Catalogs are at the core of your business: they list all the products you offer to shoppers and store details about every one of your products such as: name, price, product code, images, etc.
There are two types of catalogs:
- Master Catalogs: Specific to your tenant and contain all the products in your child catalogs that belong to them, which enables you to share products across all child catalogs.
- Catalogs: Specific to each of your sites or storefronts and only contain the products in them that you wish to sell in their associated storefronts.
Do not delete a master catalog from your tenant if you only have one master catalog. If you need to delete a master catalog, ensure that you have an additional master catalog before deleting the master catalog. If you delete the only master catalog in your tenant, the tenant will no longer function properly and you will need to have an entire new tenant provisioned.
In addition to catalogs, Kibo eCommerce also contains sites, which are the actual shopper facing storefronts that shoppers use to order products. Each site is associated with one catalog.
Imagine that your business includes a brick and mortar store in Austin, a kiosk in San Antonio, and a website, and you sell the following products:
|Shirt||Austin store and website|
|Pants||Austin store and website|
|Skirts||Austin store and website|
|Sunglasses||San Antonio kiosk only|
|Bags||Austin store and website|
Given this situation, you would configure your catalogs in the following way:
|Catalog Name||Catalog Type||Description|
|Master Apparel Catalog||Master catalog||Includes all of your products, including all the shirts, pants, skirts, sunglasses, and bags you sell.|
|Austin Store Catalog||Catalog||Includes a subset of all your products. You only sell shirts, skirts, pants, and bags in your Austin store.|
|San Antonio Kiosk Catalog||Catalog||Includes a limited subset of the products that you sell at your kiosk. You only sell sunglasses at the kiosk.|
|Website Catalog||Catalog||Includes a subset of all products that you sell online. You only sell shirts, pants, skirts, and bags on your website.|