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Assign Designs to Free Form items too

I would like to see more control over free form items in terms of design/pricing.    We should be able to assign existing or new designs and design types to free form products the same way we do with Catalog/Standard Products.  By not allowing us to do so, we cannot really utilize quantity breaks and other functionality for many orders.  For example, we have many orders that will have a left chest screen print that will go on some Gildan Hoodies (Standard Product) and Holloway Polos (Freeform Product).  Because there is no way to make Deco recognize that those two items get the same exact print on them, it will never price them correctly and apply the proper quantity breaks etc.   Regular items and free form items combined in one order happen alot and much of the time they are sharing the same print type, there is just no way to make Deco understand this. 

Consider how many specialty garment manufacturers there are out there (like Holloway, Adidas, Under Armor, etc) that we will never have catalog pricing for.... that have to be created as Free Form Products.   I see this as a very necessary change if we ever want pricing to work well. 

By Wes Barker on 20 December 2019 Submitted


Richard Mattinson says:

Not the first time these issues have been raised for development
By Richard Mattinson on 22 December 2019

Wes Barker says:

So this is an issue that is just deemed not important enough? Kind of wrecks the whole pricing functionality of the system if you ask me.
By Wes Barker on 23 December 2019

Richard Mattinson says:

There are 2 separate issues here: 1/ Free-form items (as opposed to custom product) don't have decoration areas in bizhub which has been raised as an enhancement request 2/ Deco doesn't tally designs across selected products ( doesn't matter whether it's a custom product or a catalog product) which it should, because that's the real world! If you're using products regularly you can create them as a custom product so they're there all the time.
By Richard Mattinson on 23 December 2019


Richard, Sometimes it does make sense to create a new catalog product. Many times there items that are one-offs never to be used again. It makes no sense to spend an hour building a product you may never use again. I can see how there would be 2 separate issues. Let's look at solving it from a different perspective. 1. Free Form Products: Leave as is...having a completely blank product comes in handy sometimes. 2. Catalog Products: Leave as is...works well 3. Add Generic Products: This would be a catalog of common generic products with frames and titles like Custom Shirt, Custom Cap, Custom Blanket, Custom Product (No product frames, 4 or 5 decoration views. We could decorate the same way as catalog products with decoration areas and already set and access to designer. We could attach a spec sheet for the customer product view and configure all of the pricing just like any other catalog products. Yes, we can build these ourselves, but DNs entire community would use it regularly and makes sense to be a global offering. This would be a huge tie saver.
By NICOLE DORR on 24 February 2020