Use automated processes for structuring categories and technical data of your products. This will help sales partners a great deal in product data maintenance.
What is the ETIM standard?
ETIM stands for European Technical Information Model. Today, the ETIM data model is an industry standard in Germany, Europe and beyond. Over 300 companies in Germany use ETIM, and there are many more throughout Europe.
ETIM defines all technical characteristics for articles from electrical to sanitary engineering in order to describe them precisely. This standardised structure facilitates the exchange of product-related data for all parties involved.
The standardised and classified data is uploaded to media-neutral databases such as ERP, WMS or PIM and can be used in online marketplaces, print/electronic catalogues and other e-commerce channels.(Source: https://e-pro.cat)
Advantages of ETIM
Since the structure and description of the technical product information is the same, there is no need for data formatting and adaptation. This enables a smooth and fast exchange of product data between manufacturers and retailers. Manufacturers who provide their entire product range in ETIM format actively support their sales success with business partners and wholesalers.
The use of classification systems such as ETIM offers several advantages that can save you a lot of time when importing, editing and updating your data.
- You do not have to create your own system of categories and technical data to describe your products.
- You simplify the provision of your product data to resellers and distributors by exporting the category and technical data of a product into the standardised ETIM format.
Simple, efficient, consistent - thanks to ETIM.
An example: If your distribution partner also purchases products from other suppliers in addition to your products, he is confronted with a multitude of manufacturers' own systems of category formation, which he must independently standardise and transfer into his own system of categories and technical data attributes.
ETIM simplifies this process because it has standardised classes. Once you have defined the ETIM classes for your own systematics, you can automatically assign the products of different suppliers to your own categories and technical attributes in the future. The initial assignment effort is therefore only done once, instead of each time you import product data from a supplier.
Structure technical data
The new Data Director command also simplifies the structuring of technical data: For example, one supplier offers the T-shirt sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, while another keeps M, L, XL, XXL and a third the size subdivision Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra-Extra Large.
If a seller wants to offer a size filter in his shop, he must transfer the different size subdivisions of his suppliers into his own system. If his suppliers provide the technical data as ETIM characteristics, this simplifies the process of the entire allocation. This is because it only has to be completed once for all suppliers who support ETIM.
You have already maintained technical product data in Pimcore? No problem, because with the Data Director you can automatically populate the ETIM fields from existing fields, so nothing changes for your data maintenance.
The ETIM import command for the Data Director
This bundle provides a command to automatically create and update Pimcore classification stores based on the ETIM classification system. It automatically creates classification stores based on ETIM releases, group collections based on ETIM groups, groups based on ETIM classes and key definitions/fields based on ETIM features.
You can also filter classes and fields to be created. This will only import classes and fields that contain the term set as a filter somewhere in their names, descriptions or other elements. This means that only the ETIM classes relevant to your business area are taken into account. When you run the command again, all matching fields will be updated with the current data from the ETIM API.
You can get the new bundle in the Pimcore Marketplace or directly from us.