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Enhanced Composite Items

The Composite Item feature within Zoho Inventory has undergone a few necessary enhancements to adapt to the needs of different businesses. In this document, we have captured all those changes for you to effectively utilize this improved feature.

As a significant part of this upgrade, Bundling operation has been introduced in place of Box/ Unbox. Read on to know more about bundling and the changes that accompanies it.

  1. What is bundling and how does it work?
  2. What does bundling achieve over boxing?
  3. What are the visible changes post the upgrade?
  4. What will happen to the composite items that were boxed before the update?
  5. How do I discard a bundle that is no longer needed?
  6. I bought kits from my vendor. How do I unpack it to resell the individual items?
  7. Is there anything new in store with this enhancement?

What is bundling and how does it work?

Bundling is the technique 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.

For the most part, bundling works just like boxing except when it comes to its constitution. You can now edit the contents of a bundle as you see fit at any given time (which was not the case before). 

The bundling process will increase the stock of the composite item while the stock of the individual items will drop as per the quantity used by this process.

In simple steps, find out how you can perform bundling in Zoho Inventory.


What does bundling achieve over boxing?

There were a couple of challenges posed by the boxing/unboxing method, which has been overcome with bundling.


What are the visible changes post the upgrade?

The general outlook of the Composite Items has been retained with a few noticeable tweaks.

In the composite item details page,

Image of the composite item details page indicating the changes

Image of the composite item page indicating the changes


What will happen to the composite items that were boxed before the update?

If you have composite items with boxing history, you can still view them under the Boxes tab within the Bundling History section. Here is how the composite items with boxing history will be affected:

Unboxing


How do I discard the bundles that are no longer needed?

You can simply delete the bundle by clicking the trash icon beside each bundle under the Bundling History section. This will raise the stock level of the constituents of that bundle.

Unbundling


I bought kits from my vendor. How do I unpack it to resell the individual items?

Item Adjustment serves as another work around in place of the unbox button for unpacking (or unbundling) the items.

Once you purchase kits from your vendor, you can bulk adjust the quantity of the composite item and its constituents accordingly in Zoho Inventory. 

This increases the stock level of the individual components and decreases the number of kits indicating that the kits have been unpacked and its components restored.


Is there anything else new in store?

Why, of course! Aside from bundling, the following upgrades have been made to the composite items feature:


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