We have struggled for quite some time now with an issue related to our stock tracking. We are able to track inventory on all our items when the product we list only have one item of course.
Our struggle is with the bundles we offer. Our bundles are unable to count/track inventory of each item inside the bundle separately.
We have listed some "products" in shopify called "Pick n mix". This is for bundles of several items, and some of the items in this bundle come in different variations/flavours.
We let the customer select the preferred flavours of the items with a dropdown menu. We are currently using an app called "Infinite Options" in order to create the dropdown menu that give the different flavour options.
Our issue is that when customers choose the flavours they want, we are unable to track the sale of these flavours. Since we offer this product both as a product with the single item, but also in a bundle, we would like to link the flavours somehow to the single items in the store as well so we have one point with a total inventory for this product we are able to track.
Right now its only the products with the single items that are being tracked, and every time someone orders the bundle with the multiple items, we have to manually write down the items sold and withdraw this from the single products inventory in order to have control of the total inventory of this product at all times.
We are growing, and taking in more products, so we need the system to be able to automaticly track our inventory all the time.
There has to be a solution to how to link the items in the dropdown to the product that offer this as a single item, so the inventory tracking can happen automaticly from one place.
Can someone help us out with this issue? Would be highly appreciated!
Images attached to show our dropdown as well as the single products.
Our bundleup app lets users manage their inventory by bundling up each variant with the components. When an order comes through we convert the order line from the bundle to the components thus being able to maintain correct inventory. We also update inventory of the bundles based on the component availability so you don't oversell.
Infinite Options adds additional data to an order line so there is no way of monitoring inventory automatically from it as you aren't setting up distinct variations. It is great app if you have lots of options you want to add to overcome the Shopify variation cap but the negative is it doesn't give inventory control. You would need to consider if you can swap to standard variation listings without the additional options and if so bundling the variations would solve the inventory issues.
What you could do is set up some products using the standard variation method or just single products and create bundles within them. There is no theme edits required as it is all managed in the backend. That way you can try this method out and see if it helps you automate while still maintaining your current listings. Let me know if you would like a hand to test out our bundle app and can guide you on setup.
thank you for getting pack to us.
This sounds very promising, however, if we do not have the ability to give the customer options to vary between different options, then this would be a completely new product.
As previously stated in my message, this solution is needed for our "Pick n mix" deals. Pick and mix mean that the customer are able to create a package with the products of their likings within certain parameters.
Its not like they can pick n mix any products, its between the different flavours within the specific product line.
I assume your app do not give the ability for the customer to pick variations out of the type of product?
The issue is around the options app you are using in that it won't allow inventory tracking the way it functions. If you could move to more standard variations than it gives you more options for inventory control. Obviously it would be a big change and because of Shopify variation limit isn't always feasible.
When an order is paid, our app converts the order to add the individual items so that the inventory can be deducted. I guess the process is somehow similar to your manual inventory work. But our app just automates it.
If your using unique SKUS then you probably want to look for an app that syncs inventory stock by sku
Or use an automation app to reflect your specific business logic such as usemechanic
, usemechanic has several starting tasks in this area https://tasks.mechanic.dev/sync-inventory-for-shared-skus , https://tasks.mechanic.dev/?q=sync , https://tasks.mechanic.dev/?q=bundle
Keep in mind if you have multiple locations or other complex logistics you'll probably need to create something custom.
Have you already checked PickyStory's combo deals?
Combo Products enable you to bundle products as a single product, add to collections and advertise across your marketing channels. The good thing about our combo products is that they are tracked on an individual product basis which is exactly what you wanted for a bundle. Also, PickyStory offers different types of bundles and they are all synced with your Shopify inventory.
Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or if you need help setting up your bundles.
Hope you are well.
The issue that may arise when picking variations out of the type of product on the app that you are currently using is when monitoring the inventory and tracking if its functionality is working well.
I think Bundle Kit app may be able to resolve this issue for you if you would use standard variations, as Tom mentioned, for a better inventory control. With our app you will be able to build a bundle with multiple variants each containing different products of different quantities.
If you are using unique SKUs, then our app will automatically list out them in the bundle order, which will then be automatically updated and it will also inspect every single incoming order, and manage its price by computing it in real-time, so it is less time consuming, and costly.
You can test out our app for free: https://apps.shopify.com/bundle-kit
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or want us to guide you through the process.