You can configure bundles in Pipe17, so that a single SKU from your sales channel actually maps to one or more other SKUs, or "components". Usually, this is done for a group of products that is sold as a bundle or set.
You want to sell a "Beard Care Set" product on Shopify that includes 3 products: a beard oil, balm, and brush.
But, Shopify isn't able to bundle these products into one, so your customers would have to add each individual component to their cart! Instead, you just set up the SKU BEARD-CARE-SET on Shopify and describe what it contains to your customers. In Pipe17, you configure BEARD-CARE-SET as a bundle, containing 1 x BEARD-OIL, 1 x BEARD-BALM, and 1 x BEARD-BRUSH. Now, whenever Pipe17 sees the SKU BEARD-CARE-SET in one of your orders, we will "translate" it into the actual 3 SKUs that need to be shipped before sending it to your 3PL.
Bundles can also be useful if you need to "map" one SKU to another. For example, if your selling channel has the SKU BEARD-OIL but your 3PL expects the SKU 0001234_BEARD-OIL, you can create a bundle where the only component is your 3PL SKU. This way, Pipe17 will only send the component (or, the "mapped" SKU) for fulfillment.
Create a bundle in Pipe17
- Click on Products on the left hand navigation menu of Pipe17.
- Navigate through the page or use the search to find the product that needs to be turned into a bundle. Click on the product to go to the product detail page.
- If you see a button labeled "Edit Bundle" on the upper right, that means this product is already a bundle. You can verify the bundle items (components) in the table at the bottom of the page, and edit them if necessary.
- If you see a button labeled "Add Bundle", then you can click that to define the bundle components. Simply add all the SKUs that should be contained in this bundle, and save the page.
Now, if an order comes in for this bundle, you will notice that the shipping request to your 3PL shows only the component SKUs.
|Sometimes, you might actually want your 3PL to receive the bundle SKUs. Maybe you use two fulfillment centers, and one of them is able to bundle your items for you, but the other one is not. If you want one or all of your fulfillment locations to receive bundle SKUs rather than component SKUs, you can set that location to "Preserve bundles" under Inventory > Locations in Pipe17.|
Import bundles into Pipe17
If you need to create a lot of bundles at once, you may find it useful to upload them via CSV follow the steps in this guide: Import Products Via CSV