Composite and manufactured items.

We manufacture items made up of components.


The manufactured item is then listed for sale.


I had an idea to use composites to maintain stock control on finished items and components. The problem is that a manufactured item is not just a collection of individual items and a composite SKU would show the total number of possible units depending on component quantities and not the number of assembled units ready for sale. I had some thoughts that warehouse locations to achieve this but still haven't found a solution.


Any guidance would be gratefully received.

Hello Bruno,


Here is one idea.


You can create two locations: 


1. where you will hold stock for components

2. where you will hold stock for ready items


So the first step will be to create a Composite parent and add into it all components as composite childs. Then, once item is being manufactured (made up of those components) - you will transfer relevant stock amount to your second location which is for 'ready' items (you will need to transfer relevant amount of each component child so in the 'ready' location they can also sum up to a relevant number of 'ready' items under the composite parent.


Warehouse Transfer documentation:

https://www.linnworks.com/support/inventory-management-and-stock-control/warehouse-transfer/#NEW 


Kind regards,

Julietta


Technical Support

We asked the same question and it seems not. Unfortunately Linnworks seems not to be able to 'create' a single product form granular items. Instead it only understands that a product consists of these granular items.


We found a sort-of-work-around, something we're doing often now it seems! The method mentioned in the reply really just deducts stock from one location and puts it in the other. We make 1000's of items and it gets really complicated. Warehouse transfers are over complicated I think for this if doing it regular.


Bear in mind also that you have to process from the other location as the 'default' only sees default location. Any orders that come in to 'DEFAULT' won't see the stock in any other location so it gets tricky, especially if you have part orders - something in both 'locations'


Good luck!!! If you find a simple method please post.


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