Channels: Product selection

Product selection / listings

When you add a channel, ChannelEngine will not automatically export all the products active in your account. This is intentional, because in a lot of cases ChannelEngine users do not want all their products listed on every marketplace. To have products exported (or included in a XML / CSV product feed) they will first need to be included in your product selection.

A product selection (or listing) is a set of products that is composed by following one or multiple business rules. It is possible to create these business rules by using all the specifications that are loaded into ChannelEngine via the product feed. If a product is included in a listing, ChannelEngine will update the price and stock and export content for this product (if applicable).

Without a listing, no products will be sent to the channel so it is necessary to create at least one product listing. A listing can be added by clicking on the “ + Create Listing” button on the dashboard. It is also possible to edit or delete current listings.

When adding a new listing, it will look like the example below. This is the bare minimum and only a list name is required to use it. If all the rules are empty all products will be sent to a channel, so when pressing “ Save” on this, all products known in ChannelEngine will be sent to the channel.

Include/exclude whatever you want

With the business rules, it is possible to include or exclude certain products or ranges of products in a feed. For example, you can include or exclude brands or products that are cheaper or more expensive than a certain amount. A product will only be included in the listing when it meets all the criteria of the filter. You can add as many as you like.

In the example listing above, a slightly more complex filter has been composed. A product will be sent to the channel when it is [ included] in one of the [five brands], the [price] is [greater than] [€70,-] and when the [color] is [red]. You can add more lines using the “+ And” button.

And/or buttons

You can also make exceptions to your rules using the “ + Or” option. In the example you could add the [ colour] [green]. This way, everything you’ve uploaded that’s the colour green, will be listed. Even if it’s €50,- and from a different brand. You can also use this option if you want to set rules for different products. List everything from [brand X], only the [red] items from [brand Y] and everything [up to] [€100,-] from [brand Z]. So, if you want to set multiple rules for certain products, add more rules by using “+ And”. If you want to set different rules for different products, add separate rules by using “+ Or”.

You can change these settings any time you want, making it easy to exclude certain products when your competition offers cheaper prices or include products when others are out of stock.

Word of warning: as these business rules are translated to database queries of similar structure, it's not advised to use huge (100+) lists of included or excluded unique identifiers such as MerchantProductNo's or EAN's. This will make the query slower and increases the time the actual result of your rules will be shown. It's better to filter on common identifiers such as brand or price etc.

Also, please note that it's best to have products only active in one product selection / listing. If a product is active in more than one listing and price rules are applied, the highest calculated price will be exported which might not be the desired result.