What is product kitting, anyway?
Product Kitting is a term used in order fulfillment to refer to the assembly of individual items into ready-to-ship sets, or kits. Kits are generally assigned a unique SKU in order to differentiate the assembled kit from its individual components, and to allow the kit to be inventoried and tracked as a single unit. Product kitting is obviously pretty popular in manufacturing, but is also used extensively in the automotive industry, and is used more frequently than you might realize. Bundles (for example, a video game console, two games, two controllers, and a headset) are considered kits. You can see how product kitting is an important feature for an inventory management system to support!
How does SkuVault use product kitting?
To build a kit in SkuVault, you need to give the kit a SKU - for our video game bundle example, let's say the kit SKU is Sony_PS380GB_FinalFantasyXIII_Holiday. You then need to lay out what the kit consists of - 2 Sony_PS3DualShock_White, 1 Sony_PS3Headset_Wired, etc. Once the kit exists, SkuVault calculates the available quantity of the kit according to available quantities of each SKU within the kit. Note that this quantity will always be reflected in your SkuVault integrated systems such as ChannelAdvisor, Amazon, Ebay, Shopify etc. Any time a quantity changes for any of those SKUs within the kit, the kit SKU quantity will be re-calculated and updated. Even our pick lists are optimized for kits.
Benefits of product kitting.
Alternates are a huge benefit of product kitting in general, but especially in SkuVault. Going back to our video game bundle example, say that you're all out of the Sony_PS3Headset_Wired SKU, but you have everything else necessary to make the sale - alternates allow you to dictate alternative SKUs for your kit components and to set up rules for those alternates. For example, you could set up Sony_PS3Headset_Wireless as a viable alternative, keeping you from losing that sale. SkuVault allows you to automate every step of the product kitting process - to learn about kits and how SkuVault handles them in even more detail, check out our informative blog post on product kitting, or give us a call!