Occasionally you may need to create a product that is in fact made up of multiple sub products. A good example of this is when buying a computer where you may pick the computer as the main product, but then you can choose the different components to make up the computer such as the CPU or hard disk options. The final order line then becomes the composite order line of the selected primary product and all it's sub product options. To achieve this kind of configurable product in Vendr we can use a feature called product bundling.
Creating a Bundle
To create a bundle we first add the primary product to an order as we normally would, but in addition to the product / quantity information we also provide a unique
bundleId to identify that by adding this product, it should create a bundle order line.
// Define a unique bundle id for the order line var bundleId = "MyUniqueBundleId"; // Add the primary product to the order giving it a bundle ID order.AddProduct(productReference, productQuantity, bundleId);
Adding Sub Products to a Bundle
With the primary product added as a bundle, we can then add sub products to that bundle by calling one of the
AddProductToBundle order methods.
// Define a unique bundle id for the order line var bundleId = "MyUniqueBundleId"; // Add the primary product to the order giving it a bundle ID order.AddProduct(productReference, productQuantity, bundleId); // Add a sub product to the bundle by calling a AddProductToBundle method // passing in the same bundle ID as the primary order line order.AddProductToBundle(bundleId, subProductReference, subProductQuantity);
Order Line Price Calculation
By adding sub products to a bundle, Vendr knows to automatically sum up all the sub product prices together and add them to the unit price of the primary order line for you, meaning there is nothing extra you need to do in the calculation process.
Displaying Bundles in the Back-Office
As you can imagine, product bundles could get rather large making it a little difficult to display them in the back-office. Thankfully, Vendr also takes care of this for you, bundling order lines together in a collapsible user interface allowing you to get a clear view of your orders whilst still being able to drill into the detail of the items purchased.