How To

Organizing your Inventory

Before you begin adding products into ChannelAdvisor Complete, it is important to spend some time thinking about how to organize your inventory. The decisions you make can impact areas throughout the Complete system.

 

Prerequisites


You should be familiar with the following topics before continuing:

 

Tasks to Complete


 

Using Inventory Attributes

Attributes are custom fields used to describe your products and are an important part of organizing your inventory. Attributes can appear on all inventory items, or only in specific classifications.

 

Grouping

Grouping your inventory enabled you to manage sets of 'like products' all at one time.

  • The Labels feature can be used to dynamically group inventory items.
  • The Classifications feature can be used to create custom field attributes for inventory, schedule large sets of listings to marketplaces, and enable common shipping rates for similar products.

 

Product Variations

Product Variations can be used to sell your products more efficiently on sites such as your ChannelAdvisor Store or the Amazon Marketplace . This tool enables you to list a single item with several variation choices. For example, if you are selling a Polo Shirt, it may come in a variety of color and size selections. The buyer can choose their size and color preferences on a single listing, rather than having to view multiple pages of individual products.

 

Recommending Upsell Items

Webstore checkout provides the ability to offer up to four additional upsell items to the buyer during Checkout, for accessories or complimentary items as the buyer checks out. These can be defined on an item-by-item basis, in groups based on classification, or for all items.

 

Sharing Quantity Across Multiple Accounts

In order to manage your inventory across several accounts, the system uses a concept called Shared Quantity Pooling. Shared quantity allows you to have the same SKUs in multiple accounts, maximizing sales while managing a single inventory quantity.

 

Archiving Products

Archiving your old products is important to maintain a 'clean' set of inventory. If you are no longer selling an item, it should be archived to enable you to manage your active inventory.

 

Bundles

If you want to offer related items as a predefined collection or kit, you can create bundles in ChannelAdvisor. It consists of a bundle item that represents the collection title like "Samsung Mobile Set" or "Canon Camera Kit for Starters". Assigned are components like mobile / charger cable / wireless headset or camera / standard lens / telephoto lens. Thus you can create attractive packages for your buyers and distinguish your product line from your competitors.

 

Before you begin adding products into ChannelAdvisor Complete, it is important to spend some time thinking about how to organize your inventory. The decisions you make can impact areas throughout the Complete system.

 

Prerequisites


You should be familiar with the following topics before continuing:

 

Tasks to Complete


 

Using Inventory Attributes

Attributes are custom fields used to describe your products and are an important part of organizing your inventory. Attributes can appear on all inventory items, or only in specific classifications.

 

Grouping

Grouping your inventory enabled you to manage sets of 'like products' all at one time.

  • The Labels feature can be used to dynamically group inventory items.
  • The Classifications feature can be used to create custom field attributes for inventory, schedule large sets of listings to marketplaces, and enable common shipping rates for similar products.

 

Product Variations

Product Variations can be used to sell your products more efficiently on sites such as your ChannelAdvisor Store or the Amazon Marketplace . This tool enables you to list a single item with several variation choices. For example, if you are selling a Polo Shirt, it may come in a variety of color and size selections. The buyer can choose their size and color preferences on a single listing, rather than having to view multiple pages of individual products.

 

Recommending Upsell Items

Webstore checkout provides the ability to offer up to four additional upsell items to the buyer during Checkout, for accessories or complimentary items as the buyer checks out. These can be defined on an item-by-item basis, in groups based on classification, or for all items.

 

Sharing Quantity Across Multiple Accounts

In order to manage your inventory across several accounts, the system uses a concept called Shared Quantity Pooling. Shared quantity allows you to have the same SKUs in multiple accounts, maximizing sales while managing a single inventory quantity.

 

Archiving Products

Archiving your old products is important to maintain a 'clean' set of inventory. If you are no longer selling an item, it should be archived to enable you to manage your active inventory.

 

Bundles

If you want to offer related items as a predefined collection or kit, you can create bundles in ChannelAdvisor. It consists of a bundle item that represents the collection title like "Samsung Mobile Set" or "Canon Camera Kit for Starters". Assigned are components like mobile / charger cable / wireless headset or camera / standard lens / telephoto lens. Thus you can create attractive packages for your buyers and distinguish your product line from your competitors.

 

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