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In this article we are discussing about Magento2 inventory management. There are two type of inventory options available depends upon your stock management requirements.
Each product in your catalog has both a short and long version of inventory options, depending on whether you want to manage stock for the product or not.

  • Manage inventory without Stock Management
  • Manage inventory with Stock Management

Option 1): Manage inventory without Stock Management
This option means that you don’t want inventory control to be used to manage this product. Let’s configure inventory without Stock Management:

 

1) Open the product edit mode.
_admin-> Products-> Catalog-> [choose a product in EDIT mode from grid]

2) In the page, you can see ‘Advanced Inventory’ link just below the ‘Quantity’ textbox. Click on it.
_admin-> Products-> Catalog-> [choose a product in EDIT mode from grid]-> click on ‘Advanced Inventory’ link from the page.

3) Manage Stock: Set this values to ‘No’. By default this value is ‘yes’, so you need to clear the ‘Use config setting’ checkbox to make the field editable.

4) Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: This is the minimum number of the quantity that can be purchased in a single order.

5) Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: This is the maximum number of the quantity that can be purchased in a single order.

13) Enable Qty Increments: This means the number of product that can be purchased at the same time.
Eg: If set this value to 10, then customer must purchase a quantity of 10 or 20 or 30 and so on.
If you want to sell by ‘Quantity increment’, you need to enable this field to ‘Yes’ and also you need to specify the number of products in an incremental step in ‘Qty Increments’ field.

7) After verify all settings, click on “Done” button at the top right corner to save your settings.

 

Option 2): Manage inventory with Stock Management
This option means that you want inventory management control to be used to manage the product in your catalog. Let’s configure inventory without Stock Management:

 

1) Open the product edit mode.
_admin-> Products-> Catalog-> [choose a product in EDIT mode from grid]

2) In the page, you can see ‘Advanced Inventory’ link just below the ‘Quantity’ textbox. Click on it.
_admin-> Products-> Catalog-> [choose a product in EDIT mode from grid]-> click on ‘Advanced Inventory’ link from the page.

3) Manage Stock: Set this value to ‘Yes’ (By default this value is ‘yes’). If necessary, clear the ‘Use config setting’ checkbox to make the field editable.

4) Qty: Enter the quantity currently available in your stock.

5) Out-of-Stock Threshold: Enter the qty in this field to determines the stock level at which a product is considered to be out of stock.

6) Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: This is the minimum number of the quantity that can be purchased in a single order.

7) Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart: This is the maximum number of the quantity that can be purchased in a single order.

8) Qty Uses Decimals: If the quantity can be purchased in decimal value (eg: 2.75) then set this value to ‘Yes’.

9) Allow multiple boxes for shipping: If the quantity purchased can be divided into multiple boxes for shipping then set this value to ‘Yes’.

10) Backorders: You can set three different backorder status. Depends on your product quantity in stock, choose one of the suitable option from below:
a) No Backorders: Does not accept backorders when product is out of stock.
b) Allow Qty Below 0: Accept backorders when the quantity falls below zero.
c) Allow Qty Below 0 and Notify Customer: Accept backorders when the quantity falls below zero and notify customers that orders still can be placed.

11) Use Deferred Stock Update: Leave this option with default value.

12) Notify for Quantity Below: Enter a quantity here which triggers some notification about the inventory when stock has fallen below this level.

13) Enable Qty Increments: This means the number of product that can be purchased at the same time.
Eg: If set this value to 10, then customer must purchase a quantity of 10 or 20 or 30 and so on.
If you want to sell by ‘Quantity increment’, you need to enable this field to ‘Yes’ and also you need to specify the number of products in an incremental step in ‘Qty Increments’ field.

14) Stock Status: Set this field to ‘In Stock’ if a product available in your store. The opposit is set to ‘Out of Stock’ if product is not available.

15) After verify all settings, click on “Done” button at the top right corner to save your settings.

 

Conclusion:
In Magento2, each product in your catalog has both a short and long version of the advanced inventory options. Depending on your catalog, you can select one among them.

You can find Magento 2 pre-launch check list here

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