Version note: Magento 1.7, 2.1 and eCommerce API
Retail Express offers the ability to synchronise products through the eCommerce API into web store platforms ready for sale online. Using the eCommerce API, information already entered into Retail Express can be used to create the product, removing the need to re-enter the information.
Where to update information
There are specific pieces of product information managed directly through Retail Express. It is essential that any updates to these items are made within Retail Express, otherwise the changes online will be overwritten during the next synchronisation.
For example, if you were to change the product price on your web store, when the product is synchronised next the price would be reset to match Retail Express. The Retail Express system should be considered the "Point of Truth" where the list below is concerned.
Maintained within Retail Express:
- Stock Levels
- Product Prices
- Short Description (this is created as the "Name" of the product in your web store)
- Product Style Groups (using the ManufacturerSKU, there is another section of your Implementation Console dedicated to covering this process in more detail)
- Tax (applicable Y/N - actual tax rates are managed on the web store itself)
- Product Type
- Prevent Disabling (whether to manage stock)
All of these can be edited individually product-by-product, or through the Mass Download process.
Maintained within the web store:
- Additional product descriptions
- Product Images
- Product Categories
- Freight and Shipping Rules
- Payment Methods
Enabling products for web:
To enable the products for web, you can do this either individually, or on a bulk basis, using either of the following methods:
- Open the product for editing within Retail Express
- From the main tab, locate the Web Service section
- Tick the Export to Web Service option
- Highlight the appropriate Sales Channel in the left box
- Highlight the appropriate Source Group from the right box
- Click Update
- Navigate to: Inventory > Mass Download
- Follow the prompts to download the spreadsheet of the products within the database
- For each product that you want to export, in the column ExportToWebService change the option to True
- Each Sales Channel has it’s own column; to select the appropriate Sales Channel and Source Group enter the name of the Source Group in the appropriate column.
- Save the spreadsheet
- Upload the file through the Inventory > Mass Upload method (ensure you have unticked the options "Update the Supplier SKU using the Product Id" and "Update Inventory").
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