Composite Items

A Composite item in Zoho Inventory is a single commodity that is made up by putting two or more items and/or services together. With composite items you can,

Let’s run through one of many scenarios in which the composite item feature comes in handy.

Scenario: Sam runs a home appliance showroom. During festive seasons, he provides a combo offer on appliances such as microwave and mixer, when bought together. He also includes 1 year free service as part of this offer.
Using the Composite Items feature in Zoho Inventory, he puts together all the items and services to create a kit. He then sells this kit for a customized rate.
But this time around, he wants to mix and match the items in all sorts of combinations. So, he creates bundles out of the composite item, within which he adds more attractive items and gift cards to boost his sale. Every time he bundles a composite item, the stock level of the items that constituting the composite item decreases proportionally. Thus, enabling him to have complete control of his stock flow.

You can also perform assemblies with composite items by bundling raw materials and charges per hour per labour it takes to create finished goods.

NOTE: This guide presents the enhanced version of composite items with the Bundling feature. If you have been using the previous version with the Boxing functionality, head over here to learn more about the enhancements.

Guide Layout:

Enabling Composite Items

Note: The subscription plan chosen by you must allow you to use this feature. To know about the subscription plans in Zoho Inventory, click here.

To enable the Composite Items feature in Zoho Inventory,

Unlock step 1

Unlock step 2

Now, under the Items module, you will be able to find the Composite Items feature, ready for action!

Unlock result

Management of Composite Items

Creating a composite item

Important note: By creating a composite item, you are only defining the composite item. If you have not added any opening stock, the creation process will not have any effect on the stock level of the composite item. To increase the stock level of a composite item, follow one of the 3 ways - bundling the associated items, adjusting the stock of the composite item or purchasing the composite item.

To create a composite item:

Create button

New composite item page top

New composite item page bottom

Note: You can also add one composite item inside another in Zoho Inventory. However, note that this encapsulation is possible until only one level. For example. you can add Composite Item A into Composite Item B, but you cannot add Composite Item B into another composite item.

You can learn about navigating through the composite items page here.

Creating a composite item with serial numbers

If your composite items have designated serial numbers, you can record them in Zoho Inventory and later add them to your sales transaction.

Prerequisite: The subscription plan that you choose must allow you to use the this feature. To know about the subscription plans in Zoho Inventory, click here.

Advanced Inventory Tracking for composite item

Editing a composite item

If at any point, you wish to alter the items and services that comprises the composite item, you can do so by editing it.
To do so,

Edit button

Deleting a composite item

To delete a composite item:

Composite items delete option

Note: You cannot delete a composite item that has transactions associated to it. Instead, you can mark it as Inactive.

De-activation & Re-activation of a composite item

If you are skeptical about deleting a composite item but at the same time, you no longer have any use for it, then you can have it de-activated in Zoho Inventory.

To do so:

Image to activate or de-activate composite item

On confirming, the composite item becomes inactive and will not be available while adding items to transactions.

Note: You can reverse this action at any point of time.

Importing Composite Items

Instead of adding the items one by one to your inventory, you can use this short-cut to bulk load the items in one sweep and save a lot of time.

To import composite items into your Zoho Inventory account:

Selecting the import option

Import phase 1: Uploading the file

Note: You can download the sample file from this page to get an idea on how to create the files you need to import.

Import Page

Import phase 2: Mapping import fields

Screenshot of the mapping page

Zoho Inventory will automatically map similar fields and match them together. You can manually match the unmapped ones or alter the mapped ones.

Import phase 3: Preview and Import

Screenshot of import page

Here an overview of the number of variants ready for import, number of skipped records and unmapped fields will be shown. * Click the Previous button if you need to make any changes to the operation. * If everything is ready, click the Next button to import.

Exporting Composite Items

To export composite items from your Zoho Inventory account:

Selecting the export option

Selecting the export format

Composite Item summary

This section will help you find your way around composite items. Let us begin by navigating to the Composite Items module and opening up a composite item.

On opening a composite item, you will find 5 sections - Overview, Serial Numbers, Transactions, Adjustments, Bundling History and History.


This section will house all the primary, sales and purchase, associated items and stock location information of that composite item. You also have a dedicated sales summary graph and the option to update reorder levels right here.

composite item overview

Serial Numbers

If you have enabled serial number tracking for the composite item, you can view the whereabouts of the serial numbers by simply looking it up.

composite item overview

The movement of the stock from the moment it entered your inventory till its current position is displayed in a timeline fashion. The IN and OUT statuses indicate the inflow and outflow of stock respectively along with the associated transaction ID.


composite item transactions


The Adjustments sections works just like the one you have for items. This section will list out all the stock adjustments made to the composite items for various reasons.

composite item adjustments

Bundling History

The Bundling History section is one of the core sections of this module. Here, you will be able to view the log of all the instances you bundled a composite item along with the value of cost incurred.

composite item bundling details

If the composite item has a boxing history, it can be viewed under the Boxes tab in this section. Here, the boxing process is represented with a positive value and unboxing with a negative value along with the cost incurred.

composite item boxing details


The History section will basically maintain a log of all the updates you make to the primary information of your composite item.

History of composite item

Filtering Composite Items

You can apply the filters to narrow down your search to the preferred composite items. To apply a filter,

Composite Item filter tab

On doing so, the records that fit your choice will be displayed.

Note: After applying a filter, you can sort the records displayed by clicking on the Menu button on the top-right corner.

Operation of Composite Items


Bundling is the process of putting together different components in desired quantities to produce a single commodity. These components could be goods, services and other non-inventory items of your choice.

To bundle the items:

Composite item

Composite item

Note: If your composite item is serial number tracked, then the Add serial number option will become available under the Quantity to bundle field. Click the option to enter the serial numbers for the bundled quantity.

Composite item


Quick Bundling from sales transactions

Whenever the quantity in demand for a composite item is greater than the quantity available, you can use the Bundle option inside a sales order or an invoice to generate the required quantity on the fly.

To do so:

Quick bundling option

Quick Bundling pop-up

Deleting a Bundle

If at any point when you do not have any use for a bundle, you can always delete it to get back its constituents.

To do so,


This will automatically raise the stock level of the constituents of that bundle.

Reselling Composite Items

If you are a reseller of kits or composite items, let’s see how we can manage your workflow using Zoho Inventory.

Depending on your preferred Mode of Stock Tracking, the stock level of the composite item will increase. And whenever a customer places an order for the composite item, you will be able to generate a Sales Order, Invoice then, create Packages and Shipment Orders for them using Zoho Inventory.

Making stock adjustments for composite items

To adjust stock:

composite item adjustment option


Managing low stock alerts

It is crucial to be aware when your stock is going low. When a composite item goes to the low stock zone, you can find out using two ways: * You can list them using the Low Stock filter. * Or, you can find out through the re-order notification mail.

Setting low stock alerts

reorder setting

Henceforth, you will receive a re-order notification mail whenever this item goes below your set re-order point.

Note: Before you set reorder levels, you have to make sure that you have enabled re-order notification under item preferences in the Settings.

Performing a re-order

You can perform a re-order to stock up the supplies that you are low on.

To do so,

Multi-warehouse operations for composite items

You’ll have additional capabilities when using composite items if you’ve enabled multi-warehouse management for your organization. To know more, click here.