Miva Merchant has a set of features that help you do inventory management, and the Catalog > Inventory tab is a part of it. For an overview of how inventory management works in Miva Merchant, please see: Inventory Management.
In general, you can use the Catalog > Inventory tab to:
Inventory messages appear in different pages in your store and give customers information about product availability. You can also create product specific inventory messages (see Catalog > Edit Product > Inventory Tab). If you create product specific inventory messages, they will take precedence over the storewide defaults. For example, you can create an out of stock message that is your storewide default, and a customized out of stock message for a specific product.
Check this box to enable the basic system for inventory tracking in your store. You must also enable inventory tracking at the product level.
|Remove Products from Available Inventory:|
This feature is sometimes called "Inventory at Checkout". See To Use the Remove Products from Available Inventory Feature.
Before release 9.0006, Miva Merchant always reduced your inventory when a customer added something to their basket. For example, if you are using inventory management and you had 100 vases, Miva Merchant would automatically reduce your inventory to 99 when a customer put a vase in their basket.
In 9.0006, you can choose whether you want your inventory to drop when a customer adds a product to their basket, or when the customer completes checkout and reaches the invoice screen.
Let's say you have 5 vases in stock. Ten customers are visiting your store and each wants to buy a vase.
If you set this field to "When Added to Basket", only 5 people can add a vase to their basket. The sixth customer sees an out of stock message on the product page.
When you set this field to "At Checkout", all 10 customers can add a vase to their basket, even though you only have 5 in stock. The products can be purchased by whoever goes through checkout and reaches the Invoice screen first. The 6th customer will see an out of stock message when they get to checkout.
Both settings have pros and cons:
|When Inventory is Unavailable at Checkout:||
If you set the Remove Products from Available Inventory field to "At Checkout", it's possible that a customer will have an item in their basket, and find out that it's out of stock when they go to checkout. See above for more details.
If that happens, the customer will be redirected to a page and will see an error message. You can use this field to control which page the customer is redirected to. The default page is Basket Contents (BASK).
|Track Low Stock Level: Low Stock Level:||
Tracking low stock has several effects:
Because the %inv_instock% token is calculated as: current stock - low stock level
|Track Out of Stock Level: Hide Out of Stock Products: Out of Stock Level:||
Tracking out of stock has several effects:
|In Stock Message (Short) In Stock Message (Long) Low Stock Message (Short) Low Stock Message (Long) Out of Stock Message (Short) Out of Stock Message (Long) Limited Stock Message||See Inventory Messages.|
|Available Tokens||The list of tokens that you can use in your store inventory messages.|
1.1. Go to > Catalog > Inventory tab > Inventory Settings section.
1.2. In the Inventory tab, click the Track Inventory checkbox.
For products with no attributes, see:
> Catalog > edit product > Inventory tab > Increase Stock By field.
For products that have attributes, see:
> Catalog > edit product > Inventory Variants tab > Edit Inventory button.
4.1. Go to > Catalog > Inventory tab > Inventory Settings section.
4.2. Set the Remove Products from Available Inventory field:
4.3. Click Update.
Use the Email Notification tab to send automated emails to your employees when inventory on any item is low or out of stock. To use email notification you must:
Automated emails are triggered by out of stock/low stock levels at both the store level and the product level. For example: