We have recently added a new feature to allow you to design your Bundles in a CSV file.
This has proven to be very well received with our customers.
- The process is very simple:
- Connect to Stock&Buy
- Go to Inventory
- On the right hand side you will see: "Import Bundles"
- Follow the wizard.
- Download the CSV file
- Design your bundles
- Upload the final file
- Refresh the page
Let's analyze the CSV example we have by default and the format of the file.
This product has two Bundles (composed variants). The first one is BSKU1, and the second one Is BSKU2. Those Bundles will have two options: Color and Size
This product has one Bundle, with no options.
This is a Bundle. A bundle is like a variant as in it lives under a product. Shopify doesn't see the difference between a Bundle and a variant. Stock&Buy holds the information that this Bundle is composed of three variants:
- SKU1 : 2 Items are part of BSKU1
- SKU2 : 2 Items are part of BSKU1
- SKU3 : 2 Items are part of BSKU1
SKU1, SKU2, SKU3, SKU4, SKU5, SKU6 are all variants that have to exist inside Stock&Buy before the import
The bundle automatically calculate its inventory, price, weight, cost from its underlying variants.
When a sale is made for the Bundle, its variants are automatically updated as well.
This is also a bundle part of Product one. It has different components and different option values.
Is a bundle part of Product two. This is a simple Bundle (i.e no options).
Therefore, the final results is: 2 Products, one with two bundles, and one with one bundle.
How should I choose Bundle options?
For simple products, like shirts or shoes, options are simple to think of: Color, Size ect.. But when it comes to Bundles, the option become trickier, why?
Well, you are composing different products (variants) to make a new product, thus you have to think of it as such, and how you want your users to identify it.
Let's take a simple example: you want to sell socks + shoes (and for this example, we assume we have only one color for both).
- Socks come in different sizes:
- Shoes come in different sizes
How should we name this so that the final customer doesn't get confused?
Different naming alternatives
- One option "Size" : This could work but would be confusing which size we are talking about, shoe size or sock size. Still you can name the options like: "Sock 36 - Shoe 37" and that would work.
- Two options "Size" and "Size" : This is better, but still confusing. Plus Stock&Buy and Shopify don't allow two options to have the same name (for obvious reasons)
- Two options "Sock - Size" , and "Shoe - Size" : This is much better, the customer knows exactly which size they are choosing when buying a bundles variant from the store.
Bundles options are a combination of the underlying variants, thus you have to be a little creative in coming up with options for the Bundle. The most important thing is that it should be obvious for the final buyer on what those options mean.