Assembled products? What are these and how are they different from product kits?
Okay, so you’ve mastered the art of product kitting. Great! SkuVault’s assembled product feature takes product kitting one step further. Assembled products have two significant advantages over using kits alone:
- They save man-hours by reducing picking time for your best-selling kits.
- They allow you to control the inventory levels of the individual kit components on your marketplace.
Assembled products are a type of product kit, that are created by physically removing the kit components for a particular kit from their physical location(s) in your warehouse, physically bundling them together (ie: shrink wrapping or boxing), and creating a new assembled product in SkuVault; one with the same SKU as the kit SKU it derived from. By doing this, you are essentially creating a bundled product kit whose components cannot be physically separated from each other, and therefore whose components cannot be stored in different locations.
Example & use with multi-packs AKA case-packs
Example. Imagine you sell camera equipment. You create a kit that contains the camera, the camera lens, memory card, and tripod - you also sell all of these items individually, but the holidays are approaching, and you want to create an easy-to-purchase bundle to increase sales. When an order is placed for that kit - let's give it the kit SKU of holiday-canonsx4000starterkit - warehouse workers must travel through your warehouse picking those individual items to assemble that kit, to ship it out.
Say this bundle is a total hit with your customers - your employees are grabbing these components over and over all day, running back-and-forth through your warehouse, scanning and picking all these individual components. The Assembled Product feature allows you to pre-package that kit in your warehouse ahead of time. So instead of warehouse workers running all over the place to gather individual items to assemble a kit, they can pick the Assembled Product from one location, which significantly reduces picking times. What was once a 2-minute job is now a 20-second job.
Multi-packs AKA case-packs. Say you sell a certain notebook individually, but you also sell it in packs of 10. By creating an assembled product, you can pre-package your sets of 10 so that your pickers have less work to do when it comes to processing that 10-item kit. When you create an assembled product, you're also able to manipulate the buffers on your marketplaces for that assembled product independently for how you manage the buffers for sale of the individual item.
Benefits of assembled products
The Assembled Product feature saves you time: from reducing the number of steps and scans that your pickers have to complete, to the amount of double-checking and scanning your QA team has to go through. It also allows you to more precisely manage your buffers, by allowing you to set different buffers for your individual items and for your assembled products, across marketplaces, and on a per-SKU level. Creating an assembled product also allows you to manage the inventory levels of the individual kit components as well as the assembled product, on your marketplace(s). The equation for acquiring available quantity levels for kits and assembled products is easy:
Kit Quantity + Assembled Product Quantity = Available Quantity
Don’t worry. You’ll never have to do the math for that. That’s what SkuVault is for. You just focus on improving your sales and we’ll take care of the inventory management!