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Why pay for product data when there is already great free product data available? Moreover, there are also great free software solutions available to integrate and manage your free product data.

Open Icecat – largest free product data set

The largest free product data set is undoubtedly Open Icecat. Open Icecat is, since 2005, an Open Content project in which a worldwide open catalogue is created for multilingual Product Information Management (PIM). Editors are working on behalf of the 100s of participating mainstream manufacturers. They produce or standardize the millions of product datasheets that cover the products of these manufacturers. Over 60 languages are supported.

The business users of the product data are distributors, resellers, retailers, comparison websites, the manufacturers themselves, and their enterprise resource planning systems, PIM systems, or other apps. In Open Icecat, its Open Catalog Interface is the set of APIs for the exchange of data between multilingual, multimedia product catalogs.

Open Icecat is a great alternative to the paid dataset providers like 1worldsync/Cnet or GfK/Etilize. Open Icecat is not limited with regard to the categories supported.

Free registration

Free Vendor Central

Icecat offers not only free product data but also a free product data delivery platform for retailers and distributors: Icecat Vendor Central. Via this no-code cloud app, brand suppliers can add their product information in this multilingual Icecat PIM directly, or via templates for bulk upload, or fully automated via the associated push-API.

In this Icecat PIM, the brand’s product content is standardized and then automatically ingested by selected partners. Big retailers and distributors use Vendor Central and encourage their brand suppliers to use Icecat Vendor Central as well.

Free registration (ask for Vendor Central)

Free product data management software

What is free product data without a free PIM, a software solution to enrich or reformat the product data? One of the best open-source PIMs at the moment is Pimcore, which is more of a true open-source solution than Akeneo PIM. Pimcore offers easy ways to build web pages. It supports various elements for media such as videos, PDFs, documents, images, hotspot images, and 360 images. Like WordPress, the pages can be built in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) approach. It provides an edit mode where sections can be matched with assets for final display. As a result, building templates for displaying product pages and mostly static content is quite easy.

Download free Pimcore

Free add-ons to integrate product data

To import the product data, you will need an add-on or interface. Icecat has a big number of these add-ons to popular platforms. For Pimcore also the Open Icecat add-on is published as open source software. So completely for free as well.

Download Pimcore addon via github v3.

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