As you may have noticed, the Add and Edit Product page has been updated. The article below compares how you previously added and edited your products in Vend with how you should do them now on our new Add and Edit Product pages.
We have updated how you add a single product into Vend. Previously, the Add Product page looked like the image below.
When adding a product previously, you were able to add information about the product and had to add information about the Product type, Product brand, and Supplier information in the same area. The previous flow of adding your products was as follows:
- Add general information about your product including supplier and accounting information.
- Variants (dependant on whether your product has Variants.)
- Inventory: where you could determine whether your product is a Composite.
With the new update to the Add Product page, you will still be asked to add information about your product. Similar to the information required on the previous Add Product page.
However, the flow of adding your product with the new Add Product page has changed.
- Add general information about your product.
- Choose the type of product you are adding to your store, i.e. Standard, Product with Variants, or Composite Product.
- Price and Loyalty
The main differences between the start of the previous Add Product page and the new updated page are that now, you will be asked to choose whether to add a Standard, Product with Variants, or Composite Product to your store. You will then be served up fields to fill in dependant on the product you have chosen to add to your store. This allows for better flow as you will now be able to add the required information depending on the type of product you are adding at the time you are adding the product.
For more information on how to add a single product into Vend, check out this article.
Changing how you add images to a product has also become easier with the new update. Previously it was difficult to bulk add images to a product. When dragging images to add, a common error was that all the images dragged would not be added to the product.
With the new update, adding images has become even easier and more reliable. You are now able to bulk drag the images to your product and will be notified if your images are not in the correct .jpg format.
Prior to the new update, you were able to add a New Sales Tax rate directly from the Add Product page.
However, with the new update, you will not be able to add a new tax rate from the Add Product screen. In order to add a new tax rate, you will have to set your tax rate by following the instructions in this article.
On the previous Add Product page, you were required to set your pricing and loyalty information separately, as in the images below.
With the new update, pricing and loyalty have been grouped making it easier for you to add both pricing information and determine how much loyalty to offer your customer when they make purchases in store. This update was in order to save you time when adding a product to your store.
On the previous Add Product page, you were required to add your Sales Account Code and Purchase account code when adding general information about your product.
With the new update, if you have your Xero integration enabled, the Accounting category will be surfaced at the end of the Add Product page where you will be able to add your accounting information.
The Edit Product page has also been updated with a similar flow to the new Add Product page.
The new Edit Product page allows you to edit your products efficiently, in particular when it comes to editing Variant products.
For more information on how to Edit Products, check out this article.
We previously received a lot of feedback about how time-consuming it was to add new variants to products. With the update to the Edit Product page, we introduced the Quick Variant Setup to take up less of your time when setting up your variants and also make it more consistent with how you would add product information. The Quick Variant Setup also auto-generates every possible combination of variants which will make it faster for you to add your variant combinations.
On the previous Add Product page, you were required to add your variants and variant combinations individually, as in the image below:
With the new Quick Variant Setup, adding variants has become faster and more clear as the auto-generate feature allows you to see all possible combinations of your variant products in your store.
You will also be able to add specific information about each variant directly on the Add Product page. What this means is that you will be able to add your Inventory, Tax, Price and Loyalty for your variants all in one page, as compared to the previous Add Product page, where you would have to add information about your variants individually on a separate page.
Previously, when adding a single variant to a product, you were required to head to the product itself and select Add Variant. This would then take you to the Add Variant page, where you would be able to add information about the single variant you wish to add.
With the new Quick Variant Setup, you will be able to add single variant if the product has only one attribute, for example; if the single attribute is colour, you will be able to add additional colours at one time.
If you receive a new variant after creating a product, and want to add it to your store, for example, if you have a T-shirt product in your store, and have now received a new colour and size of T-shirts to add to your T-shirt product, we suggest adding it using a CSV file.
Important: When adding a variant to a product, if the product already has three variant attributes attached to the product, you will not be able to add any additional attributes. In addition, the maximum number of variants you may have must not exceed 200.
A way to do this, however, is to do this via a CSV file import. Follow the steps below to learn how to add a single variant via a CSV file import.
Filter your product list to the product you want to add a single variant to
Export the current product to a CSV file.
Edit the CSV file by adding the new variant in a new line.
Import the CSV file back into the product list.
Remember, if you have added the maximum number of variants (200) to this product, you will not be able to add an additional variant, even via a CSV. We recommend splitting the product into another single product to add this product to your store.
If you need assistance with your variants, contact our Support team who will be able to assist you further.
With the new update, we have also incorporated a Duplicate Variant tool to ensure that you do not have any duplicate variants added. Duplicate variants will cause issues for your store when conducting inventory counts and making sales in your store. The Duplicate Variant tool will check whether any of your variant products have duplicated features and will walk you through the steps on how to fix the duplicates. For more information on how this tool works, check out this article.
Editing variants has also changed with the new update to the Edit Product page. Previously, when editing a variant, you were required to edit each variant separately, on a separate page.
With the new update, you will be able to edit your variants directly on the Edit Product page.
Note: Unlike adding a new product, on the Edit Product page, you will only be able to edit your inventory levels of your variants if you hold Admin or Manager user permissions in your store.
Delete single product
The way in which you delete a product has remained the same, and you will be able to delete a single product by clicking on the product itself and clicking on Delete Product.
Delete single variant value
Previously, if you wanted to delete a single variant, you were able to do so individually from the product information page.
With the new update, you cannot Delete a variant, but you may now Remove the variant by clicking on the trashcan icon. A warning message will pop up to confirm that you wish to remove the variant. It will also inform you that you will have the ability to restore the variant if you choose to do so.
This is a new feature with the new update to the Add and Edit Product pages. Restoring a deleted variant allows you to re-add your variant to your store without having to add all the information about the variant again. This is particularly in the case where you have seasonal goods and may not have items in your store during particular times of the year.
If you have seasonal products, instead of removing your products and restoring them, you will also be able to toggle the Enable button which will make the product active or inactive in your store.
The new update also allows you to rename your variant values altogether, as compared to the previous page where it would have to be done one variant at a time.