Managing your inventory

Inventory is the quantity of a particular product that is available for sale.

Inventory tracking can help you avoid selling products that have run out of stock, or let you know when you need to order or make more of your product. You can set up inventory tracking, view your inventory, and adjust your inventory counts in the Inventory area of Shopify. You can also view the history of inventory adjustments for products and variants whose inventory is being tracked by Shopify.

Note

While Shopify can track your inventory and display these numbers in your Shopify admin, if you'd like to receive direct notifications of low stock levels, then check out the Shopify App Store.

Set up inventory tracking

To set up inventory tracking for a product:

Caution

If you're using Shopify POS, you can continue selling products when inventory reaches zero and below. This is because the Shopify POS app assumes you have the inventory on hand if you are selling in person.

View your product inventory

You can view the inventory counts for your product variants on the Inventory page.

You can also view product inventory on the Products page, in the form of a combined inventory count for all variants of each product.

Tip

You can search for variants or use filters to display a set of variants on the Inventory page. You can filter variants by Availability, Product type, Product vendor, Inventory quantity, or Tagged with. Learn how to add tags to your products to speed up inventory management.

Adjust inventory with in place editing

You can change the inventory count for one or more product variants on the Inventory page:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Products > Inventory.

  2. Under Update quantity, make changes to a product's inventory count. There are two ways to make changes to your inventory:

    • Click add and enter a number to add to the inventory. Negative numbers can be used to subtract from the inventory.
    • Click set to enter a new total inventory. The new total can be previewed under Quantity:
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  3. Click Save.

View a product's inventory history

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

You can view only the last 30 days of inventory history for a product or variant.

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

Inventory history screen
  • Date: the date of each adjustment
  • Event: the event that caused the adjustment, such as a transfer or an order
  • Adjusted by: the staff member who made the adjustment
  • Adjustment: the quantity of the adjustment change, negative or positive
  • Quantity: the inventory quantity after the adjustment

To view a product or variant's inventory history:

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