Bundles are here to help you manage stock for your sales channel listings that are actually just a combination of different products you have in your inventory.
Imagine you have a stock of different colour pencils that you are selling separately and you just decided to do a deal for your customer by packing 1 of each colour together and adding a small discount.
To do something like that, you now need to create a separate listing on your sales channel, with it's own stock. But you don't really have a new product, it's just a combination of previous ones, this is where Bundles come in to help and manage your stock.
As per our previous example, we have 3 separate inventory items (Red Pencil, Blue Pencil and Yellow Pencil) for the coloured pencils and 1 inventory item that is a combination of them called Coloured Pencils.
The Coloured Pencils inventory items is the one we want to Bundle and keep track of its stock, so we first click on it to go inside.
Once you press on button a new pop-up window appears. I will quickly go top-to-bottom over what the individual areas are for.
At the very top you will find the search bar, with this you will be able to find the specific items you want to bundle by searching for their Name or SKU.
Bellow the search bar you will see all of the available items that you can Bundle and the results of your search.
Please Note: While it is possible to bundle Merged items, you cannot add an already Bundled item into another Bundle.
Then you will find the details for the Bundle itself.
And finally the Bundle / Kit Components list, this will hold all of your Bundles components (pieces), it's empty for now, but in a moment you will see a fully filled out table.
To begin adding all of our components I will first search for a common keyword amongst them all to make things easier for me. All have to do now is simply click on the green Add button.
Because I needed all of the Pencils to be part of that Bundle, I simply clicked on all of them.
Now look closely to the Bundle / Kit Components list (this is the part I mentioned we will fill out later).
In the Bundle / Kit item we see the available stock to be at 18, that is because the stock of the Bundle is automatically calculated to be the maximum available number possible depending on the stock of the Bundle / Kit Components and as we can see, one of the components has only 18 in stock.
Also make note of the fact that at the far right, near the Cancel action column, you will find the Count Column this indicates how much of that specific item goes into a bundle.
As an example I have changed the count of the Blue Pen to 3. This instantly recalculated the Available stock for the Bundle / Kit item to 8, because we can make less packs with the existing Blue Pen stock.
For the sake of clarity I will change the Count on all items to 1 and press Bundle.
Thats it, we have our new Bundled item. If at least one of the components runs out of stock, the whole Bundle goes out of stock. And if someone buys your Bundled item, it will appropriately deduct stock out of each component.
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