How to Set up Multiple Variations With Vend and Bizelo
Every item needs a SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) in our system and it is important that you know how to set up SKUs with Vend and Bizelo. If you have not put in a SKU in your ecommerce system, we will create one using the listing or item ID that comes from that system. We keep inventory quantities in sync as long as the SKUs match on those systems. In order to sync Vend inventory with Bizelo, make sure your Bizelo SKU matches Vend’s “Stock Keeping Unit”. In the example below, we are using “tshirt-white”. We’ve highlighted both the product handle and stock keeping unit to clear any type of confusion. At first glance, you might think that the product handle is the SKU because it “a unique identiifer for this product.” If you scroll down to the Inventory tab you’ll notice similar wording next to the “Stock Keeping Unit” field. This is the CORRECT field, and what Bizelo uses to identify SKUs and Variants within Vend. If look closely, you’ll notice the difference in wording next to the Stock Keeping Unit field (The Unique Stock Identifier or barcode).
Here are a few snippets from Vend’s Support Page. We’ve added a few steps to show how to add item variants.
Adding product variants directly into Vend
Vend suggests starting with this method, for at least the first few products, so that you become familiar with the process. It will also generate some sample variants for you to play with, when you move to the next step (importing variants by CSV)
Apply the first set of variants to this product (ie; Large, White), then any inventory information and click ‘Add Product’.
- If your product is a T-Shirt, you may use all three ‘Attributes’ (eg: Size, Colour, Farbic)
- If your product is a Coffee, you may just need one ‘Attribute’ (eg: Size)
- Each attribute selected at the Master product level must be unique (ie: do not enter the same attribute three times, like ‘Size, Size, Size’)
- For the ‘Default value’ just enter the first Attribute value. (eg; if your attribute is ‘Size’, then enter ‘Large’). In step 5 below, you will add the rest of the attribute variations (eg: Medium, Small, X-Small etc)
After saving the product you’ll return to a screen where you can add more variations (‘Add Variant’ button)
Add additional variants, one at a time for each unique SKU (ie; “Medium, White” then “Small, White” etc) as well as the unique stock keeping for that variant.
You’ll see the variants added to the master product page.
Importing Variants in a CSV file
Variants are added as a new row in the CSV import file, and grouped together by the same ‘handle’.
If you export your products, you’ll see rows for the product you just created above. Simply duplicate this layout for any product you want to import with variants. The key elements are
1) you only need to complete all columns for the ‘Master Product’.
2) each ‘Variant’ requires the same ‘handle’, then you just need to complete a unique SKU, and then enter the ‘variant option name’ and ‘variant option value’ field for each variant you import, as below: