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 type of product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts have individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.s, and merchandisers may want to enrich new products that are being added to the e-commerce channels. E-commerce 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 and need only to be completed inside Episerver Commerce. In other scenarios, you can create new products from scratch. Catalog entries have the following tasks associated with them.
- Locate "incomplete" products added from integrated systems, add content and media, and then categorize and publish them.
- Create products, add content and media provided from external sources, and then categorize and publish them.
- Add product code, internal and display names, properties, media and corresponding prices and inventory, to product variants.
When creating a catalog structure, carefully consider the maintenance and performance aspects. You should not build hierarchies of categories, products and variants that are too deep in your product catalog. However, building 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.
- Category. A grouping of purchasable products, such as Art Books or Cocktail Dresses.
- Product. Merchandise that you can display and purchase from the front-end site. A product can be a group of variations where you buy one item in the group.
Variant or SKU. A product with specific characteristics. For example, a shirt has an individual variation (SKUStock Keeping Unit; corresponds to a specific type of product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts have individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size.) which includes size, color, and sleeve length.
- Package. Comparable to a SKU because the 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). item must be purchased as a whole. For example, a shirt and hat combination is shrink-wrapped together and sold as a unit. Although multiple SKUs make up the package, the package has its own SKU number and appears as a single line item in the shopping cartA collection of products selected by a website shopper, with the intention of completing a buying procedure. Also called shopping cart or basket..
- Bundle. A collection of variations (SKUs) allowing customers to purchase two or more items at once. Pricing is SKU-specific and separate. For example, a matching shirt and hat are presented together on the front-end so the user can buy both items at once, but each item is listed separately in the shopping cart.
You can create a new entry from the catalog tree's context menus, the main listing, or the add content button at the top. When you expand the catalog tree, context-sensitive options appear. For example, if you select a category, you can create a new category, a product, or variant (SKU). If you select a product, you can create a new product or a variant (SKU). You also can create a package or bundle under a category.
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 does not display products or variants; only category nodes. Use the main catalog entry listing in the middle to access options for products and variants (SKUs).
A category can have its own rich content including assets, such as descriptions of wine regions for a subset of wine products.
- Expand the catalog tree or select the main catalog listing and navigate to the desired catalog or category node. Or, use the catalog search feature to find a product.
- Choose New Category from the Add button at the top or the context menu for the item in the listing.
- Enter a name for the category and select the appropriate product category type (meta-class). The system suggests types based on the context and previous similar previous actions.
- Complete the category details. The system saves the item automatically but it is not available on the website until published.
Catalogs can contain only products, both products and variants, or only variants. The following example shows how to create a variant (SKU).
- Expand the catalog tree or select the main catalog listing and navigate to the desired catalog entry (category or product). Or, use catalog search to find the product you want to work with.
- Chose the desired catalog entry to add by selecting it from the Add button at the top or in the context menu for the item in the listing. The following image shows a selected product to create a variant of it.
- Enter a name for the variant and select the appropriate variant type (meta-class). The system suggests types based on the context and previous similar actions.
- Complete the category details. The system saves the item automatically but the item is not available on the website until published.
You can duplicate an existing entry to start a new entry. When you create a duplicate entry, it gets a unique ID, and you can edit the following details to make it unique. You can also move it to any location in the catalog tree.
- Category. Creates a new code, name in URLUniform Resource Locator. Also known as a web address such as http://world.episerver.com., and SEOSearch Engine Optimization; making website content attractive to search engines and as a result achieve high rankings in search results. URL, based on the original. Name, internal name, and content are the same as the original. Sub-entries, such as products and variants in the category, are not duplicated.
- Product. Creates a new URL name, SEO URL, and product code based on the original. Name, internal name, content, and market availability are the same as the original
- Variant (SKU). Creates a new URL name, SEO URL, and product code based on the original. The internal name, content, pricing information, and market availability are the same as the original.
You can duplicate a single catalog entry, or a selection of multiple entries.
The following example duplicates a selection of multiple variants and adds them to another category.
- Expand the catalog tree and go to the desired catalog or category node, so that products and variants appear in the main listing.
- In the list, check the boxes of items to be duplicated.
- Drag your selection to the desired location in the catalog tree.
- Click Duplicate in the Select Action dialog box. The selected catalog entries are duplicated in the desired location.
You also can use the Copy and Paste options in the List menu to duplicate multiple entries, or the Copy and Paste options in the Context menu to duplicate a single catalog entry. See Product categorization for information about moving and linking catalog entries.