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Multipacks, item bundles and sets

plentymarkets offers a variety of ways to combine products and sell them as a single unit. Table 1 compares the possibilities and uses examples to illustrate them.

Are you familiar with how to manage items?

This page assumes that you already have basic knowledge of item management in plentymarkets. For example, it assumes that you:

Table 1. Combining products and selling them as a single unit
Type Explanation Item type

Multipack

Example: 1 bottle of water, a package containing 6 bottles and a package containing 12 bottles.

Technical specifications:

  • Multipacks are different quantities of the same variation.

  • The main variation is the smallest sales unit of the product, e.g. 1 bottle.

  • All of the other variations are combinations of this smallest sales unit, e.g. 6 or 12 bottles.

  • Stock is managed for the main variation only.

Multipack

Bundle

Example: A beard care kit consisting of scissors, a brush, beard oil and beard wax.

Technical specifications:

  • Bundles consist of different variations, which are grouped together and sold at a bundle price.

  • The bundle can only be purchased as a whole. The individual components cannot be selected.

  • It’s possible to combine variations with different tax rates together in one bundle.

  • It’s also possible to make the bundle price cheaper than the sum of all the individual prices.

Default

Set

Example: A football uniform composed of a jersey, shorts and socks. End customers can put their own uniforms together by selecting the appropriate size and colour for each of the three components.

Technical specifications:

  • Sets consist of multiple items (jersey, shorts, socks).

  • While placing an order, the end customer chooses the appropriate variation (size, colour) for each item.

  • The main variation is virtual. This means that the main variation cannot be sold.

Note: It’s possible to sell item sets in the Ceres 5  store. Lower versions of Ceres do not support the set function. The set function is only intended for the online store. It’s not possible to sell item sets on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Set

1. Multipacks

For Multipack items, the main variation is the smallest sales unit of the product. All other variations of the item are combinations of this smallest sales unit. Stock is managed for the main variation only. All variations of the item have the same attributes. That means that customers cannot select between different colours or other characteristics of the product. In the online store, customers select the variation with the number of products they want to buy.

1.1. Creating a Multipack item

Just like when you create Default items, a main variation is always created when a new multipack item is created. This main variation is linked permanently to the Multipack item and can only be created or deleted at the same time as the item itself. This main variation itself is the smallest sales unit of the product.

Creating a Multipack item:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Click on New.
    → The New item tab opens.

  3. Select the type Multipack.

  4. Carry out the additional settings. Note Table 2.

  5. Save the settings.
    → The Multipack item is created.
    → The main variation opens in a new tab.

Displaying new Multipack items in the item overview

The new Multipack item is not active. To display recently created items in the item overview in the Item » Edit item menu, select the ALL option for the Active filter in the search area. Then click on Search.
Activate the variation when you’re ready for it to be visible your online store.

Table 2. Creating a Multipack item
Setting Explanation

Item data

Type

Select the item type Multipack.
Default = Creates a Default item with main variation.
Set = Creates a Set item.
Multipack = Creates a Multipack item.

ID

The item ID is a unique, consecutive number that is used to identify each item in plentymarkets. If you leave this field empty, plentymarkets automatically assigns the next available ID.

Name

Enter a name for the multipack. The name is a mandatory entry. The name can be changed at any time.

Variation » Category link

Category selection

Select the category in which the multipack is to be published. Alternatively, click on New category to create a new category.

1.2. Editing Multipack items

Now that you have created the Multipack item, you can refine the settings for the multipack. These settings are listed in a directory.

1.3. Creating a multipack variation

A main variation is always created when a new Multipack item is created. The main variation is linked to an item. The main variation cannot be deleted. This main variation is the smallest sales unit of the product. All other variations of the item are this smallest sales unit multiplied by x. The stock of all variations is managed in the main variation only. The Stock tab of all other variations of the item only shows the theoretical stock. When the stock level of the main variation changes, the stock for all other variations of the item is recalculated.

Creating a multipack variation:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Open the Multipack item.

  3. Click on the Variations tab.

  4. Click on New.
    → The Create new variations window opens.

  5. As the content, enter a quantity for the main variation.
    Tip: The variation’s units and the attributes cannot be changed.

  6. Click on Create variation.
    → The variation is created.
    → The variation is displayed in the variation overview.

The settings of the variations are edited in the same way as Default variations. However, note the following limitations for multipack variations:

  • Deactivate the inheritance function for the sales price and save a price.

  • The information shown in the Stock tab cannot be edited. Stock is managed for the main variation only.

2. Item bundles

An item bundle consists of multiple products. The bundle price of an item bundle may be lower than the sum of the individual prices. Go to Item » Edit item and use the Bundle filter to search for bundles.

2.1. Creating an item bundle

In the Bundle tab of a Default item, you create an item bundle which consists of multiple components, the basic items. If you add further variations to the opened item, you create a bundle. The bundle’s components are displayed in the Bundle components tab where they can be edited or deleted.

Creating an item bundle:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Click on New.
    → The New item tab opens.

  3. Select the type Default.

  4. Enter a name.

  5. Enter the content.

  6. Select a category.

  7. Carry out additional settings as needed.

  8. Save the settings.
    → The item is created.
    → The main variation opens in a new tab.

  9. Open the variation.

  10. Open the Bundle » Add variation tab.

  11. Place check marks next to the variations you want to add as bundle components.

  12. Click on Add variation.
    → The components are added to the item bundle and displayed in the Bundle components tab.

Then link a sales price with the item bundle and enter a price. When processing the order, only the bundle price and the bundle components are shown. No individual prices are shown.

Using an existing item as the bundle item

Instead of creating a new bundle item, you can also use an existing item and add bundle components to this item. Note that the bundle item to which bundle components are added must not have stock.

2.2. Editing or deleting bundle components

In the Bundle components tab, you can change the quantity of the item bundle’s variations, view the variations' net stock and delete bundle components that are no longer required.

Deleting a bundle component:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Select Yes for the Bundle filter.

  3. Click on Search.
    → All bundle items found are displayed in the overview.

  4. Open the bundle item.

  5. Open the variation.

  6. Open the Bundle » Bundle components tab.

  7. Place check marks next to the bundle components you want to delete.

  8. Click on Delete bundle components.
    → The bundle components are deleted and no longer available in the item bundle.

2.3. Creating multiple bundles in one item

Item variations also can be bundles with multiple components. In this way, you can design very complex item bundles that meet your individual needs.

Example of bundle variations: Let’s assume that you want to sell a bundle consisting of a hand towel and a larger bath towel. You also want to offer this bundle in different colours. To do so, the following steps are necessary:

  • Create an attribute with the colours you want to offer, for example red and blue.

  • Create an item that will serve as the bundle item, for example towel bundle.

  • Create variations of the bundle item and link the attribute values.

  • Create items for the bundle components, for example hand towel and bath towel.

  • Create variations of the bundle components, for example red hand towel, blue hand towel etc.

  • Add the bundle components to the variations of the item bundle.

In doing so, you can sell the item towel bundle in your online store and offer the bundle colours red and blue.

2.4. Setting the stock of item bundles

The stock of a bundle depends on the bundle component with the lowest stock. The stock of this bundle component is displayed in the Net stock column of the item overview in the Item » Edit item menu. The bundle item itself must not have stock. In the Stock tab of a bundle component, you manage the stock, book incoming items, make stock corrections and view supplies as well as item movements.

2.5. Calculating the weight and purchase price

An item bundle is made up of various components. Each component has its own key figures, such as a weight and a purchase price. But how do these key figures come together for the entire bundle?

You could enter a weight and purchase price for the entire bundle as a whole. But there’s also a way to have plentymarkets automatically calculate these figures for you. This method is described below.

Automatically calculating the weight and purchase price:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Select Yes for the Bundle filter.

  3. Click on Search.
    → All item bundles found are displayed in the overview.

  4. Open the item bundle.
    → The Settings tab opens.

  5. Choose the appropriate settings in the Bundle area. Note Table 3.

  6. Save the settings.

  7. Reload the item bundle.
    → The key figures will be calculated automatically. This calculation is based on the data entered for each individual component.

Table 3. Automatically calculating the weight and purchase price
Setting Explanation

Automatically calculate from bundle components: Net purchase price

The net purchase price will automatically be calculated. The calculation is based on the individual components.
Once you have saved the changes and reloaded the menu, the field Net purchase price will be greyed out in the Costs area on the right.

Automatically calculate from bundle components: Moving average purchase price (net)

The moving average purchase price (net) will automatically be calculated. The calculation is based on the individual components.
Once you have saved the changes and reloaded the menu, the field Moving average purchase price (net) will be greyed out in the Costs area on the right.

Automatically calculate from bundle components: Net weight

The net weight will automatically be calculated. The calculation is based on the individual components.
Once you have saved the changes and reloaded the menu, the field Net weight will be greyed out in the Dimensions area on the right.

Automatically calculate from bundle components: Gross weight

The gross weight will automatically be calculated. The calculation is based on the individual components.
Once you have saved the changes and reloaded the menu, the field Gross weight will be greyed out in the Dimensions area on the right.

Modifying several item bundles at once

Use the variation group function or the batch processing function to calculate the weight and purchase price for multiple item bundles at the same time.

Using automatic calculation by default

Do you normally want the weight and purchase price to be calculated automatically? Perhaps you only have a few items that should be excluded from the automatic calculation. No problem! Open the menu Setup » Item » Settings and specify which key figures should be calculated automatically. Use the options Bundle automatic for gross weight, Bundle automatic for net weight, Bundle automatic for purchase prices and Bundle automatic for moving average purchase prices to do so.

Prefer to enter key figures by hand?

Do you want to enter the weight and purchase price for item bundles yourself? Do not check any of the boxes in the Bundle area, if you’d prefer to enter the data manually. If none of the boxes are checked, then the key figures for individual components won’t have any influence on the key figures for the item bundle.

3. Sets

Imagine you sell football uniforms, consisting of jerseys, shorts and socks. Wouldn’t it be great if end customers could put together their own uniforms? In other words, if they could choose the appropriate colour and size for each component? Item sets make it possible!

A set consists of multiple items (jersey, shorts, socks). While placing an order, the end customer chooses the appropriate variation (colour, size) for each item. It might help you to sketch out the items and variations that will be included in your set.

Set

Football uniform

Items in the set

Jersey

Shorts

Socks

Variations per item

  • S and red

  • L and red

  • S and blue

  • L and blue

  • S and white

  • L and white

  • S and black

  • L and black

  • S and blue

  • L and blue

  • S and white

  • L and white

Set function is only intended for the Ceres 5 store

It’s possible to sell item sets in the Ceres 5  store. Lower versions of Ceres do not support the set function.

The set function is only intended for the online store. It’s not possible to sell item sets on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

3.1. How do set prices work?

The unique thing about sets is that you don’t know in advance exactly how end customers will combine the variations. Therefore, it wouldn’t make sense to save fixed prices for sets. Instead, plentymarkets calculates the price of the cheapest possible combination and saves this information for the set. This minimum price can be displayed in the online store and in the back end. For example: "Available from € 99.99".

plentymarkets regularly checks the prices of all the variations in the set and calculates the cheapest possible combination. plentymarkets checks the prices:

Preparing set prices

First, create a sales price for sets. While doing so, specify that the type is a Set price.

Then link this sales price to all of the set components and enter a monetary price for each component. Note that the set components are normal variations.

Can items be cheaper if they’re purchased together as a set?

It’s possible to make a set cheaper than the sum of its components. There are two ways to do this:

  • On the one hand, you could save lower monetary prices for the set sales price than for the normal sales price.

  • On the other hand, you could enter a percentage of discount that applies to the entire set.

3.2. Creating new sets

Have you already decided which items and variations should be included in the set? Have you created a sales price especially for sets? Then you’re ready to start creating sets!

Manually creating an item set:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Click on New.
    → The New item tab opens.

  3. Carry out the settings for the set. Note Table 4.

    1. Select the type Set.

    2. Enter a name for the item set.

    3. Which category should the set appear in? Choose the category.

  4. Save () the settings.
    → The item set is created.
    → The main variation appears in a new tab and can be edited further.

What’s the main variation for?

A main variation is automatically created when you create a new set. This main variation is linked to the set. It can only be created or deleted together with the set. The main variation:

  • is purely virtual and does not correspond to a physical product.

  • serves as a data container, which you add components to.

  • helps you manage settings for the entire set.

Table 4. Creating an item set
Setting Explanation

Area: Item data

Type

Select the type Set. Lots of settings disappear when you choose this option. Now the menu only includes settings that are relevant to sets.

The other options in the drop-down list are intended for other situations:

Name

Enter a name for the set. The name is a mandatory entry. It will still be possible to change the name after you’ve created the set.

Area: Variation » Category link

Which category should the set appear in? Choose the category. Alternatively, click on New category to simultaneously create a new category and sort the set into this category.

3.3. Editing existing sets

3.3.1. Searching for sets

While creating a new item set, the main variation is automatically opened in a new tab. But where do you find the sets that you already created a while ago?

Searching for and opening existing sets:

  1. Go to Item » Edit item.

  2. Look at the filters on the left.

    1. Set the filter Type to Set.

    2. Set the filter Active to ALL.

  3. Click on Search ().
    → The sets that are found will be displayed in an overview on the right.

  4. Click on a set to open it.

3.3.2. Adding or removing components

Have you already decided which items should be included in the set? The items that you add to the set are regular items. In other words, they are items of the type Default.

  • If you add an item with multiple variations to the set, then your customers will be able to choose which variation they want to buy.

  • If you add an item without any variations to the set, i.e. an item that only consists of a main variation, then your customers won’t be able to select anything.

Adding components to the set:

  1. Search for and open the appropriate item set.

  2. Click on the tab Set » Add item(s).

  3. Search for the items that you want to add to the set.
    → The items are listed.

  4. Select the items () you want to add to the set.

  5. Click on Add item(s).
    → The items will be added to the set. They are now listed in the Settings tab.

Removing components again

Components that have already been added to the set are listed in the tab Set » Settings. Here you can also remove the components that should no longer be part of the set. Select the items () that you want to remove from the set and click on Delete component.

3.3.3. Managing the stock

The stock of a set depends on the set’s variation with the lowest stock. The stock of this variation is displayed in the Net stock column of the item overview in the Item » Edit item menu. You cannot manage any stock information for the Set item itself. Instead, stock is managed in the Stock tab of the set components.

3.3.4. Optional: Manually updating the “from-price”

plentymarkets regularly checks the prices of all the variations in the set and calculates the cheapest possible combination. plentymarkets checks the prices whenever a component is added to a set or removed from a set, as well as every night. But you can also manually update the “from-price” at any time.

Manually updating the “from-price”:

  1. Search for and open the appropriate item set.

  2. Click on the tab Variation ID » Settings.

  3. Click on the update symbol () within the Sales prices area.

Updating the "from-price" for several items at once

Use the item group function or batch processing to update the "from-price" for multiple items at once. Do so by selecting the option Update price from in sets (). This option is found in the area Procedures.

3.3.5. Optional: Granting discounts

By default, the price of an item set is equivalent to the sum of the individual prices of all set components. However, you can offer a discount in % on the total price of the set.

Saving a discount for an item set:

  1. Search for and open the appropriate item set.

  2. Click on the tab Set » Settings.

  3. Enter a percentage into the Discount field. The total price will be discounted by this percent.

  4. Save () the settings.
    → The discount is applied.

3.3.6. Optional: Specifying the minimum or maximum order quantity

Let’s stick with the example above and assume that you sell football uniforms, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks. But now let’s assume that you only want to sell the set to entire football teams. In other words: you only want to sell the set to a team that is willing to buy at least 10 jerseys, shorts and socks at once. In this case, you’re dealing with a minimum order quantity.

Defining permissible quantities for set components:

  1. Search for and open the appropriate item set.

  2. Click on the tab Set » Settings.
    → The set components are listed.

  3. In the column Activate quantity selection in shop, select all of the components () that should be limited to a certain quantity.
    → The fields will no longer be greyed out.

  4. Enter the maximum and minimum order quantities for each component.

  5. Save () the settings.

3.3.7. Settings in the remaining tabs

This page only describes the functions that apply specifically to item sets. But there are lots of other settings and options that you can also configure in the data record. For example, you can:

These settings correspond to the same ones available for regular items, e.g. items of the type Default. You can find explanations of these settings in the directory of item data fields.

3.4. Displaying sets in the online store

Have you finished configuring sets in the back end? Congratulations! Now you’re ready to display the sets in the front end.

Requirements

The set function is only intended for the Ceres 5  store. Lower versions of Ceres do not support the set function. Therefore, make sure you are using a compatible version and update the plugin if necessary.

3.4.1. Creating new content

You decide what your item sets should look like in the online store. Do so by creating content for the category.

Creating content for an item set:

  1. Go to CMS » ShopBuilder.

  2. Click on a grey item category on the left.
    Note: Item sets are not compatible with the yellow content categories.

  3. Click on the tile New ().
    → The Create new content window opens.

  4. Choose the type Item set.

  5. Enter a name and choose a preset if desired.

  6. Save the settings.
    → The new content will be displayed as a tile.

content itemset
Preset: pro and con

We provide a template, which you can modify and adapt to your product portfolio as needed. Of course, you can also work without a template if you would prefer to design the view from scratch.

3.4.2. Designing the content

Set components are displayed with the widget Item / Components for item sets. This widget is special because you can place other item widgets inside it, e.g. for descriptions and images.

Depending on the placement - inside or outside the widget - item information such as name, image and description relate to the entire set or to a set component. For example, you can display one image for the entire set and other images for each component.

How do you design the layout, add widgets and modify the widget settings? You can find this information in the online store chapter of the manual.

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3.4.3. Activating the content

In order for the content to be displayed in the online store, it needs to be activated. Active contents are highlighted in blue.

Activating contents:

  1. Go to CMS » ShopBuilder.

  2. Click on the appropriate category.

  3. Move your cursor over the content tile that should be activated.

  4. Click on Activate ().
    → The content is activated and is now highlighted in blue.

Only activate one content per category

You can create many different contents per category and then activate or deactivate them as needed. For example, this allows you to create different pages for each season of the year.

But you can only activate one content per category. Activating one content automatically deactivates another content.

3.4.4. Checking the result in the online store

Your customer selects all of the preferred variations in the online store and then places the entire set in the shopping cart.

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