Using Logicbroker’s PIM-Like Solution to Manage Supplier Product Assortment
By Logicbroker | March 12, 2021
Whether selling through drop ship or marketplace channels, managing inventory and product catalog can be quite daunting. With thousands of items to sell across a retail network, manually organizing Excel spreadsheets won’t cut it for many suppliers. This is where a PIM solution can be essential to keeping a brand afloat, especially when encountering spikes in order volume.
What is PIM?
Product Information Management (PIM) systems help by aggregating and managing a database of all of a supplier’s products and their related information. By having all product information in one place, a PIM enables information to be seamlessly shared between all the necessary eCommerce channels.
While many companies offer dedicated PIM solutions, Logicbroker has its own PIM-like platform where users can upload and manage their product catalog without using third-party software. Logicbroker’s Product Catalog feature can syndicate suppliers’ product information across the entire Logicbroker network of retailers, marketplaces, 3PLs and other third-party systems.
By using Logicbroker’s built-in solution to manage their products, suppliers can ensure that their catalog will be mapped to the standards required by their trading partners and uploaded seamlessly within the Logicbroker Portal.
How Does it Work?
Suppliers can manage their Product Catalog either by adding new items individually or importing in bulk. Logicbroker provides users with the tools to successfully send these products to their retailers with accurate mappings and specifications.
Here’s an overview about how suppliers can import their products in bulk using the Product Catalog tool:
Preparing for Upload
We’ve designed our product content standards to be used and mapped across all channels seamlessly. View the specifications for adding product content fields in our Knowledge Base article.
Upload & Mapping
Upload files to import products easily to our platform and map to retailers. Users can select the default profile for their retailer to display the minimum mapping requirements needed for a successful upload.
Upon uploading a product catalog into the Logicbroker portal, users can map their products to the Logicbroker content standard, create custom attributes, and create profiles within the platform to save their mappings for future use. By referring to the Knowledge Base article on product content specifications mentioned above, users can modify their catalog file to ensure the mapping is compliant.
Once their product information is correctly mapped, users can then export their catalog to their retailer or marketplace’s Product Feeds directly from the Product Catalog page.
Within the Product Feeds tab, users can review their feeds and ensure compliance before the portal gives them the option to send to the trading partner. Logicbroker will only send the feeds once all products are compliant, for the retailer to review, validate, and approve.
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