Inventory management is a crucial part of any retail business, whether you sell online, in person, or both. As a Shopify user, you have already made the decision to use an online platform as the basis for your business. Now it’s time to take inventory into the digital age by assigning barcodes to your products. Barcodes make inventory management a snap by allowing you to record every item that comes in against every outgoing sale. Best of all, Shopify allows you to assign barcodes in two different ways.
You can assign barcodes automatically using Shopify’s Barcode Printer app. Alternately, you can assign your barcodes manually by entering the numbers you create into your inventory platform. You can also assign different quantities, sizes, colours, etc. to each item in your inventory.
Assigning Barcodes Automatically
Assigning barcodes automatically is as easy as can be with Shopify’s Barcode Printer app. Access the app by clicking the ‘Apps’ tab in your Admin panel. From there just find the icon for Barcode Printer and click on it. Any items already in your inventory should appear right away. Next, click ‘assign barcodes’.
You will make one of two choices:
- Your first choice is to assign barcodes only to those products that do not have them. Whether you have five or 500, Shopify will go through and assign each one a code.
- Your second choice is to overwrite barcodes. Clicking this button will assign brand-new barcodes to every item in your inventory – even those items that are already coded. Be careful with this option because it cannot be undone.
The last step is to click on ‘assign barcodes’. In no time at all, every product will have a barcode. You can then use these barcodes to keep track of inventory right in Shopify. You can also print your barcodes on labels that easily affix to products before you ship.
Assigning Barcodes Manually
To assign barcodes manually, just click on the ‘Products’ tab in your Admin panel. Click on the desired product in order to edit it, and then click on the ‘Inventory & Variants’ options. Just enter the barcode to the selection and click ‘Save’ to complete the process. When you add barcodes manually you can choose to do so with one of three options:
- Assign barcodes when you first enter a product into Shopify.
- Assign barcodes when you change existing variants.
- Upload barcodes in bulk using a CSV file for all of your products.
Keep in mind that you can assign different barcodes for different sizes or colours of the same product. This is actually an excellent idea for inventory purposes. There is no point in ordering new items when your current inventory is at satisfactory levels, so individual barcodes make sense even with different sizes and colours.
After you have finished assigning barcodes, go back and check your inventory to make sure quantities are correct. You will then be on your way to solid inventory management.