Keys to Setting up a Catalog
Suppliers just setting up their account should review this article on basics for setting up and working with catalog/item data. The product feed you provide to your retail trading partners is meant to give them basic item data so they can export to their ecommerce, PIM or other back-end system.
Note: The Catalog/Inventory templates described below are different from the Advanced Catalog feature that's used to view your retail trading partner's catalog requirements. For more information about using the Advanced Catalog feature, see our support article: Advanced Catalog Feature for Suppliers.
Follow these steps to make sure you successfully set up your item data the first time.
- Make sure you are clear on what data your retail trading partners need. Do they need descriptions, UPC, or your category structure? Do they need images (if so provide high res images)? For more information on images, see Working with Product Images.
- Review the fields that are part of the dsco.io Product Object (Dsco Data Schema). The only fields Dsco requires are title and sku, but as suggested, you may very well want to provide more.
- Download and use the Dsco spreadsheet or .csv template (https://app.dsco.io/inventory/upload) or use our mapping tool (Using the Dsco Data Mapper), to upload your .xls, .csv or .tab file to the Dsco Platform. If you update your item data on a frequent basis, create a batch automation job: Creating an Automated Job
- Once you upload catalog data into your account, it will become visible to your trading partners. If you have 1,000’s or 100’s of thousands skus, it is strongly recommended to pass through your category structure so retailers can sort through your items.
Using Dsco Assortments to Share Data
Once your items are in the dsco.io platform you have the ability to create and copy your item into assortments. With assortments, you can assign trading partners access to specific assortments, thus controlling, what items they can view and sell.
One way suppliers use this feature is to create a Master Assortment (with all items), a SMB assortment (with a subset of items) and an assortment for a specific large retailer that might have items that are exclusively for them.
To assign a assortment to a retailer, select TRADING PARTNER and select the Settings icon for the retailer to which you want assign a assortment. At the bottom of the page, you can choose which assortment to assign to the retailer.