Support Kitted products / Create "Bill of Goods" / Update Inventory for Kits
A lot of the SKU's we sell are actually kits of several different items bundled together (example - 200 current comic book bags and boards). Given the current limitations of eBay/Amazon/Shipstation, we are forced to create mutant SKU's for kits like that (for example, this SKU might be something like 2-PACKS-CUR / 2-PACKS-BBCUR, which means 2 packs of current bags and 2 packs of current boards). This isn't the best way to sell kitted items. Most good inventory systems allow you to create a "bill of goods" that will show up underneath a kit SKU. For example, this would show the master SKU (200-CUR-B/B or something) and underneath it would show each line item in the kit separately (2x CUR on one line, and 2x BBCUR on another). This makes it much easier for order pickers who are unfamiliar with the product to pick pack and ship orders. If ShipStation could implement something like this, it would really help.
Heather Daniell Satisfied Snacks commented
8 years since this idea was posted! we use shopify as our main selling channel and without bundles the inventory functionality of your solution if of no use for us. Go to the next level, listen to your customers and implement this functionality.
It would really help us to be able to have kits in shipstation as the way we are currently set up we can not use the new scan to verify because alot of our orders contain kits that are not premade. multiple standalone products bundled together for a discount.
it appears the framework is already there with the aliases set up. if one sku can mean one other sku, then it doesn't seem too far off to have one sku mean, x amount of this sku, and x amount of another sku.
Scott Aulds Emissary Ventures, LLC commented
I would like to see this as well, with support for the individual items in the bundle to be able to have their own Customs information. Currently, we have to add the extra items to each order manually
Web Team Banyan Botanicals commented
A relatively simple solution for your developers to implement that I imagine might work relatively well for people is to allow people to configure their kits inside of ShipStation so that they only really affect the pick ticket. Everywhere else, inside and upstream of ShipStation, kit items would look like a single product.
Our work around:
We use GroovePacker integrated with Shipstation. GroovePacker support this functionality and it allows us to work around this missing feature relatively well, but it would still be nice for us if the pick ticket from ShipStation could also include the sub-items of the kit.
This would be game-changing. We can't use ShipStation for inventory right now, because all of our products are built out into various pack sizes from the master. We can't use Shipstation because we don't pre-build our packs. If we would be able to bundle and track master cases into the kitted packs, we could get rid of an entire system and streamline for our clients
Marilyn Ramirez The Foggy Dog commented
This says "Planned"...but hasn't moved since 2017 and the idea was originally suggested over 7 years ago in 2012. When is this supposed to launch?
How has this been 7 years and still no progress? Packs/bundles are so common in retail, this should have been a built-in feature from the start.
We've almost 10,000 products and at least a third of those have sub-SKUs which are composed of kits/packs/bundles. It's tedious having to manually account for those on each order, day in and day out.
There's also another feedback suggestion which is same concept with 200+ votes. That should be merged with this, which easily makes it the #2 most requested ShipStation feature.
Vivian Allen commented
This is a great idea and very needed. The pick list and the packing slip would include everything needed to ship the order.
Ross Martin Foxx Mount commented
This would be a great value-add for my business as well. I sell a product that comes as a kit of configurable options, and it would be a lot more convenient to have the individual items broken out on the packing list, rather than having to manually account for the bits and pieces.
Laurie Barker SLSHOP commented
+1 for Bundle, BOM, Bill of Goods Support :-)
Eve.1.Z500 GREATFACES, INC. commented
This would benefit the BUNDLE need...especially for all using QuickBooks on Line.
An easy way would be to have a product attribute that marks an item on a kit, and for each kit item, provide a way to add the constituent SKUs and quantities as attributes of the "parent" kit item (like adding several aliases).
The only other thing necessary would be to add an automation that modifies the order items of any order containing a kit product by removing (or zeroing) the kit item, and adding each of the constituents as individual order items as the order is imported.
There is already similar functionality to fire a webhook based on specific order items, so I imagine it something like the webhook fires on kit items, the endpoint accepts the SKU of the kit and does a database lookup of what's in the kit, then modifies the order items via the API, returning the contents of the kit to shipstation as JSON or XML for shipstation to interpret as order items.
It doesn't look like there's a way to modify the order items though the API currently, or I'd have this implemented already. It doesn't seem like it would be too difficult for the shipstation developers to add, though.
Until Shipstation adds this feature, this is how we currently handle bundles.
From within ShipStation products, we use the "warehouse location" as a field to list the components fo the bundle. It works nicely since the warehouse location field appears on the picklist and we adjusted the packing slip to also show warehouse location in bold. We have been doing it this way for 2-3 years. It is a good workaround.
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Nate McCurdy Notgrass Company commented
We sell bundles with a parent SKU made up of 4 individual SKUs. We do not stock the bundles and need the Pick List to reflect the individual SKUs. We are using BigCommerce, which also does not have a way to divide a bundle into the individual SKUs.
Angela Stewart Ladybug Press commented
We sell our cards in bundles and a wholesale level so a bundle includes: six each of 6 different cards
The bundle has a sku and each of the cards has a sku.
Hi! Bundles and Kits are product types that we at ShipStation are always looking into implementing, however they present a unique hurdle in how products import from our varying partners. Basically, there's no "one size fits all" approach we could do for making bundles or kits for ShipStation products. Moreover, the only way that bundled items/kits can be supported from all of our integrations is for each item to be considered "one line item". These two factors make support for bundled items something that require a lot of research.
We thank you for your patience as we continue to look into how to overcome this hurdle and allow for bundled items/kit support within ShipStation. And keep providing your feedback!
Mike Mosie DFW Dental Supplies commented
This idea represented in 2012 and last year 2017 start reviewing this idea. Please keep us posted on when this is going to be implemented? it is very important to our business model to have such feature in place to manage our inventory on shipstation.
William Buckley Long Beach Surgical commented
We think it would be helpful if we had the option to display the skus and quantities of the Kit components (skuvault) on the packing slips. We sometimes use the packing slips to pick the order, and that would save us time from having to look up what the Kit components are.
Infinite Product Solutions commented
With inventory challenges becoming more unique and specific, its really important to be able to create kits and import products from the sale channels.
Should be really easy...same as "masking a sku" .... create a new sku with the product bundle, then add the inventory item to the sku to deduct. So, if there are 3 items, it will deduct all 3 from that one master sku. We really need this function as 30% of our products are bundles.