What is Shared Catalog?

In B2B eCommerce, there are cases when a particular company or a group of users might be entitled to receive a discount and other might not. In these cases, it would be impossible for the administrator to individually fix the price of a particular product to a particular user/company. In order to overcome these hassles, Magento 2 has come up with Shared Catalog.

Shared Catalog allows the administrator to set special rules or custom pricing for different companies/group of users. In addition, it allows admin to configure the visibility of categories and products.

Types of Shared Catalog

  • Public
  • Custom

A Public shared catalog is the default shared catalog that will be displayed, at the storefront, to guest or Not-logged-in customers. Furthermore, this catalog is the one that will be visible to the guest and logged-in customers who aren’t associated with a company.  It’s automatically created during the installation of B2B commerce. However, only one public shared catalog can exist at a time.

A Custom shared catalog is visible only to logged-in associates of the assigned company account(s). Magento allows you to create n number of custom shared catalogs, per the requirement. The admin can assign a custom shared catalog to specific companies.

Step 1: Create a  Shared Catalog

To create a shared catalog:

  1. Enable the Shared_Catalog Module.
  2. Go to admin panel, select the Shared Catalog menu.
  3. Go to CatalogShared Catalogs.
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  4. Click on Add Shared Catalog.
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  5. Enter the name of the catalog.
  6. Choose the type as “Custom”.
  7. Next, click on Save.
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Step 2: Configure Product to Shared Catalog

To configure the product(s) for the particular shared catalog:

  1. Goto CatalogShared Catalogs
  2. In Shared Catalogs list, Select the option which you want to perform.
  3. Under the Catalog Name (e.g, DCKAP_Catalog), Select the option “Set Pricing and Structure”.
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  4. Then click on Configure.
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  5. Select the Product(s) or select All and click Next.
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  6. Here you can customize the price. Then click on Generate Catalog.
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  7. Finally click Save.
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  8. Now the shared catalog with configured products
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Step 3: Assign the catalog to Company/User

To assign the shared catalog to a particular company/user:

  1. Go to the list of customers and select the particular user/company whom you wish to edit.
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  2. Click on the Group and select anyone from the drop-down list.
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Thus the Shared catalog has been created and assigned to a particular company/user successfully.

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