Product Data Feed Workflow

Main Process Groups

The main process groups of the product data feed process are shown in the figure below. Each process group is outlined in more detail in the following sections.

Figure 1. Main Process Groups
Main Process Groups
Note: All process steps require the catalog manager access privilege.

Configuration

The configuration stores all properties that the internal export processes need to have to successfully complete a product data feed task. Multiple configurations can be created, stored and executed, as required by the systems that consume the data later on. Properties stored by configurations include:

  • General Information

    This includes name and ID as mandatory information and provides a check box to enable or disable the configuration.

  • Data Feed Target

    This determines whether the product data feed target is a file or an Intershop Commerce Management target system. If the target is a file, the selected feed target also determines the format of the resulting XML data. Depending on the selected target, additional parameters have to be provided. For formats that are supported out-of-the-box, as well as dependent parameters, see Product Data Feed Targets.

  • Schedule

    This determines whether the product data feed process using the current configuration is to be executed manually or via an automated job at regular intervals.

  • Product Assignment

    This determines which products are included in the product data feed using the current configuration. You can assign all available products at once, perform a search, or browse the channel catalogs to assign the products.

    Note: Switching between the assignment options will overwrite the previously included products so that the last assignment used applies.
Figure 2. Create configuration
Create configuration

Mapping Rules

Using the default product data feed target "Standard Transformed", product attributes can be subject to a mapping before starting the export process. The process itself and the available mapping options are similar to attribute mapping in product syndication, see Attribute Mapping Rules. In contrast to product syndication, however, the result of the mapping process is not persisted to the database, but only written to the export file.

Table 1. Mapping Rules for Product Data Feeds
Product Property Comment
ID Defines whether product ID's for seller, supplier and manufacturer are copied, and if so, whether they are copied as-is, or with a prefix and/or suffix added.
Attributes Defines (for each attribute) whether the attribute is to be copied "as is", or to be mapped onto a different attribute. Attributes for which no mapping rule is defined are not mapped at all.
Attribute Groups This option makes it possible to automatically synchronize all attributes that belong to a certain attribute group. With this option, attribute values are always copied "as is".
Category Defines whether category assignments are exported.
Classifications Defines whether assignments to classification systems (such as eClass and UN/SPSC) are exported.
Attachments Defines whether attachments to a product (such as data sheets) are preserved. Attachments can be copied or be defined as link to the original data source.
Price Price can be copied "as is", or be mapped to a different currency using a certain exchange rate. Note that for each target currency, only one rule can be defined. In addition, you can define a surcharge or discount that applies when copying or mapping prices.
Links Defines whether settings for product links of the original data source are preserved. Note that links to other products are preserved only in case the products in question have been feeded as well.

Run Product Data Feed

The product data feed can be triggered manually in Commerce Management, or via an automated job at regular intervals. Once the job has completed, you can download the export file (in case the product data feed targets a file) and access the respective log file.

Figure 3. Run Product Data Feed
Run Product Data Feed