Product variants (Retail essentials) [AX 2012]

Updated: June 11, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

In Retail essentials, you can define a product as a product master. After you define a product master, you can use dimensions, such as size, color, and style, to define product variants. For example, a particular shirt might have variants that are combinations of size, color, and style.

To create a product variant, you must define at least one product dimension for a product master. Product dimensions are characteristics that serve to identify a product variant. You can use combinations of product dimensions to define product variants.

After you define dimensions, you can set up variant groups. For example, a size group that is named Men's Shoes contains the specific sizes in which men’s shoes are available. Alternatively, a color group that is named Television contains the specific colors in which television sets are available, such as Gray, Silver, and Black.

You can assign a variant group directly to a product. However, to save time, you can assign the variant group to a category in a retail hierarchy. Then, when you assign a new product to the retail hierarchy, the variant group is assigned automatically to the product.

To create product variants, you must complete the following tasks:

  1. Set up dimensions, such as size, color, and style.

  2. Set up variant groups.

  3. Assign variant groups to a retail hierarchy.

  4. Create a product master and variants. For more information about products and product masters, see Set up retail products (Retail essentials).

The topics in this section provide information about how to set up variants for retail products.

Set up sizes, colors, and styles (Retail essentials)

Assign sizes, colors, or styles to variant groups (Retail essentials)

Assign variant groups (Retail essentials)

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