Rules in Multichannel

You can set up rules to make sure that the correct products appear on your bidorbuy or PriceCheck Sales Channels in the correct format, provided that you have a Primary Channel linked to uAfrica. Setting up rules means that you can choose which products you’d like to sell on which platform and what information you’d like to communicate with each product.

You can set up any of the following rules: 

  1. Include Products or Variants
  2. Exclude Products or Variants
  3. Assign a Category – bidorbuy channel only
  4. Assign a bidorbuy Shipping Class
  5. Assign a bidorbuy condition
  6. Enable bidorbuy’s ‘Make an Offer’
  7. Change price/currency
  8. Change Titles & Descriptions
  9. Search and Replace in Titles and Descriptions
  10. Assign a Template

How to edit an existing rule or create a new rule:

  1. On the uAfrica platform, click on the “Sales Channels” tab and find your Sales Channels.
  2. Click on “Rules” to open the existing set of rules or to create new rules.

  3. Click ‘Create a New Rule’ or click on the rule name to open the editing page.

  4. You will need to edit the condition(s) assigned, which means you can choose which products you want to apply the rule to. You can choose products based on Product Title, Product Type, Product Vendor, Product Tags, Variant Title or All Products.

  5. Once an option is selected, you will need to select the condition it needs to meet.

    NOTE: If you select ‘Matches Exactly’, you must ensure that the text input in an exact match, including spaces, special characters and letter case, otherwise the rule will not work.
  6. Select the rule action and follow the prompts.
  7. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Include Products or Variants:

This rule makes sure that the products from your Primary Channel are sent to your Sales Channel.  You can edit this rule to specify certain conditions of products to be included, such as Product Title or Product Type, or you can simply make all products visible.

NOTE: This rule is created automatically when you install a Sales Channel. It is set to include ‘all products’ by default, but you can edit it as follows:

  1. Edit the existing rule. 
  2. Select the rule action: Include products/variants
  3. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Exclude Products or Variants

This rule makes sure products from your Primary Channel are NOT sent to your Sales Channel. You can edit this rule to specify that certain conditions of products will be excluded, such as Product Title or Product Type, or you can simply select ‘all products’ to be hidden or removed from a channel.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Exclude products/variants
  3. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Assign a Category – bidorbuy channel only

This rule is crucial to your bidorbuy channel, as it maps your products into a chosen category.  If your products are in the wrong category, not only will your customers not find your products, but you run the risk of getting bad reviews on your account.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Assign a Category.
  3. This will bring up the bidorbuy category mapping system.  Locate which category you would like your products to appear in by selecting the category within the map route.

  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.
  5. Create another rule, repeating the above steps for each separate category.

Assign a bidorbuy Shipping Class

This rule allows you assign a Shipping Class to certain products in your bidorbuy channel.  We recommend having the same rule applied to ‘all products’ to avoid shipping complications.

  1. Create a rule
  2. Select the rule action: Assign a bidorbuy Shipping Class.
  3. If you want to apply the Shipping Zones you’ve created in uAfrica, select “Use uAfrica Shipping Zones”; alternatively, select “Custom Shipping Class” to create your own name.
  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Assign a bidorbuy condition

The bidorbuy condition rule is used if you’re selling secondhand or used goods, so that you can specify the condition of the goods. If your goods are new, there is no need to set up this rule.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Assign a bidorbuy Condition.
  3. Select which condition is most relevant:

  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Enable bidorbuy’s ‘Make an Offer’

Adding this rule will allow customers on bidorbuy to make an offer on certain products.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Enable bidorbuy’s “Make an Offer”.
  3. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Change price/currency

This rule changes the price or the currency of the products going to a Sales Channel.  You can adjust the price by adding or removing VAT, applying discounts or even changing currencies.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Change price/currency.
  3. Here you will be able to build your formula, according to how you want the price or currency changed. There are some additional functions on the right-hand side of the screen to add to your formula. 
  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Change Titles & Descriptions

If you need to remove hyperlinks from your product descriptions on bidorbuy, use this rule.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Change Titles/Descriptions.
  3. The button to remove hyperlinks in your product descriptions is selected by default.

  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Search and Replace in Titles and Descriptions

If there is information you don’t want customers on another channel to see, you can change it using this rule where a certain phrase will be replaced with other information.  You will need to make sure that the phrase or word you enter matches to your source, otherwise the information will not be replaced.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Search and Replace in Titles and Descriptions.
  3. In the two fields, input your word or phrase to find and what to replace it with.

  4. Once you are satisfied, click “Update rule”.

Assign a Template

Using this rule, you can add information to the product descriptions that will appear on bidorbuy using ‘Templates’. This rule allows you to choose which pre-written template you’d like to add to certain products on bidorbuy.

  1. Create a rule.
  2. Select the rule action: Assign a Template.
  3. When the new page opens, select either a pre-made template or click ‘Create a new template’. This will open up the template editor.
  4. Using the formatting tools in the editor, add the additional information you need.  If you would like the original product description to be included, add it from the “{{Placeholders}}” menu.
  5. Once you’ve created your template, save it to add the rule.
  6. If you want to edit, delete or add templates, you can find them by clicking on dropdown menu in the top left corner of the uAfrica platform, then selecting “Settings”. 
  7. Select “Product Description Templates”. You now have the option to either create a new template or edit an existing template.