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Variation groups are a way to represent relationships between products within your catalog. To create a variation group, you must first select a product to act as the primary SKU. Then a list of additional SKU's are selected as and linked to the primary SKU as variations. When displaying any of these products to a customer, Jet may decide to show other products in the variation group in a dropdown list. Each product in the variation group must belong to the same category, and each product must also vary on at least one attribute shared by all members within the group.

Editing product variation groups
Fig. 1

Working with the variations manager window works as follows:

  1. Starting at the top left, there is a magnifying glass icon. Clicking this button will open a dialog box allowing you to search for and select a product to be used as the parent product for the variation group. Click the Ok button to save your selection.
  2. The next step is to click the "Select Category" button. This will open the Category & Attributes Browser.
    Select a category
    Fig. 3

    Select the desired category from the hierarchy and click the "Ok" button. Once a category is selected, each product within the variation group will have its category set to whatever was selected. You will then see a list of available attributes to vary on appear in the list box on the bottom left of the window under "Available Attributes".

  3. The next step is to click the "Add Variation Sku's" button. This will again open the select a product dialog. Type in your search and select the desired products using the checkboxes within the grid. Any checked rows will remain in the search grid even if you change your search terms. When you are satisfied, click the "Ok" button to save your selections.
    At this point, you will see a series of columns appear within the grid at the bottom right of the window. Each column represents one of the selected products.
    Select a product dialog
    Fig. 3

  4. Almost there!

    This step is easy. Simply enter the title for your variation group into the input box labeled "Group Title".
  5. The Final Step!

    Now that the products have been grouped together under a single category, it is time to create the variation relationships between the products by using the available attributes.

    Under "Available Attributes" you will see a checkbox next to each available attribute's name. Select the attribute(s) that relate to the products within the group. In our example (See Fig. 1) we are varying by color. Once an attribute has been selected, you will see a row for that attribute appear in the grid to the right. For each product (Each product is represented by a column in the grid), double click the cell, select or enter the attribute's value and hit enter on your keyboard to commit the changes. Once you have entered an attribute value for each attribute and product combination, click the "Ok" button.

    Note: Products varying on an attribute cannot have the same attribute values. For example, if Product A and Product B are varying on Color, they cannot both be the same color.

  6. That's It!

Notes about variations and product data

  • Any products that are not a member of the selected category, or that do not already have values for the selected attribute(s) will cause the product data with the new category and attributes to be re-sent to Jet. This can cause the product to re-enter the "Under Review" state. It is best to prepare ahead of time, and enter the appropriate category and attribute values when initially adding the products to your catalog.

  • Grouping for Clothing Category

    Grouping for the clothing category is required. Clothing products that are grouped have a higher chance of being listed.