How do I set up ShipStation's native Inventory Management solution?

Ready to get set up?

  1. Double-check that you're a good fit for our native solution
    Review the the different ways that ShipStation supports Inventory Management, and make sure that our native Inventory Management solution's features are a good fit for your business's needs.
  2. Establish your Inventory Warehouse(s)
    Set up an Inventory Warehouse to serve as an Inventory Source for your orders while you're shipping. If needed, specify a warehouse layout and possible locations within that warehouse, which you can do manually or as part of Step 3's CSV import.
  3. Tell us your initial stock levels
    The easiest way to do this is by exporting your current products in our inventory CSV file format, editing that file with your current stock levels and inventory locations, and then importing that file back into ShipStation. Alternatively, you can manually enter stock levels and location data for your current products, but it'll take a lot longer. 
  4. Review your Inventory Settings and enable Inventory Tracking
    Head over to your Account Settings (the gear in the top right), and decide how you want ShipStation to handle shipping 'no stock remaining' (i.e. unallocated) orders, and if you want to opt into other warnings. When you're ready, enable Inventory Tracking and then save your changes. 

Now that you've completed the basic setup, you'll be able to reserve stock for your orders by allocating! And as you ship orders, you'll notice that your stock levels will decrease-- current stock levels are easy to view from your Inventory grid.

If you'd like to customize some additional Inventory Management functions, try:

  • Adjusting how ShipStation allocates by defining a custom allocation strategy.
  • Setting up account-wide and/or SKU-specific thresholds in order for ShipStation to alert you when it's time to reorder.
  • Identifying some SKUs as "Do not track" (coupons, freebies, samples, etc.)
  • Editing your user accounts to add the Inventory Management permission, or enable the 'Read-Only Inventory' restriction.
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