Enabling the Max Qty per Package setting lets you set how many items are allowed in a shipping package, and therefore, how many shipping packages will be generated for the order. You can set this for regular SKUs and for kits.
- Max Qty per Package is set to 1: This means that the maximum qty allowed per package is 1. If you have an order of 4 units, then 4 labels with separate tracking numbers will be printed, 1 unit will go into each package, and there will be 4 packages total.
- Max Qty per Package is set to 2: This means that the maximum qty allowed per package is 2. If you have an order of 4 units, then 2 labels with separate tracking numbers will be printed, 2 units will go into each package, and there will be 2 packages total.
Setting Max Qty per Package for a SKU
It is important to remember this selection not only decides how many units are allowed per package; it also decides how many labels are printed (see example above).
You can easily bulk-update multiple products as follows:
1) Use the column header MaxQtyPerShippingPackageEnabled (set to TRUE) to enable that setting in those products.
2) Use the column header MaxQtyPerShippingPackage and set it to the desired quantity value for those products.
- Go to Inventory > Select your product.
- Navigate to the Toolbox > Shipping Preferences.
- Check Max Qty per Package Enabled to enable the Max Qty per Package setting. The Max Qty per Package field appears below.
- Enter the maximum quantity per package value > Save Preferences.
- Go to Catalog > Manage Catalog. Select your product.
- Toolbox > Shipping Preferences. Click Edit.
- Navigate to your Packaging panel.
- Check Enable to enable the Max Qty per Package setting.
- Enter the maximum quantity per package value > Save.
Setting Max Qty per Package for a kit
In addition to the Max Qty per Package, kits have another package configuration, Number of Packages. This lets you set the number of packages needed for shipping this kit and assign the components to a package.
For example, if a Kit ABC is composed of 2 components, you can create 2 packages. Then, you can assign 1 component to the main package and 1 component to a second package. When an order for Kit ABC comes in, 2 packages will be generated.
However, this setting only generates according to SKU, regardless of order qty of each SKU. For example, if 2 of Kit ABC is ordered, then the package qty would still be 2. Now, the 2 units of each component would be in their own separate package, generating 2 packages. To separate packages for each individual unit, click the appropriate accordion for directions.
- Go to Inventory and choose your kit.
- Toolbox > Shipping Preferences.
- Check the Max Qty per Package Enabled setting. The Max Qty per Package field appears > Enter your value.
- Enter your Number of Packages and the page will refresh with the correct package numbers below.
- Select your Shipping Package from the dropdown menu for each SKU. Then, set the Max Qty per SKU.
- Save Preferences.
- Go to Manage Catalog and choose your kit.
- Toolbox > Shipping Preferences > Edit.
- Go to the Packaging panel. Check Enable and choose your Max Qty Per Package.
- Go to the Packages panel. To add a package, click the Plus icon.
- Enter the package weight and dimensions. You can delete a package using the Trash icon.
- Go to the Components panel > Select Shipping Package from the dropdown menu and enter the Max Qty.
You can also import this information in bulk and filling out the column header MaxQtyPerPackage.
Understanding kit settings
There are two kits settings that are relevant to Max Qty per Package.
- Enable Detailed Shipping Packages View: This is an app setting that will change the view of shipping packages on an order level. When enabled, you will see a more detailed view.
You can confirm if the app setting Enable Detailed Shipping packages is enabled by contacting Sellercloud Support.
- Do Not Create Extra Packages For Kit Components With Max Qty: When enabled, this setting will not create extra packages for kits. When disable, extra packages will be created. This is a client setting and it is further explained below.
When the client setting Do Not Create Extra Packages For Kit Components With Max Qty is enabled, you will see your kit components shipping preferences. You can set the Max Qty for each component from the kit’s parent Shipping Preferences page.
When Client Setting Enable Max Qty in one Package for Order Kit items is enabled, the field Max Qty will display for kit components under the Shipping Preferences page of the kit parent. Filling out the Max Qty field will ensure that the kit components are distributed in separate packages automatically.
For example, let’s look at the following kit:
- SKU A: table, kit parent
- SKU B: base of table, kit component
- SKU C: leg of table, kit component
A kit parent (SKU A) needs 1 base (SKU B) and 4 legs (SKU C).
- SKU A: Qty = 1
- SKU B: Qty = 1
- SKU C: Qty = 4
With the above client setting enabled, we can split the components into packages. You will need to set the Max Qty field.
- SKU B: Max qty = 1
- SKU C: Max qty = 2
With this example, SKU B will be in one package. SKU C will be separated into two additional packages because the qty ordered is 4 and the max qty is 2. The final results would look like: