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How to control the stock of your WooCommerce online store

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Have a Online Store is not always easy, and sometimes there are even difficult times. This especially happens when you are in " sold out And that your customers want to continue buying products.

This is a downside in many ways because it will affect your income and a big question mark will be raised about the credibility and reliability of your online store. In short, the " inventory management is important and a necessary evil" page (in French).

To avoid all these situations, it is very important for the owner of an online store to keep a permanent eye on the inventory of his shop. You can hire an expert in inventory management, who will keep you updated on stock status, but very few people who are starting an online business can afford to hire an accountant, this is where WooCommerce helps you through its purchasing reports.

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WooCommerce made this task pretty easy. You can easily see the status of the stock all in one place in a fairly streamlined way. Yes ! I'm talking about the inventory reporting section where a WooCommerce web store owner can actually maintain and monitor their inventory.


WooCommerce Inventory Report

Inventory reports on WooCommerce can be accessed through location WooCommerce> Reports> Stocks. Here you can see three other sub-sections which are classified on the basis of different stock purchase statuses.

These are :

low stock woocommerce

You have three tabs:

  • low stock
  • product out of stock
  • overstocks

Low Stock

An owner of a WooCommerce Online Shop will access the " Low Stock " by default. This directory contains all products with low inventory. Sometimes, online shop owners offer promotions for products that are breaking with well-known forms " Limited time offer" page (in French).

It's a smart strategy to convert your leads to sales.

But roughly speaking, this section, which serves as an alarm, will inform the store owner well in advance of the state of his stocks. In this way, he can arrange the products so that they remain available to customers all the time.

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stock-exhausted example

Once you access this part of the plugin, you will find different columns displaying unique attributes. Let's talk about these attributes in detail.

1. Product

The first column is the name of the product. You will therefore find a list of all the plugins that are about to be exhausted.

2. relative

The next column is the column for parent, which contains the parent product of the product concerned. If a dash (-) is displayed, it means that the product has no parent.

3. Quantities in stock

Quantities in stock  Display the current number of remaining products.

4. Stock status

The next option is for stock status, which displays the current status of a particular product.

5. The actions

The last column allows to take some steps about the products that are listed here. On the line of each product on this column, you can see two symbols. 8

The first icon allows you to Edit the product and the second icon allows you to See le product.

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The next subsection will list all products in Sold out. All other options are similar to those available on products with low inventory. product-of stock-example

The only difference will be the value of the quantity in stock which should always be "0" and the stock status which should always be " Product out of stock" page (in French).

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The overstock


The last subsection displays the list of overstocked products. Again, all the options are similar. On the column Quantities in stock“, You will notice the excess of products.

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And that's all ! Now you can control the stock of your WooCommerce online store

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Here is ! That's it for this tutorial; I hope the latter will help you better understand how to manage your product inventory on WooCommerce. If you liked it, don't hesitate to share with your friends on your favorite social networks

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This article features 19 comments

  1. Hello,
    Någon som vet om man kan will export lagersaldo till t.ex. excel?
    Hittar att man kan will export till XLM fil men den kan jag inte öppna. NOT
    Någon som har in hjälp?
    Tanken är att detta ska underlätta vid inventering.

  2. Does anyone have a solution for this not working restocking issue!
    It's still delusional that a solution like woocommerce manages stocks so badly !!

    1. Hello,
      No I haven't found a solution, in fact it's not a bug, it's just that Woocommerce doesn't handle this .. (I don't know how other platforms handle this).
      If you find a good plugin (recent and reliable), don't hesitate to share it.

  3. Hello,
    Interesting article on stock management. However, I have a question that is not answered in the article. I am in the process of setting up an e-commerce site with the WooCommerce plugin. I have a problem with inventory management. When placing an order, the stock decreases by the quantities of products purchased. Logic. But if I want to cancel an order (because the customer has not paid for example), the stock does not increase by quantities of canceled ordered products. Illogical. Is my site having a problem or is WooCommerce not allowing stock to be increased for canceled orders? And in this case it must be done manually and individually for each product of the order?
    Thank you for the answer.

    1. Hello Damien,

      In fact this should be done automatically. Have you tried on another site? Otherwise the second option is a temporary solution.

      1. Hello, I just tried on another site it's the same thing. Stock does not increase after a canceled order. This is not the case with you? Do you have another solution?

    1. Good evening, probably during the duplication of the product, the quantity was not taken care of. Please make sure this is the case.

  4. I have not found the possibility of setting a stock alert threshold too low or too high. How can I manage the alert thresholds? Thank you in advance for your response. It goes without saying, excellent tutorial.

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