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Can someone explain how multi-variants work in v7?

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Sean Samborski
on 4/14/14, 10:32 PM 1,607 views

What I'm seeing with multi-variants doesn't look very efficient when compared to other systems. Here is an example.

iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C

iPhone 5C comes with 3 carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and Unlocked)
iPhone 5C comes in 5 colors
Both come in 3 conditions (New, Refurbished, Carrier Returned)

iPhone 5C now has a total of 45 different products

iPhone 5 has 3 carriers and 3 conditions for a total of 9 different products.

Altogether we have 54 different products.

When I view every other site, there's only 2 products in this case and you use drop downs to select the attributes. Why is this not the case in OpenERP? I only have a total of around 150 different products but my product list is over 2,000 after using variants. I can understand if OpenERP would like to track each different attribute as a different product, but at least there needs to be a way to have parent child relationships, so I can filter by top-level products and see just 150 and drill down from there. When you start talking about manufacturing, this gets out of control having each different manufacturing option a different product.

Is there a good reason for this method or am I missing a setting where I can attach sub products (children) to parent products?

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Fabrice Henrion (fhe)
On 4/15/14, 4:52 AM

Management of variants was not available through standard modules until v7-SaaS3.
Single-axis variants are available in v7-SaaS3. If you want to activate that, just go to Settings > Users and check the access right called “Manage Product Variants”. After saving and refreshing your openerp, you will have a new menu in Sales > Products > Templates. An example is shown below.

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v7-SaaS4 or v8 will introduce multi-axis variants (as in your example). You probably want to follow this branch: https://code.launchpad.net/~openerp-dev/openobject-addons/trunk-product-variants-ref-chm as well as this talk: https://opendays.openerp.com/event/OpenDays-2014-5/track/Product-Variants-Attributes-and-Configurator-in-v8-67 if you go to the OpenDays 2014.

Thanks, Fabrice for the info. So basically you're saying with just v7 I can get rid of one of those variants? It's not ideal but at least that's something. I could go from 45 to 9 at the very least. Thanks again for the info.

Elephante, Sean Samborski
on 4/15/14, 6:28 AM

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