We recently started a series of posts dealing with the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Shopify platform. In this post, we will touch on three important things you need to know about adding products to Shopify. These are things a new user may not need to know to get things set up initially, but they can be very helpful as a business grows.
It goes without saying that products are the lifeblood of any online retail operation. The more you know about adding new products to your store, the more efficient you will be at doing so.
1. You Can Add Products via Multiple Devices
The average new Shopify user gets used to doing things with a desktop or laptop computer. That is understandable. Users just find it easier to handle all the set-up tasks in the desktop environment. But once the site is up and fully functional, mobile devices can prove invaluable for adding new products.
It turns out that you can add new products to your Shopify store using both iPhones and Android-based smartphones. All you need is the Shopify app. In the desktop environment, products are added by going to your Shopify admin followed by clicking on ‘Products’ and ‘Add product’. On an iPhone or Android device, you simply open the app and tap on the ‘Products’ tab. You will see a + sign at the top; tap it to open the page for entering new product information.
2. You Can Create Separate POS Inventories
Shopify offers a point-of-sale (POS) feature that allows you to sell products in person rather than online. This is incredibly helpful for retailers who make a habit of frequenting local festivals, trade shows, etc. The feature even includes a dedicated POS app that integrates with your online store to track inventory, fill orders, process payments and so on.
We bring this up because Shopify allows you to add new products to create a separate POS inventory. How is this helpful? Well, consider an online store that may have 100 different items in its inventory. If the store owner is only taking a dozen of those items to a local festival, he or she does not need access to the complete inventory list. His/her POS transactions will be faster and a lot more efficient if he/she only has to deal with those items to hand. Creating separate POS inventories makes this possible.
3. Creating Variants by Duplicating
The last thing you need to know about adding new products is that you can create variants of the same product by duplicating a product already in your inventory and then changing the necessary information to create the variant. Just go to your products page, find the product you want to duplicate and click the button. Then edit the necessary information on the page that pops up. You now have a variant without having to go through all the work of creating a new product from scratch.