Purpose and scope

Icecat is a product information management (PIM) system. It creates and manages product data-sheets from multiple manufacturers which are then distributed through various sales and marketing channels. Aphix WebShop integrates with Icecat to provide you with the facility to use product data-sheets provided by Icecat directly in your Aphix WebShop.

The purpose of this article is three-fold:

  • To outline how to switch this feature on

  • To explain how to create a product and sync it with data retrieved from the Icecat product catalogue in Aphix Management Interface.

  • To show what your customers see when they are looking at your product catalogue in Aphix WebShop that contains product information retrieved from Icecat.

This feature is only available as part of one of our SmartPacks. Contact our sales team for more information.

Benefits

Key benefits of integrating Icecat with Aphix WebShop and using it to support your product catalogue are:

  • Improved product descriptions, including images and specifications means better information for your customers

  • Better product content leads to improved sales and conversion

Introducing terms and concepts using in this article

Term

Definition

API

(API), which is an interface that allows two different computer systems interact with each other. It consists of a number of rules (also known as endpoints) that request data from the other system and receive and process responses from that system.

Product Information Management (PIM) system

a central location to collect, manage and store product information.

Feature deep dive

Once this feature is switched on, use it to import product data from Icecat into your Aphix product catalogue. At a high level, you create a product (either import it from your ERP or create it manually in Aphix Management Interface). Within the Product Content Editor, you can search for and retrieve data directly from the Icecat product catalogue for a specific brand and product. Once the data has been imported, you can modify it, and include extra information if you wish to. Once you save the product, it is visible in your Aphix WebShop. 

In the background, Aphix uses API requests to send and receive data from Icecat. The data that is retrieved from Icecat is mapped to standard product fields in the Aphix product catalogue, and behave as if they were imported from your ERP or created manually. We currently do not support any process to check Icecat automatically or regularly for updates to imported Icecat product data.

Key points

  • A snapshot of product data for the specified product is retrieved and stored in your Aphix product catalogue. 

  • Currently, there is no mechanism to automatically check and update product data in your product catalogue if changes have been made to that product in the Icecat catalogue.

In Aphix WebShop, the (Icecat-imported) product data is combined with stock and pricing data from your ERP to provide your customer with full product, pricing and stock information.   

Tasks

Assumptions

You have signed up for an Icecat account.  

The product information that is retrieved from Icecat is dependent on the account type that you have.

Set up an Icecat integration with Aphix WebShop

Set up

Contact  us to let us know that you want to integrate Icecat into Aphix WebShop. We will explain the pricing and functionality of this feature. Once these have been agreed,

  1. Share your Icecat account information with us.

  2. We will make the necessary internal changes to your configuration to switch this feature on.

Sync Icecat data

Sync

Step 1: Log into Aphix Management Interface

Log in

Log into Management Interface using your username and password. This opens the dashboard of your Management Interface.

Step 2: Open or create product

Open or create
  • Either open an existing product or create a new product.

    The minimum data required is Product Name and SKU.

  • Click Save. Your product has been saved.

Step 3: Add Icecat information

Sync
  • Select the Icecat Sync tab on the Product Content Editor. The screen displayed allows you to search for and import the product's data-sheet from Icecat.

  • Enter the Manufacturer and Manufacturer Part Number, as follows:

    • Manufacturer is the brand on the Icecat product information page

    • Manufacturer Part Number is the Product cod on the Icecat product information page

      Using IceCat to locate product


      • After you locate the required product, information about that product is displayed, as shown:

        

  • Click Search. An API request is sent to Icecat to search for product data. If there is a match on the Manufacturer (brand) and Manufacturer Part Number (product code), high level product data is retrieved and displayed. Otherwise a message saying "Product not found." is displayed. 

  •  Click Save Product Data. An API request is sent to Icecat to retrieve full product data and to import that data into your product catalogue. Once imported, the Content tab of the Product Content editor is displayed, with product details displayed. Any images imported from Icecat are displayed under the Media tab.


  • Make any edits you wish and click Save once you have reviewed product details. If Visible, the product can now be seen by your customers in Aphix WebShop.

    Key points

    • A snapshot of product data for the specified product is retrieved and stored in your Aphix product catalogue. 
    • Currently, there is no mechanism to automatically check and update product data in your product catalogue if changes have been made to that product in the Icecat catalogue.


What does my customer see in Aphix WebShop after I've integrated data retrieved from Icecat?

Customer view

Once you've imported product data retrieved from Icecat into your Aphix product catalogue, your customers can view that product in Aphix WebShop along with data (such as pricing, stock information and so on) retrieved from your ERP.