Creating and Managing Variations

Click here for information on this function in Sellercloud's original interface.

Creating an n-Matrix Overview
See how to create a variation listing, known as an "n-Matrix" in Sellercloud's original interface:

Prerequisite: Select Enable Product n-Matrix in the Client Settings.

  1. Click Settings > N Matrix.
  2. Click Add New Dimension.
  3. Complete and save the following fields:
    1. Unique Name - Name of a particular dimension to be associated with the intended products
    2. Display Name - Name as it appears on the channel
    3. Abbreviation - An abbreviated form
    4. Manufacturer - For reference (not required)
    5. Product Type - For reference (not required)
  4. Click Manage Values to edit values (such as colors, sizes, flavors, etc.).
  5. Add a new product to your catalog with a name that reflects that it is a parent product of the variations. (In this example, "MatrixParent," as shown below in Step #7.)
  6. On the parent product's Product Summary, click Toolbox > N-Matrix > Matrix General.
  7. Choose the dimensions to add to this product (if necessary, add a new dimension) > Continue (at bottom of page).
  8. Copy and paste a product SKU into its corresponding Product ID to build it on a parent and child scheme.
  9. Learn how to set images on variations.
When creating an n-matrix listing, the parent inventory always stays at 0 and the children retain the inventory. This is because the parent is not a real product, as shown below.

Creating an n-Matrix in bulk
You can create variation dimensions for an N-Matrix in bulk by downloading an Excel template with pre-defined column headers, and then populating the file and importing it:

  1. Click Settings > N Matrix.
  2. Click Download Template.
  3. Open the downloaded template and enter the desired values. Note: The Manufacturer and Product Type columns are not required.
  4. Save the template file with a unique name.
  5. On the N Matrix Dimensions page, click Choose File > find the file and click Open.
  6. Click Import dimensions. Your new dimensions will appear in the grid.

Splitting an n-Matrix
An n-Matrix that has multiple dimensions can be split into many new n-matrixes by removing one of the dimensions. This is important when taking items from eBay where many dimensions are supported and publishing them to sites like Amazon, where only size and color are supported. For example, an eBay listing for a baseball cap might have variations by team, color and size and the team dimension would need to be removed before it can be published onto Amazon. You can split an n-Matrix from the ProductDetail page. 'Split n-Matrix' is an item on the n-Matrix submenu. Once you the original n-matrix has been split, the child skus will be members of more than one parent n-matrix. If you click n-Matrix from the child sku it will then give you the option to navigate to either of the parents.


Importing N-Matrix Products
You can create new matrixes in bulk using a file import, or add products to an existing matrix using the same file import.


Importing a new matrix configuration

  1. Click Inventory > Import Product Info > Import Product N-Matrix.
  2. Select a File Type from the dropdown > click Download Template.
  3. In the ParentProductID column, enter the Matrix Parent SKU. You must enter the parent SKU in every row that has a matrix child of that parent. Important! The Matrix Parent must exist in your SellerCloud catalog before importing.
  4. In the ProductID column, enter the product ID of the variation product. If the Product ID matches an existing SKU in your catalog, that SKU will be configured as a matrix child. If the SKU does not exist, the import will create it and configure it as a matrix child.
  5. In the remaining columns, enter the values of the dimensions associated with that variation. In the image below, there are two dimensions - Color and Size - and on the product rows are Red, Green, Small, and Large, respectively.
  6. If you have more dimensions for this n-matrix, add more columns with that dimension name as the header. If dimensions or values entered do not exist in SellerCloud, they will be created with this file import.
  7. Save the file with a unique name.
  8. On the Import Product N-Matrix page, find and select the file.
  9. Click Import Products Info. The import creates a queued job to create the n-matrix configuration.

Adding products to a matrix
The easiest way to add products to an existing matrix is to export the existing matrix, and then import it with the updated products:

  1. Open the Manage Inventory page and search for the Matrix.
  2. Select the Matrix Parent > Action Menu > Export N Matrix > Go.
  3. Add the products to the file as instructed above, then save the file.
  4. Click Inventory > Import Product Info > Import N Matrix (neither checkbox is required).
  5. Choose File > and then click Import Matrix.

Products can be added on the interface as well on the Matrix properties page. Check the "Show All" checkbox to reveal all available options. You can add more dimensions and values there as well.


Check out how to create product variations in Sellercloud’s updated interface!


 

Understanding product variations

Variations refers to a relationship between products that share common characteristics with minor differences, such as different sizes of a pair of shoes, or baseball caps from different teams. Product variations, such as size, color, and count, are assigned separate SKUs by the vendor. However, you can post variations to one listing while retaining their separate SKUs.

There are three key terms associated with variations. These are variations, dimensions, and values:

  • A variation is a product you sell on a single listing that is available in different types, colors, shapes, etc.

  • A dimension refers to the different sizes or colors the variation is available in. For example, a dimension name could be size, color, flavors, etc.

  • A value would be the color, size, flavor, etc. of the dimension. For example, color is the dimension but the value could be white or blue. Or, the size is the dimension and the value would be small, medium, large, etc.

Refer to the table below for a visual of the relationship between these terms.


 

Creating a variation

  1. Access product details > Toolbox > Variations.
  2. On this panel you can choose from existing dimensions or create new ones. Selected dimensions will be added to your Selected Dimensions
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  3. Click the plus icon to Create Variation Dimensions.
  4. Fill in the Unique Name, Display Name, and Abbreviation > Next.

  5. Select Add New Dimension Value > Complete the required fields > Finish.sellercloud manage dimension values
  6. The new dimension will be added to the Selected Dimensions panel.

 

Variation name mapping

This lets you to view the variations you created for each channel you sell on. For example, a product listed on eBay may have a dimension with a certain name. You can use Variation Name Mapping to ensure you don’t use the same variation name when listing the same product on another channel.

To access this feature, click the gear icon in the top right corner. This opens a new page where you can Import Channel Variation Mappings, Add New Channel Variation Name, or Delete channel-specific variations.

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Managing dimensions

To access, click Settings > Products > Variation Dimensions.

You can perform various actions on this page for individual or multiple variation dimensions. Using the icons in the top right corner, you can access Variation Name Mapping, Import Dimensions, or Add New Dimensions.

Or, you can edit existing dimensions. Simply use the icons in each dimension row to Manage Values, Edit Product Conditions, or Delete the dimension.

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  1. Click the plus Icon to Add New Dimension in the top right corner.
  2. Complete the required fields.
    1. Unique Name Name of a particular dimension to be associated with the intended products
    2. Display Name Name as it appears on the channel
    3. Abbreviation An abbreviated formsellercloud variations add new dimension
  3. Save. To edit this information, click the pencil icon on the Variation Dimensions page for the dimension you wish to update.
 

 

Importing dimensions

This function lets you to import variation dimensions in bulk using an import file.

  1. Click Import Dimensions.sellercloud variations download template
  2. Download the template.sellercloud import dimensions download template
  3. Populate the columns. To add more values, simply add more rows. For example, Value3, Value4, etc.sellerlcoud import variations template example
  4. Return to Sellercloud > Click to upload file > Import.

 


 

Managing values

  1. Click the gear icon for the desired dimension.sellercloud product variation dimensions
  2. Here, you can perform a variety of actions. Using the icons in the top right corner, you can Export ValuesImport Values, or Add New Value. There are also functions that enable you to Edit Product Variation Dimensions or Delete values.sellercloud dimension values page
 

 

 

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