The essential steps when you have to create a price list are as follows:
- Gather all product data and images
- Create a layout
- Begin the publishing process
Product data are typically found in a firm’s database or enterprise resource planning system (e.g., SAP, Oracle, IBM AS400, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, Infor, ePromis, etc.), or in Excel, SQL, or XML files.
Creating a price list’s layout
The layout is the graphical structure is applied to the entire price list, so it reflects the design you desire. During the layout phase, be sure to establish how every element will be dealt with. For help with this, you can always approach an agency or a graphic designer, or complete this step independently, if you have a good knowledge of graphics software such as InDesign.
The publishing process
The publishing process includes inserting the product data and images into the graphic layout. This process can be manual, that is, copying and pasting every piece of data into your layout using your preferred graphics tool, or automatic, creating the price list directly from your data file. Let’s examine the differences between these two publishing processes.