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.
Click Add Product to open the Add a new product window.
First you can name the product (Product Name). This will be the name that appears in your reporting, inventory management, on the sell screen and your customer facing material such as barcodes and receipts.
Once the product has a name, you need to select the Composite Product type.
When creating a Composite Product, select whether you want Vend to Automatically generate a SKU or Enter a custom SKU.
Once all information has been entered, click Next to be taken to the New Product page
Now that the Composite Product selected, you can continue creating it using the New Product page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Select the tax that applies to this product using the dropdown. For more about tax in Vend, refer to our Setting up tax guide
Price (& Loyalty)
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.
Loyalty: if you have Loyalty enabled in your store, you can select whether the product will Earn default loyalty or Earn custom loyalty.
If you integrate with Xero, specify the Sales Account Code and Purchase Account Code.
To finish creating the product, click Save.
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.