Finished indexing almost half a million UPCs!

Over the last couple of months, our bulk UPC submitter has been working overtime to process nearly half a million new UPCs – indexing them and adding them to our database!

Finally this long job is over, and we have also cleared the backlog of UPCs submitted by users while the big batch job was being processed. Normal service is now restored, meaning that you can now once more submit your own jobs and get the results back in reasonable time.

Most of the time we avoid growing our database so rapidly – we don’t want to destabilise our servers and also Google doesn’t seem to like you adding a LOT of new pages to a site. Indeed, our Google traffic fell through the floor for a while, though we’re back now, stronger than before, actually.

Now we are at a little under 2.7 million UPCs in our database and will probably take another break from adding large numbers of UPCs for the time being to see how things go before we push for the big 3 mill!

Comments 2

  • Hello,

    Working for a client with a CMMS System that has an ITEM MASTER of about 200 items that they purchase from many various vendors. I am looking for a way to find a UPC Code for each of these items. You know anyone that might offer such a service or sell that data to be able to do this ourselves? Any recommendations or referals on who I can speak with would be great.

    Thanks in advance,
    David Miller

    • Hi David, sorry, I missed your question completely so it might be a bit late coming now. How to find UPCs for a given product – well, that isn’t an exact science unfortunately. The UPC is the only real unique code associated with any product, everything else could be common to multiple products (similar names, similar models etc.). It really should be the vendors supplying the UPC to go with their product. What criteria would you use to search on? I guess model names/numbers would be the best bet, they would be reasonably likely to return a single product. But if you searched on the product titles there would be no way you could guarantee getting the right UPC. It would need a lot of human curation, even though maybe we could put together something semi-automated. Let me know any more details, maybe I can try to come up with something.

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