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Creating Kitted Products
Kitted Products combine multiple items into a single external package, and outside of packaging the new product have no other build-box or QC activities. You can use Kitted Products to make packages with accessories, create a default configuration of multiple items you sell often, or combine loose inventory items into a single product for sale.
Kitting a product enables you to combine custom accessories with an already assembled product, or to group products and normal inventory items together as a new product to be sold.
Step 1: Create a New Product
Click on Products in the top navigation bar to access the Product Management page. Click on the large green Create New Product button to enter the new product creation screen.
At this screen, you will be prompted to enter some details about your Product, including a unique name, SKU, weight, and dimensions.
Once you have entered these values, you will be able to save the product definition and start entering the components of the product.
SKUs need to be meaningful. A SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit, a unique identifier for your product that will be used in numerous places, but especially in inventory. Every product we build into inventory will labeled and barcoded with this SKU. Each version of a product should have a unique SKU. For example, if you have two versions of a PCB product, and your company is Bob’s Computers, your SKUs might be: BC-GREATPCB-01 and BC-GREATPCB-02, allowing immediate identification of the exact product.
What about Insured Value? Insured Value is a default value we use for insuring your inventory while it’s stored with us. It’s safe to choose a price that our system quotes you for a mid-volume run. Note that we record the actual per unit cost of your devices when building to inventory based on the order. This means that if you have us build 50 units at $500, we will record a $10/unit price for the inventory that moves in when the order is complete, and if you later build 100 units at $750, we will record a $7.50/unit price when that order is completed. This information will be visible in your inventory view. Sale Price is the price you typically sell one unit for, which we use on customs forms when creating Fulfillment requests.
Step 2: Add Items to the Product
You can add existing Products and Inventory Items, or create new Inventory items as you go.
On the Bill of Materials Tab below the Product Information, use the Add Inventory control to add items to the Product. For existing Inventory Items or Products, select them from the drop-down list and provide a quantity to use. To create new Inventory Items and add them to the Product, use the create new inventory link to define the item attributes and then specify the quantity to add.
SKUs Cannot be Duplicated Adding a Product both creates a product and a trackable inventory item with that SKU. If you already have an item in inventory with that SKU, you will not be able to create the Product. So, if you want to create and add a Product to be included in this Kitted Product, create that Product separately before attempting to add it to the Kitted Product.
What About Bags/Boxes? If your product is to be kitted into a bag or a box, you must include the bag or box as an item that is included in the product.
Continue adding items until all items used in the kitted product are listed in the correct quantities. You can click on an item in the BoM list to adjust a quantity or remove it.
Step 3: Provide Kitting Instructions
Use the Assembly Instructions tab to provide the kitting instructions. For each item in the kit, specify how it is to be included. You can also specify an estimated amount of time to complete each step.
Do I Really Need to Tell You to Put Each Thing in a Bag? Yes. The people assembling your product will likely never have seen it before, and potentially not see it again. These build-box and kitting techs are trained to follow your instructions exactly and to not waver from them no matter what. Think of it like training someone you’ve just met on how to put your product together for the first time. Just including an item in the bill of materials will not ensure it getting kitted properly.