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Use cases

Shopventory can be used to track two different variants of the same product, or two completely different products depending on what works best for you. Be sure to check out this article for more guidance on Bundles.

For this example, we'll go over the scenario where you want to sell both a bottle as well as a portion of that same bottle. 

This function can also be used to track standard units (pounds, milliliters, kilograms, ounces, etc.). 

If we set it up in Thrive Inventory by Shopventory it would look something like this:


Using Bundle Variants

For example, let's say we sell Olive Oil in various quantities. We receive the oil in 1 Liter cans which our employees can sell to Customers. 

Note: If we do NOT want the bulk 1 Liter cans to be purchasable by customers, then we won't create any other variants under this one product. Instead, we should create the customer-facing versions of the product as their own product(s) and bundle them to the 1 Liter can product.

First, we'll create a regular Product called "Olive Oil" with a Variant of "1 liter". So it will display as:

Product: Olive Oil 

  • Variant: 1 Liter

Notice there is a quantity of 12.75 in stock.
Thrive Inventory tracks partial quantities for any Product.


Once the Regular Product is created in the Products & Variants tab...

We can create a new Variant of the Olive Oil product from the existing 1 Liter Variant. This is done by adding a new Variant, and converting that new Variant to a bundle.

Suppose we sell our oil in half-liters. We will call the variant Half-Liter, and convert it to a bundle composed of 0.5 of the "1 Liter" variant.

Watch closely:

Note: More than one piece of inventory can be added to a Bundle Variant.

So, what we have done is create a 1 Liter Variant of Olive Oil, then create a Half-Liter Variant of Olive Oil based on that original 1 Liter Variant. 

So our point of sale will show:

Product: Olive Oil

  • Variant: 1 Liter

  • Variant: Half-Liter

Whichever Variant we sell, it's drawing from the 1 Liter can we initially received. We can create more sizes as well. There is no limit to how many Variants we can have under a single product. So we can create 350ml, 200ml, 50ml, etc. All of them drawing from the same 1L can!

The same can be done with packs to singles, bottles to pours, pounds to ounces, and a whole lot more! 


Things to note

  • Thrive Inventory by Shopventory does NOT automatically recognize standard unit conversion. In other words, Thrive Inventory does not know that 1000 milliliters go into 1 liter or that 16oz are the same thing as 1lb unless you tell it.

  • Changing the Product Name, Category, tax rate, or Active toggle will change for all Variants.


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