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This idea would address the need to offer/sell products that are more of a "make to order" or "configure to order" model natively using a dynamic SKU creation model. Currently the native product model would be comprised of a main product which would then have attribute selectors for the various properties of the product, which ultimately refine down to a purchasable SKU in the catalog. This is controlled using Defining Attributes. In this model, the final resulting SKU needs to actually exist in the Commerce catalog. There is by default a 500 SKU limitation. In this model, the actual SKUs you'd need to manage would look like this:
Primary product with 1 attribute with 5 possible values = 5 SKUs
Primary product with 2 attributes with 5 possible values each = 25 SKUs
Primary product with 3 attributes with 5 possible values each = 125 SKUs
Primary product with 4 attributes with 5 possible values each = 625 SKUs
Additionally, we have the Omni Configurator tool which integrates with WebSphere Commerce and essentially various "options" in a configurable model relate to/reference actual SKUs in the WebSphere Commerce catalog. So possibly many of the choices or options, would just point to a single SKU in the commerce catalog/database.
This idea is to allow for attributes to be specified or categorized in a different way so they can be used to "define" a product, but won't actually generate all of the underlying SKUs like today's current model, if the product was selected as a "dynamic product". It also wouldn't have the dependency on Omni Configurator as a separate solution which needs the underlying SKUs in WCS for checkout.
This model would allow a user to land on a product page and select properties from drop downs and since it'd most likely be a custom or unique configuration, it wouldn't have an actual final SKU in the catalog DB. So this capability would essentially build/create a unique SKU on creation specific to that order.
Once example of this would be a video console game controller:
Possible Options To Define/Select:
Another example could be commercial paper products:
In this example, you'd have possibly 3 attributes (ie: Length, Width and Core Size)
Length: Potentially hundreds of attribute values as they offer lengths in 1/8" increments
Width: Potentially hundreds of attribute values as they offer widths in 1/8" increments
Core Size: Potentially hundred of attribute values as they offer core sizes in fractional inch increments
In the above example, if you were to build this all out with defining attributes (current model), you would end up with so many possible SKU variations in the Catalog tool, it'd be a nightmare to manage. If we were to leverage Omni Configurator you'd need a way to properly expose/reveal custom defined properties that aren't actually defined by attribute selectors on a product page.
Dynamically generated SKU would need to persist for the sake of re-orders, shopping carts and order management / fulfillment systems.
Dynamically generated SKU would need to be able to honor B2B contract, pricing and catalog filters.
How will this idea be used?
This idea is submitted to enhance and update the base product catalog model/tooling/options available in core Commerce without requiring add-on solutions.
|What is your industry?||Retail|
|What is the idea priority?||Medium|
|Link to original RFE|