How to add a Composite Product

Composite Product is made up of specified quantities of one or more existing Standard Products or Product with Variants. These are ideal for creating multi-packs or product bundles.

You can also use composite products for fractional stock, which can be useful if you sell products at different quantities such as grams or millilitres (e.g selling wine by the glass).

To add a Composite Product individually into Vend, navigate to Catalog -> Products on the sidebar and click the Add Product button.

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Add Product

Click Add Product to open the New Product page. Here you can enter the product information required to add a product to your Vend store.

Product Name: This will be the name that appears in your reports, inventory management and on the sell screen.

Brand: Select a brand from the dropdown. If the brand has not yet been created in your store, use the Search all brands box to name the brand and click Add 'X' as new brand.

Description: Add a description of your product. This could be details of the product, key selling points for your staff or care instructions for fragile items. For retailers with an e-Commerce integration, the description will be customer facing and should describe the product.

Tags: lower-level categories that the product belongs to. Products can have multiple tags which are used for product grouping to optimize filtering and searching. These can also be used to define reporting on a certain group of products, and to set promotions. Tags are also searchable online for retailers with an e-Commerce integration.

Product Type: the high-level category that a product belongs to. Select a product type from the drop down or select Add new product type to create a new product type. Only one product type can be selected per product.

Images: To add images to your product, drag them onto the add product window. This will automatically add the image to the product you're adding. Alternatively, you can click the browse button to search your computer for images. Include all variant images to your upload, as these can be assigned to each variant individually later.

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Inventory

First, select whether this product is a Standard Product, Product with Variants or a Composite Product.

This guide is specifically catered to adding a Composite Product, which is best represented by the Composite Product.

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Generate a SKU: Select whether you want Vend to Automatically Generate a SKU for the product or to enter your own custom SKU (Enter a custom SKU)

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Products

Use the Search for products to add bar to add your desired products that will make up the Composite Product. These can be searched for by the Product Name or SKU code.

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Adjust Quantity to further customize the Composite Product. For example, 12 bottles of milk make up one crate or 12 mini chocolate bars make up one multi-pack.

  Tip

You can also create Composite Products that are made up of fractional stock, such as selling a "glass of wine" as a fractional Quantity of a "Wine Bottle" product.

Simply change the Quantity of the product from a rounded value to a fractional value. In the wine glass example, a Wine bottle may hold five glasses, which means the Quantity is adjusted from 1 to a fractional amount of 0.2 (as 5 x 0.2 = 1).

Once you've added this as a product, you can then sell it as you would normally, and the stock count for the fractional quantity composite product will be calculated for you.

Tax

Tax: Select the tax that applies to this product using the dropdown. For more about tax in Vend, refer to our Setting up tax guide

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Price (& Loyalty)

  Important

When pricing to a Composite Product, keep in mind that the price does not automatically total from the price of the included products.

It is important to calculate the total Supply Price, Markup and Retail prices of the included products and decide on the Composite Product price before saving.

Markup: the percentage of markup between the Supply Price and Retail Price. This will automatically be generated when a Retail Price is input, or can be used to calculate a Retail Price for a specific markup percentage.

Retail Price: will already be populated with the value you entered earlier.

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Loyalty: if you have Loyalty enabled in your store (only available to retailers on Pro, Enterprise and Advanced plans), you can select whether the product will Earn default loyalty or Earn custom loyalty.

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Accounting

If you integrate with Xero, specify the Sales Account Code and Purchase Account Code.

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Save Product

To finish creating the product, click Save.

Review inventory

After you've clicked Save, you'll be taken to the Product page. To review the inventory details of your newly created Composite Product, locate it on the Products page and click on the product name. 

The inventory level of this Composite Product is determined by the products that it is made up of and how many of these products are available to make up complete packs. 

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