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I'm looking for other ways on how to help User easily navigate groups. Instead of going back to 'All Groups' via breadcrumbs, User may want to go directly to Group 9 while he/she is on Group 1 Details Page.

alternative to breadcrumbs

Solution 1: I thought of adding a dropdown to just easily navigate to the rest of the groups. Solution 2: Add a thumbnail below so the User would see exactly where he/she want to go next.

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My ultimate goal is remove completely breadcrumb and would be happy to hear your thoughts.

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You might consider providing "Related Links" on the details pages, which go to sibling links or, as I think you're describing, to aunt and uncle links. You wouldn't want to provide links to every other category; you'd want to select the most relevant ones.

I'm wondering, though, how often do people navigate between the categories? Does each user typically focus on products from a single category? A close look at your analytics (or doing some usability tests) can help understand your users' behaviors.

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  • The categories could be on Normal, Warning or Danger status. The user's top priority is to check the categories that are in Warning status. "Related Links' is a good approach. Thanks for the idea. – iamhonee Feb 11 '16 at 13:54
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Have you considered putting the group-switching dropdown inside the breadcrumb?

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  • I haven't considered dropdown on breadcrumb so this is really a good solution on how to easily navigate in between groups. Thanks! – iamhonee Mar 24 '16 at 15:38

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