Kitting - A New Way to Set Yourself Apart as an Amazon Merchant
by Joanna Lupo, on July 10, 2015
Think back to Christmas morning as a kid. You had been waiting for weeks to open that one box under the tree with your name on it. Finally the magical morning comes and you viciously tear into the wrapping. And yes, indeed, it is the SuperXRacer5000 you had been pining over for so long.
You take it out of the box and get it all set up, only to find those fateful words: batteries not included.
You look at Dad, whose eyes immediately go blank with a look that tells you there are no size D batteries in the junk drawer and all the stores are closed.
Christmas morning could have been saved by some foresight by Dad, or he could have looked like a hero had the seller done something called kitting.
What is Kitting?
A kit is a SKU that is a bundle of one or more other SKUs. It might be a multipack of items that are sold individually (12-pack of Nutella, anyone?), or it could be a variety of items packaged together. For example, a “Tea Set” might be a bundle of a teapot, 2 tea cups, and a box of tea. As a seller, you might offer these items for individual sale as well.
Why Should You Kit?
Aside from saving Christmas, kits can provide sellers a lot of advantages. A kit becomes a separate SKU which means it functions like a “custom” product. If no one else is selling the same kit, you have created a monopoly on that item and will own the buy box every time. Kits are also a great way to pass along deals to buyers and make your products more attractive.
Doesn’t it Make Inventory Management a Huge Pain?
If you’ve been doing inventory management for a while, you are likely dreaming up all the ways this could go wrong. Restocking a kit means ordering the right quantities of each individual part, tracking them, bundling them, and shipping them to your FBA facility as a kit. That’s a lot of work, but just imagine if you have items that go into many different kits? Or what if demand suddenly jumps for one of the individual components of a kit and you are left with a bunch of saucers without teacups?
Thankfully, with the new features of RestockPro, you can form a kit with a unique SKU and list the items that comprise it and their quantities. When you order the kit, the PO will reflect all the pieces. You can distinguish all kits and their parts so you can find out what inventory needs replenishing. You can track the kits you ordered originally and build more parts into them, or you can break them up if you decide to use the parts for other kits or sell those items separately.
Be a hero, make a kit
If you’ve thought about kitting before, but shied away because it seemed too complex, you don’t have an excuse anymore. Let RestockPro help you create the kits that will distinguish you as a seller and be a hero in your buyer’s eyes. Give it a try for 21 days for free and check out the brand new features!