ChannelEngine: product selection
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This article describes the functionality within the Product selection page on ChannelEngine.
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When you add a marketplace on ChannelEngine, your active products are not automatically exported to it. This is intentional, as in many cases ChannelEngine customers do not want all their products listed on every marketplace. To have products exported or included in a XML/CSV product feed, they must first be included in a product selection.
A product selection is a set of products that follow one or more business rules. It is possible to create these business rules by using all the specifications loaded into ChannelEngine via the product feed. If a product is included in a selection, ChannelEngine updates its price and stock, and exports its to the related marketplace – if applicable.
Without a product selection, no products are added to the product selection. Hence it is necessary to create at least one product listing. You can add a listing as follows:
- Create listing - create a new listing on the Product selection page.
- Copy existing listing - copy the existing listing from a different channel. E.g.: from bol.com to Amazon FR.
- Copy from channel - copy an existing listing from the same marketplace, but from a different country. E.g.: from Amazon DE to Amazon FR.
It is also possible to edit or delete existing selections on this page.
When a selection is added, only the bare minimum is predefined. The only requirement is a name. If all rules are empty, all products are added to the selection.
By using filters (a.k.a. rules), you can include or exclude certain products or ranges of products from your product selection.
For example, you can include or exclude brands or products that are cheaper or more expensive than a set amount. Products are only included in the selection when they meet all the criteria set in the rule. You can add as many criteria as you like.
The example above shows a simple filter. Products are only sent to the marketplace if they belong to one of the brands selected, their price is greater than 70.00, and their color is red.
You can add criteria to a rule using the And button, and make exceptions to your rules with the Or button.
Products in the color green could be included in the example above using Or, with no other parameters (i.e.: no brand or price requirements). This way, all green products uploaded would be listed – even if if their price was below EUR 70.00 and their brand differed from the initial rule in the example.
You can also use this option to set rules for different products. E.g.: list all products from brand X; all red items from brand Y; and all products with a price up to EUR 100.00 from brand Z. To set multiple rules for certain products, add them using And. To set different rules for different products, add separate rules using Or.
You can change these settings any time you want, making it easy to exclude certain products when your competition offers lower prices or include products when others are out of stock.