Adding a Bundle

About this article

Bundles is a feature in Centra that lets you Bundle products together in a non-physical manner. In Centra we have two different ways of setting up Bundles - as a Fixed Bundle or Flexible Bundle. This article will explain each Bundle in more detail and give you some good examples of how they work.

How are the Bundles different?

Fixed Bundle is for products with the same size chart or all onesized products besides one product that has a multi size chart. Examples:

  • Bundle A: You sell a onesized scarf together with a T-shirt that comes in multiple sizes - Small, Medium, Large
  • Bundle B: You sell a onesized scarf and a onesized hat, both products with a single size, using the same size chart - One Size
  • Bundle C: You sell a multisize chart two-piece bikini, top and bottom. Here they use the same size charts and the same sizes within the size chart - XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge. But one single size can only be selected by the consumer once so they will get both top and bottom in the same size that they select
  • Bundle D: You sell a Bundle of three T-shirts that have different prints and same multisized size chart - Small, Medium, Large. Your consumer selects the size once and gets all 3 T-shirts in the same size
  • Bundle E: You sell a 2-seater sofa with four legs. They use the same, one size chart, but the legs are sold in a 2-pack.

    Fixed Bundles will work with any frontend without any special work needed from your frontend partner. We give additional information to the frontend via the API that allows them to make Bundles look special. The Fixed Bundles will also work out-of-the-box with Centra Showroom and when placing orders in the backend.

Flexible Bundle is for multiple products with different size charts where you can select the quantity from many different variants. Examples:

  • Bundle A: Bikinis, you sell them in packs (a Bundle), one top and one bottom. Both tops and bottoms have multi sized size charts, and can even have different size charts. For example, the top comes in a B, C or D-cup and the bottom trousers come in sizes Small, Medium and Large. Also, both tops and bottoms come in different colors and patterns like dotted, striped, a plain color or printed flowers. In this case you'll set up the Bundle so that the customer needs to pick one of each: top and bottom, to buy a Bundled product at a specific price. This makes it possible to select a dotted top in size C with striped trousers in size Small.
  • Bundle B: This example showcases Bundles containing men's suits, with jackets and trousers together in a packaged price, were the jacket comes in one size chart - 44-54 and the trousers comes in a 2 dimensional size chart where you pick the length Short, Normal or Long (or 28-36) and the waist size between 24-38. With the different sizes you can also have different variations like colors and fabric. Here the customer has a wide range to pick from to create the Bundle at a static, fixed price as they buy the whole suit and not the two pieces separately, which would have given another price.

How to setup a Fixed Bundle

  1. Go to GENERAL > CATALOG and BUNDLES. Click +BUNDLE

  2. Enter the product details under General attributes, just like you do for any other product
  3. Add the Media that you wish to set on the Bundle

    If you wish, you can ask your frontend partner to fetch the product images of the contained products in your Bundle to display those as well, but that will require some additional work on their behalf

  4. Below you will now find a section called BUNDLE DEFINITION

    • Bundle type: Select Fixed Bundle type for this example
    • Price type: Select Static if you want to set the price of your Bundle manually to a fixed price per currency. Select Dynamic if you want the price to be fetched and calculated from the products within the Bundle, which will then make a price range depending on which products in the Bundle the customer chooses

    Once you choose your pricing type and save Bundle definition - it will not be possible to change it

    Size chart: Here you select the size chart that you wish to present your Bundle with. Any containing items need to either share this size chart or belong to a size chart that has a single size. So let's go back to the four different Fixed Bundle examples we explained above:

    • Bundle A: Here you had a onesize scarf and a multisized T-shirt. In this example you should select the size chart that the multisized T-shirt has.
    • Bundle B: Here, all your containing products are onesized products. You should therefore select the One Size size chart.
    • Bundle C: Here you have a bikini set that has the same size chart for both the top and bottom piece. So, here you select that size chart.
    • Bundle D: Here all products use the same multi sized size chart so please select that one.
    • Bundle E: Here the sofa and the legs are both one sized. You should therefore select the One Size size chart.

    Select Sizes: Here you select the sizes that your customer should be able to choose from when they buy your Bundle within the size chart selected in the previous step. Examples:

    • Bundle A: So as you selected the T-shirts multisized size chart, the size chart might contain more sizes than what you want the customer to be able to pick from. Let's say the size chart for the T-shirt is XXS-XXL, but we said that with this Bundle you should only be able to select the T-shirt in size Small, Medium, Large, then it’s those 3 sizes you should select in this step.
    • Bundle B: As this size chart only contains one size, you select that one size here.
    • Bundle C: Same as in the example for Bundle A - you select the size in the size chart that you want to offer the customer with this Bundle. XS-XL in this example.
    • Bundle D: Same as in the example for Bundle A - you select the size in the size chart that you want to offer the customer with this Bundle, S-L in this example.
    • Bundle E: As this size chart only contains one size, you select that one size here.
  5. After you’ve defined your Bundle definition, you need to ‘SAVE’ the Bundle first before deciding which products and which combination you want to add to your Fixed Bundle. Don’t forget to click ‘EDIT’ again before moving over to the next step.
  6. In order to add containing products to your Bundle you need to click +SECTION. A section is a subpart of a Bundle that has a quantity and a list of associated variants.

    • Once a Section block has been added you can decide on:
    • The quantity of the containing products that you want to sell for that Bundle (specified on the section)
    • The variant that you want to sell with the Bundle

    • All Sections are limited only to one variant per section in the Fixed Bundle. This is the best solution for Bundles that are meant to look like one product, but contain separate parts. Examples:
    • Bundle A: One section for the scarf and another one for the T-shirt with qty 1 in each section.
    • Bundle B: One section for the scarf and another one for the hat with qty 1 in each section.
    • Bundle C: One section for the bikini top and another one for the bikini bottom with qty 1 in each section.
    • Bundle D: One section for each T-shirt print with qty 1 in each section.
    • Bundle E: One section for the 2-seat sofa with qty 1 and another section for the 2-pack sofa legs with qty 2 as you need 2 pcs of 2-packs for your sofa.
  7. The last step in order to have a fully functional Bundle up for sale is to add your displays to it. This is done in the same way as for regular products. Read more about it here.

    A product will be available in the Bundle only when it is active - with product and variant set to Active, price in place and market selected, all that is needed to be able to sell a product through Centra. However, the display of the containing products can be inactive if you wish to only sell the Bundle and not the containing products separately. The Bundle Display needs to be active for it to be visible in your shop.

    Fixed Bundles can be used in the Afound marketplace and can be used for orders placed in the Centra backend.

How to setup a Flexible Bundle

  1. Go to System > Store > API Plugin - Change the setting: “Enable Flexible size bundle” to “Yes”

    To be able to use this type of Bundle your frontend should be built upon it. And will require hours of work from your frontend partner to get it up and running. It’s not enough to just activate the setting in the API plugin.

  2. Go to GENERAL > CATALOG and BUNDLES. Click +BUNDLE

  3. Enter the product details under General attributes, just like you do for any other product
  4. Add the Media that you wish to set on the Bundle

    If you wish, you can ask your frontend partner to fetch the product images of the contained products in your Bundle to display those as well, but that will require additional work from their side

  5. Below you will find a section called BUNDLE DEFINITION

    Bundle type: For this example select Flexible Bundle type. All active sizes within any of the size charts for the containing products will be available in that type of Bundle. Price type: Select Static if you want to set the price of your Bundle manually to a fixed price per currency. Select Dynamic if you want the price to be fetched and calculated from the products within the Bundle, which will then create a price range depending on which products in the Bundle the customer chooses.

    Once you choose your pricing type and save Bundle definition - it will not be possible to change it.

  6. After you’ve defined your Bundle definition, you need to ‘SAVE’ the Bundle before you decide which products and in which combination you want to add to your Flexible Bundle. And don’t forget to click ‘EDIT’ again before moving over to the next step.
  7. In order to add containing products to your Bundle you need to click +SECTION. A section is a subpart of a Bundle that has a quantity and a list of associated variants.

    • Once a Section block has been and you can decide on:
    • The quantity of the containing products that you want to sell for that Bundle (specified on the section)
    • The variant that you want to sell with the Bundle

    The sections in the Flexible Bundle allow you to offer different variants on the containing products in the Bundle - this includes variants as in colors and patterns, and also all mix and match sizes. Examples below:

    • Bundle A: For the Bikini example you create a section for the top, where you put qty 1 and select all different variants and styles they can mix and match with. Then you create another section for the bikini bottom with qty 1 and select all different variants and styles they can mix and match with to create their own bikini pack.
    • Bundle B: For the Suit example you create one section for the jacket with qty 1 and select all the jackets that they can pick from all different variants and styles, and another section for the trousers with qty 1 and all the different variants and styles they can mix and match between.
  8. The last step in order to have a fully functional Bundle for sale is to add your displays to it. This is done just like for regular products. Read more about it here.

    A product will be available in the Bundle only when it is active - with product and variant set to Active, price in place and market selected, all that is needed to be able to sell a product through Centra. However, the display of the containing products can be inactive if you wish to only sell the Bundle and not the containing products separately. But the Bundle Display needs to be active for it to be visible in your shop.

    Flexible Bundles can NOT be used in the Afound marketplace, on orders placed in the Centra backend or on orders placed in the Centra Showroom.

General information about the Bundles and how they are handled in Centra

  • For both types of Bundles, you are able to add them to Vouchers and Campaigns in the same way as a normal product. The total savings from buying a Bundle will be saved stand alone, and the Discount field will be used to show how much you discounted the Bundle.

Bundles with dynamic pricing can not have a fixed price set by a campaign. They will only work with percentage discount by design.

  • In the Order view you will be able to see a summary of the Bundle and the containing products.

  • It will be possible to Cancel and Expedite only the whole Bundle, without the possibility to separately expedite the containing products of the Bundle.

  • The default option for Returns will be to return the whole Bundle, but in case you need it you will also be able to click on the Tools > Divide bundle. Which will break a Bundle into the separate containing products with the possibility of making a return, or exchange the containing products separately. There will be no possibility to turn it back into a Bundle, but all documents and reports will still show the Bundle on the order.

  • To display containing products of the Bundle on documents you should use the setting Truncate bundle in Invoices in the Document template.

  • Stock will be possible to set only on the containing products.

  • Some Reports have been modified for handling Bundles. The following reports are updated:

    • Sales: Transaction
    • COGS: Invoice
    • Invoiced: Per product

    There are columns added for you to be able to segment your sales in a smart way. The columns added are:

    • Bundle Attribute - Can have the value Bundle or Containing
    • Bundle SKU - Displays the SKU of the Bundle the containing product belongs to
  • If you're using using the SOAP API - The price of the Bundle will be distributed into the containing products. The Bundle price is always 0.