Managing Products


Shopfront offers various ways to classify your products, such as Brands, Categories, Families, and Tags. Assigning classifications to your products makes it easy to run promotions across an entire group of products and run reports based on your selected classifications.


Types of Classifications


We recommend using brands as the group name that customers recognise. For instance, you would use Coca-Cola for all Coca-Cola branded products, such as Normal Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Vanilla, and various sizes like 600ml, 1L, and 2L.

Alternatively, some vendors choose to use this field to indicate the product's manufacturer (not supplier).



Shopfront supports a single-level category with no parents and children due to our tagging system. Because of this, we would recommend that you name your categories at a "mid-level" where the category is not too descriptive but not completely open.

For example, you would name your category Red Wine rather than naming it Wine or Shiraz.



Families are products that are price-aligned and grouped together. When you update a product within a family it will automatically update the other product's within the family.

Families can also be used within express promotions with price override to put the entire family on promotion. They also share quantity within the register, e.g. if you have Product A and Product B in a family with a price point set at 2 for $20 if a customer buys one of Product A and one of Product B the total cost comes to $20.

In order for family prices to align to a consistent sell price, it is important to ensure that all products within the family have aligned sell prices with the same tax rate applied.



Tags are simple identifiers used to classify a product. Typically you would add tags for specifying more details about the product. Using the Red Wine example from the categories section, you would set Wine and Shiraz as tags. You might also add tags such as Imported or New Zealand as well as any other information you might like to report on.

You can have as many tags on a product as you would like.

Note: You can also apply a tag to an entire category.


How to Create a Classification

  1. Select the Menu icon
  2. Select Classifications
  3. Select + Add Classification
  4. Choose which classification you would like to create
  5. Name your new classification
  6. Link classification to our Master Database 



View Classification

Navigate to the View screen via Menu > Stock Management > Classifications > search for the relevant Classification name and select View.

On the View screen, you have access to the classification's performance graph and a list of all products currently assigned. 



Assign Products to Classifications

1. Navigate to the Assign screen via Menu > Stock Management > Classifications > search by name and select Assign.

2. On this screen you can:

  • Remove products from the classification by selecting the red - button
  • Add products to the classification by selecting the green + button
  • Search for Products by typing product names into the text box
  • Remove all products that already have been assigned a classification by turning the 'Only show Products without a Brand / Category / Family' toggle on 



How to Assign All Products in a Category to a Tag

If you want to assign all products from a specific category to a tag while keeping them in their original category, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Menu
  2. Select Stock Management
  3. Select Classifications
  4. Find the category you wish to apply the tag to
  5. Select View
  6. Select Add Tag
  7. Choose the tag you would like to apply to the category and select Apply



Commonly Asked Questions

How can I identify products that aren't assigned to a Brand, Category, Family, or Tag?

To identify products that haven't been assigned to any of a specific classification, follow these steps:

  1. Select Assign next to the Classification you want to check. For example, to view products not assigned to a category, select Assign next to any of your Categories.
  2. Apply the toggle Only show products without a category
  3. You can select the + icon next to each product to assign it to the relevant category