Is there any way we can gain more control over our publish flow for variants? Example: Every time we edit and publish a variant the page view opens, and we have to return to the properties view and go back to the variants tab - we'd prefer this flow to not automatically move away from the variants view so publishing would be easier. Is there a way we can hook into the variant publishing process to prevent the automatic move to the page view?
I understand that you want to have "sticky view mode"? This is supported by CMS UI, however for some reasons (consistency is one of, IIRC) it was disabled in Catalog UI. I will check with Commerce team about that
Yes, I believe a sticky view mode would work for this - leaving the interface open to perform additional work would be best for our configuring new product!