Introducing the item structure
Items are managed centrally in plentymarkets. In other words, you’ll enter your product information into plentymarkets and then you’ll be able to sell your items on various markets, in your own plentyShop and in your brick and mortar store.
If you need to make any changes in the future, e.g. edit an item’s price or description, then you’ll only have to modify this data centrally in plentymarkets. The data can automatically be changed on all of your sales channels.
1. Introducing the item structure
Are you new to plentymarkets? Before you start entering data, learn how items are structured! The introduction teaches you about the topic and answers your basic questions:
2. Preparatory settings
Items are made up of lots of information, e.g. categories, prices and manufacturers. But before you can sort an item into a specific category, the category first needs to exist in plentymarkets. Before you can select an item’s manufacturer, the manufacturer data needs to exist in plentymarkets.
Once you’ve saved such preparatory settings in plentymarkets, you’ll be able to apply them to all of the relevant items and variations.
Some of the most important system settings are:
Categories, which group your products.
Attributes, which simultaneously characterise your products and build variations.
Characteristics and properties, which characterise your products without building variations.
Sales prices, which define the conditions under which a variation is sold at a specific price.
Shipping profiles, which define your shipping services and shipping costs.
Manufacturers, which list the names, contact information, IDs and commissions saved for your manufacturers.
Units, which define the content of your variations.
3. Importing, exporting and manually creating items
Ready to start entering item data into plentymarkets? There are several different tools for doing so. The easiest way is to import item and variation data with an assistant.
But it’s also possible to manually create items in plentymarkets or to send product information back and forth between your own plentymarkets system and other external systems. For example, item data records can be:
4. Appearance in the plentyShop
Once you’ve saved your items in plentymarkets, you’re ready to start selling them. plentymarkets comes with a free online store, which you can use to sell your products.
Turn to this chapter for help if your items aren’t displayed in the plentyShop or your categories aren’t displayed in the plentyShop. This chapter also shows you how to set up additional functions for displaying your items exactly how you want:
5. Use cases
Do you have a particular scenario in mind? In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:
Combine products and sell them as a unit
Sell personalised items in your plentyShop
Add give-aways or promotional gifts to an order
Work with items that have serial numbers or license keys
Track changes to items, i.e. track the entire life cycle of an item
Modify the default item search behaviour in the plentymarkets backend