Parent Product types, allow you to group product types together. This makes it easier to filter and find the products you want quicker.
To avoid complications, you can only group one Product type to one Parent type.
You can create one or more Product type(s) when you add a product, as mentioned in the article How to add a Standard Product to Hike, or you can add and manage Product types from the menu section Products > Product types.
USE PARENT PRODUCT TYPE
You would use a Parent Product type on the Enter sale screen to group a number of Product types together. Think of this being the reverse of having categories and sub-categories. You have all these categories that can be grouped under a parent category.
For example, you could have the Product type Banana & Product type Apple under the Parent Product type of Fruit.
To keep your Enter sale screen uncluttered, Hike will not display Product types that belong to the Parent Product type. Instead, Hike will only display the Parent Product type. (If a Product type does not have a Parent, will display on Enter sale screen).
On the Enter sale screen, you would click on the Parent product type, ie Fruit, which will then display the Product types grouped under this. You would then click on the appropriate Product type to see all products listed under that type.
Proceed as normal to complete your sale.
CREATE NORMAL PRODUCT TYPE
To use a Parent Product type, you need to have a typical Product type that will later be grouped.
To avoid complicating matters, it may be best not to add any products to this Product type, however, there are no restrictions to stop you.
Create a Product type from Products > Product Types by clicking on the + ADD TYPE button. Do not add a Parent type. For more detailed instructions, refer the Article Add Product Types.
CREATE PARENT PRODUCT TYPE
To create a Parent Product type, find a Product type that you wish to be grouped.
- Click on that Product type to have the Edit window slide out.
- Under Parent type, choose the Product type from the drop down list you wish this to be grouped under.
- Click Save button
- The Product type will now have a Parent assigned
For example, there is a Product type being Apples. This would typically be recorded against all the varieties of Apple products. I want this grouped with similar entries, so created a Product type called Fruit.
VIEW PARENT PRODUCT TYPE
You can easily see which Product types are grouped under a Parent type.
Simply go to the Products > Product types section
If a Product type is grouped under a Parent type, this will display in the centre column on screen, labeled Parent type, as displayed below.