As Skubana understands your product types, we are able to calculate your inventory quantity, order information, analytics, etc. based on their available input.
There are three types of products in Skubana: Core Products, Bundles/Kits, and Product Variations. When creating or editing products in Skubana, you can choose between two methods: manual creation in the UI or import via spreadsheet. To create a core product manually, follow the steps outlined below for the appropriate product type.
- Navigate to the Products module, & click the + New Product button.
2. Select the type of product you want to create from Core Product, Bundle/Kit, or Product Variations.
A core product is a single unique product that may be added into a bundle or kit. If the answer to this question: "Does the product I am selling contain an item within it that I order individually from my supplier?" is "no", then you have a core product.
When creating a Core Product, you’ll be taken to an edit window to fill out product info. There are three required fields here which must be entered before you can proceed:
- Master SKU
- You cannot create a Master SKUs that already exists, active or inactive
- Dropdown fields with a blue plus sign or gear icon button next to them are fields that can have a new option added or edited, respectively.
- The Special section at the bottom is for organizational purposes only. No special flow will occur if these boxes are checked or not, so you can choose to set them with a value or not.
Overview of all Product Fields:
Copy and paste the image URL into the designated text box and click + Add. We can only host live, public URLs. If the URL were to become dead, then we would no longer have an active image. If the URL links to a private page like a host site that requires a login to access it, no image will appear. Once you add all desired product images, click Save.
Associate the sales channels to the master SKU / product within Skubana. This way, regardless of which channel you sell on, you calculate one sales velocity based on the sell through of the Master SKU and not the listing SKU.
Press + New Listing SKU, select the channel and enter the appropriate Listing SKU.
Fulfillment latency days is the lead time to ship out your orders. If left blank, it will be left at Amazon’s or Walmart’s default time period of 1-2 business days. However, if a specific integer value is inputted, it will appear on Amazon with a message like: "Processing takes an additional 4 to 5 days for orders from this seller.”
Push Skubana inventory to this listing is to specify if the listing SKU is FBA or FBM.
If the SKU is FBA, we do not need to push inventory to the listing. It will actually create ghost listings*. If the SKU is FBA, unselect push inventory. You can also utilize this for SKUs you don’t want to push inventory to.
*If ghost listings occur, the listing will have to be toggled from FBA to FBM back to FBA. This can also be done in bulk using the inventory import. This must be done on Seller Central
Adding vendor SKUs in Skubana is necessary especially because it will serve as the foundation for your profitability within analytics, although this is not the only way to calculate profitability. Your COGS within Skubana is calculated by either your vendor products or the UI (refer to images). The one thing you cannot do in Skubana without having vendor SKUs is create purchase orders
Add your vendor SKUs to your products. Before you can do so, you will need to have inputted vendors in the Settings Tab. Click New Vendor Product.
If you order the same product from more than one vendor, make sure to set up multiple Vendor Products and indicate one as the Default Vendor Product by selecting it and clicking the Default button. If you only have one Vendor Product for a Master SKU, it will automatically be set as the Default by Skubana.
NOTE: Skubana will only generate automatic Purchase Orders for the Default Vendor Product.
See below for adding vendor cost in the user interface:
If you ship products overseas, your products will require customs information. If you would like Skubana to pre-populate customs declarations for international and APO/FPO customs forms for this product, please check the "Include Customs Declaration" check box below and enter the required declaration values.
If you do not enter customs declaration presets for this product, you will have to manually enter customs declarations for all orders that contain this product.
To create a bundle/kit, click on the “Bundle / Kit” button.
Next, a new pop-up window will show a field where you can search for the Master SKUs that you would like to bundle together.
You can search by the Master SKU or product name and click on it to begin creating your bundle. Enter the required products and when ready, click Continue.
A new window will appear asking for the quantities per SKU that will make up the bundle/kit. Click Continue when done.
As you saw when you created a new core product through the UI, you will see the same window to create the new Bundle/Kit.
The required fields are the same as when you created a core product:
- Master SKU
For information on Gallery, Listing SKUs, Vendor Products, or Customs, please refer to sections above under Core Products.
The one tab we did not go over is the “Bundled Items” tab (red box on image above). When you click on this tab, you will see the products that make up this bundle/kit. You can also add to the bundle by clicking on + Add Core Product, which will allow you to search for another Master SKU or product name to add to this bundle/kit along with the quantity.
Creating variations in Skubana is very straight forward. To get started, click on the “Product Variations” button.
Once you do, you will see a new pop-up window where you can create the “Virtual SKU” or “Parent SKU” of the variation. You must also add the name for the variation grouping along with the brand. So, for a quick recap, these fields are required:
- Virtual SKU
You can associate the virtual SKU with the variation attributes, which are the changing feature(s) of this product such as size, color, material, and etc.
If the attribute(s) that you’re looking for does not exist, you can create one on the fly by click on the “+” button, type in the name and click +Add, and lastly, Save.
If you must edit an existing attribute group, click on the gear icon, write over the existing name and click on the wrench icon to configure the attributes that are associated to this attribute group. Please be careful: Once you create an attribute, it cannot be deleted. If you decide not to use it, simply rename it until a time later on when you’re ready to use it.
Once you are ready, close out of these windows and go back to the New Virtual Product window. From here, you can now create the child SKUs that you will associate to the parent SKU and assign the necessary attributes along with the weights and dimensions.
Once you are done, click Save, and you will have created your variation in Skubana.