Kit Products


Overview

Sellercloud supports the creation of kits. A kit is comprised of products called Components or Children. The combination of these products is sold as a single item. Kits can consist of multiple units of a single product or a group of different products.

Kit Types

You can select any two products In a kit’s properties and sell them as a bundled kit. The kit feature can bind the inventory counts of multiple components and ensure there will be no risk of overselling the parent SKU or the child components.

The Inventory Relationship between Kit Parent and Components depends on the Kit Type selected. Make sure you review the three types of kit relationships below before you create and configure your kit products.

You can also set a default dependency for kits after they are created by navigating to Settings > Client Settings > General Client Settings > Kit > Default Product Kit Type (you can also search the settings for it). Set the default dependency to the one you will use most often.

All Component Kit

All Component means that the kit will only be available for sale when all of the components are available. This configuration is often used when all components are necessary to create the final product.

The inventory of the parent is matched with the component with the least available units. The Aggregate quantity of that SKU, divided by the number of units of that component necessary for the kit, makes up the Kit Available Inventory.

With this Kit Type the components maintain their individual inventory count but share it with the parent. This means that if the inventory of a component runs out, the inventory of the entire kit becomes zero as well.

Main Component Kit

If you chose the Main Component configuration, the kit will be available as long as the designated main component is available. This configuration is often used when there is one product that is necessary to create the final product and the rest are supplemental or can be replaced by similar SKUs.

The Inventory Quantity of the parent is drawn only from the Main Component. The main component maintains its individual inventory count but shares it with the parent. This means that if the inventory of the main component runs out, the inventory of the entire kit will become zero as well.

Independent Kit

For Independent Kits, the inventory quantity of the parent is “independent” of the components. This means that the Inventory Quantity of the parent is not drawn from the components. The kit’s independence is maintained during sales as well. Sales of the kit will not reduce the inventory of components, and sales of components will not affect the inventory of the kits.

This kit type is the only one for which the Inventory Available Quantity isn’t calculated automatically and the only kit that has Physical Quantity. Independent kits need to be Assembled in order to have any inventory at all. By assembling, you subtract the necessary units from the components and add units to the parent. Please see the Assemble & Disassemble Independent Kits section below for further information.

Kit Products Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) have to always be Independent. This is necessary in order to accurately keep track of kit inventory, especially when adding kits to FBA Inbound Shipments.

Create Kits

You can create kits individually or in bulk.

Individually

  1. Navigate to Catalog > Manage Catalog > Search > Open the product you wish to configure as a kit 
  2. Go to Toolbox > Kit
  3. Press Edit and go to the Components panel
  4. Click the plus icon and search for products to add to the kit.
  5. Select the ones you want to add and press Add & Close. Your components will appear in the Components panel
  6. Add more products to the kit, enter quantities for each kit component, and press Save
    Note: Kit components can be arranged in sequence by dragging and dropping the component into its desired sequence in the grid
  7. If you are creating a Main Component kit, click on the Main checkbox to mark your main component

In Bulk

You can import kits in bulk through a file import.

  1. Go to Catalog > Tools > Import Product Info
  2. Select Import Kits and download the templateImport kits
  3. Complete the fields and save
  4. Return to Sellercloud and press Click to upload file > Import

Manage Kits

Kit Details

You can manage some Kit settings from Catalog > Manage Catalog > Open a Kit Parent > Toolbox > Kit > Kit Details panel. The following options are present in the panel:

  • Total Components Cost — The sum of all component’s costs (multiplied by each individual component count)
  • Total Components Price —  The sum of all component’s prices (multiplied by each individual component count)
  • Inventory Dependency On — Shows the type of kit. Refer to the Kit Types section above
  • Kit Inventory Qty — Shows the kit inventory quantity. Use the Calculator icon on the right to re-calculate it
  • Component Count — Shows the number of components necessary to build this kit
  • Unshipped Orders — Shows the number of unshipped orders for this kit
  • Require Subcomponent Scan in Scan and Ship — When creating an All Components or Main Component kit, you can require your shippers to scan each component. Enable the option for the components to display in the Scan and Ship window for individual verification

The image shows the Kit Details panel.

See the Related Settings section below for more information regarding managing your kits.

Kit Cost Calculations

When the Client Setting Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day is enabled, the Site Cost, Last Cost, and Average Cost of All Components and Main Component kit parents will be updated once daily based on the costs of their kit components. 

To do the same for Independent kit parents, enable Enable Kit Cost Calculation For Independent Kits Too. Otherwise, kit component costs won’t be considered in the calculation, and their costs will come only from Assembling and Receiving POs. So, for your independent kits, the best setting depends on what you receive in POs. If you receive:

  • Independent Kit Parents – Disable this setting so the cost will be calculated from the kit parent.
  • Components – Enable the setting, so the cost will be calculated from the kit components.

Remove a Kit Relationship

There are three ways to Break a Kit relationship.

Individually

You can remove Kit Components from the parent, without losing the original SKU which used to be the child. By Deleting all the components, the Kit Parent becomes a regular product.

  1. Navigate to the Product Properties Page of your Kit Parent in Catalog
  2. Go to Toolbox > Kit > Click Edit
  3. In the Components Panel, click on the Delete Icon of the child you want to remove. Delete all of them to fully Unkit the product. 

In Bulk

  1. Go to Catalog> Manage Catalog> Search the items you want to break up. Use the filter of Kit > Kit Parent as the relationship should be removed from the parent
  2. Select the items and go to the Action Menu at the bottom right corner
  3. Choose the option Break Kit/Unkit. This will create a Queued Job and you should see a message at the bottom of the screen where you can monitor the progress
  4. Once the Queued Job is complete with no errors, your Kit will be individual items.
Orders created prior to breaking the kit relationship will not be affected.

With a File Import

You can break a Kit Product relationship via an import. The steps are similar to the Bulk Kit creation:

  1. Go to Catalog > Tools > Import Product Info
  2. Select Import Kits and download the template
  3. Complete the fields and save
  4. Click on the Break Kit If No Child SKU Is Available In File checkbox
  5. Press Click to upload file > Select the filled-in template from your computer > Import

Assemble & Disassemble Independent Kits

In order to redistribute inventory from your components to your Independent Kit parents or vice versa, you need to Assemble or Disassemble your kits. You can do this either individually, or in bulk with a file import.

Individually

To assemble or disassemble an individual kit:

  1. Go to the Catalog > Manage Catalog > Open your Kit Parent.
  2. From the product’s Toolbox, choose Kit
  3. Click Edit and go to the Kit Assemblies panel.
      1. To assemble, click on the Plus icon > Assemble Kit
        1. Enter the Qty to Assemble.  You will only be able to assemble a quantity that is equal to or less than Max QTY For Assembly (as per the available quantity of components in the chosen warehouse). 
        2. Select a From Warehouse (the warehouse from which the Component inventory will be deducted) and Assemble To Warehouse (the warehouse where the Kit Parent inventory will be added).
        3. Click Assemble.
      2. If you want to disassemble a kit, click the Minus icon.
        1. Enter Qty to Disassemble. You can only add a number that is equal or lower than the Current Available Kit Quantity in the chosen warehouse.
        2. Select Disassemble From Warehouse – the warehouse from which the Kit Parent will be deducted.
        3. Choose To Warehouse for each Child SKU – the warehouse to which the disassembled components will be added.
        4. Select Disassemble.
These movements will be displayed in the Kit Assemblies panel and recorded under Inventory > Manage Inventory > Open a Product > Toolbox > Inventory Movement.

In Bulk

You also have the option to assemble or disassemble multiple kits with a file import:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Tools > Import Inventory Info.
  2. Select Import Assemble Kits and click on the Download template icon (available file types are TAB Delimited, CSV and Excel).
  3. Populate the required file columns:
    1. KitParent – The SKU of the Independent Kit Parent that you wish to assemble/disassemble.
    2. QtytoAssemble – The number of kits that you wish to assemble/disassemble. Ensure that the populated quantities are available in the selected warehouses.
    3. AssembleFromWarehouse – The Warehouse ID or Name from/to which the Components will be deducted, or added in case of a disassembly.
    4. AssembleToWarehouse – Select to which Warehouse ID or Name the kit is added, or deducted in case of a disassembly.
This import type supports positive values only for both Assembly and Disassembly actions. Your input file must not contain negative values.
  1. If you wish, add an AssemblyNote and save your populated file.
  2. Click to upload file.
  3. Select the desired action – Assemble or Disassemble. Only one option can be selected per file.
  4. Click Import.

This action will create a Queued job where you can track the progress of your import and see any errors that may occur. In case you would like to move the inventory to another warehouse, you can perform a Warehouse inventory transfer

A kit component can belong to multiple kits, but a component that is already part of a kit cannot serve as a kit parent unless existing kit relationships are removed.
If your Warehouse is Bins enabled, kits cannot be assembled or disassembled from the Sellercloud interface, it should be done via Skustack. Read more here.
You cannot Assemble From or Assemble To warehouses with types FBA, WFS, NewEgg, and Interim.

Send Kits to FBA and WFS

Only Independent can be Fulfilled by Amazon and added to FBA Inbound Shipments and WFS Shipment Plans.

There are client settings that can help you streamline the process. Go to Settings > Client Settings > General Client Settings > Click on the Advanced button > Search for and enable the settings you want to use. 

To ensure the following options work as expected, you must first enable the Enable Validate Inventory for FBA and WFS Shipments Client Setting.
  • Auto Assemble Kit when adding to FBA and WFS Shipments – when enabled, Sellercloud will automatically check if there is enough quantity in the components and assemble the kits. They will be assembled into the Ship To Warehouse in the FBA Shipment.
  • Enable Validate Inventory for FBA and WFS Shipments
  • Auto Assemble Kit On Update Of Shipment
  • Auto Assemble Kit When Importing FBA and WFS Shipment

Additionally, enable these settings to auto-disassemble when removing/adjusting a kit from the shipment or canceling the shipment altogether:

  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when removing from FBA and WFS Shipments
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when cancelling FBA and WFS shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble only if it was assembled for shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit When Removing From FBA And WFS Shipments

Below you can learn more about the different settings related to kits and how they affect your kit products.

Kit Cost Calculation Client Settings

  • Show total cost on Manage Inventory using — Allows you to choose the value on which the kit cost will be calculated:
    • Site Cost
    • Average Cost
    • LastCost (the last cost of the item in the latest PO received)
      When using Average Cost or Last Cost, if a component has a cost of $0, Sellercloud will pull the value from the Site Cost. If you want components with an Average Cost of $0 (a gift component, for example), then Sellercloud recommends setting Average Cost adjustment to $0.01 in order to avoid using the Site Cost as default.
  • Enable ALL Kits Cost Calculation Once a Day — Recalculates the kit costs once a day (usually during night hours).
  • Enable Kit cost calculation for independent kits too — Allows cost calculation for Independent kits. (requires Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day to be enabled).

Invoice Client Settings

Normally, when printing out kits, the Kit Parent is displayed, followed by its components. When processing a kit order with a dependency on All components or Main component(s), component information including SKU, Product Name, and quantity will display on the invoice. However, the invoice is printed differently for All Component and for Main Component(s) based on which setting below is enabled:

  • Format Kit Items as regular items while printing Invoice — Prints the items as regular items (non-kit items).
  • Hide Kit components when printing order invoice — Shows the kit parent name and hides the kit components from the order invoice.
  • Hide Kit Parent when adding kit items as Regular Items — Prints out the kit components and hides the kit parent.
  • Set Kit Items weight to Kit Parent — Kit Parent’s Ship Weight and Product Weight are calculated based on the kit components’ weight.
  • Enable Kit Weight Calculation Once a Day — A service will automatically detect any Kit Parent whose Ship or Product Weight does not equal the total weight of all components and will update the Kit Parent to match that weight.
    • Example:  Kit Parent SKU A has Components SKU B (5 lb weight) and SKU C (10 lb weight).
      Kit Parent (SKU A) will have 15 lb weight (assuming the component count is 1. Otherwise, multiply the component weight by the component count).
    • When this setting is enabled, you will not be able to edit the Weight Fields of Kit Parents. You may only change the weight of components, which will then automatically reflect on the Parent when the daily calculation runs.

Overview

Sellercloud supports the creation of kits. A kit is comprised of products called Components or Children. The combination of these products is sold as a single item. Kits can consist of multiple units of a single product or a group of different products.


Kit Types

You can select any two products In a kit’s properties and sell them as a bundled kit. The kit feature can bind the inventory counts of multiple components and ensure there will be no risk of overselling the parent SKU or the child components.

The Inventory Relationship between Kit Parent and Components depends on the Kit Type selected. Make sure you review the three types of kit relationships below before you create and configure your kit products.

You can also set a default dependency for kits after they are created by navigating to Settings > Client Settings > General Client Settings > Kit > Default Product Kit Type (you can also search the settings for it). Set the default dependency to the one you will use most often.

All Component Kit

All Component means that the kit will only be available for sale when all of the components are available. This configuration is often used when all components are necessary to create the final product.

The inventory of the parent is matched with the component with the least available units. The Aggregate quantity of that SKU, divided by the number of units of that component necessary for the kit, makes up the Kit Available Inventory.

With this Kit Type the components maintain their individual inventory count but share it with the parent. This means that if the inventory of a component runs out, the inventory of the entire kit becomes zero as well.

Main Component Kit

If you chose the Main Component configuration, the kit will be available as long as the designated main component is available. This configuration is often used when there is one product that is necessary to create the final product and the rest are supplemental or can be replaced by similar SKUs.

The Inventory Quantity of the parent is drawn only from the Main Component. The main component maintains its individual inventory count but shares it with the parent. This means that if the inventory of the main component runs out, the inventory of the entire kit will become zero as well.

Independent Kit

For Independent Kits, the inventory quantity of the parent is “independent” of the components. This means that the Inventory Quantity of the parent is not drawn from the components. The kit’s independence is maintained during sales as well. Sales of the kit will not reduce the inventory of components, and sales of components will not affect the inventory of the kits.

This kit type is the only one for which the Inventory Available Quantity isn’t calculated automatically and the only kit that has Physical Quantity. Independent kits need to be Assembled in order to have any inventory at all. By assembling, you subtract the necessary units from the components and add units to the parent. Please see the Assemble & Disassemble Independent Kits section below for further information.

Kit Products Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) have to always be Independent. This is necessary in order to accurately keep track of kit inventory, especially when adding kits to FBA Inbound Shipments.

Create Kits

You can create kits individually or in bulk.

Individually

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Manage Inventory > Search for the SKU you want to make your Kit Parent
  2. Open the Product Properties Page of the SKU > Toolbox > Kit Properties > Click Add Products to Kit
  3. In the new window that opened, search for the SKUs you want to sell as the Components > Select the products from the grid > Add how many units of that SKU will be necessary to make up that kit
  4. You can click the checkbox of MainItem in case you are creating a Main Component Kit
  5. Click Add Selected to Kit > Close Window
  6. When you go back to the Kit Properties Page you will see the selected components are there and you will be able to configure your Kit Type

With a File Import

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Import Product Info
  2. Go to Import Kit
  3. Click Download Template. There are 10 columns on the template. The top row displays the name of the field. The second row explains the field. The third row tells us whether the field is required or not. The next two rows are sample entries. Before filling in, you will need to delete all rows apart from the first one.
    1. ParentSKU— SKU of the actual kit itself. Duplicate the value in a new row for each component you want in the same kit.
    2. ChildSKU— The component SKU. You need a separate row for each component in a kit
    3. QTY— Number of units of this component in the kit
    4. Sequence— Order in which components are listed on invoices (accepts values: 1, 2, 3)
    5. IsMainItem— values True or False
  4. Enter product information
  5. Save your file
  6. You can create a parent product if one does not exist in the system. There are columns under which to create an SKU and Parent Product Name. Before importing the file, check the Create Parent Product check box.
  7. Click Choose File > Import Kits
Every kit parent line item must have a component. If it does not, Sellercloud will disallow the import and will show an error.

Remove a Kit Relationship

You can break a Kit Relationship (Unkit) either individually or in bulk with a file import. Unkitting will not remove or delete any products and it will not update any existing POs or Orders.

Individually

When breaking a Kit relationship manually, you are able either Unkit the product fully, or remove only some of the components.

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Filter your Products > Open the Product Properties Page of the Kit Parent
  2. Click Toolbox > Kit Properties
  3. On the Kit Properties Page, you will see a table with all the components with a Delete Button next to each of them
  4. Click Delete: if you only delete one component, the rest of the kit will remain, while the removed child will become its own SKU. If you Delete all components, the parent will no longer be a Kit and all SKUs will be separate products.

With a File Import

Unkitting Products with a file import is very similar to how you Bulk Import Kits to create them, but with one key difference:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Import Product Info > Import Kits
  2. Download the Template > Fill in the Information > Save
  3. Go back to Sellercloud > Click Choose File > Select your updated template from your PC
  4. Click the checkbox for Break Kit if no child SKU is available in file
  5. Click Import Kits


Assemble & Disassemble Independent Kits

In order to redistribute inventory from your components to your Independent Kit parents or vice versa, you need to Assemble or Disassemble your kits. You can do this either individually, or in bulk with a file import.

Individually

To assemble or disassemble an individual kit:

  1. Navigate to the Inventory and open your Kit Parent.
  2. From the product’s Toolbox, choose Kit Assemblies > Assemble Kit.
  3. Enter:
    1. Quantity – The amount of kits that you are looking to assemble or disassemble. You will only be able to assemble a quantity that is equal to or less than the Current Available Qty of components in the chosen warehouse. You can disassemble a number that is equal or lower than the Current Available kit Qty in the chosen warehouse.
    2. Assembly Note – If you wish add a custom text to be recorded in the transaction.
    3. Choose Assemble to Warehouse (the warehouse where the Kit Parent inventory will be added), or Disassemble from Warehouse – the warehouse from which the Kit Parent will be deducted.
    4. Select a From Warehouse (the warehouse from which the Component inventory will be deducted), or choose To Warehouse for each Child SKU – the warehouse to which the disassembled components will be added.
  4.  Check the box of the desired action – Assemble or Disassemble.
  5. Click Save.
These movements will be displayed in the Kit Assemblies panel and recorded under Inventory > Manage Inventory > Open a Product > Toolbox > Inventory Movement.

In Bulk

You also have the option to assemble or disassemble multiple kits with a file import:

  1. Navigate to Inventory > Manage Inventory > Import Product Info.
  2. Select Assemble Kits and click on Download template
  3. Fill in the Template. There are mandatory 4 fields:
    1. KitParent – The SKU of the Independent Kit Parent you want to assemble/disassemble.
    2. QTY – the number of kits you are trying to assemble/disassemble. Please make sure you have enough units of each component.
    3. AssembleFromWarehouse – the warehouse from which the component inventory will be deducted/added.
    4. AssembleToWarehouse – the warehouse in which the kit inventory will be added/deducted.
This import type supports positive values only for both Assembly and Disassembly actions. Your input file must not contain negative values.
  1. If you wish, add an AssemblyNote and save your populated file.
  2. Click on Choose File to upload your document.
  3. Select the desired action – Assemble or Disassemble. Only one option can be selected per file.
  4. Click Upload File.

This action will create a Queued job where you can track the progress of your import and see any errors that may occur. In case you would like to move the inventory to another warehouse, you can perform a Warehouse inventory transfer

A kit component can belong to multiple kits, but a component that is already part of a kit cannot serve as a kit parent unless existing kit relationships are removed.
If your Warehouse is Bins enabled, kits cannot be assembled or disassembled from the Sellercloud interface, it should be done via Skustack. Read more here.
You cannot Assemble From or Assemble To warehouses with types FBA, WFS, NewEgg, and Interim.

Send Kits to FBA and WFS

Only Independent kits can be Fulfilled by Amazon and added to FBA Inbound Shipments and WFS Shipment Plans.

There are client settings that can help you streamline the process. Go to Settings > Client Settings > Press Ctrl+F on your keyboard in order to search for and enable the settings you want to use.

To ensure the following options work as expected, you must first enable the Enable Validate Inventory for FBA and WFS Shipments Client Setting.
  • Auto Assemble Kit when adding to FBA and WFS Shipments – when enabled, Sellercloud will automatically check if there is enough quantity in the components and assemble the kits. They will be assembled into the Ship To Warehouse in the FBA Shipment
  • Enable Validate Inventory for FBA and WFS Shipments
  • Auto Assemble Kit On Update Of Shipment
  • Auto Assemble Kit When Importing FBA and WFS Shipment

Additionally, enable these settings to auto-disassemble when removing/adjusting a kit from the shipment or canceling the shipment altogether:

  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when removing from FBA and WFS Shipments
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit when cancelling FBA and WFS shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble only if it was assembled for shipment
  • Auto Dis-Assemble Kit When Removing From FBA And WFS Shipments

Kit Cost Calculations

When the Client Setting Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day is enabled, the Site Cost, Last Cost, and Average Cost of All Components and Main Component kit parents will be updated once daily based on the costs of their kit components. 

To do the same for Independent kit parents, enable Enable Kit Cost Calculation For Independent Kits Too. Otherwise, kit component costs won’t be considered in the calculation, and their costs will come only from Assembling and Receiving POs. So, for your independent kits, the best setting depends on what you receive in POs. If you receive:

  • Independent Kit Parents – Disable this setting so the cost will be calculated from the kit parent.
  • Components – Enable the setting, so the cost will be calculated from the kit components.

Below you can learn more about the different settings related to kits and how they affect your kit products.

Kit Cost Calculation Client Settings

  • Show total cost on Manage Inventory using — Allows you to choose the value on which the kit cost will be calculated:
    • Site Cost
    • Average Cost
    • LastCost (the last cost of the item in the latest PO received)
      When using Average Cost or Last Cost, if a component has a cost of $0, Sellercloud will pull the value from the Site Cost. If you want components with an Average Cost of $0 (a gift component, for example), then Sellercloud recommends setting Average Cost adjustment to $0.01 in order to avoid using the Site Cost as default.
  • Enable ALL Kits Cost Calculation Once a Day — Recalculates the kit costs once a day (usually at out-of-office hours).
  • Enable Kit cost calculation for independent kits too — Allows cost calculation for Independent kits. (requires Enable ALL Kits Cost calculation Once a day to be enabled).

Invoice Client Settings

Normally, when printing out kits, the Kit Parent is displayed, followed by its components. When processing a kit order with a dependency on All components or Main component(s), component information including SKU, Product Name, and quantity will display on the invoice. However, the invoice is printed differently for All Component and for Main Component(s) based on which setting below is enabled:

  • Format Kit Items as regular items while printing Invoice — Prints the items as regular items (non-kit items).
  • Hide Kit components when printing order invoice — Shows the kit parent name and hides the kit components from the order invoice.
  • Hide Kit Parent when adding kit items as Regular Items — Prints out the kit components and hides the kit parent.
  • Set Kit Items weight to Kit Parent — Kit Parent’s Ship Weight and Product Weight are calculated based on the kit components’ weight.
  • Enable Kit Weight Calculation Once a Day — A service will automatically detect any Kit Parent whose Ship or Product Weight does not equal the total weight of all components and will update the Kit Parent to match that weight.
    • Example:  Kit Parent SKU A has Components SKU B (5 lb weight) and SKU C (10 lb weight). Kit Parent (SKU A) will have 15 lb weight (assuming the component count is 1. Otherwise, multiply the component weight by the component count).
    • When this setting is enabled, you will not be able to edit the Weight Fields of Kit Parents. You may only change the weight of components, which will then automatically reflect on the Parent when the daily calculation runs.

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