Allocate Stock

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2019 02:28PM PST
Stock allocation can help you boost customer satisfaction and avoid markdowns without unnecessarily limiting available stock. Use Stitch’s multi-warehousing features to track how you allocate and fulfill from multiple locations.

Allocation Methods

No matter how you stock your goods, Stitch can help power an allocation strategy for your business:
Method Strategy
Multiple Stock Locations If you hold stock in multiple locations (brick-and-mortar stores, fulfillment warehouses, etc.) make each location a warehouse in Stitch.
Third-Party Warehousing If you send stock to FBA or an integrated 3PL, enable Third-Party Stock Control to create a self-updating warehouse that tracks its own stock.
"Soft" Channel Allocation If you soft-allocate stock to a particular channel or type of customer (e.g., wholesale), you can create a "virtual" warehouse to reserve stock for that line of business.
Reserve Stock If you run flash sales and/or lack precise inventory counts, create a "Reserve" warehouse and allocate a small percentage of stock there. Combine this with low-stock alerts to avoid costly backorders.

To control how Stitch pushes the available quantity to a particular channel, go to your Channel Settings and choose whether to push all combined availability or warehouse-specific availability.

Centralized Control

Use the Variants page to manage all of your inventory from a single view:

View quantities available to sell, committed against sales orders, and on order from vendors–for each warehouse and in aggregate.

Set low-stock alerts by warehouse, then use the Warehouse Low Stock report to inform replenishment schedules.
Use the Multi-warehouse Sales Report to compare gross revenue, total orders, and units sold across warehouses—especially useful for multi-location brick-and-mortar businesses:

Transfer Between Warehouses

Use transfer orders to move stock between warehouses.

Flexible Fulfillment

Use these multi-warehousing features to flexibly fulfill based on the customer's shipping address and your stock availability:
Feature Value
Geographic Order Routing Route orders to specific warehouses based on country, state/province, or region (US only).
Overflow Warehouse When pushing aggregate available stock to a sales channel, set backup fulfillment warehouses for when the default warehouse can't fulfill an order

Tip: Stitch will sync warehouse info to ShipStation as long as warehouses share the same name on both platforms.

Get Started

To-Do Action Why
Enable multi-warehousing and add warehouses To maximize visibility and control, each stock location should have a corresponding warehouse in Stitch.
Use the Inventory CSV to allocate and set low-stock alerts by WH Low-stock alerts help you maximize sales across the enterprise—without overstocking.
Use transfer orders for routine stock movements between warehouses Transfer orders are the best way to move stock in Stitch—providing a clear record of who moved what, where, and when.