Before you create a kit, we recommend reviewing Introduction to Kitting: Bundles, Kits, and Aggregates, if you haven't done so already.
What we'll cover:
- A Description of Bundles
- Managing the Quantity of a Bundle
- Finding Kit Parts in Multiple Warehouses
- Creating Bundles Using a Spreadsheet
- Creating Bundles Through the UI
- Listing Your Bundles to the Marketplaces
- Downloadable Excel Example of a Bundle Kit
- Related Articles
A Description of Bundles
A bundle is a group of two or more products that is sold on one listing. We will use the example of a guitar and amplifier.
Managing the Quantity of a Bundle
Your bundle automatically uses the quantity of the Kit Part with the lowest inventory.
If you have 4 guitars and 10 amps, you can only sell 4 bundles. When someone buys your bundle, the quantity of the guitar and amp are both reduced by 1. The quantity of the kit is also reduced by 1.
You can still sell the guitar and amplifier as individual products on their own listings. If you sell one guitar on its own, the quantity of the kit will also be reduced.
Finding Kit Parts in Multiple Warehouses
If your Kit Parts are saved in a different Warehouse than your Kit Parent, you will want to use the Allow Multiple Warehouses option.
This option tells us to look for your Kit Parts in all your Warehouses. If we find a Kit Part in multiple Warehouses, we total the quantity from all the Warehouses.
NOTE: Only save your Kit Parent in one Warehouse. Some people create a separate Warehouse to keep their Kit Parents organized, some save them with the rest of their products. Don't add your Kit Parent to multiple Warehouses or you may experience inventory issues.
Creating Bundles Using a Spreadsheet
1) Create your Kit Parent and Kit Part products and add them to a Warehouse.
- We created our kit products and added them to a Warehouse using the Products & Inventory tab of our attached template.
- Only add your Kit Parent to one Warehouse.
2) Only include the Kit Parts on your Kit tab.
3) Use the following columns:
- Results — Leave the cells under the header blank.
- Product Custom SKU — The SKU of your Kit Part.
- Product Name (optional) — Product Names can be handy as a reference, but make sure to provide the correct names. If you leave this column blank, uploading will erase the names in Solid Commerce.
- Kit Type — 0 for bundles.
- Kit Parent SKU — The SKU of your Kit Parent product.
- Kit Part 1:SKU — The SKU of your Kit Part.
- Kit Part 1:Qty — The quantity of each Kit Part included in the bundle. In our example, each bundle includes 1 guitar and 1 amp.
- Kit Part 1:Alt Group Name — This is a required field. Each Kit Part needs a unique Group Name. However, it does not matter what name you enter. We like pasting in the Kit Part SKUs.
- The Alt Group Name field allows you to specify interchangeable parts. We cover this functionality in Additional Kitting Option: Using Interchangeable Items in Bundles.
- Kit Part 1:Allow Multiple Warehouses — Enter Yes to search for your Kit Part in all Warehouses. Enter No if you only want us to search for the Kit Part in the Warehouse containing the Kit Parent.
4) In order to properly sync inventory between the Kit Parent and Kit Parts, you must kickstart the quantity of your kit using the Qty Delta column.
- You can enter 0 for each Kit Part. You also need to provide the Warehouse ID and Warehouse Name.
5) Upload your file with the Product and Inventory updates selected.
- To edit the Kit Part Qty, Alt Group Name, or Allow Multiple Warehouse settings of a kit, enter the revised information in Excel and upload your file. The new data will overwrite the existing settings.
- To add an item to an existing kit, add it to an Excel file using all of the kit columns described in this section. Upload the file.
- To remove items from a kit, see Removing Kit Parts and Deleting Kits.
Creating Bundles Through the UI
1) Create your Kit Parent and Kit Part products and add them to a Warehouse.
2) Find your Kit Parent product in its Warehouse. Open its Product Details window. Click the Create Kit button.
3) In the Product Kitting Details window, click the Add new record button.
4) Enter your info in the fields:
- Part SKU — The SKU of your Kit Part.
- Alternate Group — This is a required field. Each Kit Part needs a unique Group name. However, it does not matter what name you enter. We like pasting in the Kit Part SKUs.
- This field allows you to specify interchangeable parts. We'll cover this in Additional Kitting Option: Using Interchangeable Items in Bundles.
- Priority — You can leave the Priority blank for simple kits.
- Part Qty (units per kit) — The quantity of each Kit Part included in the bundle. In our example, each bundle includes 1 guitar and 1 amp.
- Allow Multiple Warehouses — Check this box to search for your Kit Part in all Warehouses. Leave the box unchecked if you only want us to search for the Kit Part in the Warehouse containing the Kit Parent.
5) Click the green check button to the left of your Kit Part to add it to the kit.
6) To add more Kit Parts, repeat Steps 3 - 5.
7) You must kickstart the quantity of your kit by finding any of your Kit Parts in its Warehouse.
- Click on the clock icon to open the Quantity History window. Enter 0 in the Add Qty field. Click the Add to location button.
- You only need to update the quantity of one Kit Part. The quantity of your Kit Parent is now properly synced with all of your Kit Parts.
8) To edit your kit, click on the triangular View Kitting icon to the left of your kit.
- In the Kitting Details window, click on the pencil icon. Make revisions to any of the settings and click the green check icon.
- To remove an item from a kit, click on the red X icon to the right of the Kit Part you want to remove. For more info, see Removing Kit Parts and Deleting Kits.
Listing Your Bundles to the Marketplaces
Listing your Kit Parent Product is exactly like listing an individual product. You need to add it to a Market List and provide it with listing information. For more info, check out our articles about listing to the Marketplaces.
Downloadable Excel Example of a Bundle Kit
Here is the file we used to create our guitar and amplifier bundle:
- Additional Kitting Option: Using Interchangeable Items in Bundles
- Introduction to Kitting: Bundles, Kits, and Aggregates
- Creating Kits: Multipacks (Lot Listings)
- Creating Kits: Listing One Product Multiple Times
- Creating Kits: Aggregates
- Removing Kit Parts and Deleting Kits
Attachment from the Downloadable Excel Example of a Bundle Kit section:
How do kits come up with their cost when using multiple vendors?
Thank you for the question. I apologize for the delayed response. I wanted to verify the answer with a developer to make sure I provided you with accurate information.
Kits are relationships between products. There is an inventory mechanism that updates in the background. However, no other Inventory Level fields are connected. That means that the cost of the Kit Parent (bundle) isn't connected to the parts that make up the kit.
When you create a kit, you submit a cost to the Warehouse. That cost remains with your kit.
The developer I spoke with mentioned that some of our clients add assembly fees to their kits, so they wouldn't want the cost to update based on the cost of the Kit Parts.
He also said that for our QuickBooks integration, we just added support for group items. With this feature, we submit the Kit Parent SKU to QuickBooks. The corresponding QuickBooks group item is added to the sales receipt along with all of its component parts. We have an additional feature that can adjust the cost reported in the sales receipt to reflect the component costs in QuickBooks at the time of the order—ensuring that the cost in QuickBooks is up-to-date.
This QuickBooks feature doesn't necessarily resolve managing different costs from different vendors for the same Kit Parts. It is a very useful feature for QuickBooks users.
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