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Configuring a variant

In Lightspeed eCom, you can manage details like price, taxes, inventory, identifiers and sizes inside a variant.

Configure a variant by adjusting the:

To manage a variant's settings:

  1. From the left menu of the Back Office, click Products.
  2. Scroll to INVENTORY & VARIANTS.
  3. Select the title of a variant to open it's settings.
  4. A pop-up window appears containing the settings of the variant you selected. From this popup you'll be able to configure your variant according to the options in this article.

Adjusting the title

You can manage a variant title by:

  1. At the top of the page beside TITLE, adding the name of the variant. For example Red, L or Blue, XL. 

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Modifying prices

The variant's prices, taxes and costs are kept in this section. You can manage them by:

  1. Selecting the title of any variant.
  2. Scrolling to PRICES.
  3. Adjusting the following setting according to the details for your region:

Select your region:

Price - Enter the price you charge your customers for the product.

Old price - If the product is reduced in price, enter the old price here to display the old price with a strike-through next to the new price, so that your customers can see the reduction.

Tax rate - Different tax rates can apply to products. Before you can select the applicable tax rate, you first have to create it in Settings > PAYMENT SETTINGS > Taxes . You can check tax rates here.

Tax type - As of January 1st 2015, telecommunication, radio and TV broadcast services as well as electronic (digital) services are subject to the VAT rate that applies to the country where a customer resides. Previously, digital services were subject to the VAT rate that applies to your company’s place of residence. As an online store owner, you have to identify which products fall under digital services. With these products, you can select the Electronic Service option in Tax Legislation. 

Unit price - Enter the price per individual unit, weight or volume.

  • If your product requires a price per unit, turn on Price per unit by following the instructions below.
  • Some themes will display the price per unit on the product page, even if the value is $0/unit. So it's recommended you turn off this setting if all your products require no price per unit.

    To enable or disable Price per unit:

    1. From the eCom Back Office click > Settings > SHOP SETTINGS > Workflow.
    2. Beside Price per unit, enable or disable the toggle based on your requirements.

Unit measurement - Choose from a variety of units the unit connected to the unit price.

Additional costs - Select one of the applicable additional charges, which you can create through SYSTEM > Settings > PAYMENT SETTINGS > Additional Costs in the left menu.

Cost price - The amount that you have to pay for the product. It will not be visible for customers.

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Price - Enter the price you charge your customers for the product.

Old price - If the product is reduced in price, enter the old price here to display the old price with a strike-through next to the new price, so that your customers can see the reduction.

Calculate Taxes Automatically - It is recommended to keep this switch toggled on as manual tax rates are not supported. See Configuring taxes to set up your automatic taxes for all shops. 

Additional costs - Select one of the applicable additional charges, which you can create through SYSTEM > Settings > PAYMENT SETTINGS > Additional Costs in the left menu.

Cost price - The amount that you have to pay for the product. It will not be visible for customers.

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Modifying identifiers

A variant's barcodes like UPC or EAN and article codes are kept in this section. You can manage them by:

  1. Selecting the title of any variant.
  2. Scrolling to IDENTIFIERS.
  3. Adjusting the following settings based on these details:

Article code - The code you assign to products so you can identify them in your online store. The article code is visible on invoices and packing slips and can be used to search your online store and the Backoffice.

Barcode - European Article Number, also known as bar code. Enter it if you use a bar code scanner.

SKU - Stock Keeping Unit, the number of the warehouse where products are stored. It is printed on the packing slip.

HS code - Enter a Harmonized System code. Some shipping companies require HS codes for international shipments. For more information about adding HS codes, click here.

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Modifying a variant's measurements

You can manage the weights and measurements of a variant by:

  1. Selecting the title of any variant.
  2. Scrolling to WEIGHTS / SIZES.
  3. Adjusting the following settings based on these details:

Weight - Enter the weight of the product as it determines your shipping costs. If you use several shipping methods such as like mailbox mail or package services, each with their own rates, we recommend that you enter product weights accurately. The system determines the appropriate shipping method based on the weight entered. If you charge the same shipping costs for all of your products, or if you do not charge shipping, for example for downloadable items, leave the weight at 0 (zero). Weights are visible in your online store only when customers compare products.

Volume - This field is only required if you use Paazl. It is visible only in your online store.

Matrix - These are visible in your online store if customers compare products. Use the Matrix option only if you use Paazl for shipping. Each matrix can have its own price group. If a product is very light in weight, but requires a sizable package due to its dimensions, you can use a different matrix than with regular packages.

Colli - Collo (plural form colli), is the individual packaging unit for a shipment. Configure this if you need several units to ship a given product. Colli is used only in combination with Paazl.

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Enabling a variant's inventory & backorder settings

You can manage the weights and measurements of a variant by:

  1. Selecting the title of any variant.
  2. Scrolling to INVENTORY.
  3. Modifying the following information based on the following details:

Track the inventory - Keep this switch enabled to prevent an out of stock purchase. Only disable it when the stock level for this variant is unimportant or nonexistent. For more information, click here.

Allow backorders - Keep this switch disabled to prevent an out of stock purchase. Only enable it to allow its purchase when temporarily out of stock. For more information, click here.

Quantity - Enter the initial number of items in stock for each product. The quantity automatically changes when the product is ordered.

Notify below - Through Track the inventory you have indicated that you want to be notified when the number in stock reaches below minimum. Enter the minimum value.

Minimum quantity - Enter a number to reserve product inventory. For more information, click here.

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Adjusting a variant's order limits

You can manage the order limits of a variant by:

  1. Selecting the title of any variant.
  2. Scrolling to LIMITS.
  3. Modifying the following information based on this detail:

Minimum/maximum order quantity - If you want to set order limits enter the minimum and maximum numbers for the product.

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Learn more

To learn how to:

  • Create variants, click here.
  • Manage variants from the product page, click here.
  • Manage the default settings for variants, click here.  

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