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Process documentationProduct Assignment


You assign products manually or automatically to a catalog area, depending on the catalog type. The product ID, product description, and status of all products is displayed, as is the information as to whether the item contains accessories or if it is a configurable product.


You have created products in your product master in SAP CRM under Accounts and Products


You select a catalog area in your product catalog, and edit the item list by assigning products to the area.

Note Note

You catalog area must be deactivated for editing.

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Manual Assignment

You can assign products manually on an individual basis or by copying a catalog area. You tend to choose manual product assignment for marketing-oriented catalogs that are subjected to editorial controls.

  • Individual assignment

    In this case you select the catalog area in which the product should be assigned, manually search for the product in the product master, and assign it to the area.

  • Copying items from catalog areas

    You select an area or subarea from another catalog and copy it to your new catalog. The system copies all products from the copied area to the new catalog, as long as they belong to the distribution chain assigned to the target catalog variant. From these products, you can then manually determine which products from the copied area you want to keep and which items you wish to delete.

The following is true for manually assigned products:

  • You can activate or deactivate items on an individual basis.

  • You can edit the list of accessories for manually assigned products. The system determines which accessories are maintained for the product in the product master and displays them in the item area of the catalog. You select which accessories should be displayed for the product in the catalog and activate them.

  • Manually assigned products can be included or removed from catalog views on an individual basis.

Automatic Assignment

You can assign products automatically to a catalog by transferring product hierarchies from your product master to the catalog areas. The categories, items, attributes, and documents contained in the product hierarchy are copied to the new catalog.

You use automatic product assignment mainly for functional catalogs, where products can be copied with very few changes, from the product categories of the product master. It enables a standardized characterization of your products in the catalog.

The following is true for products assigned to the catalog using product hierarchy transfer:

  • Product categories which make up the hierarchies become catalog areas in the catalog.

  • Product categories in the product hierarchy must be assigned to the distribution chain to which the target catalog variant is assigned. Otherwise the category is not transferred. The same applies to the items, texts, and documents assigned to the category.

  • Items are always active and cannot be individually activated or deactivated.

  • Accessories maintained for transferred product in the product master are automatically included and displayed in the catalog.

  • Transferred items cannot be individually included in catalog views or removed from them. Instead all items of the hierarchy are always contained in the view.

  • Lists of characteristics for transferred categories and items can be automatically created when transferring product hierarchies. The transferred values are included in the item overview of the product catalog.