Sell items as pieces of a whole using the Parent/Child function.

The best example of how the parent and child relationship works is a flat with multiple, smaller plants in it. A full flat of mondo grass, for example, may have 32 small plants in it. It would be the parent of the PLU for the individual 2.25” pots within the flat.

The parent child relationship allows the system to adjust the inventory when a customer purchases a parent or a child.

For example, the system may show 4 full flats of mondo grass, and 0 smaller, 2.25” pots. If a customer buys 1 full flat, the quantity of flats will decrease to 3 to reflect the sale and the quantity of 2.25” pots would remain at 0. If a customer buys 10 small 2.25” pots of mondo grass, that’s when the parent child relationship adjusts the counts. The resulting quantity for the full flats would be 3 and the 2.25” pots would show 22 after the sale. In this example, the computer converted a full flat into 32 individual pots, sold 10 of them to the customer, and left the other 22 in inventory to be sold separately.

Each child can only have 1 parent but parents can have multiple children. To set a parent child relationship, go to the item that you want to be the child (the small, individual items) select the “become a child of another item” link. The system will then prompt you to enter the PLU of the parent and the ratio between the items (32 in the example).

View existing parent child relationships, including ratio information, and BOM information on this tab as well. BOMs or “bill of materials” are items that are made up of existing items in the POS. If the item whose page you are on is a part of a BOM, they will be listed below the parent/child information.

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