Predefined product variants

Example scenario: Create predefined product variants

This example scenario shows how to create product variants for a product master using a combinations of product dimensions.

Make demo data available

To follow this scenario using the values suggested here, you must have demo data installed, and you must select the USMF legal entity.

Step 1: Create a product master

To create a product master:

  1. Go to Product information management > Products > Product masters.
  2. Select New.
  3. If the Product number field doesn't already show a number, then enter a value. This is only required if no number sequence has been set for this field.
  4. Enter a name in the Product name field.
  5. In the Product dimension group field, select the product dimension group SizeCol (Size and Color).
  6. Select OK to create and open the new product master.

Step 2: Add product dimensions

This example shows how to manually enter product dimensions. You can also choose to select a size, color, or style group that includes the product dimension values you want to use.

To add product dimensions:

  1. With your new product master still open, select Product dimensions on the Action Pane.
  2. Open the Size tab and select New on the toolbar to add a row to the grid. Make the following settings for the new row:
    • Size: Select a size value.
    • Name: Enter a name for the size.
  3. Select New on the toolbar and add a second size to the grid with a new Size and Name.
  4. Open the Colors tab and select New on the toolbar to add a row to the grid. Make the following settings for the new row:
    • Color: Select a color value.
    • Name: Enter a name for the color.
  5. Select New on the toolbar and add a second color to the grid with a new Color and Name.
  6. Select Save.
  7. Close the page to return to your new product master.

Step 3: Generate product variants

Note

This section describes how to generate product variants when the Variant suggestions page improvements feature isn't enabled. See the next section for details about how to generate product variants when that feature is available.

To generate product variants:

  1. With your new product master still open, select Product variants on the Action Pane.
  2. Select Variant suggestions on the Action Pane.
  3. The system generates a list with all possible combinations of the sizes and colors you defined for the product. Select Select all on the toolbar.
    • In this example, select all of the possible variants. If you only want to use a subset of the possible product dimension combinations, select only the required check boxes as needed.
  4. Select Create.
  5. Select Save.

Improved variant suggestions

The Variant suggestions page improvements feature improves the Variant suggestions page to address performance and usability issues for companies that have a high number of product dimension combinations. The enhanced process for selecting the product dimension values for which to generate variant suggestions makes it faster and easier to identify and release the relevant set of product variants.

The following improvements are added by this feature:

  • Deferred generation of variant suggestions: The Variant suggestions page no longer shows suggestions when you first open it. Instead, you must explicitly choose which values you will need and then select the Suggest button to generate the combinations. This makes the process more visible and interactive.
  • Selection of dimensions values: When you have many dimension values, you are typically interested in generating variant suggestions that include just a few of them (such as when introducing a new set of colors or styles). With the improved design, you can select the dimension values for which you want to generate product variant suggestions. This greatly increases the relevance of the suggested variants and improves both system performance and user productivity.

Turn the Variant suggestions page improvements feature on or off

To use this feature, it must be turned on for your system. As of Supply Chain Management version 10.0.25, the feature is turned on by default. As of Supply Chain Management version 10.0.29, the feature is mandatory and can't be turned off. If you are running a version older than 10.0.29, then admins can turn this functionality on or off by searching for the Variant suggestions page improvements feature in the Feature management workspace.

Work with the improved variant suggestions

To generate product variant suggestions when the Variant suggestions page improvements feature is enabled:

  1. Open or create a product master and add the required product dimensions to it, as described in the previous section.
  2. With the product master open, select Product variants on the Action Pane.
  3. Select Variant suggestions on the Action Pane.
  4. Select the values that you want to use for each of the dimensions.
  5. On the top toolbar, select Suggest.
  6. The system generates a list with all possible combinations of the sizes and colors you selected. On the Suggested variants FastTab, select the check box for each product dimension combination that you want to use, or select Select all on the toolbar to select all of them.
  7. Select Create to add the variants to the current product master.

Help us understand

We want to learn more about how people use Microsoft's custom Help toolkit. Take the survey (in English) and help us understand: https://forms.office.com/r/A4cUJgjkD1.