Compound Items

A compound item is an item that consists of one or more sub items. An example would be a 6 pack coke. You can sell the 6 pack as a unit or you can break up the 6 pack and sell it individually.

Another example would be a product that you make up in your store, for example a 'cleaning hamper' that consists of a bucket with various cleaning products in the bucket. The main item is the cleaning hamper and the sub items will be the bucket with the cleaning products.

If a compound item is sold, stock levels for the individual sub items will also be adjusted. That means you can sell a compound item as a unit or break it up and sell the sub items separately. Either way, your stock levels will be calculated correctly.

In the same way, you can receive compound items or the individual items. The number of available compound items and sub items will be calculated correctly.

To set up a compound item you first need to create the sub items. Once all the sub items have been created, you create the compound item as usual ( see Retail Stock Item). Then click on the 'Sub Items' tab.

POS Compound Stock Item

Check the 'The Main Item is a Compound Item' check box.
Click on 'Add Sub Item' and select the sub item(s). A compound item can consists of multiple sub items.
In the grid, edit the Qty and press ENTER to save the changes in the grid.
You can now Add or Update the compound item.

For more information about compound items, keeping track of stock on hand and product cost see:

1) Automatically calculating product cost of compound items.

2) Keeping track of stock - Potatoes example

3) Setting Up Cocktails In You Restaurant