It seems that our product catalog in Target needs refreshed or cache cleared. We have a product feed with ~5000 products but the catalog has ~12000. Has this happened to anyone? Is there a solution?
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I have the same issue.
As items sell out, they are removed from our feed and uploaded / indexed daily and I had assumed only products in the feed would be recommended.
It seems like once a product is added, it is never removed until you manually remove it...
I reached out to our rep a few months back about this. He said that the product will be removed 90 days after being removed from the feed. (Don't quote me on the 90 days, though. I feel like it was somewhere in that time frame.) I asked for a toggle for this setting but have yet to see one in the deployment notes.
The other option is to use the API and delete all your entities and reindex. It takes some time and recommendations may be down - but it works. I try to run overnight if this is required.
Does this mean that unless you purge every night expired / oos products will show as a recommendation? Seems like a very basic /standard requirement of only show in stock products as a rec. is not being met by this product?
There has to be more to it guys?
I agree, there should be a better solution to this.
Another tactic we use is quantity and stock static. Both are in our product feed when I make a collection to use for recommendations I filter only products that are in stock and have greater than X quantity available.
In order to avoid none-bookable travel packages getting populated in recommendations we have: