Read this article to learn everything you can do with your products on Holded.
When creating your products in Holded you can choose between several types, depending on your needs:
Activate the Inventory gem from the Holded Store to access products with variants, lots, serial numbers, or packs.
It is the product with the simplest features, included in all plans in Holded. It contains basic information such as its name and description, as well as a rate or amount that will appear when creating a sales invoice for it.
A simple product is, in short, one that does not have variants, serial numbers, lots, nor is it part of a product pack.
Learn here how to create a simple product in Holded.
Product with variants
Variants are versions of the same product that differ in some eligible option (color, size, shape...). That is, each of the possible combinations of product options constitutes a variant and has its own SKU.
For example, the same shirt can have variants according to its size, S, M or L. But also according to its size and its color at the same time, for example, the size S variant in blue, the size S variant in black, etc.
Variants should not be confused with categories, features that make it easy to classify different products, such as “Season” (summer, fall, winter, spring), “Gender” (Man, Woman, Kids), or “Brand”.
Unlike variant groups, which are created separately from Product Properties, variants can be added and edited from the product builder. However, changes made here will only apply to that particular product, without changing any existing variant groups.
Learn here what Variant Groups are and what you can do with them.
Product with lots
For perishable products, lots are used to track the date of manufacture, location, or manufacturer. They are normally applied by companies that manufacture the same product in large quantities, or in repetitive industrial processes.
In the event of quality problems, the lot number is used to find the root cause of the problem and stop the manufacture or sale of that lot, if necessary.
You will be able to manage your lots from the Product Panel, and also specify the start date and the end date, as long as you have activated them when creating the product. These milestones can determine, for example, the date of manufacture and the expiration date of the lot, but also the best before date, the maturation period, etc., depending on the characteristics of your product.
The food sector or the pharmaceutical industry are representative examples of lots production.
Product with serial numbers
Serial Numbers (SN) are unique alphanumeric codes commonly used to identify a particular product within a large batch of products. We could say that they represent its “ID”.
They are useful in quality control, since when identifying the defective lot, the serial number can be used to locate the affected units.
On the other hand, they also tend to apply to products that can be copied, pirated or stolen (electronics, software, movies, books, etc.).
Like the lots, you can manage the serial numbers from the Product Panel, where you can edit the SN, the price, the barcode, the start and end dates, etc.
The electronic sector (televisions, refrigerators, computers, etc.), the ISBN (books, maps, magazines, etc.), or the chassis number (cars), would be examples of products with serial numbers.
A product pack is a group of items that are sold together. Normally, and despite being different, the items in a pack have some aspect in common. Un pack de productos es un grupo de artículos que se venden de manera conjunta. Normalmente, y a pesar de ser distintos, los artículos de un pack tienen algún aspecto en común.
For example, a wool shop could create a pack with all the items needed to make a knitted sweater (needles, wool, scissors, tape measure...), and sell them together. Por ejemplo, una tienda de lanas podría crear un pack con todos los artículos necesarios para confeccionar un jersey de punto (agujas, lana, tijeras, cinta métrica…), y venderlos conjuntamente.
Some advantages of product packs would be: Algunas ventajas de los packs de productos serían:
- Increase the average value of your customers' orders
- Facilitate the purchase, improving their experience
- Differentiate yourself from your competitors
- Give your stock more rotation, thus liquidating the items that interest you the most