If you do not have products with variants, you can skip to the next step:
Product variants created in Shopify are not assigned a unique SKU by default. The SKUs for these variants import as blank to PackageBee.
PackageBee automatically converts blank SKUs to the string
Not Available. However, these "Not Available" SKUs may be rejected by the WMS.
For this reason, it's important that all product variations in Shopify are assigned a unique SKU.
Note: If you have existing product variants in Shopify, it is strongly recommended that each variant is assigned a unique SKU as described below.
Example: Create a variant with a unique SKU
In the following example, we will create a product with three variants. We'll assign one of the variants a unique SKU, but leave the other two variant SKUs undefined. Then, we'll look at the errors that can occur when the "undefined" variants are imported to PackageBee and sent to the warehouse.
Create a New Product
In Shopify, create a new product. Specify a product name (such as "Father"), and a brief description.
Variants can be specified under the Variants section on the product page. Here, we have added three variants for the Father product: Child-1, Child-2, and Child-3.
Next, select a variant to edit. Here, we've checked the box next to Child-1. With the variant selected, we click the Actions button, then Edit SKUs.
Then, in the SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) field, we specify a unique SKU - in this case, "child1".
We'll leave the other variants (Child-2, Child-3) as is, so we can see the difference in the data that comes through to Dropstream.
Note: Don’t forget to Activate this product. (By default, once a product is created it has a status of Draft.)
Create a Test Order
To test the variations as configured, we can create a new order. Here, our test order includes two variants of product “Father”: Child-1 and Child-2. Notice that Child-1 has a unique SKU, while Child-2 has no SKU.
When the Child-2 variant is imported into PackageBee, its SKU will appear as
Not Available — PackageBee changes all empty SKUs to this default string value.
Once saved and marked as paid, the order will look like this in Shopify:
Although this order imports successfully to PackageBee, the entry for Child-2 may trigger an error when sent to the WMS, which rejects the SKU
Not Available as invalid.
To avoid errors such as these, it's important to make sure that all product variants in Shopify are assigned a unique SKU.
Note: in PackageBee, the description of the variants includes both the parent SKU and the variant title.
For more information about creating and editing product variants, see:
Next: Export SKUs