NetSuite Alias SKUs

FarApp supports alias items in NetSuite for order processing. To create alias SKUs, you can use one of the following three methods:

 

Kit Item Method

Supports

  • Product Sync
  • Order Sync

Setup

For each alias of a particular item (say the item has SKU base), you’ll create a kit item and the kit item will have one component item which will be the original item (e.g. base). The SKU of the kit item will be the alias SKU.

When orders import, they’ll import against the kit item, which will correctly commit inventory from the single component item.

Pros

  • FarApp can sync these alias kit items to your marketplaces/carts.
  • If we are syncing these items to your marketplaces/carts, the other benefit is that the kit item can have its own data if you’d like. For example, it can have a title, description, etc. that differs from the original item. FarApp still needs all the fields a storefront requires populated for the kit/alias item. We do not fetch the values for those fields from the component/base item. This is what allows you to set different values for those fields on the alias item than on the base item. But we still need those fields populated.
  • FarApp considers this method the best practice approach to Alias SKUs. If you sell items under more than one listing, the best approach for managing this is to use this method. It is the safest and most efficient way to to do this and requires no additional setup for your FarApp account.

Cons

  • None

 

Custom Field Method

Supports

  • Order Sync

Setup

  1. Create a custom field for each alias SKU that you’ll populate on the item record.

Pros

  • This is a very simple method for supporting aliases.

Cons

  • You’ll need to add a field for each alias so if you have a large number of aliases or if the number of aliases you have changes, it will require a lot of fields and a lot of mappings in FarApp.
  • FarApp currently doesn’t support syncing these aliases to your marketplaces/carts. And if it did support the sync, you would have to create custom fields that would need to be mapped in FarApp to designate each difference between your alias item and your original item (e.g. title, description, etc.).

 

Custom Record Method

Supports

  • Product Sync
  • Order Sync

Setup

  1. Create a custom record type in NetSuite under Customization->Lists, Records, & Fields, Record Types->New.
  2. You can call it something like “Item Alias.”
  3. Make sure the “Include Name Field” checkbox is checked because the records names will be your alias SKUs.
  4. Click Save.
  5. The “Fields” tab will appear.
  6. Click “New Field.”
  7. Give it a label like “Original Item.”
  8. Set the type to “List/Record.”
  9. Set list/record dropdown to “Item”.
  10. Now in order to create an alias item, you’ll add records of this new type by going to Customization->Lists, Records, & Fields->Record Types. You should see your new record type in the list and it should have a column called “New Record”. If you click that, you’ll be able to add an alias record. Its name will be your alias SKU and it should have a single field for selecting the original item.

Pros

  • The number of aliases is dynamic for each item so you don’t need to add additional fields as the number of aliases grow and you don’t need to remap anything in FarApp when you add aliases.

Cons

  • None

 

Comments

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    RYAN SCHUT

    Eyal,

    We would very much like the syncing of #3 above.

    Thanks- Group Vertical

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    Victor

    We are also very interested in method #3 above. Are there currently any plans to implement this?

    Thank you.

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    Avi Cohen

    Thank you for your interest. Regarding supporting syncing of the Aliases to your marketplaces/carts via method #3, we have been working on this feature and plan to release it soon.

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    Shaye Feldman

    Is there a estimated timeline for syncing using method #3 being live?