The Kits feature in RestockPro helps you handle combinations of products sold together, such as bundles and multipacks. Learn how to reorder, manage, and ship Kits.
What are Kits?
The Kits feature helps you handle any situation where the number of units you order from your supplier is different from the number of units you will sell on Amazon because you are combining items in some way. The most common situations are:
- Bundles: Combinations of two or more different products with separate ASINs/UPCs, each of which are sold separately on Amazon, being sold together as a single item. For example, you sell bags of coffee and you sell mugs, so you create a bundle by selling a bag of coffee with a mug.
- Multipacks: Combinations of two or more units of the same product sold together as a separate ASIN. For example, you sell three bags of the same coffee together as a single unit.
- Other Situations: Combinations of two or more items that are not sold individually on Amazon. For example, you sell a variety pack of three sample-size bags of coffee in different flavors, but none of those sample-size bags are sold individually on Amazon. This is similar to a bundle, but Amazon does not consider it a bundle if the individual items do not have their own listings on Amazon. (Learn more about Amazon's bundling policy here).
In RestockPro, all three of these scenarios are considered kits.
A part SKU is an item that will be included in a kit that may also be sold as a separate product. In our first and second examples above, the bag of coffee and the mug would both be part SKUs.
A part-only SKU is an item that you do not sell as a separate product, only as part of a kit, such as the sample-size bags of coffee in the third example above.
A kit SKU is the kit item itself, corresponding to the ASIN used for the listing on Amazon.
Building a kit means that the kit part SKUs are replaced by the kit SKUs in RestockPro. Breaking a kit means that the kit SKUs are replaced by the kit parts.
How do I set up Kits?
If you sell kits, their ASINs and Amazon details will be imported into RestockPro automatically along with the rest of your catalog. But you need to tell RestockPro that those items are kits and specify what parts go into each kit so that RestockPro can give you accurate restock suggestions.
To learn how to set up kits and kit parts, see How do I set up Kits in RestockPro?
Note: At this time, RestockPro only supports kits where all the parts come from the same supplier.
How do Restock Suggestions work for Kits?
RestockPro will use the sales velocity of your kit SKU and other factors to calculate how many units of the kit should be restocked at Amazon. However, when it's time to reorder a kit, RestockPro will generate a PO with the right number of component parts needed to build the kits.
When RestockPro suggests that you order 100 units of the kit and you start a PO, it will help you reorder enough of each kit part to create 100 kits and send them to Amazon.
If you sell an item separately and as part of a kit, RestockPro will give you restock suggestions for the kit and for that individual item because they are separate SKUs in RestockPro.
Tip: Before reordering kit parts, check your Kits page and make sure you have built any kits you already have parts for so that these kits will appear in your local inventory and on the Restock Suggestions page.
How do I use POs and Shipments for Kits?
Kits behave differently depending on the restock model you use. The cross dock model streamlines the process, while the local model gives you more flexibility.
Note: The direct model cannot be used with kits. If your supplier sells a combination of items that they can ship straight to Amazon, this should be its own SKU and not considered a kit.
With a cross dock order:
- RestockPro generates a PO with all the kit parts.
- When you receive the parts, RestockPro automatically builds the kits so that you can easily ship the kits to Amazon FBA.
- Proceed with the shipment as usual, making sure that you or your team prep the physical kits appropriately to reflect what's in RestockPro.
With a local order:
- RestockPro generates a PO with all the kit parts. However, the kits will also appear on a special order called "Kits" on the POs and Shipments page.
- When you receive the parts, mark them as received on the POs and Shipments page. (Tip: Use the "Kit Orders to Seller" tile to filter for orders that contain kit parts and make them easier to find.) Once you receive them, part SKU units are added to your local inventory in RestockPro.
- You can then choose to build kits from the available kit parts or to leave them as parts in case you decide to sell some or all of them separately, or even build a different kit. To build kits:
- Click on the special Kits order on the POs and Shipments page.
- Locate the kit you want to build first and click the wrench icon to open the Build Kit modal.
- If you want to reserve some of the parts to use differently, you may change the "Possible Kits" number at the bottom of the modal. Otherwise, click "Build" to proceed with building all the possible kits.
Note: If you choose to use the kit parts differently, make sure you update the Qty Ordered for Local column on the "Kits" order to reflect the correct number of the original kits you have built. Otherwise, the remainder of the original order will still show as on order, causing your Restock Suggestions to be incorrect.
How many kits should I build?
Run the Kit Optimizer on the Kits page. This algorithm will help you build the ideal number of kits for maximum profitability. Learn more about building, breaking, and optimizing kits here.