There are 5 different types of SKUs: standard, component, assembly, bundle, and collection. Assemblies, bundles, and collections are made up of several different standard SKUs and components. You can associate SKUs to assemblies, bundles, and collections using the Associations window in the PIM. Read below for more details on each type.
- A standard product.
- Standard SKUs may be sold individually or as parts of assemblies, bundles, or collections.
- Component SKUs are parts included on assemblies, bundles, and collections.
- Component SKUs cannot be sold as standalone products.
- A product that must be assembled prior to shipment. The assembly process may be as simple as putting all associated SKUs into the same box. Or it may be as involved as welding pieces together.
- All associated SKUs needed for the assembly must be located within the same facility, whether that’s your local facility or the facility of a Dropship/JIT/3PL vendor.
- To sell assembly SKUs, all needed quantities of all associated SKUs must be available.
- A product that includes associated SKUs that do not need to be assembled together prior to shipment.
- Associated SKUs included in the bundle may be sent to customers from different fulfillment sources.
- To sell bundle SKUs, all needed quantities of all associated SKUs must be available.
- A collection of associated SKUs linked for marketing purposes to upsell or cross-sell related products.
- The SKU set to Collection acts as a sort of parent SKU for all the associated SKUs. However, the Collection SKU itself cannot actually be sold. Only its associated SKUs may be sold.
- Associated SKUs in the collection may still be sold if any of the other associated SKUs sells out.