How to define features (or technical attributes) on products

There are a couple of possibilities base on an industry or specific requirements. But basically, we can split them into 3 options.

  • A company use a standardize classification like ETIM, eCl@ss, profiCl@ss or similar. See topic below or read more details about Classification
  • A company doesn't use classification and needs to define the feature (attributes) as fast as possible. See topic below
  • Because of a couple of reasons, a company wants to define their own classification and use it for products, it is a combination of a previous two.

Or even you can also use a combination of all these scenarios.

Working with Classification

Classification is saying what features have to be defined on an item of the specific class (type).

  1. Choose the search icon and enter Items
  2. Select one or more items
  3. When you select just one item, page BLA is opened
    1. Create a new line
    2. Select Group System
    3. Select a class in field BLA. If the classification has also groups you can use drill down page to see the structure of the classification. Otherwise you can use just look up page.
    4. When a class is select you can close the page. Features from the class has been created on the item.
  4. When you select more items, page BLA is opened
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  5. On the selected items you can run one of these pages to specify values
    • Select Features to edit all selected items with the same values. See Edit specific features on items.
    • Select Features by Items to edit all selected items with the different values. The use-case is similiar to
    • Or select just one item and open Features to define specific data for the item.

Also for this you can use the Inheritance. So the same use-case can be used on a group and inherit down to items.

Define your own features

Use item groups for similar items

Typically, the most of data are defined on item groups or items. But it can be define also in different groups. The critical point what can help you here is Inheritance.

In this use-case we assume that you have already an item group with a couple of items. If not please look how to create a structure

  1. Choose the search icon and enter Item Groups
  2. Select Features from XXX
  3. Specify a feature number in the field Number.
  4. If you are not sure that the feature exists in the system or you want to create it, you can use field description it will check that the feature with the same name exists otherwise it will be created.
  5. You can specify a value if it is the same for all items, otherwise keep it empty
  6. Repeat these steps for all features
  7. After this you can specify values on items. See more details below.

Features have their own settings. If you need to have a feature with predefined values, specific types, translations, etc. It is possible, you can open Feature Card and change settings there. More information about this is in Create Feature.

Specify values on features

The easiest way how to define features values is just select action Features on several pages. But there is also better ways how to work with data in the case you need to do more changes.

Using page Feature by Items

  1. Choose the search icon and enter Item Groups
  2. Select Features by Items in Navigation - Classification

    The same page is also available on Items, in that case you need to select item what you want to edit.

  3. The page Features by Items is opened. The page has items in columns, features in rows, and values in cells.
  4. Select a cell for specific item and feature. Specify a value there or use look up value to select value from predefiend values.
    • When a value is filled up it is validated base on the definition of the feature. See Features for more details.
  5. Close the page

Using bulk edit on items

  1. Choose the search icon and enter Items
  2. Select more items
  3. Select an action Features in group PIM
  4. New page Features is opened, this page contains features which are assigned to all selected items. it includes also values. When a value is not the same, it shows *.
  5. You can specify a value by write a new value into field Value or use a look up to select from predefined values. The provided value will be change on all items.
    • When a value is filled up it is validated base on the definition of the feature. See Features for more details.
  6. If you need you can also create a new line. The line will be created on all items.
  7. Close the page and select OK in confirm dialog to save changes.
    • All changes are not saved immediately to data, they are saved after you finish your work.

Additional use cases

There is a couple of other possibilities and configurations. So at least some notes about them below.

Line Type

In all previous use cases we use just features as lines. But there is also possibility to define another lines, like:

  • Titles
    • It is just a name of the section to be able to group features for outputs
  • Feature Groups
    • You can also specify a feature group. Feature group contains more features. You can specify a value for each feature separatly and the system combine values to fill up a value for feature automatically.
    • A typical scenario is to use Feature Group for size (width x height x depth). Users will up values for features and use this values for web. But you can use the feature group value as a one line for printed catalogs for example.

Usage Type Code

Usage type is used to preselect a features or other types for specific channel. You are able to define when the line should be exported. See Publications for more details.

Values and selection of values

It is possible to predefine values for feature, but you want to let your customer to select a value. You can specify all values on a feature, but also you can specify possible values in the current context. Please see field Possible Values and Values on the Feature page and field Value Allowed in the drill down page.

Title: How to define features (or technical attributes) on products, Author: Pimics Team