Products, variants,
and articles

One of the main tasks of a product information management system is transforming product data from a wide range of different sources into meaningful and salable products. Products, variants, and articles are therefore the focus of OctoPIM.

Products and

An article differs from a product on which it is based in two respects:

1) Attributes and variants are created in the product and then specifically assigned in the article. For example, there can be two variants for the product shirt: size and color. The article is then a shirt in size M and the color red.

2) The article has an article number (SKU code).

In contrast to a product, an article can therefore be found in a store ready for purchase.  

Eine Übersicht über Varianten in einer Attributgruppe.


Variants are differentiations of a product. So for a shirt for example, you can maintain size, design, collar size, and cuff width. Instead of having to enter these specifications individually for each article, you can maintain all this information in a product. This information can then be directly placed from the product in the variant, rather than having to be entered individually.  

The screenshot on the left shows the family Basic description of blazer. Variants have been activated for the attributes Arm length, Length, Neckline shape, and Design.

Full freedom thanks to unlimited variant depth

In the example above, four differentiations have already been made for the product. Unlimited additional variants are possible. With OctoPIM you have full freedom with regard to variant depth, as you can make as many differentiations of a product as you wish.  

The screenshot on the right shows the form where you can fill in the activated variants.

Der Screenshot zeigt die abwählbaren Variantenstufen bei der Produktanlage.
Der Screenshot zeigt die Maske, in der man Varianten aktivieren kann.

Creating variants

Variants can be activated for different attribute types that you create in the family, for example for a size attribute. After the attribute has been created – Collar size and Arm length in the example on the left – you can activate the variants with a single click.  

The screenshot also shows not yet activated attributes in the attribute group Business shirt attributes.

Entering variants

After the variants have been activated in the family, a product can be created. It is possible here to deselect the previously created variant levels, if they are not necessary for a single product. In the next step, the activated variants can then be filled out.  

The screenshot on the right shows the variant levels that can be selected during product creation.  

Der Screenshot zeigt die abwählbaren Variantenstufen bei der Produktanlage.

Whereas other PIM systems often only offer two levels, with OctoPIM you can make as many differentiations of the product as you wish. Ineffective duplications are thus avoided, because different variants of a product no longer have to be created multiple times. Your products will be better presented and workarounds are avoided. You reduce costs and at the same time increase product quality.

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