Introduction to Product Bundling

Objectives

Once you've completed this tutorial, you'll be able to:

Understand bundling

Create a structure for your bundled products

Use automanufacturing to set up an automated workflow

This tutorial should take approximately 23 mins to complete.

What is product bundling?

Product bundling is a strategy for combining together products in different combinations to encourage more product sales. This is also known as 'sets' or 'kitting'.

Creating a bundle structure

Bundles and sets can be structured in Craftybase using components to handle the production of each individual product in the set. This allows you to create infinite combinations of your products as you can mix and match components in your recipes.

To illustrate the structure, we will use a situation where soaps are sold as individual bars (Lavender, Rose and Rosemary) and also part of a set called Garden Scents.

The first step is to create each of my individual bars as components. If you aren't yet familiar with components, you might like to firstly work through the previous tutorial on this topic here.

Using the example above, we should now have 3 components:

1. Lavender Soap

2. Rosemary Soap

3. Rose Soap

Each of these components now needs to contain the recipe of materials used to create a batch (this can be a single item or multiple, depending on what you make).

So, my Lavender soap recipe would contain materials like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Fragrances.

Now, when I make a new batch of this soap I will be manufacturing the component to increase stock of my soap as a material, rather than directly as a product. As it is now a material, this allows me to add it as an ingredient for any of my products.

The next step from here is to create your products. You might already have these in place if you have connected sales channels, so you'll be able to edit the product directly in this case.

For the example above, we will need the following products in place

1. Lavender Soap

2. Rosemary Soap

3. Rose Soap

4. Garden Scents Set

The final step is to add a reference to the component to each of your products. This allows you to decrease your component stock when you manufacture the product.

In the example, the Lavender Soap needs to contain a recipe containing the Lavender Soap component. The Garden Scents Set product needs a recipe containing the Lavender Soap, Rosemary Soap and Rose Soap.

Creating your bundle workflow

From here, whenever you make a new batch of your soaps you will be manufacturing your component. This will increase stock of your component to make it available and will decrease your material stock as per your recipe.

To increase stock of your products, you'll then also want to create a manufacture of the product - this will deplete your component stock and increase your product on hand stock ready to be used for orders.

This bundle workflow can then optimised to take out some of the manufacturing steps if required. To auto-manufacture your product whenever an order is placed for the product, you'll want to set this on the product using the auto-manufacture feature (How does the Automanufacture feature work?). To also automate the component manufacture, you'll want to ensure that this is set on the component in each product recipe in your set (How do I set a component to manufacture itself?). If both automanufacture settings are switched on, both component and product manufactures will be created automatically for you as soon as an order is imported or created in Craftybase.

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