Managing Products

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Navigate to: PIM > Products


The Products list is a central location in Znode for Administrators to create and manage the products that appear in web stores.


Product Types

Type

Description

Simple

A Simple product is a non-parent-child relationship product. This means only one SKU is associated with such products.
Simple product can be used to create Grouped, Bundle, Configurable, or Add-On products.

Grouped

A Grouped product is a parent-child relationship product, where users can decide the child products and the quantities they wish to purchase.
This type of product can be created by associating one or more child products, therefore they are always associated with more than one SKU. 


Example:

Grouped Product: Speed Air Industrial Duty Air Chipping Hammer

Child Products:

  • Mobil Air Tool Oil

  • M12 FUEL 12-Volt 1/2 in Brushless Cordless Hammerdrill

  • Bosch Cordless Brushless 18-Volt 2 tool Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Kit

  • Milwaukee M18 18-Volt 1/2 in Brushless Cordless Hammerdrill Kit

Bundle

A Bundle product is a parent-child relationship product, where users can directly purchase the entire bundle.

This type of product can be created by associating one or more child products, therefore they are always associated with more than one SKU.

Example:

Bundle Product: DeWalt 3-Tool Combo Kit Bundle

Child Products:

  • DeWalt Led Work Light

  • DeWalt 1/4 Impact Driver

  • DeWalt Compact Hammerdrill

Configurable

A Configurable product is a single product with multiple variations. It is also a parent-child relationship product, where users can directly purchase one or more variants of the main product.


Example:

Configurable Product: Pyramex RCLTS3111

Child Products

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Black Small

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Black Large

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Blue Small

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Blue Large

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Orange Small

  • Pyramex RCLTS3111 Orange Large


Adding a Product

Administrators can create a new product by clicking the “Add New” button and following the below steps:

  1. Add the required information

  2. Click Save or Save & Close

  3. When the Save button is clicked:

    1. Additional tabs would appear, add the required information

    2. Click Save or Save & Close

  4. Publish the product (optional)

Editing a product

Administrators can edit any product by clicking on the Edit action available for every record and following the below steps:

  1. Edit the product details/associations

  2. Click Save or Save & Close

  3. Publish the product (optional)

Managing Child Products

Since the concept of Configurable, Grouped and Bundle products is to allow administrators to create a group/variation of similar products therefore in order to create a variation, provision to associate other products (also known as child products) to the main product (also known as parent product) is made available so that the child products can inherit the common behavior of parent product and can be sold with parent product.The common behavior of parent products is inherited by the child products so that when they are ordered through the parent product, some necessary conditions are applied.

Configurable Products


In order to have a product with variations (also known as variants), admin users can create a Configurable product. For example, to create a product Pyramex RCLTS3111 in Green, Blue, and Grey variations, admin users can create Pyramex RCLTS3111 Green, Pyramex RCLTS3111 Blue, and Pyramex RCLTS3111 Grey products as simple products and Pyramex RCLTS3111 as a Configurable product with all the simple products associated as variants.

In order to create a Configurable product, it is important for admin users to select one or more product attributes whose “Is Configurable” setting is true. Based on the selected attributes, the variants can be associated.

Once a Configurable product is created, admin users can manage the following for child/variant products:-

  1. Association

    • Admin users can associate all those simple products as variants that have a unique value saved against the selected configurable attribute from the Variants tab using the Associate Products button.
      For example, say the configurable attribute is Color, then if the admin user tries to associate Product 1 with the value of Color as Green and Product 2 with the value of Color as Green then this will not be allowed. Only one product with a unique value for color can be associated, so admin user can associate either Product 1 or Product 2

    • Admin users can also unassociate the variants using a Delete action available for every record and under Tools action as well

  2. Default Variant

    • Admin users can set anyone variant as the default variant using Set/Remove As Default Variant action available under Tools action. When a variant is set as default, the same is selected on the Configurable product’s details page on the web-store when the same is opened.

    • Admin users can also set a default variant as a non-default variant using Set/Remove As Default Variant action available under Tools action. In this scenario, when a Configurable product’s details page is opened on the web store any random variant would be selected and displayed.

Note: 

  • In case of Configurable Products, inventory, price, and other settings (except for Obsolete product settings) of child products are always considered, when the parent product is viewed or when variants are ordered from the web store.

  • When there are no default variants available, a default variant will be randomly selected on the product details page of the respective configurable product.

  • The sequence in which the configurable attributes and configurable attribute values will be displayed on the Configurable Product Details Page on the webstore can be managed from the Edit Attribute screen in the admin application.



Grouped Products


In order to have a group of related products with options to purchase one or more products from a group, admin users can create a Grouped product.

Once a Grouped product is created, admin users can manage the following for child/variant products:-

  1. Association

    • Admin users can associate any number of child products from the Grouped Product tab using the Associate Products button.
      Admin users can also unassociate the child products using a Delete action available for every record and under Tools action as well

  2. Display Order

    • Admin users can manage the sequence in which child products will be displayed on the web store by updating the value of the Display Order column using the Edit and Save actions available for every record. The child product with the lowest display order will be displayed first in the list on the Grouped product’s details page on the web store.

Note: In case of Grouped Products, inventory, price, and other settings (except Obsolete product settings) of child products are always considered, when parent product is viewed or when child products are ordered from the web store.



Bundle Products

In order to have a package/bundle of required products with an option to purchase the entire bundle, admin users can create a Bundle product.

Once a Bundle product is created, admin users can manage the following for child/variant products:-

  1. Association

    • Admin users can associate any number of child products from the Bundle Product tab using the Associate Products button.
      Admin users can also unassociate the child products using a Delete action available for every record and under Tools action as well

  2. Display Order

    • Admin users can manage the sequence in which child products will be displayed on the web store by updating the value of the Display Order column using the Edit and Save actions available for every record. The child product with the lowest display order will be displayed first in the list on the Grouped product’s details page on the web store.

  3. Quantities Per Bundle

    • Admin users can manage the quantities of child products available per bundle product.

Note: In case of Bundle Products, except inventory and Out Of Stock Options setting, all other settings of the parent product are always considered, when the parent product is viewed or ordered from the web store.



Publishing a Product

Anytime an administrator makes any changes to a product, the product must be published in order to make the change visible on the web store.
There are two ways to publish a product:

  1. Product list page - Click the publish icon on the product list page.

  2. Edit product page - Click on the product edit and make the required changes. Click on the “Publish” button on the top right corner.

All products that are included in a catalog are also published during a full Catalog Publish.


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