You might have encountered situations where you want to add an inventory management system to one of your clients’ stores. You might even want to integrate this system with their accounting system to ensure everything is streamlined and consistent. In this article, we’re going to talk about WooCommerce stock management and see how we can use this feature without the need for additional plugins.
Inventory Management in WooCommerce
One of the great things about WooCommerce is that it comes with built-in inventory management capabilities. This means you don’t need to spend extra money or time installing and configuring complex plugins. Pretty good news, right?
How to Use WooCommerce Inventory Management?
It’s quite straightforward. When you go to the product edit page, there’s a section named “Inventory.” Here, you can manage stock quantity, SKU, stock status (e.g., whether the product is out of stock), and even information about backorders. With these features, inventory control is in your hands, helping you avoid stock confusion.
Connecting Accounting Systems or CRMs to WooCommerce:
If you’re looking to take a step further and connect accounting systems, inventory management, or CRM to WooCommerce, the good news is that WooCommerce supports APIs. With APIs, you can easily transfer data between WooCommerce and other systems, providing a unified experience for managing your store.
But if that’s not enough…
Sometimes, you might have specific needs that can’t be met with WooCommerce’s default capabilities or even with APIs. In this case, you can turn to inventory management plugins designed for WooCommerce. We’ll introduce a few of the best ones later.
WooCommerce Inventory Management Plugin
With the WooCommerce Stock Manager plugin, you can effectively manage this aspect and reduce stress in your store. This plugin allows you to manage stock for your products and their variations on a single page.
How to Work with the WooCommerce Stock Manager Plugin
To start, first install and activate the plugin. After activation, a new menu named “WooCommerce Stock Management” appears in the WordPress dashboard, featuring sub-menus for stock management, import/export, and settings.
Click on the “Stock Management” sub-menu. Here, you’ll see all your store’s products. The page displays stock management/status, backorder status, and stock information individually for each product, allowing you to update and save inventory information directly. You can also edit product pages from here. Additionally, the “Stock” status indicator changes color based on the quantity: green for more than 5 items in stock, yellow for less than 5, and red for zero stock.
You can also search for products by SKU or product name. Lastly, in the import/export sub-menu, you can download a CSV file of your inventory data for import into your preferred store. In the plugin settings, you can set restrictions for your products and enable stock management for variable products.
Managing inventory in WooCommerce is not only possible but also straightforward and practical. By leveraging WooCommerce’s default capabilities, APIs for system integration, and various plugins, you can effectively manage your store’s inventory.