Suggest new products

As a supplier, you may want to suggest new products to your retailer or distributor. Once they enable the option on their Akeneo PIM, you'll be able to see the Create button on the top right of the product grid.

There are 2 ways to create new product suggestions:

  • manually
  • with imports

#Create product suggestions

#Manual creation

Create New Products

In order to create a new product on the Onboarder, you just have to:

  1. Click on the Products menu
  2. Click on the Create button on the top right corner of the product grid. A creation wizard appears.
  3. Specify the unique product identifier (SKU)
  4. Fill out the name of the product (optional)
  5. Select a family for the new product
  6. Hit Save.

Create New Family - Dropdown

Your product is now created and its form is displayed. You can start filling its attributes.

A new product cannot be created without a family. The family depicts all the product attributes that need to be sent to your retailer or distributor. The family list will give you access to all the product families you can create in your Onboarder. This list is maintained by your retailer or distributor.

Product creation works the same way as in the PIM, learn more about it by reading our Create a product article.

As a supplier you cannot create product models and variants. Please contact your retailer or distributor to enrich product models and variants.

#Speed up with import

Now, you know how to create a new product manually, you may think there should be a faster way to do it.

The answer is yes!

You can run an import and it's very easy. On your grid:

  1. Download a product import template,
  2. Complete the spreadsheet,
  3. On the product grid, click on the Import button,
  4. Drag and drop your file,
  5. Run the import and
  6. Wait for the notification

#Follow your product suggestions

Once you suggest a new product, its suggestion status is Suggested. Then, your retailer or distributor needs to accept your product suggestions to added to its catalog.

For more transparency on products, Akeneo Onboarder shows the products that are part or not of your retailer or distributor catalog. Actually, you can see a Suggestion Status column on the product grid and on the top of the product page.

After being integrated to the catalog, the suggestion status of your products is In Catalog and the products follow the enrichment statuses.

Product suggestion status