Managing Inventory

Product Buying Periods

Shopfront supports the manual creation of product buying periods which allow you to define upcoming buying deals, which will be shown in the Orders & Invoices page to allow you to take advantage of bulk purchases.

Note: Shopfront is working with a number of suppliers in implementing automatic buying periods, we have no current timeframe for this but it is coming.

Creating and Reviewing Buying Periods

If you're on the premium plan, you can create and review buying periods in Shopfront by performing the following steps.

  1. Open the Menu
  2. Expand Stock Management
  3. Select More
  4. Press Product Buying Periods

This page will list all of the current buying periods and allow you to create new entries by pressing the Create Buying Period button, when this is selected, a dialog box will prompt you to enter the details of the buying period such as the designated product (with the option to also select a family instead), supplier it applies to, as well as the dates and cost of the buying period.

By default, the entered cost will be inclusive of tax. To input an exclusive tax amount, simply deselect the Inclusive of Tax toggle.

Buying periods can also be deleted from this page by pressing the trash icon on the period you wish to delete.

Using Buying Periods

Once a buying period has been created and you're within the period specified it will then automatically activate on any order you're making to the supplier.

Simply add the product to the order and adjust the order quantity to be at least the quantity specified in the buying period for the cost to automatically activate.

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Shopfront will apply the buying period with the best rate which has a quantity equal or less than the quantity being ordered.