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May 5, 2018

Furniture PIM Integration

Furniture PIM Integration – As the online commerce is getting popular day by day. Loads of new verticals and industries are adding into e-commerce space.

Furniture is another category in this field. You may find quite a less online shop based on furniture. There are a couple of reasons for the same. We will discuss in details about such problems and solutions as well.

Furniture includes a large array of complex data model including color, finish, detailed dimensions, length, weight, materials, design, pattern and many such objects. Because of this reason, you need to manage lots of characteristics for the furniture products.

furniture pim complex product data structure

Most of the products, in fact, more than 90% of the furniture products have various kinds of options available for purchase. A customer gets to choose a particular color, finish, and there are different dimensions available for a product.

For each variation of a product, you need to manage its stock at an individual level. Variant management works wonderfully well in e-commerce platform such as Magento 2, but the same cannot be said for the OpenCart platform.

furniture pim variant management

Because of availability of lot choices and options in furniture product, an easy to access website browsing experience becomes a necessity. This helps a customer in finding and sorting the catalog on the category page or search page.

You can integrate Ajax-based layered navigation search on your online store for enabling customers to quickly find a product without even reloading a webpage.

easy navigation

If you are running a website for international customers, you may need to manage product information in multiple languages. You have to create different store views for each region such as- English, Arabic, German, Turkish, and so on.

But adding and updating production information simultaneously on all channels becomes difficult, you need to have a dedicated platform for this task.

PIM or Product Information Management is a centralized tool that manages your merchandise information for all channels and supports locales, categories, attributes, product description, images, variations.

Akeneo is one the best open-source PIM tool that is available right now. And using, Akeneo Connector you can easily send and update your product information to any e-commerce shop website.

product consistency

As the size and weight of the products are quite large, delivering the furniture to customer location becomes a matter of concern. Some items may be fragile or may require special care while loading and unloading.

Also, many companies don’t even take the burden of return-shipping costs, it has to be borne by a customer.

High-resolution pictures of furniture in catalogs are the best tool for marketing and showcasing products to consumers. Online PDFs or print materials gives a nice visual impression to shoppers when they are looking to buy a furniture item.

Akeneo does the job of even managing the product information for catalogs and other print documents. Using Akeneo Web To Print module, you can easily send/update the product data on Adobe InDesign.

catalog print

Once you have set up your online shop, you can also utilize POS – Point of Sale system for managing orders and customers on physical store. Customers can come to your shop, order furniture, and make payment using POS system.

There are many solutions available for integrating your online shop with a physical store. Using Mobikul POS apps and modules, you can easily run POS application on any tablet or mobile device.

Integrating POS System

After searching for the right product on the website, some customers prefer to go and visit a nearest physical store for picking up that item. Due to this reason, nowadays, we can Store Pickup option on the product page or at the shipping method selection page (during checkout process).

furniture pim pickup store

Hope everything must have been answered in this blog post, if you still need any further information about integrating PIM for your furniture e-commerce store, please send an email to support@webkul.com

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