Allocate Stock

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019 11:08AM PDT
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.

Note: This article applies to both our Stitch X and Stitch Classic Versions.

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.