Viewing inventory adjustment history

If you are using Shopify to track a product's inventory, then you can view its inventory adjustment history. If the product has variants, then you can view the inventory adjustment history for each variant that is being tracked, but you can't view the inventory adjustment history for all of the variants at once.

You can view only the last 90 days of inventory adjustment history for a product or variant.

When you view the inventory adjustment history for a product or variant, you see the following information about inventory adjustments:

  • Date - The date of the adjustment.
  • Activity - The event that caused the adjustment, such as a transfer or an order. If a staff member caused the adjustment, then their name is listed.
  • Unavailable - The inventory that is unavailable after the adjustment.
  • Committed - The number of units that are part of an order but aren't yet fulfilled. Inventory units that are part of draft orders aren't counted as committed until the draft order becomes an order.
  • Available - The inventory quantity that is available after the adjustment.
  • On hand - The inventory that is on hand after the adjustment.


Inventory adjustment reasons

When you adjust your On hand or Available inventory quantities from the Shopify admin, you can select a reason for why the quantity has been adjusted. Inventory adjustment reasons appear in your adjustment history under the Activity column, but the reason that you select and how it displays on the adjustment history page might differ slightly.

The following table displays each adjustment reason that you can select, the corresponding reason that displays on the adjustment history page, and the usage for each reason.

Inventory adjustment reasons
Inventory adjustment reason Adjustment history page activity Usage
Correction Inventory correction The default option if no other option is selected. Use to correct an inventory error, or as a general reason.
Count Inventory manually counted Use after counting physical stock, where a discrepancy was found between the actual inventory quantity and the previously recorded inventory quantity.
Damaged Damaged Use to remove damaged stock.
Promotion or donation Promotion or donation Use when you're adjusting inventory due to items that are used in promotions or as donations.
Received Inventory received Use when adding new inventory to refer to new stock.
Return restock Items restocked Use to add a returned item back to available inventory, when the item can be resold.
Theft or loss Theft or loss Use when you're adjusting inventory due to theft or loss.

System inventory adjustment activities

You might encounter adjustment activities on your adjustment history page that don't match the self-selected reasons that you or your staff might choose when you manually adjust your inventory. Your inventory might be adjusted by Shopify or third-party apps following certain processes to ensure that your store has accurate inventory counts.

For example, when you mark an incoming transfer as received, the inventory is automatically adjusted, and the adjustment history for these products displays Transfer created.

The following table displays the most common automatic adjustment reasons, which display on the adjustment history page along with the manually selected adjustment reasons.

System inventory adjustment activities
Adjustment history page activities Usage
Data correction Refers to an error correction that was made automatically.
Reservation created Refers to an item that has been put on hold or set aside due to a draft order or third-party app and made Unavailable in the inventory count.
Reservation updated Signifies that Unavailable inventory has been updated by store staff or a third-party app, such as from updating a draft order.
Reservation deleted Signifies that Unavailable inventory has been deleted by store staff or a third-party app. When a third party deletes a reservation or a draft order expires, associated inventory goes back to Available.

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