What is a product value?


Product value = product information

Your PIM is a storage, a container, right? And what do you store inside your PIM? Product information.

So simple. "Product value" is just another wording for the “product information” notion. It’s the P and I that compose the PIM. 🙂

In the PIM, you can find your number of product values in a dedicated dashboard: the catalog volume monitoring screen.

An example

To make it very simple, let’s take an example. 
In the Akeneo PIM screenshot below, there are several product values: the value of the name, the picture, the brand, the collection and the description, 5 product values in total.

As you can see, the description in this example is “scopable” and “localisable”, meaning that it has a different value for each channel and each activated locale. 
So, in fact, there are not really 5 product values. There are more, because the description does not store one single value, but n*m values, n being the number of channels and m being the number of activated locales.

Let's say that, in my example, they are 3 channels and 2 locales activated for each channel. Now, let's count the product values:

  • one product value for the name,
  • one product value for the picture,
  • one product value for the brand,
  • one product value for the collection,
  • 3*2 product values for the description.

The total number of product values in our example is 10. 😃 Easy peasy!

We only count as product values, the ones that are completed. It means that if the description for the French locale on the Ecommerce channel is missing, there will only be 9 product values, in my above example.