What is a variant?
What is a variant?
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Written by Brahm Meka
Updated over a week ago

Variants refer to groups of the same product, categorized by specific attributes. Attributes can include parameters like color, size, and type.

Variants are managed under the product. A product will have either a single or multiple variants. If your product has no variants, essentially, the product is the variant itself, so one variant will always be created. If you have enabled multiple variants, you can define Variant Codes (SKU), Min/Max, Vendors, and Pricing (Buy/Sales Price lists) for each variant.

Example: You might manufacture a certain table. If you manufacture this table in different sizes and colors, those are variants for this table. Variants might include "Table White Large", "Table White Small", "Table Black Small", and so on.

Why use variants?

Using variants makes managing similar items together much easier:

Creating variants using Brahmin Solutions Variants Configuration is much easier and faster than creating separate products for each variant;

You can create and change the Bill of Materials and Manufacturing Operations centrally for all product variants. At the same time, you can also create variant-specific BOMs.

Example: You manufacture a Bike, which comes in 5 colors and 3 different types. This means you have 15 variants of this product in total. One of the items you use for manufacturing all these variants is a Seat (i.e. it's included in the product recipe). Some other materials vary for those variants (e.g. color and type of frame). You wish to change the Seat to a new sporty seat. If you have created 15 separate products, you need to change each product's product recipe manually. However, if you have used variants, you only need to change the product recipe for the parent product and the recipes for all the product variants will be changed automatically.

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