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Developing Products

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To begin, use the left-hand Navigation Bar and click&nbsp;<b>Products</b>, and select&nbsp;<b>Styles</b>&nbsp;from the submenu.&nbsp;

<span>The List View page shows your firm's finished goods, or styles. To create a new product, use the&nbsp;</span><span><b>New</b></span><span>&nbsp;button at the bottom.<br></span>

If you would like to import one or more styles along with their inventory, you can learn how in&nbsp;<b>Lesson 3 – Importing and Creating Products</b>.<br><br><br>

<span>In the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Style Number</b>&nbsp;</span><span>area, enter your new product's reference name or number.&nbsp;</span>Style numbers are alphanumeric and may consist of numbers, letters, or a combination.<span><br></span>

This field will appear in your SKU number along with other attributes, typically size and color,&nbsp;so many businesses use numeric codes to keep SKU length manageable. <br><br>The product can be titled with more depth in the&nbsp;<b>Description</b>&nbsp;field.<span><br></span>

<span>Use the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Price</b></span><span>&nbsp;field to enter the price at which you intend to sell the product. This is the default price that is used later in costing calculations. Later on, we'll learn how to use Price Groups to assign multiple prices to a product.</span>

The <b>Category</b>&nbsp;field, again, can organize products in a multitude of ways. Many organizations using ApparelMagic will use this field to sort their products by type, such as&nbsp;<b>Skirt </b>or&nbsp;<b>Jeans</b>,&nbsp;but you may use any categories your company finds useful.<br>

Many users use the <b>Season</b> field to organize their products by season and year,&nbsp;<b>Spring</b><b> 2018</b>, for example. However, it can be modified as the business needs. For example&nbsp;<b>Holiday 2019</b> or&nbsp;<b>March Wk 2</b> for businesses with more specific seasons.<br>

The&nbsp;<b>Collection</b>&nbsp;field might be used to define the market for the product, such as women or childrenswear or any other grouping method. Grouping products into useful and specific collections will make products much easier to find and analyze later on.<br>

The <b>Category</b>&nbsp;field, again, can organize products in a multitude of ways. Many organizations using ApparelMagic will use this field to sort their products by type, such as&nbsp;<b>Skirt</b>,&nbsp;<b>Suit</b><b></b>,&nbsp;<b>Jeans</b>, etc.<br>

The final field in this category,&nbsp;<b>Default Vendor</b>, is used when the product is generally sourced from the same manufacturer or wholesaler.&nbsp;<br><br>Note that this is only the default vendor, and you may choose other vendors when you create&nbsp;<b>Purchase&nbsp;</b><b>Orders</b>.

<span>When you have finished entering data in the Product Information page, click&nbsp;</span><span><b>Finish</b></span><span>&nbsp;to continue.</span>

<span>The other fields on the Overview page are much like they were for our Material. <br><br>Input&nbsp;<b>Origin</b>, <b>Content</b>, <b>Weight</b>, and <b>Unit of Measure</b> as desired.</span><br>

<span>Using the same drag-and-drop method we used for our material, add an image to the Style. This may be a flat, illustration, or photo.<br><br>For best results, use a high resolution or larger photo as the images will adjust to fit the screen.</span>

More images may be added using the <b>+</b> button below the main image.

For this example, we've added a detailed flat with production call-outs. We'll add a third image with the <b>+</b> button.

We've also added a detail image for the cargo pocket.&nbsp;<br>Click <b>Save</b> to continue.

<span>We will continue on to the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Matrix</b></span><span>&nbsp;tab next.</span>

A <b>Product Matrix</b> shows the full assortment of colors and sizes available for each style or&nbsp;material. This table gives the user the ability to set a size range for each product, as well&nbsp;as specify which colors are available in each size.&nbsp;

<span>The first step to creating our matrix is to select the<b>&nbsp;</b></span><span><b>Size Range.&nbsp;<br></b></span><br><b>Size Ranges</b> vary based on the product type. For example, a child&CloseCurlyQuote;s T-shirt may be in sizes S-XL, but a men&CloseCurlyQuote;s shoe might be sized 9-12, while a purse could be One Size.&nbsp;

If your product requires a size range not listed in the drop down menu,&nbsp;any users with administrative privileges are able to create new size ranges for use within ApparelMagic using <b>Dictionaries&nbsp;</b>in the Settings module.

Use the drop down menus on the <b>Color</b> field to add colors.<br><br>Administrative users can also add colors using <b>Dictionaries</b> in the <b>Settings</b> module.<br>

<span>When you have added all of your colors. Drag and drop images of each color into the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Picture</b></span><span>&nbsp;fields. In this case we are using colorized flats, but you may also use fabric colors or images of the finished product.</span>

<span>To activate all sizes in all colors, simply click<b>&nbsp;</b></span><span><b>All On</b>.</span>

<span>If some colors are only available on certain sizes, you can individually click the checkboxes to turn them off.<br><br></span>Each cell in the resulting <b>Product Matrix</b> table becomes its own SKU, or Stock Keeping Unit.<span><br>Click <b>Save</b> before continuing.</span>

<span></span><span>Next, we will go to the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Processes</b></span><span>&nbsp;tab.<br><br>The next tabs, <b>Processes</b>, <b>BOM</b>, and <b>Specs</b> are not necessary if your company buys finished goods or a factory handles all production. In this case, you can skip ahead to the <b>Events</b> tab.</span>

<b>Process details</b> are a collection of all steps needed to actually manufacture clothing. They cover the order of operations itself, the vendor
who does each action, and the cost of each process. This helps determine costing
on each style later on.&nbsp;

<b></b>New types of Manufacturing Processes can be added by administrators under <b>Manufacturing</b> in the <b>Settings</b> module.<br><br>Click <b>+</b> at the bottom of the page to add manufacturing processes.

<span>Here you can add each step in the manufacturing process including the order, the vendor, and the cost.</span><br><br><span>We'll add our first step, Cut. Fill in the<b>&nbsp;</b></span><span><b>Issue PO</b>&nbsp;</span><span>checkbox so we can issue purchase orders for the process later.</span>

<span>Add the vendor you will use to complete this process in the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Vendor</b></span><span>&nbsp;field.</span>

Add in the cost of the process in the&nbsp;<b>Cost</b>&nbsp;field.

<span>Click&nbsp;</span><span><b>+</b></span><span>&nbsp;to add any additional processes.</span>

Notice how processes are assigned a&nbsp;<b>Step</b> in the order you add them. You can reorder them by dragging the Step numeral up and down in the list.

When you're finished adding processes, use the&nbsp;<b>Care Instructions</b>&nbsp;field to enter any information regarding garment care.

<span>Click&nbsp;</span><span><b>Save</b></span><span>&nbsp;before continuing.</span>

Click <b>BOM</b> to move on to the next tab.

The <b>BOM</b>, or bill of materials, is a depository where one can view all associated
materials as well as the quantity used in each item. Here, you&CloseCurlyQuote;ll be able to choose
materials you&CloseCurlyQuote;ve previously entered into the system. <br>

Materials are fabrics or trims from which to make your products and can be added to
ApparelMagic in the Materials module.<br><br>Here you can keep track of all aspects of
the materials you order including the vendors you buy them from and their costs.&nbsp;

Note that materials can be specified applying to all units in a style, such as care labels and hang tags, applying only to specific colors, like colored body fabric, and applying to only specific sizes, like size labels.&nbsp;

<span>The Bill of Materials tab has 3 different areas for materials. The first is the Common BOM. This includes any material that is present on every unit of the style.&nbsp;</span><br><br><span>Click the&nbsp;</span><span><b>+</b></span><span>&nbsp;button to add a material to the Common BOM.</span>

<span>We will add our care label to this section since it is on all colors and sizes of the style. We have specified the color, White, the size, One-Size, and the Usage per garment, 1.</span><br><br><span>Next, we will assign it a process.</span>

<span>The Process field assigns the material to the specific process during which it is used. We will enter it into the&nbsp;</span><span><b>Sew</b></span><span>&nbsp;process.<br><br></span><span>Next, click the <b>+</b> button for any additional materials used in all colors and sizes.</span><span><br></span>

We've added a <b>Snap</b> and assigned it to the <b>Finish</b> process.

<span>Moving on to our Color BOMs, here is where we will assign materials for use on only certain colors. Click the <b>GRY</b> Color BOM to begin.</span>

Click <b>+</b> to add a new material to the GRY colorway.

<span>Here, we've added a Black zipper to our GRY colorway. We have assigned it to the <b>Sew</b> process.</span>

Different sizes of products use different amounts of fabric, so we will use the Size BOM to specify fabric usage for each size.<br><br>We will start our Size BOM by first clicking our GRY colorway, and then our first size, 28.

Click + to add fabric to this size.

For the GRY colorway's size 28, we have entered that it will use 1.4 yards of GRY fabric. We've assigned the fabric to the <b>Cut</b> process.

We'll continue to add the fabric to each of the other sizes in the GRY colorway. Next, click size <b>30</b>.

For the GRY colorway's size 30, we've specified that it will use 1.5 yards of GRY fabric. We've assigned the fabric to the Cut process.

You can continue to do this for all sizes of this color. We've skipped ahead to Size 38. Notice how in this example, the fabric usage is increased with each larger size.<br><br>Click <b>Save</b> before continuing.

We'll add trims to the IND colorway much as we did with the GRY colorway.&nbsp;

For the IND colorway, we've added a BLU zipper to the Color BOM. For size 28, we've added 1.4 yards of IND fabric.&nbsp;<br><br>Continue adding fabric yardage to the rest of the sizes in this color.&nbsp;<br><br>Trims would be added to the last colorway, KHA, in the same way.

When required trims have been added to all colors and sizes, save your work and click the <b>Specs</b> tab to move on.

Specifications, or <b>Specs</b>, are the actual measurements for the product. Note that this spec sheet has areas to enter in measurements for each size and<br><span>for many different points of measure.</span>

Click <b>Add</b> to create a Spec Sheet.

Enter the desired Spec Sheet Name and click <b>OK</b> to continue.

Fill in the <b>Included in Tech Pack</b> box to ensure the Spec Sheet is printed with the Tech Pack.

Click <b>+</b> to add a Spec.

Enter the area of measurement in the <b>Measurement&nbsp;</b>field.

In the fields beneath each size, enter the desired Specs.

Click the <b>+</b> button at the bottom of the screen to add a new spec.

When all Specs are added to the Spec Sheet, <b>Save</b> your work.

When the Spec Sheet is saved, it will be stored in the <b>Spec Sheet </b>drop down menu at the top of the screen.

Click the <b>Events</b> tab to continue.

Here you can add events pertaining to the Style. We will learn more about them later on. <br><br>Next we will go to the <b>Inventory</b> tab.

This tab shows all inventory of each unit. Units in each color and size are shown. Note that there is no inventory for this style currently because it is newly created. We will learn more about Inventory later on.<br><br>Click on the&nbsp;<b>Cost/Price</b>&nbsp;tab next.

The&nbsp;<b>Cost</b>&nbsp;side of this tab&nbsp;allows you to cost products using two methods: <b>Automatic</b> and <b>Manual</b>.<br><br>Automatic costing calculates a manufacturing cost based on the style's BOM and labor processes.<br><br>You can also toggle this to <b>Manual</b> costing.

If you are using manual costing, you may enter your own costs in the&nbsp;<b>Manual Costs</b>&nbsp;field.<br><br>We'll use automatic costing for this example.

We can also add <b>Duty</b>, <b>Freight</b>, and miscellaneous costs (using the <b>Other</b> field.)<br><br>ApparelMagic automatically adds these costs up and shows a <b>Total Cost </b>at the bottom of the page.<br><br>Let's add a <b>Duty</b> rate to this product.

Click <b>Save</b> at the bottom of the page, and the <b>Total Cost </b>field will update.

The <b>Price</b> side of the tab shows our price and profit margin after costs shown on the <b>BOM</b> and <b>Process</b> pages. The calculations are made using the <b>Default Price</b> field entered on the <b>Overview</b> page. <br>

Price Groups allow businesses to offer customized pricing for different customers.<br><br>Using price groups, you can set a product to sell at several different prices and automatically assign a specific price group.<br>

Groups can be assigned however you would like. You might, for example, choose to price your products differently for each country.<br><br>Businesses that sell to both stores and directly to consumers often use price groups to specify wholesale versus retail.<br>

We'll use this case as our example. Click the <b>+</b> button below the Price Group heading to create a new price group.

In the&nbsp;<b>Price Group</b>&nbsp;field, we'll enter Wholesale and click Enter to create the price group.<br><br>Using the&nbsp;<b>Price</b>&nbsp;field, we'll enter our desired wholesale price. <br><br>Click <b>Ok</b> when you are ready to continue.

Our new price group now shows up on the list. Using the same technique, we'll create an additional price group.

Here, we've created a <b>Retail</b> price group and added the associated price. <br><br>We'll click <b>Ok</b> to continue.

You will have the option to assign customers to these price groups in their customer record on the <b>Accounting</b> tab.<br><br>Click <b>Save</b> before continuing.

Next, we'll take a look at the <b>Prepacks</b> tab.

<span>The Prepacks tab allows you to specify pre-determined ratios of units for a product, so they can easily be added to transactions in that ratio.</span><div></div><br>Click the <b>+</b> button to create a new prepack.

For our example, we've created a prepack with 10 units of our size 28, 12 units of size 30, and so on.<br><br>When you create an order later on, you can choose this prepack, or multiples of it, to add to your order.

Click the <b>Save</b> button to save your work.

Click on the&nbsp;<b>Files</b>&nbsp;tab to proceed.

This tab is integrated with Dropbox, allowing you to save relevant PDFs, images, spreadsheets, and more for later reference with your coworkers.<br><br>For this example, we've were able to drag-and-drop an associated PDF.<br><br>Click the <b>E-Commerce </b>tab to continue.

If the Files tab is not enabled, any user with administrative privileges can set up the <b>Dropbox</b> integration in the <b>Plugins</b> area of the <b>Settings</b> module.

ApparelMagic is also able to integrate with E-Commerce solutions such as Magento and Shopify.<br>

This concludes the ApparelMagic Product Development Tutorial.<br><br>Now that we've walked you through creating a product, try it out on your own!