Product Types

 
 

Overview

Sellercloud allows you to create and assign Product Types to your products. Each product can be assigned one product type. Product types serve three purposes:

  • Filtering and Organization: The Product Types filter, available on various pages in Sellercloud, such as the Manage Catalog Page, can be used to sort products based on their product type.
  • Automated Configuration: Product types can be used to automatically apply default product settings for specific channels and speed up listing creation and management.
  • Channel Attribute Mapping: Product types can be used to map Sellercloud product properties to channel-specific fields to facilitate the channel listing process.

Prerequisites

Before creating, configuring, and assigning product types, you must decide their scope within your account. 

Product types can be either client-wide or company-specific, determined by the Client Setting Enable Product Types To Be Client Wide. This setting is enabled by default, which means you always start off with client-wide product types at first.

When the setting is:

  • Enabled – Product types are client-wide, which means they are available to products from all companies in your Sellercloud account. If this setting is enabled, all new product types will be created under your default company.
  • Disabled – Product types are company-specific, which means each company has its own product types. With this setup, product types have to be configured per company, and you will be able to export and then import to copy them across companies.
If you already have existing product types, contact Sellercloud Support before updating this setting to be sure that they are merged properly.

Create Product Types

You can create product types individually or in bulk.

Individually

To create a single product type:

  1. Go to Catalog > Product Types.
  2. Click the Actions icon at the bottom right and select Create.
  3. Enter the Product Type.
  4. Optionally, check Is Default Product Type to set this as the default product type that will be automatically assigned to all newly created products under the company it belongs to.

    When product types are company-specific, changing the company of any SKU will automatically switch the product type assigned to that SKU to the default product type. However, when product types are client-wide, and a product’s company changes, the assigned product type will not change.
  5. If the client setting Enable Product Types To Be Client Wide is disabled, you must also select the Company the product type will belong to.
  6. Click Create Product Type.

In Bulk

To create multiple product types at once:

  1. Go to Catalog > Tools > Import Product Info.
  2. Select Import Product Types.
  3. Click the Download icon to download the template.
  4. Populate the template with the appropriate information and save it.

    Only the ProductTypeName column is required. The ProductTypeID will be assigned on creation. You can repeat this process later and use the ID to update your existing product type information.
  5. Click File and select the updated template.
  6. Click Import.

Manage Product Types

Sellercloud offers various options when it comes to managing product types.

Search Product Types

To search for product types: 

  1. Go to Catalog > Product Types.
  2. Optionally, use the Default filters to find specific product types.
  3. Click Search.

Configure Product Types

To view and update product types:

  1. Search for product types.
  2. Click a product type’s Type ID to open it.
  3. Click Edit on the top right.
  4. Update the information on the page. The following panels are available:
    1. General – This panel lets you update the following:
      1. Name – The name of the product type.
      2. Is Default Product Type – Set the product type as the default product type that will be automatically assigned to all created products under the same company it belongs to.
      3. Company For Ebay/Magento/Website Options – Select the company to target with the eBay, Magento, and Website-related setting defaults configured in the other panels on the same page. This option is only available when product types are client-wide.
      4. Company – Select which company the product type belongs to. This option is only available when product types are company-wide.
      5. Has Prop 65 Warning – A flag indicating whether the product carries a Proposition 65 warning regarding compliance with California state regulations.
      6. Prop 65 Warning Message – The specific warning message related to Proposition 65 compliance.
      7. In House Condition – The product’s Condition (e.g., new, used, refurbished).
    2. Amazon Defaults – Configure default Amazon settings for products of this product type.
    3. eBay Defaults – Configure default eBay settings for products of this product type.
    4. Other Channel Defaults – Configure default settings for other channels.
    5. Website & Magento Categories – Select the default Website and Magento categories for products of this product type.
    6. Custom Columns To Display – If the client setting Filter Custom Columns To Be Per Product Type is enabled, this panel will allow you to select which Custom Columns you want to display on products of this product type. Note that only the columns specified for that product type will display on the product that is using it.
  5. Click Save.
After changing a product type’s settings, products with the same type will not be updated automatically. To push the changes to your products, make sure to Reload Product Defaults.

Reload Product Defaults

To update all SKUs of specific product types based on the configured Product Type Specifics:

  1. Search for product types.
  2. Check the boxes on the left to select product types.
  3. Click the Actions icon at the bottom right and select:
    1. Reload Product Defaults for Selected Types
    2. Force Reload Product Defaults for Selected Types

The same two actions are also available on each individual product type’s settings page.

You can also update product type defaults for specific products by going to the Manage Catalog page and using the Load Product Type Defaults action.

Channel Attribute Mapping

Product types can be used to map Sellercloud fields to channel attributes.

  1. Search for product types.
  2. Click a product type’s ID to open its settings page.
  3. Click the Actions icon at the top right and select Manage Channel Attribute Mapping.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select the Channel.
  6. Select the Table Name where the Sellercloud properties you want to map are located.
  7. Map the Sellercloud Column Names to corresponding Channel Attribute IDs.
  8. Click Save.

Export Product Types

To export product types:

  1. Search for product types.
  2. Check the boxes on the left to select product types.
  3. Click the Actions icon at the bottom right and select Export.
You can use the ProductTypeName column header to export the assigned product types from specific products with a Custom Export.

Delete

To delete product types:

  1. Search for product types.
  2. Check the boxes on the left to select product types.
  3. Click the Actions icon at the bottom right and select Delete Selected.
This action is irreversible and will delete the product types permanently.

Assign Product Types to SKUs

You can assign product types individually in bulk.

Individually

To assign a product type to a product:

  1. Go to the Product Details Page.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Update the Type field in the General panel.
  4. Click Save.

In Bulk

To assign product types to multiple products at once:

  1. Follow the steps to Bulk Update Products.
  2. Add a column header ProductTypeName and enter product type names below.
Only the ProductTypeName column is required. The ProductTypeID will be assigned on creation. You can repeat this process later and use the ID to update your existing product type information.

You can use the following Client Settings to change how product types function:

  • Enable Product Types To Be Client Wide – This setting makes product types available to products created under all companies in your Sellercloud account. Contact Sellercloud Support before making changes to this setting.
  • Share Product Types Across Companies – When product types are company-specific, this setting allows you to quickly copy them from one company to another.
  • Force Override Channel Categories When Product Type Changes – Override channel categories when assigning new product types to products. This applies only to channels that work with product types.
  • Update EBay Category ID When Importing Product Types – A new checkbox called Update Product eBay categories from uploaded file will appear when Importing Product Types.
  • Filter Custom Columns To Be Per Product Type – The Product Custom Columns that are configurable for each product will depend on the selected product type. See how to configure which columns are displayed on products with a specific product type.
    • Show All Columns If No Custom Column Defined Per Product Type – If you choose a product type but have not mapped any custom columns to it, Sellercloud will still display all columns on the product.

Overview

Sellercloud allows you to create and assign Product Types to your products. Each product can be assigned one product type. Product types serve three purposes:

  • Filtering and Organization: The Product Types filter, available on various pages in Sellercloud, such as the Manage Catalog Page, can be used to sort products based on their product type.
  • Automated Configuration: Product types can be used to automatically apply default product settings for specific channels and speed up listing creation and management.
  • Channel Attribute Mapping: Product types can be used to map Sellercloud product properties to channel-specific fields to facilitate the channel listing process.

Prerequisites

Before creating, configuring, and assigning product types, you must decide their scope within your account. 

Product types can be either client-wide or company-specific, determined by the Client Setting Enable Product Types To Be Client Wide. This setting is enabled by default, which means you always start off with client-wide product types at first.

When the setting is:

  • Enabled – Product types are client-wide, which means they are available to products from all companies in your Sellercloud account. If this setting is enabled, all new product types will be created under your default company.
  • Disabled – Product types are company-specific, which means each company has its own product types. With this setup, product types have to be configured per company, and you will be able to export and then import to copy them across companies.

If you already have existing product types, contact Sellercloud Support before updating this setting to be sure that they are merged properly.


Create or Edit a Product Type

  1. To access the Product Types page, either go to Company SettingsProduct Types (on top) or click the Manage tab next to the Product Type field on the Product Home page.
  2. Click Add New Product Type or Edit.
  3. Enter a type name.
  4. If applicable, select categories for Amazon, Buy.com, eBay, Sears, and Newegg.
  5. If applicable, select default eBay templates and policies.
  6. You can also select a Buy.com template that matches the product type. Selecting a template will allow you to create a brand new listing on Buy.com. Currently, the mapped templates are limited, so check with Sellercloud Support to see if an applicable category template can be placed on your server or be created, if necessary.
  7. Newegg also has templates, but they are only needed when posting listings through FTP. When using the API (recommended), templates are unnecessary.
  8. When product types are set as client-wide, you can still map a product type to website/Magento categories, even though those categories are company-based.
    1. Select a company from the dropdown at the top right. The website and/or Magento categories will appear.
    2. Map the product type by select a category.
    3. Save.
    4. Select a another company to display its website categories, select, and save.
  9. Custom columns can be linked to Product Type. This will hide any unlinked custom columns from displaying on the product when that Product Type is selected. The Client Setting Filter custom columns to be per product type must be enabled. If so, the custom columns will appear on the product type page for selecting to link.
If the listing already exists on the channel, you do not have to manually the category and template. Add the listing via the channel and the required information will be linked automatically.

Import Product Types

  1. On the Product Types page, click Import Product Types,
  2. Download the template and populate with appropriate categories.
  3. Import the template.

Assign Product Types to SKUs

  • Individually – On the Product Home page, click the product type (by default is set to Misc). Select the product type from the drop down and save.
  • Bulk update – Use the column header ProductTypeName.

You can use the following Client Settings to change how product types function:

  • Enable Product Types To Be Client Wide – This setting makes product types available to products created under all companies in your Sellercloud account. Contact Sellercloud Support before making changes to this setting.
  • Share Product Types Across Companies – When product types are company-specific, this setting allows you to quickly copy them from one company to another.
  • Force Override Channel Categories When Product Type Changes – Override channel categories when assigning new product types to products. This applies only to channels that work with product types.
  • Update EBay Category ID When Importing Product Types – A new checkbox called Update Product eBay categories from uploaded file will appear when Importing Product Types.
  • Filter Custom Columns To Be Per Product Type – The Product Custom Columns that are configurable for each product will depend on the selected product type. See how to configure which columns are displayed on products with a specific product type.
    • Show All Columns If No Custom Column Defined Per Product Type – If you choose a product type but have not mapped any custom columns to it, Sellercloud will still display all columns on the product.

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