How does the Multiple Store Inventory Sync work?
Shift4Shop's Multiple Store Inventory Sync Add On allows merchants to run multiple stores on the Shift4Shop platform and share inventory across each. As items are sold in each of your Shift4Shop stores, automated scripting updates all stores to have the same inventory for their shared products. This can be useful for merchants who have the same products across each of their stores, but perhaps they market individual subsets of the products to each store individually.
For example, a merchant selling fitness and exercise equipment may have the same products to sell to the public. However, one site is geared towards women's exercise items while another site is geared towards men's fitness and yet another store is geared towards a particular type of fitness genre such as yoga. All three stores may contain the same items, and the Multiple Store Inventory Sync add on ensures all three have the same items in stock.
How to Set it Up
When you order the Multiple Store Inventory Sync Add On, you will be asked to provide which of your stores will act as the Master (Parent) Site and which of the remaining stores will act as the Child stores. With this information, Shift4Shop will make alterations to each store's database to commit the relationships.
As merchant, you will then set up each store to contain the shared items. Just make sure the shared items all have the same Part Number (ID/SKU) and Advanced Option Part number (if using advanced options). This will ensure that the automated updating is shared across parent to child stores.
How it Works
Let's say you have 3 stores with Multiple Inventory Sync (1 Parent and 2 Child stores). You have 10 units of a shared item on all 3 stores. As the product is sold on the Master (Parent) site, its inventory on the item is reduced to 9 units on hand. At the same time, an update is made (in real-time) to the 2 Child stores updating their stock of the item to 9.
Now, let's say the item sells on one of the Child stores. As the item sells, the child store's Quantity on Hand (QoH) for the item is now reduced by 1. At the same time, the Child store then tells the Parent store of this update and the parent reduces its inventory by 1 unit as well.
The Parent store - being the Master inventory store - will automatically run a script every 15 minutes to ensure the rest of the Child stores all share the same inventory thereafter.
The following are some frequently asked questions about the Multiple Store Inventory Sync add on.
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