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.
This would be excellent to have.. especially with selling on Amazon, we have to cross reference what kit includes what... but if it were automatically associated to print on the packslip, that would be a great time saver for our shipping department!
First, I am giddy with the new inventory features being added to ShipStation. This will be a boon to us, especially during our very intense Holiday season. Thank you for responding to the community and working to expand your device to include it.
I absolutely know this has been brought up in other threads, questions and comments in the forum, but I wanted to create a larger umbrella for it. I also know you have wonderful partners to choose from who do have this capability, specifically StitchLabs. Besides the very large jump in monthly subscription cost, using an additional service does add another tab that must be kept open for workflow. Additionally, there is a lot of redundancy. Hence, my request for ShipStation to incorporate it (hopefully this year).
Specifically, I'm looking for the ability to create a new SKU composed of existing SKUs. When a bundled SKU is ordered, the sub-SKUs inventory would be appropriately updated.
As always, thank you.
Juan Rodriguez Rejuvem commented
I have the same issue, I have a lot of Vitamins that i carry in Amazon, but in a lot of other marketplaces, I sell them in 2 packs and 3 packs and different kinds of bundles. The reason is simple. If it gets sold on Amazon, the FBA shipping is usually around 3 bucks, but if gets sold on Ebay, the shipping is usually around 6 bucks for 1 item, but only a dollar more for each additional, so it makes a lot of sense to sell 2 and 3 packs on Ebay to save on the shipping.
It would be nice to be able to setup a "Kit" of 2, so that when it comes in shipstation will automatically ship a 2PK of something I sold on Ebay as "2" of the item I have sitting on Amazon.
Instead right now, I have to do it manually, then when the item ships go back into shipstation and mark it as shipped with the tracking.
I would like to agree with the need for this feature. Many of our products are value bundles as well. Being able to itemize the packing list would making order picking more accurate and allow higher quality service.
Brett Wakefield nolacajun.com commented
We sell a lot of case products as well as single products. If we could allocate specific skus to be 12 of a certain sku, this would be so helpful. Currently we need to have a case count in inventory and then a separate singles count in inventory and are constantly moving inventory from the case side to the singles side. Allow SKU 111-12 to pull 12 from SKU 111-1 for example.
Another benefit for us would be when shipping a kit internationally. Custom Forms ask for the quantity being shipped and unit value. This means we need to manually adjust each international order that includes a kit, to break it down to it's components and individual values. If SS broke down the kit upon import, this should clear up the problem for us.
Eric S. commented
Selling Bundles or kits on e-bay and Amazon is a very common practice among sellers.
A bundle or kit should be a type of product that allows multiple standalone or variant products to be added to constitute a single SKU.
Printing Picking and Packing List:
There should be an option to select how this bundle should be printed in picking or Packing list.
Option 1: Print the SKU and description of the bundle including a list of SKU’s/Descriptions of its components.
Option2: Pint a list of components only (SKU’s and descriptions) as if they were standalone or variant products
Bundle Price and individual component prices:
For those who integrate Shipstation with an accounting software like QuickBooks, It is essential that the price of the bundle sold on a marketplace like Amazon and eBay matches with the sum of the individual products included in the bundle that will be transferred to the accounting software. Most of the times, the price of the bundle is lower than the sum of its components if purchased separately. The problem is that marketplaces like Amazon and e-bay will not send individual item information, so Shipstation needs to have individual prices to transfer this information to accounting software.
If we assign individual prices to each standalone o variant product, remember that the price of the bundle might be lower (or higher) than the sum of its components so,
Price of Bundle A = $100
Regular price of Product B = $30
Regular Price of Product C= $55
Bundle A consist of (2) Product B + (1) Product C
If we calculate the price of the bundle based on the price of its individual components, the price of the bundle will be: 2 X $30 + 1 X $55 = $115
So the price of the bundle will be incorrect. For that reason there should be a way to overwrite the price of each individual item. Ideally the system should allow us to choose form different options:
a) Estipulate a new overwrite price for each product on the bundle.
Ie: When creating the bundle, next to the each SKU, besides quantity we must be able to determine individual prices for each SKU in the bundle as follows:
Price for Product B in this bundle = $25 (Original price $30)
Price for Product C in this bundle = $ 50 (Original Price $55)
Order to be transferred to accounting software:
(2) Product B @ $25 each = $50
(1) Product B @ $50 each= $ 50
Total Order = $100
b) Automatically calculate a discount based on the price of the Bundle transferred form the marketplace and applying a calculated discount to the price stored in Shipstation for each individual product on the bundle.
For example :
Price of Bundle A sent from marketplace= $100
Price of Individual Items calculated with the information stored on Sipstation for each SKU = $115
Regular price of Product B = $30 stored on Shipstation for standalone product
Regular Price of Product C= $55 stored on Shipstation for standalone product
Difference = $15 which is a 13.043%
Information to be transferred to accounting software:
(2) Product B @ $30/each - 13.043% = each@ $26.087 x 2 = $ 52.174
(1) product B @ $55/each - 13.043% = $ 47.826
Total Order = $100
Edward Knapp FastEddy Bearings commented
I just posted about being able to import product descriptions into the products database.
we sell over 4K different SKUs that are all kits.
Our kit contents are all listed in the description. Looks like we are trying to accomplish the same thing in a different way.
There are many sellers that offer kits or bundles, which are compromised of a number of individual SKUs. It would be very helpful if ShipStation could recognize such a kit on import, then break it down to its individual components so that the warehouse knows exactly what to pack.
Add ability to build kits. It would be great if you could import a sku from a market place. Then in Shipstation that SKU can be pointed to multiple Sku's or Multiple Quantities. That way the correct SKU's & Quantities will show up on the Packing list instead of a Fictitious sku made up in a Market place as a Kit SKU. For Example on Amazon a SKU of AMHOOK, will need qty 2 of SKU 123456, qty 2 SKU 45687 and 1 of SKU 585212. If those numbers and correct qty could come up, We could pull correct items and not have to write it down by hand on packing list or pick list. So we can be sure to pick the correct items. As well multi pack SKU's, for example if we have a SKU 1224254x5. The we can point that SKU to a QTY of 5 1224254 on Packing list or pick list.
we want to list multi packs online without having the burden of creating and stocking them when we have single units already in stock. We'd like to map that 1 sale of a multi-pack is equivalent to X number of single units
Would it be feasible to create an automation rule where an order is imported with the bundle/kit SKU as the criteria, leading to a string of actions that include adding the bundle SKUs as individual line items and/or removing the original single bundle SKU?
This would be a fantastic feature for the products we mainly sell. It would reduce picking errors as well.
For us we have individual SKUs we sell but use the same inventory to build bundles which are very popular. We create a new SKU for each bundle. If we could have an option to create line-item detail which each product SKU (perhaps a sort of sub-SKU) incorporated into the master SKU to detail which SKUs are part of the bundle, it would allow us to check off all parts are being included in the order. Perhaps an optional check box to indicate the item was picked and packed may be beneficial as well.
Marc @ MuirSkate commented
Our needs are similar to Nathan French. We sell skateboard components and custom assemblies of those components into complete skateboards. Ex: a particular wheel can be purchased on its own, or as part of a complete skateboard.
Our shopping cart breaks out the kit into multiple line items.
1 SKU / line item for the kit + 1 SKU / line item for each component of the kit
All line items are reported to ShipStation, so the warehouse staff puts together the correct assembly.
Most Frustrating Part:
ShipStation re-orders all of the line items on the Packing Slip, making it impossible to list kit components together with each other. This causes a big problem when (for example) a customer orders 2 custom skateboards, each with different components. The resulting Packing Slip is a jumbled mess of items.
A solid solution to this problem would enable the Packing Slips to print kit components together on the page.
Kevin at Auction Moguls commented
My needs echo Boruch's. We sell widgetA and WidgetB separately on eBay and fulfill them through FBA. Since the widgets are similar we also bundle them and sell them at a discount if you buy them bundled, it is assigned a sku of widgetbundle1. When we get orders for the bundle, they must be entered into FBA manually since the bundle is not recognized as a valid sku. If Shipstation could split widgetbundle1 into the two sku's that make it up before submitting it to FBA, this would be ideal.
I sell stuff on eBay that I fulfill through FBA.
I need to be able to sell as multiples.
For example; If someone buys 2 pieces I can send it to FBA and it will send him 2
But if I make a listing for a "2pk" I can't just upload it using Shipstation.
I have to manually go to FBA and copy and paste line by line
This should be a simple fix.
Just the ability to set a fulfillment SKU as 2 pcs.
Meaning incoming eBay SKU 1a2b3c will have a fulfilment SKU of 2x FBASKU123
We also sell combos.
Meaning one of each color or something like that.
If you could create an FBA order of two seperate SKUs that would be very helpful.
This is not something I have every day but still often enough to be annoying.
One of the great features of Shipstation is that I can check how much Multichannel FBA shipping will be w/o filling in the whole order.
When I have something cross country I often just send to FBA if it will be faster and similar price.
Orders with multiples are the orders I can't just figure out in my head but I have to actually check.
this would make it a 15 second decision instead of a 3 minute one.
When the order comes in the afternoon and UPS is coming in a minute that is a big difference! ;)
Joe Z Ventures Inc commented
If combo items were imported from my marketplace as their individual items it would allow reporting to reflect actual items sold and it would also allow our shipping department to never get confused about which items are in a pack.
Nathan French CVF Motorsports, Inc commented
We sell a lot of kit & bundles on E-bay and Volusion. So imagine you want to sell an I-Phone a matching a case. This is really popular in E-bay motors and in other areas as well. My interest in this item is to be able to:
1) Break a kit down into individual items so that our shippers will know what to put into the box
2) Keep track of inventory at the lowest level
3) Be able to calculate and push inventory of kits to the marketplaces. So for example, if we have 3 I-phone cases and 5 I-phones in stock it would tell the marketplaces that we have 3 kits available.
4) Be able to "shrink wrap" or pre-assemble kits so that a picker can just grab one item. In many cases, we pre-build the kits. Other times we don't. We want the flexibility to pre-build the kits and tell the picker to go get the complete kit. This functionality is important because some of our kits are always "pre-built" because they have 20 or 30 nuts, bolts and other hardware in them.
We use SKUVault to accomplish this today but would be interested in using a solution from one provider.
@Donette that would not help for FBA.
I need to be able to send orders of multiples to FBA w/o copying and pasting it line by line
We here at RockTape would love this! The only thing I can think to do is either change the name of the product to contain what's in the kit or assign a specific packing list that reflects what's in the kit. It won't really be listed on the pick list but at least it will show up during pack out and the customer will see exactly what they should be receiving.