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PegasusCart® Documentation Products

Products


Overview

Under the Products category members can find a number of useful tools for managing their store inventory and operations including Inventory, Categories, Presentations, Vendor Profiles, Mix N' Match, and Ratings & Reviews.

Product Menu Breakdown

Inventory

View Products: Allows members to view their products and make potential edits.

Add Products: Provides members with a shortcut tool for adding products without having to enter the inventory page.

Search Products: Search tool for members to filter inventory options before viewing.

Categories: Manages and groups products by a relative characteristic or quality such as a type of car or color.

Import/Export Products: Import and export tool for member inventory.

Presentations: Interface for customizing product presentations including the layout, purchase option characteristics, and custom input about a product.

Vendors: Vendor management tool for creating and maintaining vendor profiles.

Mix N' Match: Tool used for grouping items of a relative nature into discount groups.

Ratings & Reviews: Outlet for monitoring customer feedback and satisfaction.

Product Feeds: Tool for managing, updating, and printing for existing product feeds.

Inventory

Before a member can sell with PegasusCart® they must have products in their inventory. The inventory is where members can view (edit), add, and search products that are sold on their webstore. The Inventory page consists of a set of search and filter tools, and a table that breaks down a members inventory.

Part#/UPC: The appropriate part number or UPC code for the product a member may be selling.

Description: Description of a product.

Qty: Quantity of the product in stock.

Pricing: Single product price.

Active: The activity status of a product used to display whether it can be sold or not.

Products added to a members PegasusCart® can be edited at any time in the inventory. With each displayed item a member has access to a number of tools to help manage their inventory easier which are displayed by the following icons:

- Edit a product.

- Write notes about a product for reference.

- Clone a product.

- Delete a product.

Add a Product

To add a product, fill out the details under Part#/UPC, Description, Qty, Pricing, and Active Status then click Add Inventory.

Edit a Product

To edit a product, click to view product details. Product details are broken down under seven different tabs labeled Details, Pricing, Delivery, Feeds, Attributes, Addons, Supply respectively.

Details

Displays base product information including Part#, Description, UPC, Image paths, Categories, Presentations, Freight Bundles, Mix N' Match, Attribute, Addon and Tax status.

The details tab is useful for summarizing basic information and locating where the product in question may be in use such as in a presentation, under a category or whether it contains attributes, addons, an active tax status, or is apart of freight bundling.

Example "Details".
Pricing

Contains product specific pricing properties including Base Pricing, Quantity Discounts, Pricing Conditions, COG, MSRP, and MAP.

Example "Pricing".

Single Pricing: The individual price of a product.

Quantity Pricing

Quantity pricing refers to a pricing condition that designates a price discount based on the total quantity of a single item being purchased.

Example: 1 Apple sells for $5.00. If a customer buys 5 apples based on the quantity discount bracket at $4.00, the total cost of each apple will be $1.00 less than the original $5.00 for a total sale price of $20.00 instead of $25.00.
Properties

Contains information regarding basic cost formulas used to calculate a products price including factors like Cost of Goods(COG), Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), and Minimum Advertised Price (MAP).

Cost of Goods(COG): The Cost of Goods is the amount directly attributed to the production of goods. Some merchants may include shipping costs and/or handling fees associated with the items when determining the COG. Members may feel free to adjust COG as their needs may dictate. COG of an item can also be used to calculate COG based pricing as explained below.

Example: An item's base price is $10.00. One customer purchases the item and is charged $10.00 accordingly. Another customer purchases 5 of the same item and is charged a total of $50.00 (5 x $10.00 = $50.00).

MSRP: Electing to enforce Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price will ensure that any offering for a product will be at the MSRP price. Providing the MSRP price is a great way to show consumers what they are saving when the published price is lower than MSRP even when choosing not to force MSRP.

MAP: Minimum Advertised Price is the amount that the manufacturer has set as the lowest amount the item can be sold for. In most situations, advertising an item below this price is a violation and subject to fines by a manufacturer. Selecting Enforce MAP, prevents any pricing including discounted pricing of this item to be displayed or offered that is below Map. In the event a discount price is below MAP, the price will be displayed and offered at the MAP price. If you choose to force MAP, you must provide the MAP price..

Pricing Conditions

Pricing conditions refer to factors such as the shopping outlet a product may be sold on such as Amazon or Ebay. These pricing conditions allow members to control price changes based on the accessibility of these outlets from a universal location in PegaasusCart®.

Example: A t-shirt is sold on both Amazon and a member's own webstore. On the members webstore the shirt goes for $10.99. Due to fees associated however Amazon charges an additional $1.00 to the member in order to sell their t-shirt on Amazon. Member then adds a pricing condition that states that on Amazon, the t-shirt will have an added cost of + $1.00 to the total price to accomodate the fee.
Delivery

Product specific delivery options and properties.

Example "Delivery".

Contains product specific delivery details including dimensons and delivery options.

Dimensions

Contains the measurements of an item including Length, Height, Girth, Width, and Weight in either standard U.S. or Metric measurements. This information is vital to calculating shipping rates based on Dim Weight totals.

Delivery Options

Contains unique shipping information about a product including restrictions and oversize charges.

Attributes

Different variations of a certain product.

Example "Attributes".
Add an Attribute

Product attributes represent the variations of a certain product. To create a product attribute, simply add that product attribute as a separate item to the inventory. Then designate the product as an attribute of the original product by clicking New Attribute and selecting the product. Product attributes will display as a drop down for purchase options on a presentation.

Addons

Determine items included with a specific product purchase.

Example "Addons".

Addons refer to items that are included with the purchase of a product for free.

Example: A webstore offers a t-shirt which includes: 1 sippy cup, and 1 baseball cap.
Supply

Manage supply chains via contacts from specific vendors.

Example "Supply".
Add a Supply Channel

Supply channels established on a particular product can be automated to handle quantity levels of products. To add a supply channel, click New Channel and select a contact from a particular vendor. (See Vendors for additional information.)

Product Categories

It is extremely helpful and useful to group products especially those apart of larger inventories under categories for greater organization. The categories page displays all categories vertically and displays sub-categories within a root category denoted by

Create a Category

To create a category, simply click New Category in the upper right hand corner and add a description.

Add a Product to a Category

To add a product to an existing category, click any existing category on screen, click New Item and search an existing product to add to the category. Repeat these same steps for any existing sub categories.

Create a Sub-Category

To create a sub-category, click any existing category on screen, click New Sub Category and add a description.

Import/Export Products

The Import Data page is designed to allow you to efficiently import your product data either in a comma or tab delimited format.

Customize your Import Data

You can import your data either by copying and pasting text for import, or by browsing for the relevant text file (.txt or .csv).

To determine the order in which your product data will be imported you must properly identify the relevant fields. To configure your import, click Configure and begin by determining the import type.

Once you've selected the import type you'll be given a number of fields to configure in the proper order. The first field selected will be the first field read in a left to right order. Once you've finished, save your configuration and begin the import.

Presentations

To sell products, webstores need product pages or presentations in order to educate and inform potential customers about a particular product or set of products. PegasusCart® presentations are unique in that they are dynamically created based on input from members and handled through the PegasusCart® interface. The Presentation page is not unlike the Inventory or Category pages, and is simple in it's design leaving members to simply select the presentation they wish to work with one at a time. Managing a presentation consists of five separate tabs which include: General information, Items, Layout, Editor and Purchase Options Settings.

General

Under the general tab, information regarding the Presentation ID, Description, and Presentation keywords are displayed under the General details section, while hits on a presentation are displayed under the Usage section. The Presentation ID is used to call a presentation on a product page and is one of the most critical components involved in installing PegasusCart. The description is used to describe the product or series of products in question but unlike others this field is for your organization under PegasusCart® only. Keywords are a currently non-working feature but when implemented will address how your product page will rank and off what critical keywords you want it to rank under.

Tip: It is very important to note your presentation ID for use in installing PegasusCart components.

Items

The items tab displays all products currently in a presentations purchase option settings. When displayed, customers will be able to add products designated under the items tab, into their carts and proceed toward checkout.

Layout

Layouts determine the template and style of a presentation. There are vast ways to display a product but only one way will work for your product. As PegasusCart® grows we'll add to our collection of templates that we feel best assist members to sell their products.

Tip: Layout templates presented in PegasusCart are simply for creative edge and time saving and are not required to be selected or used in order to host a presentation. Members are completely open and encouraged to customize and create their own templates as they see fit.

Many layouts have a number of PegasusCart® features sorted specifically including our rating and review engine, coupon engine, as well as purchase settings.

Tip: While layouts may have sorted features, they can be overwritten via the editor tab to suit a members preference.

Selecting a Layout

To select a layout, click one of the layouts displayed under "select a layout". Selecting or hovering over a layout will reveal an "info" button that can be used to further understand the features of a layout including, the number of text fields in use, and any comments the developer may have included.

Editor

With a layout selected it can then be further customized under the Editor tab. From the editor tab members can adjust the orientation of where their product information will go according to the layout of the template. There is no limit to how a layout can be customized.

The editor content section is broken down into two components, Content text fields used in a template (Headline, Copy, Extra's 1-6), and the content text editor that displays the content of each selected field.

Content Editor Orientation

The content editor is easy to use and friendly for both HTML/CSS knowledgable members and members whom know little about either language. The top bar of the editor provides tools for making editing more convenient including: undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, spellcheck, bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, superscript, subscript, and clear formatting options. But the most important options for the editor include: Pegasus Components, Source Code, Fullscreen, and Stylesheet options.

Pegasus Components

Allows custom selection and addition of PegasusCart® purchase option components. Selected components appear as placeholder text and can be included or removed at any time.

Adding Pegasus Components

To add a Pegasus Component click the Pegasus Components button inside the content editor and click Select. The placeholder will display in your content text field when you've closed the Components window.

Source Code

Displays raw HTML of a presentation (Recommended for members knowledgable in HTML).

Fullscreen

Expands the content editor to full screen width and height.

Stylesheets

Allows the modification of CSS stylesheets used in a presentation including adding or removing existing ones.

Add a Stylesheet

To add a stylesheet, click "Stylesheet" and add the URL of the stylsheet in question.

Tip: Always remember to save!

Purchase Options Settings

Purchase options refer to the means in which customers can add a product or part to their shopping cart. Some purchase options are displayed as a part of a bar complete with a number of details about the product while others consist of a simple "Add to Cart" or some other variation of a purchase button somewhere on a presentation.

Edit Purchase Options Settings

Editing a presentation's purchase options settings deals with customizing two components of the purchase options settings including: Interface Settings, and Theme Settings.

Interface Settings

Displays the elements of a purchase options bar including: Type, Purchase Options, Quantity On Hand, Location, Borders, Part #, Part Image, Part Ratings, and Headers.

Type: Establish whether or not your presentation contains multiple products or simply one.

Purchase Options: Togglable display of a simple unthemed purchase options bar.

Quantity on Hand: Togglable quantity on hand display.

Location: Location for the active presentation to display.

Border: Togglable display of a border.

Part #: Togglable Part # display.

Part Image: Togglable image display.

Part Ratings: Togglable rating display.

Header: Togglable display of the header and all titles associated with each element of the purchase options bar.

Theme Settings

Displays customizable aspects of a purchase options bar including: Background Color, Font Color, Font Family, Font Size, Width.

Background Color: Color of the background of a purchase options bar.

Font Color: Font color of the purchase options text.

Font Family: Font family of the purchase options text.

Font Size: Font size of the purchase options text.

Width: Width of the purchase options bar.

Start Script and Command

The start script and command are the necessary components used to position and use your presentation. See Installation for more details.

Vendors

In order to manage a supply chain members must add vendors in order to establish contacts and prioritize them among varying products or parts. The Vendors page is not unlike Inventory, Presentations, or Categories and features a similar simplistic theme. Upon entering the page members will be prompted with a pop up box to select a vendor from which they can then view and edit details regarding any number of contacts within the vendor.

Adding a Vendor

To add a new vendor, click New Vendor and fill out the necessary information regarding the company title, description, website, dropship status, and active status. When finished, click Create Vendor

Create a new Vendor Contact

From a vendor select New Contact in the upper right-hand corner of the page and fill in all of the necessary information including: title, description, account #, contact name, address, city, state, zip, country, phone, fax, email, website, active and dropship status, and any notes you may have. When finished, click Create Contact.

Edit a Vendor

To edit an existing vendor, select the vendor in question and click the Vendor button and begin editing.

Edit a Vendor Contact

To edit a vendor contact, select the vendor and click .

Mix N' Match Groups

Mix N' Match Groups provide a means to offer discounts for groups of relative items such as travel supplies like a toothbrush, dental floss, and mouth wash. Mix N' Match groups are an excellent means of encouraging sales overall.

The Mix N' Match Group page is a bit different from other pages on PegasusCart® in that displays are quite simply box groups. Groups have no limits in terms of size, and contribute to reaching quantity discounted pricing options.

Create a Mix N' Match Group

To create a Mix N' Match Group, click New Mix N' Match Group, give the group a description and add the appropriate parts. The group can be edited via the View button.

Ratings & Reviews

Ratings and Reviews are critical elements of a webstore. The ability for customers to provide feedback helps a business grow stronger. PegasusCart's Rating engine is supplied through presentations. As feedback is provided by customers, these reviews can be moderated and approved via the Ratings & Reviews page.

The Ratings & Reviews page is much different from others and broken down into two components including: Ratings, and Pending Reviews.

Ratings

The ratings section of the page displays all parts/products that have been reviewed, providing a description of the item, the number of total reviews, and the average rating between them.

Pending Reviews

Pending Reviews are those reviews which are awaiting moderator approval before being displayed or deleted.

Additionally, members can also moderate profanity and filter out reviews in order to keep a clean page by click the view button on the right corner of the Pending Reviews section and selecting Language.

Communicating with Customers

Each product with its own reviews is broken down into two components which include filters across the top row as well as the actual reviews following beneath.

To communicate feedback to customers, simply click any part/product with a review in order to display the reviews associated with it. Members can reply to all reviews given to them in order to maintain an open line of communication with all customers.

Product Feeds

Product Feeds define product listings that can be found on various shopping portals like Amazon, Ebay, and Google. Many webstores utilize them and these listings can differentiate from a webstores normal product listing in details such as the price or cost of shipping and as such can become cumbersome overtime. PegasusCart®'s product feed manager provides tools for members to easily list, and update products on different feeds in order to stay competitive with little maintenance necessary.

The product feed manager consists of a table display for keeping track of products that are listed on different product feeds as well as options for your feeds including download options, updating listings, settings for your feed, and the ability to add more products to the feed manager.

Product Feed Default Settings

Before we can begin adding products to your product feed manager it's important to note some default information about products in the manager whether under those products are housed under Google, Amazon, or another product feed. This information can include the condition as well as tax rate of an item. To begin, simply click Settings. From here members can update their defaults at any time and save these details by clicking Save Defaults

Add a Product to the Feed Manager

To add a product to your product feed simply click Add Part and search for the product in question.

Understanding Feed Manager Notices

The feed manager lists products and their particular information relative to management as a whole including: Part #, Description, and Status. Perhaps the most important information to note however are the different statuses that can be found on each product listing.

Ready -

Not Assigned -

Inactive -

Disabled -

Update a Product Feed Listing

When your product listings are ready to be updated, click Update Listings. This will update all of the product listing data with all of your up to date information relative to our system including all relevant inventory data.

Download a Product Feed Listing

Once your feed is updated and ready to be exported, click Download and view the Feed Export options. Different portals allow different file types and API support so its important to pay attention to the correct file format that a portal supports in order to make the process as seamless and effective as possible. Select the appropriate file type and download the file. From here you may upload the designated file to the portal in question or if a portal allows you may automatically send the listing to them directly. Overtime these may change so its best to remain up to date.