Audience: Retailers

Not all retailer trading partners have access or are using advanced catalog services, which is different from the Catalog templates that your suppliers use to provide item data. If you're interested in using advanced catalog services, reach out to your CommerceHub Customer Success Manager or email us at support@dsco.io

With advanced catalog services, you may create new catalogs, categories, and attributes to easily categorize items and establish requirements for your suppliers. This article describes how to manually create a catalog, its categories, and attributes using the Dsco platform. 

If you'd like to upload a new catalog to the Dsco platform, see Uploading a catalog.

While you may create multiple catalogs, only one catalog may be active at a time. Here’s a quick look at the catalog status options:

Draft Any draft catalogs that have not yet been saved will simply be displayed with the catalog name without a status in parenthesis (example: TestCatalog).
Published

Any catalogs that you create and save will be displayed with "Published" next to the catalog name (example: TestCatalog (Published)). The catalog will not be active until you activate the catalog.

Active Any catalogs that you activate will be displayed with "Active" next to the catalog name (example: Test Catalog (Active)). Your suppliers will only interact with active catalogs.

 

Step 1: Click the navigation menu and select Workflows > Catalogs.

Step 2: To create a new catalog, click the + icon (Create New Catalog) near the top of the page.

Step 3: In the Create Catalog Attribution pop-up, enter a name for the new catalog and click Create Catalog.

Step 4: To add a category to the catalog, click the three-dot Options menu and select Add New Category.

Step 5: Enter a name for the new category and click Save.

Step 6: To add an attribute to the category, click the + button (Add Attribute). 

Step 7: In the Attributes Editor window, enter the attribute details.

Tips:

  • To ensure that the images your suppliers upload to the Dsco platform will go through the compliance process, we recommend that you use the Image Type attribute mapper to define the type of attribute image and map it to the CommerceHub Dsco Schema database). If you do not map the type, the images images type will be selected by default. Here are the image type options.
  • If an attribute uses a pick list of values, you may determine the order that the values appear by dragging the three-line icons to the desired locations.
  • To set up a rule for this attribute, click the Advanced button. In the Advanced Attribute Rules pop-up, click Add Rule + and select one of the options from the drop-down menu. The pop-up will change depending on which option you selected. Enter the information requested and click Save
  • To delete a rule, click the Advanced button. In the Advanced Attribute Rules pop-up, click the X next to the attribute to delete it. 

Step 8: When complete, click Add Attribute.

Step 9: The page is updated with the new attribute. Repeat steps 4-8 as needed to add additional categories, subcategories, and attributes.

The Field Ownership field indicates if the attribute is part of the CommerceHub Catalog schema (Default) or has been added by the retailer (retailer's name).

Step 10: When finished, save the catalog by clicking the rocket icon (Publish Catalog) at the top of the page. (Published) will be appended to the catalog name in the drop-down (in the above example, it'll appear as Spring  (Published)). The catalog will not be active until you activate the catalog.

Step 11: To activate the catalog, click the rocket icon (Activate Catalog) again at the top of the page. (Active) will be appended to the catalog name in the drop-down (in the above example, it'll appear as Spring (Active)).

It can take up to 15 minutes to process the items and ensure all items have an accurate compliance status. As a reminder, only one catalog may be active at a time. 

Step 12: To download a catalog, select the catalog name from the Catalogs drop-down and click the Download button. This will allow you to view your complete catalog taxonomy, including all of the catalog attributes.

Mapping image type attributes to the Dsco Data Schema

To ensure that the images your suppliers upload to the Dsco platform will go through the compliance process, we recommend that you use the Image Type attribute mapper to define the type of attribute image and map it to the CommerceHub Dsco Schema database). If you do not map the type, the images image type will be selected by default. Here are the image type options:

images Mapped by default, this image type will include the images prefix in the supplier template.
product_images

This image type will include the product_images prefix in the supplier template and describes the name of the product-level image and the content of the image. This is not a variant-level image. This would be an image that represents the product as a whole and not a single variant or option-item.

swatch_images This image type will include the swatch_images prefix in the supplier template and references the item-level swatch image. This could be a URL.
brand_logo_images This image type will include the brand_logo_images prefix in the supplier template and references the brand image. This could be a URL.
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