Support for Bundled Products / Update Inventory for Bundles
We have a few websites that sell products to wholesalers. For example we will sell a case of a single SKU. Each case has 12 units. It would be nice if SS could allow us to setup virtual bundles that deducted multiple units of a single SKU.
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.
Exact same story as Kevin at Auction,
Even if we could just do Multiples as a first step.
Meaning 2packs and 3packs of the same SKU.
Which you already support when someone buys two.
To explain, If someone buys two pieces on eBay I can send it straight to FBA
Yet if they buy one of my "2pks" I can't!
This has to be a simple fix.
Multiple SKUs would be awesome too but that is probably more complicated!
I'm surprised this is not a feature of ShipStation yet. I have been impressed with the program since we started using it. It's powerful, functional, and I can leave work without a headache from stressing about shipping all of our orders out with sub-par technologies.
Adding a function like this would only increase the love I have for ShipStation and make my international shipping a breeze when it comes to customs agencies.
Please consider the viability of this function for all of us who sell items in a "kit" format!
Kevin at Auction Moguls commented
I sell bundles of individual items on eBay and fulfill them through FBA. It would very helpful to be able to have a sku "split" and push the order to FBA, ordering the individual items.
The FBA piece in ShipStation works very well....it's something a small business like mine couldn't afford 10 years ago. I love the time savings, especially not having to babysit my email 24/7 to manually update tracking numbers. My kit sales are only a small piece of what I do, if it could be further automated my (ecommerce) life would be complete :-)
Marc @ MuirSkate commented
Agreed. This would be very helpful.
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.