Alongside POs and inventory tracking is product kitting. Most robust inventory management tools will carry this feature — kitting, sometimes called bundling, is the process of grouping multiple products into sets that can be sold as a single unit.
At its most basic level, a kit can consist of multiple, related products, components of a single product, or various quantities of a single product. But plenty of more advanced scenarios exist when bundling, like creating kits consisting of multiple kits.
There are several ways to bundle products. Here are some of the more basic and straightforward scenarios where you can use kitting.
Bundle multiple different SKUs into a single kit for sale. An example of this, would be a 3-in-1 Baseball Set that includes a helmet, bat, and glove.
Take a product that has various components and group them together in one kit. Our favorite example of this type of kit is a bicycle, where a seat, handlebars, frame, and two wheels make up a complete bike.
If you’re selling the same product in various quantities, turn those packets into individual kits of the main product. For instance, imagine you start with a 50 lb bag of flour. From that 50 lb bag, you could create a variety of 1 lb, 5 lb, and 10 lb bags to sell as individual items.
Some situations exist where kitting can get a little more complex. If you’re working with a large variety of products, kits, or warehouses, here are some advanced scenarios where kitting can be used.
Kits on kits on kits — multi-level kitting is about creating a kit that consists of one or more kits.
If kit components are stored across multiple warehouses, multi-warehouse kitting allows you to get an accurate read of the total kits available within each warehouses, as well as the total on hand across all of them.
One step further than kits with varying quantities, fractional kits are kits that consist of multiple fractional quantities of multiple products.
At the end of the day, the kicker to kitting is that, regardless of how complex a kit configuration is, inventory levels will always stay organized and aligned through the inventory management system that makes kitting possible to begin with.
And although it’s an inventory management feature in the sense that it keeps quantities organized, kitting doubles as a sales and marketing tool that allows you to create unique bundles that get more inventory off the shelf in a single SKU.