Channels provides complete integration of inventory to Shopify, more than just updating inventory quantities. Channels can also match your point of sale products to products in an existing Shopify Store.
Inventory data flows from point of sale TO Shopify, with point of sale acting as Inventory Master. Publish full inventory data from your point of sale just by adding the webstore tag in the point of sale. Channels integrates Shopify with the following Point of Sale systems:
Important Product/Variant Fields
The Shopify Product Title is the primary key for identifying Products in Shopify. It is best to give each product a unique title so that your listings are easy to manage. Product Title is mapped from the Web Short Description in the point of sale. If no Web Short Description is available, Channels will substitute the Product Description from the master system.
The Shopify Variant SKU is the primary key for identifying Variants in Shopify. Variant SKU is mapped from CustomSKU/Product Code in point of sale. Variants are address by a combination of the Product Title and Variant SKU.
Matrices play an important role in online merchandising. Generally, products that have multiple options should be setup in a matrix in point of sale. You may wish to organize products with multiple color options into their own matrices (ie. red x small, medium, large; blue x small, medium, large, etc).
Images should be assigned to the matrix. Channels will send all images assigned to the matrix and one image from each child matrix item, in case the items are different color variations.
Webstore Tag/Sell on Webstore Box
Each Product, Item, or Matrix that you wish to publish to Shopify must be tagged with "shopify" or "webstore" (Lightspeed Retail, Vend) or have the "Sell on Webstore" box checked (Lightspeed Onsite).
Product Attribute Mapping
For more specific details on attribute mapping, see our next article here.
Integrating Existing Shopify Stores
When integrating an existing Shopify Store with point of sale, Channels can match your existing products in both systems so that a store reset is not required. To accurately match, it is essential that the following data matches before authorizing Shopify to connect:
- Product, Items, and Matrices must be tagged with "shopify" or "webstore" (Lightspeed Retail) or have the "Sell on Webstore" box checked (Lightspeed Onsite)
- Shopify Variant SKU match the Lightspeed CustomSKU/Product Code
- Multivariant Shopify Products and Items must be setup in matrices in Lightpseed
If data does not match exactly, Duplicate products will be created in Shopify. More information on syncing to an existing store can be found here.