Set up BMEcat 2005 Single-feature Approach export channel

Standardize and simplify product catalog exchanges between suppliers and purchasing companies by setting up the BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel in Productsup.

Introduction

BMEcat 2005 is a product data exchange format based on XML. Developers designed BMEcat in Germany to standardize and simplify product catalog exchanges between suppliers and purchasing companies. Industries widely use it across Europe. It can also integrate with a classification system, such as ETIM.

Next, learn how to set up the BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel.

Compare BMEcat export channels

Before you start, be sure to choose the correct BMEcat 2005 channel based on your needs.

Table 7. Comparison of BMEcat 2005 export channels

BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel

BMEcat 2005 - Bundled-features Approach export channel

Your BMEcat has fewer than 50 features

Your BMEcat has more than 50 features

You do not have a separate site handling data mapping to a classification standard, such as ETIM.

You have a separate site handling data mapping to a classification standard such as ETIM.

See Set up ETIM Classification export for setup instructions.



If the BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel is rightl for you, take the following steps in the next section to set it up.

Set up BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel

  1. Go to Exports A/B from your site's main menu and select ADD EXPORT. Search for BMEcat 2005 - Single-feature Approach and select Add.

    Add BMEcat2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel
  2. Give your export a custom name if desired. In this example, use the name BMEcat 2005 export. The custom name replaces the export name on the BMEcat - Single-feature Approach Overview page. Then select Add.

  3. Select Add Destination and choose your destination. For the following example, choose Productsup Server from the drop-down list. Give this destination a title in Name, for example, Internal FTP server, and select Save.

    Choose a channel destination for your BMEcat2005 - Single-feature/Bundled-features Approach export channel
  4. Go to the Settings tab and switch Export as XML to ON.

  5. Continuing on the Settings page, enter the BMEcat header information beginning with the field GENERATOR_INFO.

    The BMEcat header does not transfer the description of products. It only transfers information concerning the identification and validity of the catalog, the catalog creator, receiver, and the underlying skeleton agreement. In addition, the BMEcat header contains applicable default values that it can place on all contained products, for example, language and currency.

    Note

    Correctly entering BMEcat header information depends on the intended recipient's requirements for the BMEcat you are creating. If you are uncertain of the requirements, see Header beginning on page 21 in the Specification BMEcat 2005 PDF document.

    Settings screen for BMEcat2005 - Single-feature Approach export channel
  6. Select Save to store the header fields information that you entered.

  7. Exit Exports A/B and go to Dataflow from your site's main menu.

Map the BMEcat attributes and validate the data

Before continuing with the BMEcat setup, here is some essential information on mapping BMEcat elements.

To become familiar with the BMEcat 2005 structure, in this example, the export column contains the highest-level elements that hold a value under the main element PRODUCT. See the following illustration:

Map for attributes of BMEcat2005

Accordingly, directly from the main element PRODUCT, the SUPPLIER_PID element appears in the export column because it carries a value. In contrast, the PRODUCT_DETAILS element does not appear in the export column because it is a structural element and does not hold a value. Lower-level elements under PRODUCT_DETAILS, such as DESCRIPTION_SHORT and DESCRIPTION_LONG appear in the export column because these elements also hold a value.

See PRODUCT in context, beginning on page 106 in the Specification BMEcat 2005 PDF document for more information.

  1. In Dataflow, map the attributes for all BMEcat attributes you want to export.

    Note

    The attribute PROD_ID in the export column is SUPPLIER_PID in BMEcat and is written as SUPPLIER_PID in the final output file.

    If you need to add more attributes, you can manually create them in the export column, following the same naming convention or style used for attribute naming.  For example, if you want to add more product features, you should name the new attribute FEATURE_YourAttributeName.

    Table 8. All possible attributes that you can manually add:

    Attributes

    Examples

    FEATURE_YourAttributeName

    FEATURE_Material

    MIME_ALT_number

    MIME_ALT_6

    MIME_DESCR_number

    MIME_DESCR_6

    MIME_PURPOSE_number

    MIME_PURPOSE_6

    MIME_SOURCE_number

    MIME_SOURCE_6

    MIME_TYPE_number

    MIME_TYPE_6

    PRICE_AMOUNT_number

    PRICE_AMOUNT_4

    PRICE_CURRENCY_number

    PRICE_CURRENCY_4

    PRICE_LOWER_BOUND_number

    PRICE_LOWER_BOUND_4

    PRICE_TAX_number

    PRICE_TAX_4

    PRICE_TYPE_number

    PRICE_TYPE_4

    DESCRIPTION_SHORT_language

    DESCRIPTION_SHORT_ita

    DESCRIPTION_LONG_language

    DESCRIPTION_LONG_ita

    PRICE_DATETIME_TYPE_number

    PRICE_DATETIME_TYPE_2

    PRICE_DATETIME_DATE_number

    PRICE_DATETIME_DATE_2



  2. Go to Data View to review the data and, if required, add rule boxes to adjust your values. To learn more about rule box possibilities, see Optimize your product data with rule boxes.