How to make best use of the new 'Collection' feature in Magento 2

With the release of Magento 2, came the introduction of a new 'Collection' merchandising feature. The 'Collection' features empowers merchandising teams to better self organise by offering the ability to save certain collections of products to be viewed in isolation on the Manage Products screen.

While there are endless uses for the 'Collection' features, some examples include:

    • Better defining responsibilities amongst merchandising teams;
    • Creating quick views for products that are: new in (using product ID ranges), low in stock (filtering , etc;
    • Creating quick views for products that are: 'in development' / 'not yet launched', 'discontinued', 'expired', 'dangerous' so you can quickly view lists of products based on bespokely created attributes
    • Collections is especially a powerful tool for companies, allowing you to filter by trends, seasons or promoted favorites.

Note: You may find you want to add attributes for the purposes of being better able to organise your product collections. Your Collections are only really limited here on the attributes which exist and are assigned in your catalog, so feel free to get creative.

How to Create a Collection

  1. Within the admin panel, navigate to Products > Catalog.
  2. On the Catalog screen there are 2 tools to start creating your collection:
    • Columns - The product grid that you see on the Catalog screen is a result of the columns which have been ticked within the Column option. By clicking 'Column' to the top right of the grid, you can control what product attributes you want to include or exclude in this grid. All available attributes will be presented here, but you may find you want to create additional ones for the ability to better filter product selection here.
    • Filters - By clicking 'Filters' you will then see the area expand so as to display all of the columns / attributes which are currently displayed on the Catalog screen. By populating these fields with specific values, you can restrict (or filter out) the display of certain products. Depending on the attribute configuration, and the options available within each, will then dictate how you are able to filter the attributes.

3. Using the Column and/or Filters tab (can use a combination of the two), create your bespoke product grid to reflect a collection of products. Once you are happy with your selections, click the Default View dropdown, and then click Save View As....

4. Enter a descriptive name for your collection (e.g. Spring '16), and click the arrow to the right of the field to save your changes. It is worth mentioning that any pre-existing collections will be displayed in this same dropdown and can be amended using the 'edit' or pencil icon to the right of each collection name. Et voila, you have now created your first collection!

 

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