As you probably already know it only takes minutes to set up a new item and only seconds through the wizard if you have the relevant information (barcode, cost, price etc.) in-front of you.
But there are also other item types which can be easily created in RMS. Two of these specifically, I will talk about in this article. Assembly and Kit Items.
An assembly item is essentially a bill of materials that is made up of already created inventory items which are bundled into a package and sold under a separate item lookup code. Sounds great doesn’t it. For example – you are a cycle store in Dublin and wish to sell a complete package e.g. Bike, Helmet, Light and high visibility Jacket or a Phone Shop in Tipperary running a promotion which includes a phone, cover and screen protector. Assembly Items are the way to go. Each item in the package is set up individually and then the assembly item is created by adding the relevant items into the assembly items. In some instances you may wish to add more than one of the same item into the package, this is no problem. RMS allows you to set the number of each individual item sold in the package. When the package is scanned in at the till it automatically adds in the items as one sale. Store Operations updates the sales and in-stock quantity of all the items contained in the assembly item. This automation saves time, reduces cashier error and also allows you to easily create promotions.
A kit item is an item that contains other items found in the database to be sold as one item. A good example of a kit item would be a beauty college student’s kit created by Hair and Beauty Suppliers or a first aid kit. When you build or break a kit item, the quantities of the kit’s components will decrease or increase, respectively. When you sell a kit item, the number of components will not increase or decrease; it is only the number of kit items that will.
There are two main differences between a kit item and an assembly item. When a customer purchases or returns a kit (i.e. First Aid Kit) item, the individual components do not increment or decrement. However, when a customer purchases an assembly item, Store Operations updates the sales and in-stock quantity of all the items contained in the assembly item. For example, if you sold a Phone Package, the quantities for each individual component (Phone, phone cover, and Bluetooth headset) would decrement.
The second difference is that when cashiers scan an assembly item, they can modify the quantity, price, and/or tax status for each item component. If the customer wishes to purchase the assembly item but did not want to buy one of the components (i.e. phone cover), you could delete the phone cover item on the transaction screen. Store Operations would then adjust the sales total.
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