If your store requires multiple catalogs, add catalog rules to control when a catalog is displayed. A catalog rule contains a catalog plus the criteria under which to display the catalog.
You can use catalog rules to schedule a catalog to appear during a particular period, such as on a specific date or during summer. The catalog might offer different pricing during this period. The pricing depends on the associated pricebook.
The following scenarios provides a few examples for using catalog rules:
- Multiple geographical regions. Display different catalogs in different regions with suitable pricing or combine product hierarchies from two different regions to display in a third region.
- Multiple channels. Display different catalogs based on how a shopper accesses your store, such as through a mobile app or a web storefront.
- Direct to business versus direct to customers. Offer different products and prices for business customers versus retail customers.
- Preferred accounts. Offer special pricing to a group of users while displaying a standard price catalog to other users.
- Preferred customers. Offer special pricing to preferred customers while displaying a standard price catalog to all other shoppers.
- Reward programs. Enable reward programs where catalog prices drop after a certain spending level is reached.
- Product sales. Offer sale items for a limited time.
- Standard pricing. Display a default catalog to the shoppers who do not meet the criteria of any of the other catalog rules.
You can define a catalog rule with the any of following criteria:
- Accounts. List the accounts that should see a catalog. When a user has logged with the acccount, they see the configured catalog.
- Customers. List the customers that should see a catalog. When the customer is logged in, they see the configured catalog.
- Channel. Specify a shopper experience, such as web storefront or mobile app. Set up the channel to retrieve the catalog from the catalog rule that matches that channel.
- Other tags. Create your own user-defined tags. For example, you might want to tag by regions or you might want to distinguish between business and consumer customers.
If a catalog rule has no criteria defined, it is the default catalog rule.