for your websites categories.


When I utilize the “use manufacturer name” how does that show up on my store?

If you would like to replace your items with manufactures name simply click the box next to the category that you would like to include the manufactures name to the products, or you can can simply select all by clicking the "Toggle All Use Manufacturer Name" this will select all of the categories at once. When you do set this allows you to change the category structure for a Sub Category. 

For example, if your supplier has a Main Category called "Knives", they might list the Sub Categories as types of knives such as "Hunting", "Carving", "Pocket Knives", etc. However, you might prefer to market these products by brand for your Sub Category structure such as "Kershaw", "Victorinox", "Leatherman", etc. You can easily select the "Select All" option so all categories use the brand/manufacture for the Sub Category classification or only select specific Main Categories to use the brand for the classification of the Sub Categories.


Can I markup on specific categories?

Yes, we do give you an option to mark up based off of a specific category. If you go to the “Category” tab enable the “category specific pricing” toggle and it will add a column to that tools dashboard interface to the far right.   

You then have the option to

  • Markup by flat dollar amount
  • Markup by flat percentage
  • Tiered dollar amount
  • Dollar discount from MSRP
  • Percentage discount from MSRP

If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information listed above please don't hesitate to ask.


Steps to submit a support ticket:

  1. Login to your InventorySource.com account.
  2. At the bottom of the left hand panel you'll see "Help"
  3. Under Help, click “Contact Us”.
  4. Fill in your question and submit your ticket.

Our staff will respond in 24-48 hours. Please try to be as specific as possible about your question, including the Batch you are working on, which error you’re seeing, etc.


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