Hybris Exercise : Create a Product in Backoffice
Step 1 : Navigate to the Product Creation Wizard
In Backoffice PCM, you can create new products in both views: the Products Search and Browse view and the Assortment view. With access to an up and running demo site, log in to Backoffice and navigate to the Product Cockpit (Cockpits can be selected in the top-left region of the Backoffice display). In the Product Cockpit, select the Products Search and Browse View icon along the left side of the Backoffice display. Then select Add product. For this exercise, clicking the plus sign icon will suffice. This will present you with the Product Creation Wizard.
Step 2 : Create the details of your new product
Here, you can enter the details of the product you want to create. The first tab, ESSENTIALS, in the wizard shows the fields that are necessary to create a product. The next tabs cover additional details like description and categorization. You can move between the tabs using the NEXT, BACK, and CANCEL buttons. These navigation buttons will appear only when the necessary fields are filled.
Article Number: The article number should be a unique alpha-numeric value. Out of the box, this number will be displayed on the product page and will be searchable. It does not need to be descriptive of the product. Remember this number. You will be using it to search for your product later.
Approval: The approval status of the product is used as a quality assurance measure by business users. Unless approved, this product will not appear in the store. For your product, go ahead and select approved.
Catalog Versions: Products belong to product catalogs. In this exercise, decide which store you would like to add your product to. Select the Staged Product Catalog Version of that catalog. By clicking on the text bar, options will populate in a drop down. Typing words here will refine the search. Click on the desired catalog version to select it.
Identifier: The identifier will serve as the displayed name for a product. Choose a meaningful name for your product. The globe symbol will allow you to create alternative names for localization purposes. You can leave this alone for now.
Description: The text here will display on the product page under product details.
Supercategories: Here you can assign the product to one or more categories. This concept will be explored in greater detail in another exercise. For now, leave this blank.
Image: The image referenced here will be used to display the product in Backoffice in larger views. The appropriate size allocation for this image 300Wx300H. Applying images to a product will be explored in greater detail later. For now, leave this blank.
Thumbnail: This image referenced here will be used to display the product in Backoffice for smaller list views. The appropriate size allocation for this image 96Wx96H. Applying images to a product will be explored in greater detail later. For now, leave this blank.
Once complete, click DONE. Your product is now created. To find your new product in Backoffice, search for its article number in the search bar on the top right of the Backoffice display.
Step 3 : Review and Modify your Products
After searching for your product by its article number, you can select the product to see its details.
Across the top of the product details, several tabs can be selected to navigate the products properties, attributes, and more. As you can see, there are many possible details to complete. Details with Bold texted names are required. These fields have already been completed. In this section of the exercise, we will review the product details and options at a high level.
The Properties tab holds the most fundamental properties of your product.
Article number, Identifier, Approval, Catalog Version, and Description have already been discussed.
Online from/Online to: By filling in a date range here, your product will only be available for sale in the Marketplace Storefront for the set period.
Sales Unit: This represents the unit of measure in which a material is sold. You can select pieces here.
Summary: The text written here will appear front and center on the product page. Summarize the product here if you’d like.
Attributes are parameters inherited from classification categories. Because your product has no classification category, there will be no options here.
The category system tab holds the relational information of the product. In later exercises, you will create a category structure and apply your product to it. You will also explore classification categories and promotions. Each of these can be reviewed in the category system tab. Later in this exercise, you will create a product reference.
This tab holds price and discount details for this product. In later exercises, you will create product discounts. Later in this exercise, you will create a product price.
Min order quantity: Specify the minimum required quantity that must be ordered of this product here.
Max order quantity: Specify the maximum required quantity that must be ordered of this product here.
Price quantity: The price of the product will apply proportions of this many sales units.
Price class: Alternatively products may be assigned to price classes instead of defining their own prices.
This tab holds image references for your product. This is a detailed exercise that will be explored in greater detail later.
This tab holds product variant details. Product variants provide variable options for a product, such as size and color selections. This topic will be explored in a later exercise.
Extended attributes will not be explored in these excercises.
Customers can leave reviews and ratings of products. Here you can manage and even create reviews. You’ll be writing and approving a review later in this exercise.
Before a product can be purchased, it will need to have available stock provider. These are warehouses that contain or plan to fulfill orders of the displayed product in quantity.
This tab holds sophisticated details for administrative purposes. We will not be exploring these details in this exercise.
Step 4 : Sync and Find your Product
Now that you’ve reviewed your product details, it is time to synchronize your product to the online catalog and find it on the storefront! To sync a product from the Product Cockpit, after searching for your product, select the check mark on the top left of the product’s icon. It should turn blue.
Notice across the bottom of your product three symbols. The red split circle tells you that the product has changes that are not synced to the online store. In other words, changes that have been made will not be reflected online! We’ll be fixing that soon. The next green checkmark symbol tells you that the product is approved. If you see a different symbol here, you will need to mark the product as approved in the product details properties tab. The final cuboid symbol says that this is a base product, not a variant product. More on that later.
After selecting the product, the symbol of two arrows pointing at one another will be bold and clickable. Click that symbol. This will present you with a pop-up with the online version of the products catalog ready to select. Select it by clicking on it and selecting SYNC.
The pop-up will disappear. Your product is now syncing. In the top right of the Backoffice display, you will see the circular symbol that now shows a yellow dot. Click on that symbol to see the syncing process. Once complete, search for your product again to find the online and staged versions.
Once syncing has finished, search for you product again. There should now be a staged and online version of the product.
If you are able to navigate to the storefront of the appropriate catalog, you can search for the product by its product id. Future exercise will improve this products searchability and presentation. You’ve created and synced a product to your online store!