CommerceHub supports variant SKUs by providing several fields in the product data schema where suppliers can specify a Product Group and add SKUs to that Product Group. When product grouping is set properly, the inventory catalog will group option/variant SKUs together, which simplifies visibility and recognition of grouped products for you and customers. Customers will then be able to easily see and search for products on your website.
Here’s an example of how to use Product Groups:
A supplier has a T-shirt that comes in several sizes that need to be grouped together. Each size (or variant) must have a unique SKU and must match the supplier's identifier for the specific style, color, and size in the supplier's system.
- T-Shirt White Small (plainwhitet-s)
- T-Shirt White Medium (plainwhitet-m)
- T-Shirt White Large (plainwhitet-l)
The supplier names the Product Group "plainwhitet". The supplier also creates a Product Group Title "Plain White T-shirt" that can be used on the website and allow customers to easily see and search for products. The supplier adds the Product Group and Product Group Title to the three SKUs listed above, which will group the individual SKUs together as a single product with multiple size options.
Tip: Most retailer systems have the ability to utilize attributes, which provide better searching and filtering options to their customers. If available, adding attributes such as “Attribute Name” and “Value” for each SKU is very helpful to your trading partners. For example, the Attribute Name could be "Size", while the Attribute Value could be "Large" or "Small"; essentially mimicking the title of the individual SKU, although, they do not have to be the same.
Note: The catalog upload file is different from advanced catalog services. For more information, see Advanced Catalog Services for Suppliers.
Adding Product Groups to Inventory SKUs
Assigning a Product Group to your SKUs is easy! When you're adding or editing single or multiple SKUs, simply add Product Group and Product Group Title values to the individual SKU(s) that belong to that group.
Refer to the following articles for more information about adding or updating SKU data:
Searching for Product Groups
Step 1: Click the Dashboard icon and select Workflows > Inventory.
Step 2: In the Search bar, enter the Product Group you're searching for; for example, SHIRT_ABC_111.
Step 3: The list of search results is displayed on the right. Select an individual SKU or select all SKUs by selecting the checkbox by the SKU column, and then you can:
- Add the SKU(s) to an assortment by clicking Actions and selecting an assortment from the list.
- Change the SKU status to Discontinued by clicking Actions and selecting Discontinue.
- Change the SKU status to Out of Stock by clicking Actions and selecting Mark as out of stock.
Step 4: A status message is displayed at the top of the page. Your inventory data should be updated within a couple of minutes.