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. 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. When working with catalog entries, you typically complete the following types of 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 code, internal and display names, properties, media and corresponding prices and inventory to product 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 your product catalog. On the other hand, a flat catalog structure with too many entries in the same category can negatively impact performance.
When creating a catalog entry, you first choose its type from the list below.
- Category. A grouping of purchasable products, such as Art Books or Cocktail Dresses.
- Product. Merchandise you can display on the front-end site. A product typically consists of several variations. Customers purchase the variations.
- Variant or SKU. A product with specific characteristics. For example, a shirt variation (SKUCommerce: Stock Keeping Unit; corresponds to a purchasable product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs for sleeve size, color, and collar size.) includes size, color, sleeve length, and price.
- Package. Comparable to an SKU because it 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, it has a unique SKU number and appears as a single line item in a shopping cartCommerce: A collection of products selected by a website customer, with the intention of completing a purchase. Also known as a 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 a 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 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 (SKU), package, or bundle. After selecting a product, you can create new products or variants/SKUs.
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).
A categoryCommerce: Categories let you adjust the structure and range of a catalog to optimize the selling potential of products. You can use categories to search for products. You can also assign products to categories by creating relations. can have its own rich content including assets, such as descriptions of wine regions for a subset of wine products.
- From the Commerce > Catalog interface, 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 Add > Category. Or, from a catalog node, click the context menu and select New > category.
- 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 actions.
- Complete the category details. The system saves the item automatically, but it is not available on the website until published.
A catalog 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.
- Select the catalog entry for which you are creating the variant. Then, either select Add > Variant/SKU at the top of the screen or from the context menu, select New > Variant/SKU.
- 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 it 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 one or several catalog entries. The following example duplicates 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 you want to duplicate appear in the main listing.
- Pin the Catalogs pane so it remains open.
- In the list, check the boxes of items to be duplicated.
- Drag your selection to the desired catalog tree location.
- The Select Action dialog box appears. Click Duplicate. The selected entries are duplicated in the desired location.
You also can use the List menu's Copy and Paste options to duplicate multiple entries, or the Context menu's Copy and Paste options to duplicate a catalog entry. See Product categorization for information about moving and linking catalog entries.