Shopify Marketplace Connect makes it easy to set separately available inventory quantities on marketplaces for your products and sync them to the inventory counts in your Shopify catalog.
With Shopify Marketplace Connect, you can apply different inventory rules to products individually or in filtered groups, or maintain one consistent inventory rule across all of your products.
Setting Inventory Rules
Each inventory rule is made up of a combination of some, or all, of the following:
Operator: This is the type of inventory rule that you will use to determine the available inventory count on marketplaces and can be chosen from a drop-down list of options.
- Stock Level: When the "Stock Level" operator is selected, the available inventory for your marketplaces will be synced to your current inventory count for that product exactly. Any time an order is made for that product on the connected marketplaces or your Shopify store, your inventory count will be updated on the marketplaces and your Shopify store.
- Fixed Quantity: When the "Fixed Quantity" operator is selected for a product, the marketplace inventory for your offer will be fixed to the amount specified in the Input field. The inventory quantity will not change even when an order is made from Shopify or the marketplaces, so we recommend that you don't use fixed quantity for products that are likely to go out of stock, or you can monitor your stock levels regularly so that you are not receiving orders for out-of-stock products.
- Quantity Buffer: The "Quantity Buffer" operator allows you to reserve stock for your Shopify store by reducing the inventory quantity on your marketplace offer for a product by a specific amount.
- Max Quantity: Limits the quantity to the value in the Input field. For example, if you have 25 in stock, select Max Quantity and enter 5 into Input, the Result is 5, but if any less in stock, the result is the stock level.
Input: Some operators need to be combined with a numerical input value, for example, for the "Quantity Buffer" operator, the marketplace inventory count will be equal to the Shopify quantity minus the buffer amount you enter in the input field.
Result: In Single Edit and Bulk Edit listing modes, the "Result" is a preview of the current inventory count that will appear on your marketplace listing for a product after the above calculations are made.
You can apply inventory rules to products individually, in filtered groups, or in bulk across your entire catalog using Bulk Edit Mode or individual products using Single Edit Mode.
You can also map to inventory values stored in custom fields in your Shopify catalog, or, if you are using a third-party inventory management tool, or simply want to keep the current inventory values for your products on marketplaces without them being synced to your Shopify inventory, you can turn inventory sync off completely.
Examples of Inventory Rules
The below table shows examples of how combining operators and input values will determine the marketplace inventory (result) based on the Shopify inventory count for that product. See below for more information on the individual operators and how they work.
Mapping Inventory to a Custom Field in Shopify
If you have inventory values stored in custom fields in Shopify, you can map those fields using Attribute Mapping.
Simply navigate to the Listings View and select Attribute Mapping, then use the drop-down menu to select the field where the inventory values you wish to use are stored, and save your changes.
Turning Inventory Sync Off
In some cases, you may want to disable Inventory sync completely if you:
- Are using a third-party inventory management or shipping tool that manages your marketplace inventory sync?
- Want to keep your current inventory values on the marketplace as they are so that any changes to your inventory in Shopify are not synced to your marketplace inventory? Marketplace orders will decrease your marketplace inventory quantity, but will not affect your Shopify inventory counts.
- Want to manage your marketplace inventory directly from Amazon Seller Central, eBay Seller Hub, Walmart Seller Center, or Etsy Seller Dashboard?
Note: If you are selling products through FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon), it is not necessary to turn inventory sync off. FBA orders on products synced by Marketplace Connect will not change your Shopify inventory counts; Only FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant) orders on products that are synced by Marketplace Connect will be synced to your Shopify inventory count.
You can turn inventory sync off using Attribute Mapping.
Simply navigate to the Listings View and select Attribute Mapping, then tick the "Do Not Synchronize Quantity" checkbox in the Quantity section and save your changes.
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