Sometimes your customers might ask you for a rental catalog – especially if they’re customers whose opportunities are primarily dry rentals. Use the export function in Current RMS along with Google Sheets to create a list of products that you can print, download, or publish for your customers.
Product catalog is on our wishlist
A feature that will let you create and download a catalog of products directly from Current RMS is something that’s on our customer wishlist. All of our development is driven by customer feedback and demand; to vote on this idea, head to our customer wishlist: Product catalog
How this works
- Export your products from Current RMS.
- Open in Google Sheets.
- Cleanse and format the data.
- Print, download, or publish.
Export your products from Current RMS
First, head to System Setup > Export Data, tick the product checkbox, and choose Export to export a list of products from Current.
You’ll receive an email with a link to grab a CSV spreadsheet file of all of your products. You may also head back to System Setup > Export Data to download a copy of the file.
Can’t access System Setup? Only administrator users have access to System Setup, chat to the person in charge of Current RMS at your company to get access or copies of the export.
Open in Google Sheets
Once downloaded, open the file in Google Sheets. It’s free to create a Google account and start using Google Sheets.
Cleanse the data
Delete columns that you don’t need
The product export from Current includes all of the fields against your products in Current. You probably won’t want to show all of your customers these, so delete any columns you don’t need.
If you’d like to show product pictures, keep the “Image URL” column – we’ll come back to this in the next step.
Sort the data by column
You might like to sort the data by column, e.g. product group. Use the sorting options in Sheets to do this.
Delete rows that you don’t need
Don’t want to show all of your products on your catalog? Delete rows to remove products from it.
Format the spreadsheet
Change colors, fonts, and text sizes to get the spreadsheet matching your branding.
Add product images
Exports from Current RMS are in the CSV spreadsheet format because it’s a widely compatible format – most computers and many apps can open these spreadsheets.
One caveat of using CSV files is that they’re technically plain text files, which means we can’t include embedded images in them. However, we include a link to the product’s picture on our servers so you can grab a copy of the image by clicking on it.
Add a column
To start, add a column to the left of the “Image URL” column. Give your column a name if you like.
Click in the cell where you’d like the first image to be displayed, then type
=Arrayformula(image(B2:B100)) , where
B2:B100 is the cell range where your the image URLs are in the spreadsheet.
↵ return and Google Sheets will download each of the images.
To change the size of the images, adjust the height of the rows.
Hide the “Image URL” column
We no longer need the “Image URL” column, so we can safely hide it.
Print, download, or publish
When you’re happy with the way your spreadsheet looks, print, download to PDF, or even publish a link that you can share with your customers.
In Google Sheets, click File > Print to print your sheet.
Download to PDF
Use File > Download as > PDF document (.pdf) to download a copy of the file to PDF.
Generate a link that you can share with your customers by clicking File > Publish to the web.