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It is worth thinking of the product's primary category, the section of the store where
it will get the most attention, and also the secondary categories, where it may not get
as much attention, but where it may be considered supplemental to other products
within that category.
Our website will need information on the products themselves; the standard details
available for all product types in Drupal e-Commerce are:
Anonymous purchasing policy—Do we want it so that only registered users
can buy the product?
Stock Keeping Unit (SKU)—This is an ID number for the product from
another system. For instance, if we had our online shop tied into a central
system with our physical shop, we would use the product ID from the main
system (e.g. a stock control product) as the SKU.
Add to cart link visibility—Do we want the link for adding the item to the
shopping cart hidden or visible?
For Apparel and Shippable goods we also need the following information:
Inventory control—Do we want to show the stock levels on the site, and
allow items to be sold out? If yes, we need to set a stock level.
Availability estimate—General time frame for the item to leave the
fulfillment centre once the order has been placed.
With product variations for apparel products we can create additional attributes; for
example, we could create options for different sizes, colors, or materials. We can then
specify any weight difference or surcharges that apply to the product variation.
Planning Our Shop
Now that we know the information that needs to be collected we should
investigate our own product line and the best ways to promote our products. In
Chapter 4— Creating Your Product Catalog , we will put the catalog we have prepared
in this chapter onto our store!