Last Updated on May 20, 2019

Introduction

Alias is an alternative product definition, name, images, description, etc. for an existing inventory item, while Alternate SKU just creates a secondary SKU for an existing inventory item keeping the same product definition. Because we are dealing with the same inventory items, the total quantity in the inventory will not change.

** Aliases are useful when you need to send an alternative product definition for a product to a channel, which allows you to create multiple listings of a product.

** Alternate SKUs are useful when you have a bestseller product and manufacturer made a very small modification to it, they have to change the name barcode and SKU number, but you can assign the old product’s SKU number easily with help of Alternate SKU.

*** The difference between Alias and Alternate SKU is that you cannot edit properties of Alternate SKU listing, but you can edit properties for Aliases. Both SKU types use the same inventory.

Creating an Alias

Aliases can be created in the product editing page at the inventory level.

> Go to Menu > Inventory > Products.
> Find the product you want to give an Alias and click on “Edit” button under actions column. Doing so will open the editing page of this product.
> Click on the “Aliases” tab to view a list of Aliases for this product.
> To add a new Alias click on the button “Add Alias” towards the upper right-hand side of your screen. Doing so will open a “Create Alias” dialog box.
> Click on Alias Radio Button and write a new Name as the Alias.
> If you keep the “Auto SKU” checkbox checked the system will create a new SKU by the default rules. If you uncheck this, then you need to come up with an SKU and write it in the box.
> Click on “Create” to save your work and immediately click on “Edit” to start editing your new Alias product.
> If you don’t give a name, the system will automatically create a new name for this alias.
> You can see a list of aliases for this product in the “Aliases” Tab. Also next to them there are new buttons for Editing and Deleting them.
> Edit Button will take you to edit the Alias product. The new Alias Product will be marked in SKU Line at the top of the page as “alias for XXX Product”.
> Also the inventory product List (Menu > Inventory > Products) will mark all products with Alias in the Product Icon.

Creating an Alternate SKU

Alternate SKU creation is done exactly the same as Alias creation. Alternate SKUs can be created in the product editing page at the inventory level.

> Go to Menu > Inventory > Products.
> Find the product you want to give an Alternate SKU, and click on “Edit” button under actions column, doing so will bring this products’ editing page.
> Click on “Aliases” tab to view a list of Aliases and alternate SKUs for this product.
> To add a new Alternate SKU click on the button “Add Alias” towards the upper right-hand side of your screen.
> Doing so will open a “Create Alias” dialog box.
> Click on “Alternate SKU” Radio Button and provide a Manual SKU number.
> Click on “Create” to save your work and the system will kick you back to the Alias list.

You can see a list of aliases or Alternate SKUs for this product in Aliases Tab. The new Alternate SKU Product will be marked in Aliases List for the product at the top of the page as “Alternate SKU”. Also the inventory product List (Menu > Inventory > Products) will highlight all products with Alternate SKU in the Product Icon.

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