Often it’s obvious when your product has a single part: there may be only one physical component (a take-out box, for instance). But in situations where your product has multiple physical pieces, you can still set this project up as just a single part if you expect one supplier to handle and assemble all of it. (In this case, the term “part” often gets used interchangeably with “product.”).
Example: A standard bottle with a cap and label is produced, assembled, and shipped at one factory. This product can be considered one part, streamlining matters for both you and the supplier.
If you expect some or all parts in your product will be produced by different suppliers (and requires final assembly, or “FATP”*), you should create the project with multiple parts to keep track of everything.
Example: A fragrance product requires a custom spray top, bottle, printed box packaging, the fragrance liquid itself, and a final “batch and fill” assembly (putting the fragrance in the bottle, then that bottle in the box)—all done by separate suppliers.
* FATP: Final Assembly, Test, and Packing — When a supplier puts all parts together, unsuring your product is packed and ready to go. This is sometimes referred to alternately as “batch and fill” or “final assembly supplier.”
Many products come in different colors, textures, different printing, or other cosmetic variation, despite being physically the same otherwise. In Anvyl you should set up each variation as a separate project with different SKU (“Stock Keeping Unit”) numbers for the project and part that contain a unique variant. These variations can affect cost, availability, shipping times, and other factors, so it’s best to order and track them separately.
Example: A toothbrush may come in different colors, prints, or finishes. Each style of toothbrush may have differences in lead times or price. These should be created as separate projects, defined by each style’s distinct color, printing, or finish that make them unique.