Odoo Inventory

Introduction to Odoo Inventory module

Introduction to Odoo Inventory module

There are many terms and terminologies used in Odoo Inventory module. So it is better to have an understanding about those before we plunge into the module itself.

Warehouse: A warehouse in Odoo is a location where you store products. It is either a physical or a virtual warehouse. It could be a store or a repository.

Lots: Lots are a batch of products identified with a unique barcode or serial number. All items of a lot are from the same product. (E.g. a set of 24 bottles) Usually, lots come from manufacturing order batches or procurements.

Location: Locations are used to structure storage zones within a warehouse. In addition to internal locations (your warehouse), Odoo has locations for suppliers, customers, inventory loss counter-parts, etc.

Unit of Measure: Define how the quantity of products is expressed. Meters, Pounds, Pack of 24, Kilograms etc. Unit of measure of the same category (ex: size) can be converted to each other’s (m, cm, mm) using a fixed ratio.

Serial Number: A serial number is a unique identifier of a specific product. Technically, serial numbers are similar to having a lot of 1 unique item.

Stockable: A product for which you want to manage the inventory level.

Consumable: A product for which you do not want to manage the inventory level (no quantity on hand or forecasted) but that you can receive and deliver. When this product is needed Odoo suppose that you always have enough stock.

Procurement: A procurement is a request for a specific quantity of products to a specific location. Procurement is automatically triggered by other documents: Sale orders, Minimum Stock Rules, and Procurement rules. You can trigger the procurement manually. When procurements are triggered automatically, you should always pay attention for the exceptions (e.g. a product should be purchased from a vendor, but no supplier is defined).

Package: A package contains several products (identified by their serial number/lots or not). Example: a box containing knives and forks.

Scrap: A product that is broken or outdated. Scrapping a product removes it from the stock

Push Rules: Push rules trigger when products enter a specific location. They automatically move the product to a new location. Whether a push rule can be used depends on applicable routes.

Routes: Routes define paths the product must follow. Routes may be applicable or not, depending on the products, sales order lines, warehouse, etc. To fulfill a procurement, the system will search for rules belonging to routes that are defined in the related product/sale order.

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