Many online stores rely on the WooCommerce plug-in to manage their products and the functionality available to manage WooCommerce stock, particularly for WordPress. The platform is easy to install and set up, with some configurations for tax, shipping, and importing product details and quantities. However, your online store’s quantities don’t automatically communicate with the backend of your business.
WooCommerce’s inventory settings allow you to turn on the manage inventory option to set inventory quantities and update the product counts as items are sold. While managing your sales within your ecommerce platform, these inventory controls prevent you from over selling what you have in stock and keep you aware of when you should reorder or fill backorders. You can set up notifications for alerts when product reach minimum order quantities.
If stock management at the product level is enabled, when adding or editing a product page, you can set specific stock options for that item indicating how many you have in stock, stock status and whether to allow backorders. If backorders are not permitted, the product page will be hidden when the item is out of stock.
You can also set a time limit for items on hold so if a customer adds an item to the cart, removing it from inventory, it can be returned to inventory if the purchase is not completed before that time elapses.
WooCommerce offers great customer facing inventory functionality that allows the customer to complete a purchase in a few quick, logical steps.
On the frontend of your store, your customer can add an item to the cart and go through the checkout process. WooCommerce makes this process seamless for the customer, but how the order is filled on the backend depends on whether there are other integrations.
But for greater WooCommerce inventory management control, customers turn to SOS Inventory.
Many businesses also receive orders from alternative sales channels. SOS Inventory can streamlines orders from various online and offline platforms to make your life easier; WooCommerce order management tools are limited to their own platform.
WooCommerce Inventory Integration
Your WooCommerce stock manager tools are only as good as the information you enter in the system manually unless you tie it to a fully functional inventory management platform like SOS Inventory.
Using a third party API, WooCommerce can import your inventory quantities directly from your SOS Inventory account. Your sales orders can be exported from your WooCommerce account into SOS Inventory where you can trigger other backend workflows such as beginning manufacturing of a product, creating a purchase order to replenish supplies, fulfillment, pick and packing, shipping and even tracking following the sale to service a warranty, if needed.
SOS Inventory will match up your SKUs and if no SKU exists for an item, a new one will be created. Since you do not have WooCommerce manufacturing features, you can tie your information to your manufacturing by integrating WooCommerce with SOS Inventory, as well as your functions for seamless, simple inventory control.
Q: What are the main benefits of integrating WooCommerce with SOS Inventory?
A: Having your frontend inventory quantities up to date is important for continuously selling products you do have in inventory to move them off your shelves and to ensure you order depleted products in a timely manner to keep up with orders, or mark items on backorder, if need be. When your information is synchronized, you know you’re making inventory decisions based on real-time inventory counts.
Save money on labor and improve your backend inventory control by adding SOS Inventory to your WooCommerce stock functionality. If you’re looking for the best WooCommerce inventory management plugin, get started today with SOS Inventory for free!