The above-referenced subject is very important and is every Inventory Ahead user’s secret weapon on how to manage their online businesses at a glance; here is how it works:
Mains & subs:
Let’s say you buy from your supplier a hundred shampoos for 2 bucks per unit, and you have two different listings on your selling channels; one listing is being sold as a single unit and the other one is sold as a 2-pack, the old-fashioned way to work with it would be to jump from one listing to the other and see how many units sold in the last period of time, then you would have to make your decision based on the findings for each listing. Oh, what a headache … The concept of “Mains & subs” is a powerful & simple solution for this; Here is how it works:
The SKU that you would like to manage Inventory and do the reordering on would be designated as the “Main” all other SKUs that consist of that same product will be converted to a “Sub” (no matter if it is a single pack or a multi-pack) now Inventory Ahead will take the selling history from all the sub SKUs and display them on the main SKU and when it comes to making a decision about reordering and the same thing when you receive your inventory, You have them all on just one SKU. Simple as that…
Now let’s go to ‘Kits”
What happens when you also buy a conditioner from your supplier, but you are selling it together with the above-referenced shampoo. Oh, this is a much bigger headache…but not any more !
With Inventory Ahead, you will take the selling SKU which consists of the shampoo and conditioner, and you convert it to a “Kit” SKU. while converting it, you will tell the system which items are included in this ‘Kit” and when it comes to reordering, you see all the data (for the Subs and the Kits) combined just under the one main SKU.