Building Products using Grid Pricing

Michael Riley Updated by Michael Riley

A step-by-step tutorial on how to build a Product using Grid Pricing

Building products in shopVOX can be easy, and fun – especially building grid products. Here you will learn about the different pricing types in shopVOX, and I’ll show you step-by-step how to build and use a Product with Grid Pricing.

What this guide will cover:
  • A quick review of the different Pricing Types in shopVOX
  • The basics of Grid Pricing
  • Examples of building 1D, 2D, and 3D Grid Products
  • Using your Grid Product on a Quote or Sales Order
  • Advanced Tips: Customizing your Grid Product by adding a Pricing Template
  • Watch the Webinar

Let’s get started!

What are Pricing Types and why are they important?

There are three Pricing Types in shopVOX that you can use to build your product. Basically, this is the foundation on which your product is configured, and it also helps the system understand how to calculate the prices of your products. Whether you are pricing a product based on square footage, square meters, per unit, linear feet, or qty sets of 250, or 500 units, choosing the correct pricing type for your product is the first step. Here's a quick review of the pricing types in shopVOX:

Let’s learn more about Grid Pricing. What is it exactly?

Building a product using Grid Pricing will allow you to create a quote using pricing from a grid format. You are able create your grid based on several variables (colors, sides, stock, sizes, qty, etc.), and record the cost and price for each variable in the grid. You can build a 1D Grid, that will use one variable, a 2D Grid which uses two variables, or a 3D Grid that uses three variables to calculate pricing for your customer.

PROS and CONS of using Grid Pricing

PROS OF USING GRID PRICING:

  • It’s easy to set up in shopVOX and add to quotes/orders/invoices
  • Consistent pricing – you set a fixed price based on your variables
  • Flexible – you can add up to 3 variables (we call them axes)
  • Time saver! You can import/update pricing with a spreadsheet

CONS OF USING GRID PRICING:This pricing type doesn’t work well if you have custom sizes for your product. For example, if I know that my yard signs are sold in only two standard fixed sizes (12x18, and 18x24), then I can use a grid. But, if I offer custom yard sign sizes based on what my customer wants, then it won’t work very well – you’ll want to use a Formula Pricing Type instead where you can set the custom height and width of your product.

Building your Grid Product

Ready to start building? Perfect!

There are a couple different ways to build a Grid Product in shopVOX. 1) You can build it directly in the software. shopVOX provides a user-friendly interface to help you build your grid and add your own variables and custom pricing. 

2) You can also build Grid Products by using a spreadsheet outside of shopVOX. Once the spreadsheet is loaded with your specific product data, you can import the spreadsheet and voilà, your product is built! 

These links below will give you access to specific tutorials on building 1D, 2D, and 3D Grid Products, and each tutorial will provide sample spreadsheet templates for importing you product into shopVOX:

COMMON QUESTIONS

Using your Grid Product on a Quote or Sales Order

Now that your product is built, let’s test it out on a quote and make sure it works the way you want it to work. 

Adding a Pricing Template to your Grid Product

Okay – now that you are a Grid Pricing Ninja, let’s customize your product even further by adding a pricing template with your own attributes, options, and custom fields.

A Pricing Template allows you to incorporate different elements to your product, such as materials, labor rates, and machine rates to add options and customization. It will also allow you to add attributes that will affect the pricing (i.e. adding a rush fee, delivery fee, screen charge, double-sided printing fee, etc.) 

Need some extra guidance? You're in luck! Check out the Intro to Grid Pricing Webinar!

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