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Define Kits Screen

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Kits are collections of inventory items that are usually gathered at the time an order is placed to produce a single product, such as a gift basket. The individual items may be sold separately or together as a kit, and quantity on hand and cost information is tracked by the individual components of a kit, not by the Kit SKU.

Think of a Kit as a "virtual" SKU that cannot "broken-down" into its components, the opposite of an Assembly. It is not necessary, nor possible, to transfer inventory between the parent SKU and its components.

Once a kit SKU is defined, it is best to leave it intact rather than changing its components. Create new Kit SKUs as the need arises, in order to avoid potential inventory problems when kits are returned or exchanged.

When an order for a Kit SKU is placed, the Order Manager can display just the Kit SKU on the order or it can show the individual components that make up the kit. Hiding the individual line items is the most common choice, as customers can be easily confused by seeing multiple line items when they only purchased one item (the parent Kit SKU). Review system parameters, DefaultShowKitParts, PackingShowKits, PickListShowKits, and ShowPartsonInvoices.

The program always assumes that kits are in stock, the cost of the Kit SKU is zero dollars, and the price of the kit is determined by the price charged at the shopping cart, if the order was imported. Manual orders will use the price that is recorded in the Order Manager's inventory record of the Kit SKU. The program does not track the QOH or cost by the parent Kit SKU, but by the cost of the individual items that comprise the kit, instead. If inventory tracking is enabled (system parameter CheckInventory=TRUE), the Order Manager will subtract the number of units required to make the kit from the QOH of each individual component. If any components are not in stock, the program will create a backorder with the supplier for the number of pieces required to complete the kit. Review system parameter DropShipCheckQOH, which affects the way in which processes drop-shipped items, including kit parts.

The Define Kits screen can be opened by selecting Kits from the Inventory and Suppliers tab of the Maintenance Menu.  Kits can also be defined at the Kits tab of the Inventory screen.

If the Order Manager imports a kit SKU from an externally-fulfilled Monsoon order, the program will also consider the kit parts to be externally-fulfilled and their QOH will not be decremented by the Order Manager. Monsoon will be notified of the change in QOH by the inventory synchronization process.  

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Description of the Define Kits Screen

Figure 1: Define Kits screen

Add Button

Close Button

Delete Button

Item Name Field

Kit SKU Combo Box

Multi-Select Button

Parts in this Kit Section

Part SKU Column

Quantity Column

Item Name Column

Inherit Kit Options Column

QTY Field

Search Button (next to the Kit SKU combo box)

Search Button (next to the SKU to Add combo box)

Show: Radio Buttons

SKU to Add Combo Box

Creating a Kit SKU

  1. Go to the Inventory screen and create a new record for a SKU that will be designated as a kit. While it is possible to select an existing inventory record and define it as a Kit, the recommended practice is to create a new SKU whenever a new combination of products will constitute a kit.

The minimum fields on the Product Info tab that need to be completed before the new inventory record can be saved are as follows:


Steps 2 and 3 can be performed at the Kits tab of the selected inventory record or via the Define Kits screen.


  1. Select the product SKU that is to be a component of the kit from the SKU to Add combo box. The [Multi-Select] button or [Search] buttons can also be used to locate component inventory records to be entered into the SKU to Add combo box.

  2. Enter the number of units of the selected component that are needed for the kit in the Qty field and click the [Add] button.

  3. Optional: Check the [Inherit Kit Options] check box to have any Option lists (attributes) of the Kit SKU copied into the Options or Freeform Options fields of each component's line item in the order. To learn more about options and attributes review the Knowledge Base topic, Options, Attributes and Sub-SKUs.

In the context of this topic, the process of building of sub-SKUs is not relevant nor required.

To add an option list to a Kit SKU, click on the Attributes/Options tab of the Kit SKU inventory record and follow the instructions in the Knowledge Base topic, Add/Edit Option List screen.

  1. Repeat steps 2 through 4 as many times as necessary until all components of the kit have been added to the inventory record of the Kit SKU.   

  2. Click the [Close] button to exit the Define Kits or Inventory screens.


Created: 5/25/11

Modified: 1/10/12

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