What is a Bill of Material?

What is a BOM?
A BOM, or Bill of Materials, can best be understood by picturing a grocery shopping list. Before you go shopping, you plan out which grocery stores you will stop at to get the best deals and what you will buy at each place. Maybe you plan to stop at the farmers market for your produce, but stop at the local supermarket for your meat. A bill of materials works similarly for manufacturers by stating exactly what you will be ordering, where you will be ordering it from and how much of each product, as well as instructions for putting it together.
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