A location is any physical place or an app where you do any or all of the following activities:
- sell products
- ship or fulfill orders
- stock inventory
You can set up multiple locations in your Shopify store so that you can track inventory and fulfill orders at your locations. Your locations can be retail stores, warehouses, popups, dropshippers, or any other place where you manage or stock inventory. With multiple locations, you have better visibility into your inventory across your business.
To make sure your inventory quantities are accurate, online orders and in-person sales are assigned to locations. If some of your inventory is out of stock at one location, but it’s in stock at another location, then you can use Shopify to split the order so that it can be fulfilled from multiple locations.
If you make sales from physical locations using the Shopify POS app, then you can add a location to your sales device to track your inventory accurately.
The maximum number of locations that you can have depends on your plan. Locations that you deactivate don't count toward your location limit. Apps that stock inventory or fulfill orders for you are considered to be locations, but don't count towards those limits. When you add such an app to your store, the app is automatically added as a location.
If you have a custom app that was developed specifically for your store, then you might have to update it to use inventory tracking for multiple locations. Developers can learn more about migrating to support multiple locations.