Kitting or bundling is the process in which individually separate but related items are grouped, packaged, and supplied together as one unit. For example a value pack or gift hamper that contains multiple products that are sold as an individual SKU.
You can also use kitting or bundling to extend the number of SKU’s you have without actually increasing your stock holding. For example, you could build a new SKU from an existing SKU, change the name, description and price and gain an additional SKU. This is ideal where the same inventoried SKU may just be described differently, for example a generic car part that fits multiple makes of vehicle may be referred to as a “Mazda Car Part” and a “Honda Car Part”.
The stock availability of a kit or bundle SKU is determined by the stock availability of its components. If one of the components of a kit is sold out, then the kit is sold out. If all components are in stock, then the kit / bundle will be in stock. You do not need to pre-allocate stock to a kit or bundle, the system will automatically calculate its available stock. Kitting or bundling is therefore a great way to increase the number of items for sale without actually increasing your stock levels.
A standard kit is a product built from many components. They can be built from regular or variant products already available in the database.
A Hamper is a very classic example of a kit. Hampers are almost always made up of individual SKUs attached to a parent SKU, the Hamper.
An editable kit is very similar to a standard kit, however it allows your customers to chose from a set of components to make up a product.
You may want to give your customers the option of choosing from a set of flavours or colours or products.
Each part of the kit or bundle is entered into the system separately and is given a unique SKU. The whole unit is given a unique SKU as well and is automatically created as a “virtual” item in the system (ie. marked as not being a physical object in the warehouse, but requiring components to be made up).
It is necessary for your warehouse staff to see all the components that make up the item on the order but to make shopping easy for your customers you will want to sell these items as a single unit on your website with a single price.
Some of the main reasons for adding kitting to your web store are: