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How to create Kits in Auctiva Commerce

Auctiva Commerce allows you to assemble one or more products into kits. For example, a basic handyman toolset would include a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers. A kit is created by first defining the types of components in the kit (for example, a screwdriver), and then associating the components to specific products (for example, a yellow, red, or black screwdriver). This tutorial will show you how to multiple products into a kit, and how to give customers flexibility in creating a custom kit.

Step 1. Select the Product.
  • Go to Inventory> Manage Inventory. The Manage Inventory page will load.
  • Navigate to product that will be used to create a kit. Click on the Edit link. The product Details page will load.
  • Click on the Kit tab. The Kitting page will load.
Step 2. Define the components in a Kit.
  • By default, the page displays information about the product with which you are working. Click on the Add Component button. When you are creating a component, you will want to consider the best method by which the component should be included in the kit. You can control the flexibility customers have in selecting components.
  • Name: Enter the name of the component in the kit (for example, Hammer or Pliers).
  • Input Type: Select how the component will be added to the kit. Options include:
    • Included-Hidden: The customer will not see the component in the kit and will not have the option to add or remove it.
    • Included-Shown: The customer will see the component in the kit and will not have the option to add or remove it.
    • Drop Down: The customer will use a drop-down list to select a single product as a component. You should use this option if customers can select a specific product within a component, to make a custom kit.
    • Radio Button: The customer will use a radio button to select a single product as a component. You should use this option if customers can select a specific product within a component, to make a custom kit.
    • Checkbox: The customer will use checkboxes to select one or more products within the component. You should use this option if customers can select multiple products within a component, to make a custom kit.
  • When complete, click the Save button to close the page.
Step 3. Define the products for each component.
  • Once you have defined the logical components in your kit, you can associate each component with one or more products. On the Kitting page, click on the Add Product button for a component. The Find Products page will load.
  • Use the search criteria to identify at least one product to be used for the selected component and click on the Search button. The search results will be displayed underneath. For example, if the component in a toolbox is a screwdriver, you could give the customer the option to choose between a Yellow 12" Homeowner Screwdriver or a Black 12" Homeowner Screwdriver.
  • Click on the Select link for the product that will be used for the component. That will open up a window that you can alter details about the product, specific for the kit.
  • Display Name: The name of the product within the kit. For example, Yellow 12" Homeowner Screwdriver (part 1 of 3).
  • Kit Quantity: The number of items of this product in the component.
  • Kit Price: The price of the item for the kit. Note that if you select Modify Product Price or Fixed Price you must enter the override price.
  • Kit Weight: The weight of the item for the kit. Note that if you select Modify Product Weight or Fixed Weight you must enter the override weight.
  • Selected: This option indicates whether or not the component will be selected by default for the customer (e.g., the checkbox will be automatically selected).
  • Note that other values that you have defined, such as product variants, could also be required to define the product. When complete, click the Save button to close the page.

Important Notes about Kits:

  • If the Kit base price is set to zero Auctiva Commerce does not display the price on the Product thumbnail. If the Kit base price is set to a value other than zero we show the Kit price.
  • On the Product Details page Auctiva Commerce will add up the component prices to determine the kit price, if the Kit base price is set to zero. If the Kit price is expressly set to as price other than zero we will not add up the component prices.
  • Similarly for weight - if it is defined on the Kit we will use that weight - if it is not defined on the kit then we use the sum of the selected components weights.
  • If a component is not selected as part of the kit the weight for that component is not included.

This completes the Create Kit task.

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