Dsco supports Variant SKUs by providing several fields within the product data schema that allows the supplier to specify a “Parent” relationship with any given “Child” SKU.
The “product_group” (Product Group) field is available on Dsco Catalog upload files, and allows you to specify the parent SKU for each SKU in the group. “product_title” (Product Title) allows you to specify the title of the group.
To use the product_group field, you will have to create "child" SKUs in your account--each with its own unique sku and upc values--first. Once they're created, you can enter the "parent" SKU in the product_group field of your catalog upload file to group those "child" SKUs together in Dsco.
A Dsco Catalog upload template can be found at the bottom of this article.
Please note that this catalog upload file is different from the Advanced Catalogs upload file; for more on that type of catalog file, please see the Advanced Catalogs article here.
Here’s an example of how this works...
Let’s say the supplier has a T-Shirt. This T-Shirt comes in several sizes that need to be grouped together. In this example, each individual size, or “variant”, would have a unique SKU. Each SKU must be unique and must match the supplier's identifier for the specific style, color, and size in the supplier's system. This way, when the SKU is ordered, the supplier will ship the appropriate item. For example, the SKU for a size small T-Shirt could be "plainwhitet-s". The "s" at the end indicates that this is the "Small" size.
Along with the SKU, you will need to set an appropriate "Product Group" for that T-Shirt. The “Product Group” indicates that each variant in the group can be lumped together as a single product, or “Parent”, of the individual sizes. In this example, an appropriate Product Group could be "plainwhitet". If the group has three sizes, Large, Medium and Small, each of those SKUs would have "plainwhitet" as the Product Group.
Next, when grouping products, the supplier will want to utilize the "Product Title" field to set a title for the group. In this example, the Product Title could be something like "Plain White T-Shirt". Along this line of thinking, the "Title" field would be used to specify the unique SKU's attribute, such as, "Large". This way, when the retailer is presenting these products on their eCommerce system, the product can be labeled "Plain White T-Shirt". Then, when selecting the individual size, the Title can represent the SKU appropriately and the customer can select the correct size they wish to purchase.
Lastly, most retailer's systems will have the ability to utilize attributes which provide better searching and filtering options to their customers. If available, adding attributes to each SKU is very helpful to your trading partners. You do so by providing an “Attribute Name” and “Value” for each SKU. 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.
When product grouping is set properly, the Dsco inventory catalog will group option/variant SKUs together, into groups, which simplifies visibility and recognition of grouped products.