WordPress Ecommerce provides you all the important options you need to live manage your stock and inventory. You can run your eCommerce website to sell your products online and at the same time, you can control your stock from anywhere.
Managing the product stock status in a store is something that store owners spend a lot of time doing. Products keep coming in, getting purchased, going out of the stock, and needing to be re-status. WordPress Ecommerce aims at making stock management less time-consuming, easier, and automatic.
Managing stock on your website also helps your customers to buy things that are there in stock without end up paying for products that are actually not available. With WordPress Ecommerce, you can effectively keep all records and statistics of selling goods and services. You can manage your inventory and it is much easier than maintaining an offline record of your products.
To start selling anything online, you simply need to register your domain name and then subscribe to WordPress Ecommerce, complete the on-screen tour and you will be taken to the admin panel of your website from where you can add products.
Manage Stock Options
To manage your stock and inventory, navigate to WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Inventory, and enable the stock management. You will have the following options.
Enable Stock Management – Inventory for physical products is auto-managed. You enter quantity, and WordPres Ecommerce subtracts items as sales are made, displaying: Stock, Out of Stock, or On Backorder.
Disable Stock Management – When the option is ticked to disable, the inventory and status for physical products must be entered manually. You may still enable stock management on a per-product level if desired.
Apart from the above two main options, there are some more settings such as you can hold products on unpaid orders for any number of minutes. When the limit is reached, the pending order is canceled. You may leave it blank to disable.
You can enable or disable low stock as well as out of stock notifications by adding notification recipient email and setting a number for low stock and out of stock threshold. You can also set your stock display format such as you can make your customers know the low stock availability by displaying messages like – only 2 are left in stock etc on products having a very low stock.
Managing Products With Stock & Inventory
The add new and edit product screen provides you an inventory section that allows you to manage stock for the product individually and define whether to allow backorders and more. It enables you to sell products and allow customers to add them to the cart to buy.
Having stock management enabled, you simply need to enter the stock quantity, and WordPress Ecommerce auto-manages inventory and auto-updates the stock status.
And if the stock management is disabled, you are responsible for updating your stock status on your own.