Stock Keeping Units (SKUs)
SKUs allow businesses to manage inventory - track items as they are bought, shipped and delivered, as well as their placement in warehouses.
Entering your Warehouse location for your product so that it easy to find expediting the fulfillment of your orders to your customers. Warehouse location field allows you to specify where you are storing the product (e.g. row, bin or island).
You will have an opportunity to associate the Warehouse for your product's SKUs when you you order your products from your suppliers, receive them into your warehouses and manage the quantities through your inventory adjustments. For additional details on how this works, please see the Multi Warehouse Article.
On the Product>SKUs tab, in the SKU's field, further associate your products with additional attributes such as sizing, product image and product variations.
You can have the system automatically generate SKU's for you. Or, you can create your own SKU's manually.
- Manual SKU Generation - Enter in the SKU field the unique identifier you want for your product. If you do not have one, you could start with your Product's unique identifier (what you used when you setup your product). Next, add on your color identifier. And, finally, add on your size identifier. As an example, if your product identifier was "B004" when you setup your product and the product is a white, large product, you may want a SKU that looks like this: B004-W-L.
- Automatic SKU Generation - Under the Settings>Product Setup screen, click on the drop down arrow and change from "Manual" to "Automatic". The system will then automatically generate these for you.
You may also add your EAN/UPC to the SKUs page for each of your products.
These are globally unique numbers that are generally 12 or 13 digits managed by the the GS1 Global Standard Organization. UPCs are Universal Product Codes used in the U.S. In Europe, EANs are European Article Numbers also called International Article Numbers. All barcodes printed on the boxes that are shipped use these UPC codes and they are unique across the globe. They also facilitate 3rd party scanning across the globe.
You can manually set your inventory levels on this screen in the inventory field. For additional information, see Inventory Management.
If you want to perform your own costing or provide your manufacturers with a list of materials that are needed to make your product, you can add different materials to the Raw Materials tab for your Product.
Whatever is added in the "Common" section applies to all variations. For those items that are not the same for all variations, you would add them to the appropriate section. As an example, some raw materials may be made out of a fabric, leather or other items needed for a specific color. In those cases, they would be applied to the appropriate sections for those raw materials. While some of your raw materials may be the same or "common" that applies to all of these (e.g. black button or lace) that will go on all of them. The black button or lace would go in the "Common" section.
As discussed in the Additional Product Variation Setup documentation, the Raw Materials automatically populates in the Production Pricing table on the Product's Variation tab. Hint: Be sure you have the appropriate quantity in stock for a particular manufacturer or it will not update.
To add your raw materials and costing, select Raw Materials from the left vertical menu. Then, click "Add raw material" in the top right corner of the screen.
To add "categories" for Raw Materials, go to Settings>Raw Materials. Categories can be buttons, soles, fabric, etc. Your "name" must be unique.
See Raw Materials for additional information.
The Design tab within your product allows you to provide instruction to your manufacturers on how to assemble your product.
Sketches are added to the Design tab. You may design your product in another tool such as Adobe Illustrator. If you export images, you can add them in this section by clicking the "Add" icon until all your images are uploaded:
Next, you would provide Instructions instructions for the person stitching or assembling your product.
In the next section, you may include additional Attachments by selecting "Choose File". You can add up to 5 files under 5 mb in standard jpg, jpeg, png and pdf formats.
Once your images, instructions and attachments have been add or you make changes, click the "Regenerate" icon under Tech Pack in the top right. The Tech Pack function automatically pulls these three sections into one comprehensive PDF document for your manufactures.
Note, after clicking "Regenerate", if it seems to take awhile, do not click the Save button on the top right or you will lose your changes. Wait until after the file is uploaded before clicking the Save button. Depending on the number of files and complexity of the sketches, the amount of time to generate the Tech Pack may vary.
You may then choose to download or email the Tech Pack to your manufacturer. If you email the Tech Pack, you will be given options to include "attachments". These attachments are configured under Settings>Attachments. They can be marketing materials or other documents you want to include with Tech Pack sends. Select or deselect the "attachments" you want to include, if any.
On the eCommerce Tab, you can connect each of these products to your retail store. It keeps your inventory in sync. What is showing on Shopify or WooCommerce and what is available to sell in your retail store.
If you have not enabled your Shopify (or WooCommerce) Connections, you will want to do that first. See these articles on Shopify before performing this step:
- Introduction to Shopify
- Managing Shopify Inventory
- Configuring Your Shopify Connection
- Bulk Updates for Shopify
- Link Stitchex & Shopify Products - This Knowledge Article covers the Product eCommerce tab illustrated below.
- Shopify Syncing Inventory Levels
You can create a new product with variations, create multiple products or connect to an existing Shopify product.
See also Manage your Showrooms and eCommerce Store Articles.