This is a fairly important point so I thought I would write a whole article about it. I've said it time and time again in other posts so I thought I would clarify exactly what cross contamination in product data actually is. Cross contamination means you are not supplying product data in the right...
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Everyone has thier own category taxonomy. There are also taxonomys that are provided by the sourcing portals. You can use whichever taxonomy you wish. Below are the display formats for the fields that we support.
Read more: How To Categorise Your Products
Origination, extra charges and fees in the promotional products industry complicate ordering. Life would be easier if they just did not exist! It should all be worked out internally and the customer then given an all in price. This is how ProMart 2.0 works. We combine all the costs and display an...
Read more: How to Display Origination
When naming your products you really want to come up with a unique name. Try not to cross contaminate data in with the product title. i.e. "Red Paneled Umbrella 1.5m Width" The data such as product colours and sizes should be in separate fields.
If you keep everything separate then your client...
Read more: How to Name your Promotional Products
Hugely important but often overlooked. Your product data MUST include delivery costs.
Without this information your clients will need to make a phone call to do a quote on your products and will not be able to use your data for true e-commerce.
Read more: How to Setup Delivery Costs
Most of the data we receive usually has the lead time shown in one column. This is ok for display purposes, and can be easily imported into a standard alphanumeric data field, however. If we want to go beyond a standard data field, and use the data as a searchable field then we need to look at separating this...
Read more: How to Setup Lead Times
Setting up your pricing correctly can make or break the quality level of your product data. Having done some research on enquiries at several suppliers and distributors we have worked out that 93% of all enquiries could be quoted instantly if we had a minimum of 5 price breaks. This is from data...
Read more: How to Setup Prices and Price Breaks
I hope you like the image. (It's a Print Area!)
On top of supplying PDF proof templates, it can be very helpful to have the print areas supplied in a datasheet.
Whilst most are usually a rectangular size it's a good idea to have a notes column, then you can enter special information such as "Diameter"...
Read more: How to Setup Print Areas
The format for your data sheet should be each colour separated by a comma. This is the format that google shopping uses and is generally an excepted format. ProMart 2.0 websites use a directory scanner to load the images into the database. However we accept that not all suppliers will have separate...
Read more: How to Setup Product Colours
We have added this section as an ongoing list that we will build into over time. The reason for this is so that we can build additional markers and flags that signify certain things. If you look below you will see the kind of flags we are aiming for.
Read more: How to Setup Special Flags
The best way to setup your visuals is in a CSV file with the name of the PDF file in it. Use the product code to name the PDF file. The full product code, not an abbreviated version.
Why is this the best way to display the data?
Because then this data can be used to upload to a website or referenced...
Read more: How to Setup Specifications & Proofs