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A grouped product is made up of simple standalone products that are presented as a group. You can offer variations of a single product, or group them by season or theme. Presenting a grouped product can create an incentive for customers to purchase additional items. A grouped product provides an easy way to offer variations of a product, and list them all on the same page.
For example, you might sell open stock flatware, and list every type of utensil that is used in a formal place setting. Some customers might order multiple salad forks, fish forks, dinner forks, dinner knives, fish knives, butter knives, soup spoons, and dessert spoons. Other customers might order a simple fork, knife, and spoon. Customers can order as many of each item as they want.
Creating a Grouped Product
The following instructions take you through the process of creating a grouped product with the basic fields. Each required field is marked in the Admin with a red asterisk (*). After you complete the required settings and save the product, you can add images and complete the remaining product information, as needed.
The first step is to choose the attribute set, which is used as a template for the product record. The product in this example is based on the Default attribute set, which includes a standard of set of fields that can be used for most products.
|1.||On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Manage Products. Then, click the Add Product button.|
|2.||In the Create Product Settings section, select the Attribute Set you want to use as a template for the product.|
|3.||Set Product Type to "Grouped Product," and click the Continue button.|
|4.||Complete the main configuration settings as you would for a simple product, with the following exceptions:|
- A grouped product does not have price options because the price of each item in the group originates from the associated product.
- You can set quantity increments and stock availability for the group as a whole, but the inventory of individual items is managed by the associated products.
|5.||Click the Save and Continue button.|
|1.||In the Product Information panel on the left, select the associated products.|
If you need help finding the products, use the filter controls at the top of a column.
|2.||Select the checkbox of each product you want to include in the group.|
|3.||Click the Save button to save your changes.|
|1.||On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration.
|2.||In the Configuration panel on the left, under Sales, select Checkout.|
|3.||Click to expand the Shopping Cart section. Then, set Grouped Product Image to one of the following:|
- Product Thumbnail Itself
- Parent Product Thumbnail
|4.||Click the Save Config button to save the setting.|
Things to Remember
A grouped product is essentially a collection of simple associated products.
Simple and virtual products associated with a grouped product cannot have custom options.
Each item purchased appears individually in the shopping cart.
The thumbnail image in the shopping cart can be set to display the image from the grouped product record, or from the associated product.