Commerce > Catalogs > Creating a catalog entry

Episerver Commerce iconCreating a catalog entry

The Catalog interface in Episerver Commerce provides multiple options to work with catalogCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs). data. Marketers may want to create new productCommerce: various forms of merchandise that you can display and purchase from the public site, including products, variations/SKUs, bundles, packages and dynamic packages.s and variantCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s, and merchandisers may want to enrich new products being added to e-commerce channels. Ecommerce solutions integrated with an external ERPEnterprise Resource Planning; refers to systems for managing business operations including product planning, development, manufacturing, logistics sales and marketing. system may have existing products with core data that only need to be completed within Episerver Commerce. In other scenarios, you can create new products from scratch. When working with catalog entries, you typically complete the following tasks.

  • Locate "incomplete" products added from integrated systems, add content and media, then categorize and publish them.
  • Create products, add content and media provided from external sources, then categorize and publish them.
  • Add product codes, internal and display names, properties, media, pricing and inventory information to variants.

When creating a catalog structure, carefully consider its maintenance and performance aspects. You should not build hierarchies of categories, products and variants that are too deep in the product catalog. On the other hand, a flat catalog structure with too many entries in the same category can negatively impact performance.

You can import a catalog into the system, or manually create a catalog. If you have an existing catalog, you can add one or more entry types to it.

Types of catalog entries

Each catalog entry has a type.

You can create a new entry from the catalog tree's context menu, the main listing, or the Add content button at the top. When you expand the catalog tree, context-sensitive options appear. For example, after selecting a category, you can create a new category, product, variant, packageCommerce: a unit that contains multiple products or variants, with a single unique pricing for the entire package; comparable to an individual SKU because the package item must be purchased as a whole (such as a computer system)., or bundleCommerce: a collection of variations and SKUs that let customers purchase two or more items at once.. After selecting a product, you can create new products or variants.

Because variants belong to the lowest level in the product hierarchy, you cannot add sub-entries for them; you only can edit them.

The catalog tree in the left pane does not display products or variants; only category nodes. Use the main catalog entry listing in the middle of the screen to access options for products and variants (SKUs).

Translating catalog content

Like other types of content, catalog entries can exist in multiple languages. See Multi-language management for information about translating catalog entries.

Saving and publishing

After editing a catalog entry, you can either publish the changes immediately, or schedule for later publishing using the save and publish flow for content. Certain information, such as pricing, is immediately published upon edit.

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