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Managing Stock

 

Managing Stock

Each product in your catalog has both a short and long version of the Inventory options, depending on whether you need to manage inventory for the product. To take full advantage of Magento’s advanced inventory management capabilities, Manage Stock must be enabled. .

To set up a simple catalog without stock management, complete the Inventory short form. For full inventory management, complete the long form. The initial values reflect the default Product Stock Options set in the configuration.

 

To set up a product with inventory control:

  1.   On the Admin menu, select Catalog > Manage Products. Then, open the product in edit mode.
  2.   In the panel on the left, under Catalog, select Inventory.
  3.   If necessary, clear the checkbox below the Manage Stock field. Then, set Manage Stock to “Yes.”

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     4.  To change the default setting of any field, first clear the Use Config Settings checkbox. Then, do the following:

  •   In the Qty field, type the number of units you currently have in stock.
  •   In the Qty For Item’s Status to become Out of Stock field, enter the stock level that indicates the item is considered to be out of stock.
  •   In the Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart field, enter the default maximum quantity of any product that a customer can place into the shopping cart.
  •   In the Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart field, enter the default maximum quantity of any product that a customer can place into the shopping cart.
  •   If the quantify of the product is indicated with decimal precision, set Qty Uses Decimals to “Yes.”
  • If the product can be shipped in separate boxes, set Can be divided into Multiple Boxes for Shipping to “Yes.”
  •    Set Back orders to one of the following:

No Backorders

Does not accept backorders when product is out of stock.

Allow Qty Below 0

Accepts backorders when the quantity falls below zero.

Allow Qty Below 0 and Notify Customer

Accepts backorders when the quantity falls below zero, but notifies customers that orders can still be placed.

  •   In the Notify for Quantity Below field, enter the stock level that triggers a notification to be sent that a product has fallen below the threshold.
  •   If you want to sell product packaged as multiples—such as a six-pack—set Enable Qty Increments to “Yes.” Then in the Qty Increments field, enter the number of products that are packaged together.
  •    Set Stock Availability to one of the following:

In Stock

Makes the product available for purchase.


Out of Stock

Unless Backorders are activated, prevents the product from being available for purchase and removes the listing from the catalog.

  1.   When complete, click the Save button.

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