Cloning a product creates a new item that is identical to, but separate from, the original item. Cloning can save you time and labor when creating similar products, because product information is copied over to the cloned product, and only some changes need to be made. A similar, but separate, action can copy information to existing skus. Read more here.
A cloned product, however, is not the same thing as a shadow. Whereas a shadow product's inventory is tied to that of the parent, the cloned product has no association with the original product.
There are several client settings that configure what product information will be cloned.
To clone a product:
The history of the item will log the SKU as a clone and from which SKU this new item was cloned.
Note: Cloning a item will not copy certain key information like inventory, cost, and price. This is to make sure that those values have been updated correctly before being posted to a channel.
Import Clones in Bulk
Clones can be created in bulk through a file import. Some attributes can be modified in the file. See headers below.
Navigate Inventory > Import Products Import Product Info. Download the template, populate and import.
Column headers are:
Catalog Management >