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Warehouse

You can associate the product variant to a warehouse if this product is shipped from a different location than your business address. After checkout, the variant's inventory will automatically be reduced. You must first enable the Warehouse feature under Configuration > General to use warehouses. Please see Warehouses for more information. 

If the same product is available from different warehouses, you need to setup one variant for each warehouse so that the inventory is correctly tracked back to that warehouse. Rather than letting the user decide the variant to buy, you may want to configure the variant availability rule to show a particular variant from a certain warehouse depending on the user location. For example, you may want to use the Availability rule to detect if the user is visiting your site from California and present only the variant that is stored in your West coast warehouse, and do the reverse action for a user located in the East coast. Depending on the use case, you may need to employ 3rd party detection software like MaxMind GeoIP lookup to cookify the user visiting your site so that your Availability rule can correctly determine the precise location of the user.

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Richard Slecther Jun 27, 2016 5:35 AM
We have a central warehouse and several local satellite warehouses. We would like the user to purchase from the satellite warehouse but in the event that the satellite is out of stock, automatically get the item shipped from the central warehouse or a conveniently located satellite warehouse.

Is this possible?
Stephen L Jun 29, 2016 2:12 AM
When running multiple warehouses, each warehouse is tied to a single variant. The typical setup is to enable/disable a variant  using the Availability rule based on the inventory available, geolocation, etc. In this case, currently the only way would be to run a scheduled task to automatically enable the fallback variant when the satellite variants are out of stock. This could be achieved using a script and the Revindex Task Scheduler  http://www.revindex.com/Product-Detail/revindex-task-scheduler

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