Kit Products


Check out this short tutorial on creating and managing kits in Sellercloud’s new interface!


Overview

Sellercloud supports the creation of kits. A kit is a product that is comprised of other products. It can be comprised of multiple units of a single product, or it can comprise a group of different products.

Kit Types

You can select any two products In a kit’s properties and sell them as a bundled kit. The kit feature can bind multiple components’ inventories together, ensuring that there will be no risk of overselling the parent SKU or the child components.

Inventory will react differently between the kit parent and components depending on the kit type you configure, so make sure you review the types of kit relationships before you create and configure your kit products.

There are three types of kit relationships: All Component, Main Component, and Independent. You can also set a default dependency for kits after they are created by navigating to Settings > Client Settings > General Client Settings > Kit. Set the default dependency to the one you will use most often.

All Component Main Component Independent
Description The kit will be available only when all components of the kit are available for sale. The kit will be available as long as the designated main component(s) is available. You can designate more than one product as the main component. The inventory quantity of the parent is not drawn from the components, and its inventory is “independent” of the components.
Kit Inventory The inventory quantity of the parent is drawn from all components in the kit.

The components keep their inventory count but share it with the parent.

 

The inventory quantity of the parent is drawn from the main component(s) in the kit.

The main component keeps its inventory count but shares it with the parent.

The inventory quantity of the parent is not drawn from components; its inventory is “independent” of the components.

The kit’s independence is maintained during sales, as well. Sales of the kit will not reduce the inventory of components, and sales of components will not affect the inventory of the kits.

Available quantity in independent kits = Physical quantity in all warehouses minus unshipped orders, multiplied by the units in the kit.

Examples Used when sending kits to FBA.

Create Kits

You can create kits manually or in bulk.

Manually

  1. Go to Catalog > Manage Catalog > Open the product you wish to configure as a kit > Navigate to Toolbox > Kit.
  2. Press Edit and go to the Components panel.
  3. Click the plus icon and search for products to add to the kit.
    sellercloud dashboard build kits filters
  4. Select the ones you want to add and press Add & Close. Your components will appear in the Components panel.
  5. Add more products to the kit, enter quantities for each kit component, and press Save.
    Note: Kit components can be arranged in sequence by dragging and dropping the component into its desired sequence in the grid.sellercloud kit details kit components
  6. If you are creating a Main Component kit, tick the Main checkbox to mark your main components.

In Bulk

You can import kits in bulk through a file import.

  1. Go to Catalog > Tools > Import Product Info.
  2. Select Import Kits and download the template.Import kits
  3. Complete the fields and save. sellercloud import product info import kits excel template example
  4. Return to Sellercloud and press Click to upload file > Import.

Manage Kits

Kit Details

You can manage some Kit settings from Catalog > Manage Catalog > Open a kit > Toolbox > Kit > Kit Details panel. The following options are present in the panel:

The image shows the Kit Details panel.

  • Total Components Cost — The sum of all component’s costs (multiplied by each individual component count).
  • Total Components Price —  The sum of all component’s prices (multiplied by each individual component count).
  • Inventory Dependency On — Shows the type of kit. Refer to the Kit Types section above.
  • Kit Inventory Qty — Shows the kit inventory quantity. Use the Calculator icon on the right to re-calculate it.
  • Component Count — Shows the number of components necessary to build this kit.
  • Unshipped Orders — Shows the number of unshipped orders for this kit.
  • Require Subcomponent Scan in Scan and Ship — When creating an All Components or Main Component kit, you can require your shippers to scan each component. Enable the option for the components to display in the Scan and Ship window for individual verification.
See the Related Settings section below for more information regarding managing your kits.

 

Assemble & Disassemble Independent Kits

In order to move inventory from your components to your Independent Kit parents or vice versa, you can assemble or disassemble your kits. Follow the steps below to learn how to do this:

  1. Go to the Catalog > Manage Catalog > Open your kit parent.
  2. Press Edit and go to the Kit Assemblies panel.
  3. To assemble, click on the Plus icon > Assemble Kit. If you want to disassemble a kit, press the Minus icon.
    The image shows how to disassemble a kit.

    1. These movements will be recorded under Inventory > Manage Inventory > Open a Product > Toolbox > Inventory Movement.
  4. Select kit components from the Kit Assemblies panel and select a quantity that is equal to or less than the inventory level of the component with the least inventory.
  5. Enter the Qty to Assemble > Assemble. You will only be able to enter a quantity that is equal to or less than the inventory level of the component with the least inventory.
    Note: You need to select a From and To warehouse (From Warehouse and Assemble To Warehouse are visible on the grid below).
  6. The inventory will be moved from the component to the parent or vice versa, depending on whether you are assembling or disassembling your kit.The image shows the Assemble Kit window.
A kit component can be part of multiple kits. However, a kit component cannot be made into a kit parent.
If your Warehouse has Bins enabled, kits cannot be assembled or disassembled from the Sellercloud interface, it should be done via Skustack. Read more here.

Send Kits to FBA

Kits can be auto assembled when creating FBA Inbound Shipment. For example, if you add the kit parent with a quantity of 10, Sellercloud will automatically assemble 10 kits, provided that there is enough quantity to assemble that many kits. The quantity will be assembled into the default warehouse. For this to work, two client settings need to be enabled:

  • Auto Assemble Kit when adding to FBA Shipments 
  • Enable Validate Inventory for FBA Shipments

Additionally, enable these settings to auto disassemble when removing/adjusting a kit from the shipment or canceling the shipment altogether:

  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when removing from FBA Shipments
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when canceling FBA shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble only if it was assembled for shipment

Below you can learn more about the different settings related to kits and how they affect your kit products.

Kit Cost Calculation Client Settings

  • Show total cost on Manage Inventory using — Allows you to choose the value on which the kit cost will be calculated:
    • Site Cost
    • Average Cost
    • LastCost (the last cost of the item in the latest PO received)
      When using Average Cost or Last Cost, if a component has a cost of $0, Sellercloud will pull the value from the Site Cost. If you want components with an Average Cost of $0 (a gift component, for example), then Sellercloud recommends setting Average Cost adjustment to $0.01 in order to avoid using the Site Cost as default.
  • Enable ALL Kits Cost Calculation Once a Day — Recalculates the kit costs once a day (usually during night hours).
  • Enable Kit cost calculation for independent kits too — Allows cost calculation for Independent kits. (requires Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day to be enabled).

Invoice Client Settings

Normally, when printing out kits, the Kit Parent is displayed, followed by its components. When processing a kit order with a dependency on All components or Main component(s), component information including SKU, Product Name, and quantity will display on the invoice. However, the invoice is printed differently for All Component and for Main Component(s) based on which setting below is enabled:

  • Format Kit Items as regular items while printing Invoice — Prints the items as regular items (non-kit items).
  • Hide Kit components when printing order invoice — Shows the kit parent name and hides the kit components from the order invoice.
  • Hide Kit Parent when adding kit items as Regular Items — Prints out the kit components and hides the kit parent.
  • Set Kit Items weight to Kit Parent — Kit Parent’s Ship Weight and Product Weight are calculated based on the kit components’ weight.
  • Enable Kit Weight Calculation Once a Day — A service will automatically detect any Kit Parent whose Ship or Product Weight does not equal the total weight of all components and will update the Kit Parent to match that weight.
    •  Example:  Kit Parent SKU A has Components SKU B (5 lb weight) and SKU C (10 lb weight).
      Kit Parent (SKU A) will have 15 lb weight (assuming the component count is 1. Otherwise, multiply the component weight by the component count).

Overview

Sellercloud supports kit creation. A kit is a product that is comprised of other products. A kit can be comprised of multiple units of a single product, or it can consist of a group of different products. In the Kit properties, you can select any two products and sell them as a bundled kit. The kit feature can bind components’ inventories together so there will be no risk of overselling the parent SKU or the child components.

For example, if most components of a kit have an available quantity of 10 each, but one component has an available quantity of 8, the Kit will only have an available quantity of 8. This is achieved by creating a relationship between the kit parent and the related component child SKU.

  • The kit’s weight will be calculated based on the weight of all components. This can be controlled by client setting Set Kit Items weight to Kit Parent.
  • The kit’s site and average costs will be calculated based on the costs of all components.

Check out this video on kit creation!


Kit Types

A kit’s available quantity can be set in one of three ways:

  • All Components
  • Main Component
  • Independent

All Components
Inventory quantity of parent is drawn from all components in the kit. The components keep their inventory count, but share it with the parent. All Components means that the kit will be available only when all components of the kit are available for sale
Main Components
Inventory quantity of parent is drawn from the main component(s) in the kit. The main component keeps its inventory count, but shares it with the parent. Main Component means that the kit will be available as long as the designated main component(s) is available. You can designate more than one product as a main component.
Independent
Used primarily when sending kits to FBA; see below.

Inventory quantity of parent is not drawn from components; its inventory is Independent of the components. The kit parent gets its inventory quantity by being “assembled” from the components. The assembly removes the quantity from the components and “gives” it to the parent. Its independence is maintained with sales as well: Sales of the kit will not reduce the inventory of components, and sales of components will not affect the inventory of the kits. See below for how to assemble an independent kit.

Note: Avail. qty in independent kits = Physical qty in all warehouses minus unshipped orders, multiplied by the units in the kit.


Assemble Kits

All components and main components

  1. Add a new product. Assign a name that reflects a kit.
  2. Open the Toolbox and click on Kit Properties.
  3. Select the inventory dependency from drop down. See below when selecting Independent.
  4. Add products to the kit, and enter quantities for each kit component.
  5. Kit components can be arranged in sequence by dragging and dropping the component into its desired sequence on the grid.

Independent Kits

  1. Complete 1 and 2 above.
  2. Select Independent from the drop down and save.
  3. Now open the Toolbox and click Kit Assemblies. This option only displays when a kit has an Independent status.
  4. Now click Assemble Kit and the kit components that were selected on the kit properties page will display.
  5. Enter an inventory count for the kit and save. You will only be able to enter a quantity that is equal to or less than the inventory level of the component with the least inventory.
  6. The component inventory used for the assembly will transfer from the components to the Kit Parent. The movement will be noted on the respective inventory movement pages of the components and parent.

Note: A kit component can be part of multiple kits. However, a kit component cannot be made into a kit parent.


Disassemble Kits

Disassembling kits is only available for Independent kits. To disassemble kits:

  • Inventory Management page > Action Menu > Disassemble Kit.
  • This feature is also available from the product’s Toolbox > Kit assemblies.

Warning: If your Warehouse has Bins enabled, kits cannot be assembled or disassembled from the Sellercloud interface.


Import Kits

Check out this video on importing kits:

To import a kit, you must:

  1. Click Inventory > Import Product Info.
  2. Click Import Kit.
  3. Select a File Type and download the kit template. There are 10 columns on the template. The top row displays the name of the field. The second row explains the field. For example, in column C, the field shown is Quantity. As shown on the second row, it means the quantity for the child SKU in the kit. The 3rd row tells us whether the field is required or not. The next two rows are sample entries to show how to enter product data into the fields.
    • ParentSKU— SKU of the actual kit itself
    • ChildSKU— The component SKU
    • QTY— Number of units of this component in the kit
    • Sequence— Order in which they are listed on invoices (accepts values: 1, 2, 3)
    • IsMainItem— If there is a main item, such as in a camera kit, where the inventory is based on the main item (accepts values True or False)
  4. Enter product information.
  5. Delete the sample data.
  6. Save your file.
  7. You can create a parent product if one does not exist in the system. There are columns under which to create a SKU and Parent Product Name. Before importing the file, check the Create Parent Product check box.
  8. Import the file.

If a component already exists in a kit, the uploaded file will revise that component information, but if the uploaded file is introducing a new component, it will add it to an existing kit.

Every kit parent line item must have a component. If it does not, Sellercloud will disallow the import and will show an error.

Send Kits to FBA

Typically, kits that are Merchant Fulfilled have an inventory dependency of All Components or Main Component, while Amazon Fulfilled kits must have an inventory dependency of Independent. The reason for this is that inventory at FBA is by definition not associated with inventory in your merchant fulfilled warehouse. Because you are sending actual physical units to FBA, inventory needs to be removed from the components and transferred to the parent. Otherwise, the components will remain attached to the inventory in
your merchant fulfilled warehouse and still be available for sale as individual units.

However, kits can be auto assembled when creating the FBA Inbound Shipment. For example, if you add the kit parent with a quantity of 10, Sellercloud will auto assemble 10 kits, provided that there is enough quantity to assemble 10. The quantity will be assembled into the default warehouse. Two client settings need to be enabled:

  • Auto Assemble Kit when adding to FBA Shipments
  • Enable Validate Inventory for FBA Shipments

Additionally, enable these settings to auto disassemble when removing/adjusting a kit from the
shipment or cancelling the shipment altogether:

  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when removing from FBA Shipments
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when cancelling FBA shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble only if it was assembled for shipment

Understand Kit Price

Although the total price of all components is shown on the kit properties page, you will need to enter a site price for the kit on the product detail page, since you may want to sell the kit at a different price. Manage your kit by clicking the Manage Kit panel on the Product Summary page.


Calculate Kit Cost

Kit costs can be calculated based on three different values:

  • SiteCost 
  • AverageCost
  • LastCost 

You can choose which one you would like to use from the client setting Show total cost on Manage Inventory using.

Note: When using AverageCost or LastCost, if a component has a cost of 0$, we will pull the value from the SiteCost. If you would like to have components with real AverageCost of $0 (for example if it is a gift component), then we recommend setting AverageCost adjustment to $0.01 in order to avoid using the SiteCost as default.

Related Client Settings:

  • Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day— Will recalculate the kit costs once a day (usually during night hours).
  • Enable Kit cost calculation for independent kits too— Allows cost calculation for independent kits. (requires Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day to be enabled).

Understand Kit Orders

  • With kit orders, the shipping weight and cost can be calculated as a sum total of the individual components.
  • When processing a kit order with a dependency on all components or Main Component, component information including SKU, Product name, and quantity will display on the invoice.
  • When creating an All Components or Main Component kit, you can require your shippers to scan each component. Click on the Require sub-component scan in Scan and Ship check box (see image above) and the components will display in the Scan and Ship window for individual verification.
  • The number of units in the kit will be displayed in ShipBridge in the NoOfUnits column.

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