Introduction To Products
The products component of Synergy 8 consists of four elements: products, product categories, product brands, and product inventory items.
What is a Product?
Products are the individual items or services that your customers will be purchasing. An example of a product might be a laptop, a guitar starter pack (consisting of a number of inventory items), an e-book, or a bouquet of flowers.
When you create a new product you will be asked to provide details such as:
- Whether the product will need to be shipped
- A detailed overview of the product
What is a Product Category?
Product categories are used to display and organize similar products on your website.
Each product must be allocated to at least one product category. You can associate a product with more than one category.
An example of a product category might be "laptops", which consists of all the different laptops available for sale on your website.
What is a Product Brand?
Product brands are another method of organizing and displaying products on your website. Products are sorted into product categories, and then into individual brands depending on their manufacturer. Using the laptop store example, you might have the brands Sony, Toshiba, or Apple.
Each product must be associated with exactly one brand.
If you're the manufacturer of the products, or there is only one generic product brand on offer, a standard practice is to create a brand using the title of your business.
What are Inventory Items?
Inventory is useful for managing and monitoring your stock levels. If you don't need to monitor inventory levels, there is no need to use the inventory functionality of Synergy 8.
A good example of using the inventory component efficiently would be:
A guitar package that contains a guitar, speaker and cables. The "guitar package" is setup as a product. The guitar package product is then linked to each inventory item (guitar, speaker and cable) so that each time the complete package is sold, the stock levels of each of the inventory items will be decremented.
Where to next?
To get started populating your product catalog, first you'll need to create product categories and brands for keeping your products sorted.