Configure PIM to maximize efficiency and interface properly with other systems.

A vendor attribute group enables merchants to collect various attributes together to make it easier to manage large volumes of information in PIM Vendor Manager.

Attribute groups

Select Settings in the left column then select Attribute Groups.

Select Create Vendor Attribute Groups and enter the following information.

  • Attribute group title (mandatory and unique) - name for this collection

  • Description (optional) - brief note on purpose 

  • Priority order (mandatory and unique) - Start from 0 for the first group.

Click on the Add attributes button to edit any particular attribute group.

Select checkbox to attributes you want to available in that group and then select Add.

  • NOTE: An attribute group must have a minimum of 1 attribute.

Click Save.

Create attribute group

Delete an attribute group

Select Settings, then Attribute Group from the left navigation panel and a list of available groups is displayed.

Click on the group you want to remove and select Delete in the upper right section of the page. 

Select Yes in the warning dialog and the vendor will be permanently removed.

Before creating an item, you must map the basic attributes. These are used by PIM to deliver a consistent and reliable experience across channels. They are frequently used by other systems as well, so proper mapping is essential to ensure other systems can read and use data from PIM. 

PIM uses terms like "SKU" to refer to a unique product identifier while some merchants use the terms "UPC" or "Part Number". Each of the basic attributes must be mapped to exactly one attribute from the list of attributes. There are certain limitations on what can be mapped to these basic attributes.

Map item attributes

Mapping vendor attributes

Select Settings in the left column, then select Attribute mapping.

Select the Map Item Attributes tab.

Use each dropdown to select the item attribute to map to PIM basic attribute. Detail for each are contained in the table below.

Click on the Save button.

 

Basic attributes detail

Mapping Name

Attribute Specifications

Mapping Specification

Why is this needed to be mapped?

SKU

  • Must be a Mandatory Attribute

  • Each SKU value must be unique

  • Required before creating an item in PIM

  • Mapping cannot be changed after item has been created

  • This attribute serves as the primary identifier for items to be created in PIM

Product Title

  • A Text/Number type attribute is recommended

  • Mapping cannot be changed after item has been created

  • This attribute helps PIM identify the display name of the product

Primary Product Image 

  • A text type attribute is recommended here 

  • Mapping cannot be changed after item has been created

  • This attribute helps PIM identify the main image of the product for thumbnail purposes

Status

  • Must be a mandatory attribute

  • Must be a Boolean type attribute

  • Name the attribute to be "Active" which can be set to TRUE/FALSE

  • Mapping cannot be changed after item has been created

  • Required to maintain the status of item to Active/Disabled

  • Only items where status is set to Active=TRUE will be available for the commerce API to consume

Variant Attribute

  • A text type attribute is recommended here

  • Required if using Fabric Storefront and other Fabric products

  • Mapping cannot be changed after item has been created

  • This attribute helps Fabric applications identify the attributes that drive variants for items (for example - Color, Size)

  • If there are more than one such attributes, put their exact titles separated by comma in the attribute value field on Item Details Page

 

Before creating a vendor, you must map certain basic attributes in PIM Vendor Attribute Mapping Settings. These basic attributes are used by PIM and other systems to deliver a consistent experience across channels.

Every vendor in PIM is differentiated by a unique attribute value, usually a Vendor ID that serves as the primary identifier for any operation to be performed on the vendor. For example, PIM uses the term "Vendor ID" to refer to a unique identifier while some merchants use the terms "Vendor #" or "Vendor Number." Each of the basic attributes must be mapped to exactly one attribute from the list of vendor attributes.

Map vendor attributes

Mapping vendor attributes

Select Settings in the left column then select Attribute mapping.

Select the Map Vendor Attributes tab.

Use each dropdown to select the item attribute to map to PIM vendor attribute. Detail for each are contained in the table below.

Click on the Save button.

 

Vendor attributes detail

Mapping Name

Attribute Specifications

Mapping Specification

Why is this needed to be mapped?

Vendor ID

Must be a serial attribute

Required before creating a vendor

Mapping cannot be changed after a vendor has been created

This attribute serves as the primary identifier for vendors to be created in PIM

Vendor name

Must be a text/number type attribute

Required before creating a vendor

Mapping cannot be changed after a vendor has been created

This attribute helps PIM identify the display name of the vendor

Vendor Status

Must be a boolean attribute

Required before creating a vendor

This attribute defines the status of the vendor to be Published = TRUE/FALSE

 

Last update: Jan 14, 2022

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