If you know Ordoro, you know we take immense pride in our platform and its capability to help growing merchants run their business. We listen to our customers’ feedback and use it while considering which new features to build. Lastly, you know that we’ll do everything we can to support you — because we know your focus should be on your business.

As Ordoro has grown over the past 11 years, we’ve continued to expand our solutions to support the most complex fulfillment workflows. This has ensured we can scale with our customers as they grow; adding more functionality at each milestone. With that being said, we’re here today to tell you about a shiny new feature that we’re over the moon about.

Introducing… Bill of Materials (BOM) for manufacturing workflows! Many merchants need to keep track of the raw goods needed to build a Finished product. Ordoro’s Bill of Materials feature can even support multi-level BOMs. We know you probably have some questions, so let’s get into it!

What is the Bill of Materials?

As we said, a Bill of Materials (BOM) lists the raw goods needed to create a Finished product. These materials might need a little love (i.e. manufacturing, combining, building, or repairing) before they can be called a finished good. Ordoro’s Manufacturing workflow can help manage your inventory by creating BOMs and issuing Manufacturing Orders (MOs) to produce sellable items.

Additionally, you can create component products in Ordoro not sold on your site. These items can be added to the BOM for manufacturing purposes and will not be displayed to your customers. If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below!

Bill of Materials and Kitting. What’s the Difference?

By definition Bill of Materials determines the components needed to build a Finished good and it can’t be disassembled easily to recombine with other components to build another Finished good. While a Kit looks at the component’s available quantities and determines how many you could build on the fly. Maybe an example of each would be helpful.

Bill of Materials example

  1. You sell a Stereo Set of two speakers.
  2. Each speaker is considered a finished good as it cannot be easily disassembled.
  3. The Bill of Materials for each speaker consists of the box, subwoofer, and electronics.
  4. Once a Manufacturing Order for the speaker is complete, the components are consumed so their inventory is reduced while the speaker (Finished good) quantity increases.
  5. When the speaker ships, only the inventory for the Finished good reduces, not the components.

Kit example

  1. You sell an Audio Bundle which includes your Stereo Set (two speakers) and a soundbar.
  2. Each of these components can be sold separately as well.
  3. When an order comes in for the Audio Bundle, you pull each item individually and package them to ship.
  4. These items are not pre-packaged together.

How do I get Bill of Materials?

Perhaps the most important question of them all! Our Bill of Materials feature is only included with our Enterprise plan. This plan starts at $999 per month and includes other features like, inventory allocation, vendor portals, custom reports, and more. 

If you’d like to upgrade your plan to include Bill of Materials, you can schedule a meeting with one of our product experts! Already on an Enterprise plan? Reach out to our Support Team at support@ordoro.com and they’ll get Bill of Materials enabled on your account!

Once you have Bill of Materials enabled, check out how to create your first BOM and Manufacturing Order (MO)! We hope you’re as excited about this feature as we are. We can’t wait to hear what you think!