How to Manage the Inventory of a Product in WooCommerce

Managing inventory for a particular product in your WooCommerce store could seem like a tough thing to do but once you understand how it works, you can easily manage inventory for any products you added to your store.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to manage the inventory of a product in your WooCommerce store.

In order to manage the inventory for a particular product, you will need to click on the Inventory tab under the Product data section. See the screenshot below for your reference:

Once you clicked on it, the following is what you will see:

To begin managing the inventory, you will have to input the SKU. SKU refers to a Stock-keeping unit. It is a unique identifier for each distinct product you sell. It’s sort of like the barcode on an actual product.

You can input any characters in this field. As long as you know that those characters are the unique identifier for the product which you are adding.

After that, you will see something called Manage stock. Enabling this option allows you to manage the stock of the product in an automated way.

However, if you don’t see this option, you will need to enable it under WooCommerce > Settings > Products > Inventory.

Checking the box will open up a bunch of options. Here you can set the hold stock period for unpaid orders, enable low stock notifications, enable out of stock notifications, set the low stock threshold and as well as set the out of stock threshold (WooCommerce will automatically notify you via email when the product stock reaches the low stock/out of stock threshold which you have set).

Other than that, you can also automatically hide the out of stock products from being displayed in your WooCommerce store by selecting the Out of stock visibility checkbox.

And the last option here is the Stock display format. Here you can decide whether you want to display the remaining stock available for each and every product in your store.

Here’s an example:

Coming back to the Product data section, once you enable the Manage stock option here, you get to specify the stock quantity available, you get to enable backorders and you also get to set the low stock threshold (if the low stock threshold you set in the WooCommerce Settings section differs here, this number here will override that number).

On the other hand, if you don’t wish to manage stock, you can do it manually by changing the stock status whenever the product goes out of stock or on backorder.

Finally, you will see the Sold individually option. Selecting this option will put a restriction on the product. The restriction is that only one product can be purchased in a single order.