Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

What’s the Difference Between Assembly and Kitting?

When it comes to choosing the right fulfillment solution for your growing business, you may have plenty of questions. If you’re curious about the difference between kitting and assembly, we have the answers for you! Here’s a closer look at the differences between assembly and kitting services.


Assembly is the process of taking two or more separate components and combining them together to make one end item which can then be prepared for shipment. Some fulfillment centers utilize an assembly line to complete assembly services in bulk, a process which involves multiple workers doing a single task and passing the product down the line to the next worker until the product is completely assembled. Assembly lines enable firms to mass produce products quickly and more efficiently.


Kitting involves bundling two or more similar items together to create one ready-to-ship kit that’s sold as a single item. Unlike pre-assembled products, the items in kits are often assembled by the end consumer. Some products that are commonly packaged in kits include cosmetics, subscription boxes, direct mail kits, and furniture. Kitting is often used to make inventory management simpler and more efficient.

Both assembly services and kitting services can offer significant benefits to your growing business. Outsourcing kitting and assembly to a third-party provider enables business owners and employees to free up more time to focus on core business. By partnering with an assembly or kitting provider, businesses can experience such benefits as better lead times, lowered overhead costs, and reduced fulfillment and shipping mistakes. With more time and resources, you can provide better, faster service for your valued customers.

Are you ready to explore your options for kitting and assembly services? Ohio Valley Goodwill is ready to help your business! Our Industrial Services Division has decades of experience helping businesses in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana grow while simplifying operations and reducing costs. We have solutions for kitting, assembly, packaging, and fulfillment services for businesses of all sizes. Firms which partner with our Industrial Services Division also support Ohio Valley Goodwill’s mission to provide meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities.

Contact us today for more information about what we can do for your business and your bottom line and receive a free tour of our facilities.