Inventory Terms & Language

This feature is available to existing Inventory Management subscribers. Learn more about using the ShippingEasy Product Catalog.

At this time, we are not currently developing new features or functionality for our Inventory solution. This means that at this time we cannot address the issues you have with the current system. However, we do expect that in 2022, we will be introducing a new and improved Inventory experience.

The following tables list the most commonly-used terms and language in ShippingEasy's Inventory Management solution. We have broken out these terms by the area of our application that they are most closely associated with.

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ASIN The Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) is a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.  
Available The total amount of stock you have available for sale.
Awaiting The total amount of stock you have ordered, but not yet received from your supplier(s).  
Bundled Product A group of products that are sold together. Bundled product(s) can be made up of multiple quantities of the same product or multiple different products and quantities. Learn how to set up bundled products.
Combine Variants  This action allows you to select multiple SKUs and combine them under the one parent product in ShippingEasy. Note: this can be used to group your product variants together.  
Committed The total amount of stock you have committed to orders that have not yet been shipped.
ISBN The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique commercial book identifier barcode. All ISBNs have either 10 or 13 digits.
Lead Time The number of days between when your supplier receives your purchase order and the inventory is delivered to you. Learn how to set up lead time.
Low Stock Alert The alert is displayed at the top of your ShippingEasy account when the available stock of one or more of your products falls below the set low stock threshold. Learn how to set up low stock alerts.
Low Stock Threshold   The threshold at which you want ShippingEasy to alert you that you are getting low in stock. Learn how to set up low stock alerts.
Master SKU The SKU you decide to keep after you have merged Products.
Max Available Quantity The stock level you want to be sent to your stores regardless of how much Available stock you actually have on hand. Learn how to set a maximum quantity.
Merge Products  The bulk action for SKU Aliases. You can select multiple SKUs and merge them into a single product so that your stock adjusts correctly in ShippingEasy. Learn how to set up SKU Aliases.
Product Products are the items that you sell in your store. Learn more about products.
Product Category Product Categories can be used to group your products together. They expand the possibilities of shipping rules, allowing you to apply a single action to a broader range of products. Learn more about Product Categories.
Safety Stock The amount of stock you always want to have on hand. Once set, the safety stock amount will be subtracted from the available stock when we send updates to your store.
Learn how to set up Safety Stock.
SKU  The stock keeping unit you use to identify your product(s).
SKU Alias An SKU that maps to another product so that your stock adjusts correctly in ShippingEasy. Learn how to set up SKU Aliases.
Stock  The total amount of stock you have on hand. Note: this is the available stock and committed stock counted together.
Stockout The number of days until Available inventory reaches zero.
UPC The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a 12-digit bar code used extensively for retail packaging in the United States.
Variant  Variants are the different styles of your product SKUs. They are defined by Attributes and Options.
Variant Attribute   A variant attribute is a specific characteristic of a product such as the color, size, or material. 
Variant Option A variant option is a specific type of attribute such as small, medium, or large. 


Purchase Orders

Expected Delivery Date The date at which you expect all of your ordered products to be delivered to you by your supplier. 
Closed  A closed purchase order cannot be edited, received, or emailed from ShippingEasy. Any products that have not been received when a purchase order is closed will be removed from your awaiting stock.   
Days to Reorder (DTR) The number of days before the merchant must order new stock to avoid running out of available inventory.
Fully Received  This indicates that all of the products on your purchase order have been received and added to your stock.  
Not Received   This indicates that no products on your purchase order have been received. 
Open This represents both not received and partially received purchase orders. Open purchase orders have not yet had all of the orders items sent. 
Order Date The date you issue your purchase order to your supplier. Note: you can postdate your purchase orders if you wait before sending them.  
Pack Size Your suppliers will sell you products that come in packs of varying sizes. The pack quantity is a read-only value you can select to display on your purchase order to help reduce the risk of your supplier incorrectly packaging your order. Learn how to display pack quantity.
Partially Received  This indicates that some of the products on your purchase order have been received and added to your stock.  
Purchase Order  An order is placed with your supplier to re-order your products and increase your stock. 
Quantity to Buy (QTB) Number of units to order to ensure that no stock-outs occur.
Shipping Method   The shipping method is used by your supplier when they send your products to you. 
Units sold per day



Payment Terms These are the payment rules imposed by Suppliers to ensure that payments are received within a reasonable period of time. Payment methods include Credit Card, Cash on Delivery (COD), Net 15, 30, or 60. Note: Net 15 means payment must be received within 15 days.
Primary Contact  The primary contact for your supplier is the main contact for your supplier. This is the person to who your purchase order will be directed when created in ShippingEasy. 
Resale License  Each state that has sales tax will issue a resale license to businesses and individuals involved in selling goods and services that are subject to sales tax. This license can go by a variety of names in different states, such as Use and Sales Tax License, Seller's Permit, Certificate of Resale, and Certificate of Authority.
Supplier  The company or person(s) you order your products from.  
Supplier SKU The stock keeping unit is assigned by your supplier to identify the product(s) when re-ordering.
Tax ID The Employer Identification Number (EIN) also known as a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) that is used to identify your business. 
Unit Cost  The per-unit cost of a product for a specified supplier. This cost will auto-populate on Purchase Orders for this supplier.


Velocity, Forecasting & Replenishment


Sales History The historical time period used to determine the number of sales.
Forecast Period The time period used to forecast sales; may also match your reorder frequency.
Available stock The current Available stock for this SKU.
Awaiting stock The current Awaiting stock (based on open POs) for this SKU.
Lead Time The number of days between when you place a purchase order and receive the ordered product.
Reorder Period The Forecast Period plus lead time.
Lead Demand Projected demand during the lead time.
Projected Available Remaining Available stock, taking into account Awaiting stock and Projected Sales.
Projected Sales Projected sales during the reorder period.


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