InFlow Cloud keeps track of products you buy from vendors, manufacture, and sell to customers. You can enter your products into inFlow one by one, or import them in bulk if you have them in a spreadsheet.
We recommend starting with the basics, then click on the tabs below to learn how to enter products manually using the different inFlow Cloud apps or import them in bulk using a spreadsheet.
We recommend reviewing the following concepts to set up your products properly:
- Product name vs Stock-Keeping-Unit (SKU)
- Product type
- Product category
- Product description
Product name vs Stock-Keeping-Unit (SKU)
The product name in inFlow is a required field and must be unique. Generally, the product name is customer-facing and has to be human readable – in other words, the product name is an easy way for anyone to identify a product and will appear on invoices and purchase orders. For example, Small Red Dragon Shirt could be a product name.
A product SKU, on the other hand, is usually for internal use only. It can be a sequence of letters and numbers and is used as an additional way to identify a product. Small Red Dragon Shirt could have the SKU 8451651231. SKUs will often stay the same for a product, while a product name can change for marketing purposes.
If your products don’t come with SKUs, inFlow can help generate them for you!
SKUs are not a required field but we recommend having SKUs if you’re using an integration since SKUs are a standard way to identify products across different software.
Product types in inFlow determine whether your products have stock levels that need to be tracked (stocked-products), or if they are fees/labor charges (services). This setting is required and is permanent for each item upon saving for the first time. There are four types:
- Stocked product: These will show exact quantities in each location and can be tracked in full.
- Serialized product: These will also show exact quantities but are specifically for products with serial numbers.
- Non-stocked product: These types of products are things you would like to track but do not need to see quantities of (packing materials, boxes/cartons, paper, etc)
- Service: These products are services and do not have quantities or locations attached to them.
Need to charge your product type? See here for details.
Categories are used to organize products into groups to make them easier to filter and search for in your product list and improve your operational efficiency.
Categories are especially useful if you’re sharing your product information with your customers using the Online Showroom!
If you’re not sure how to categorize your products, try visiting eCommerce stores that sell similar items to see how they’ve been categorized to give you some ideas. For more information on categories take a look at our article here.
Once you’ve named your product and gave it an optional SKU, you can add additional product details into the description field to help further identify your products. A description should describe a product more than the item name.
If you’re sharing your product information with customers using the Online Showroom, the product description works as your marketing copy to describe your product’s value to your customers.
A product barcode is an image of black and white bars that represent a set of numbers and characters that can be scanned by a barcode reading device (like a barcode scanner or mobile phone). This barcode number can be used to identify a specific product. Scanning products instead of typing them out manually will save you time and reduce human error.
The product cost in inFlow is your cost to purchase a product or service from your vendor. The product cost is used in calculating the cost of goods sold and profit when you sell products to your customers.
inFlow can keep track of your product costs automatically whenever you create a purchase order for your vendor. You can specify how you would like inFlow to track your costs by setting the costing method (Moving Average, First-In-First-Out, Last-In-First-Out, or Manual). For details on how inFlow calculates your product costs, have a look here.
The product price in inFlow is the price you charge your customers for a product or service. If you have groups of customers that receive special pricing, like wholesale or VIP, you can set up multiple pricing schemes. You can save a specific pricing scheme to a customer record so that inFlow automatically applies that pricing scheme to the customer’s sales orders.
Importing your products into inFlow
Below are the simplified steps to quickly create a template to import your products. For a full guide on how to import data into inFlow, click here.
- Download this csv template and start filling it in with your product details! When you’re done, save the file as a csv file type.
- In the web app, Go to the Main Menu (the 3 lines in the top left corner) > Import.
- Click Select File to find the csv file from your computer. Then click Next.
- Match the fields listed to the left (fields that you’ll see in inFlow), to the fields in the drop down menus (which are the column headings of your csv file).
- Once all 9 csv fields are matched, click Next.
Now your import will be in progress. You’ll be sent an email when it’s done, so feel free to navigate away from this page.
Take a look at this video for steps on importing products to inFlow Cloud for Web.
And if you’re importing your CSV file to inFlow Cloud for Window, take a look at the video below.
To create a new product using inFlow Cloud for Windows:
- Go to the Main Menu > Inventory > New Product.
- Click into the Product Name field and enter your product name – it must be unique!
- Select the Product Type*.
- Optionally, add any other product details like SKU, category, barcode, description, product image…
- Click Save in the top toolbar.
*NOTE: Product Type selection is mandatory and cannot be changed once saved, so it’s not possible to save a serialized product and change it to non-stocked/service/serialized after. Please see here for more info on product types.
To create a new product using inFlow Cloud for web:
- Log in to https://app.inflowinventory.com with your inFlow email address and password.
- Go to the Main Menu > New product (under Inventory).
- Fill out the Product Name, and the Product type fields. If you’re unsure of what to pick, please take a look at our Product type article.
- Once you’ve added that information, the Create button will be available at the bottom-right hand corner of the screen. Click Create to add that product to your inventory. This will then take you to the product profile where you can add more information about the product. Click Save once you’re done editing the product profile. If you click on another product/tab before clicking the Save button, inFlow will ask you if you’d like to save your changes.
You can quickly add products to your database using the inFlow Cloud Companion App! The mobile app also lets you scan barcodes without any special equipment.
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Create a product
- Tap on the Main Menu button (the 3 horizontal lines at the top left of the screen) and select Products (or directly tap on Product list on the homepage).
- Tap on the + symbol.
- Enter a Product Name, then choose an product type (stocked products are generally physical products and is the most common option). If you tap on the different products, inFlow will give you a brief summary of each.
- Tap the Create button.
- You will now be on the product page where you can add an image, price, description, and many more. You can also add or scan a barcode using your smartphone’s camera.
- When done, click Save.
You can add several images to a product using the inFlow Cloud Companion App.
On the Product page, tap on the + Add image tile and either take a picture, or select one from your smartphone’s library.
If you have more than one picture for your product and wish to choose a main one, long press on the picture you want to make your default and tap on Make default.
You can also delete a picture by selecting Remove image.