It's a pity you used all that money you've been making from sales on your online store to go on an Alaskan cruise, because that means you're not going to be around this week to check your stock levels. Your customers keep on trying to order your really great stuff, but get a “sorry, no stock, no order!” message. Or worse still, they get no message at all, make an order, and then have to wait around for you to get back from vacation and send them a “yeah, well, thanks for the order, but we're out of stock – you'll just have to wait” e-mail.
Not a good look for you or your business, and not a great way to ensure the continued success of your e-commerce website.
But fear not, Nicolas has come through with a way to solve this problem for you. Within the e-commerce menu of your site manager, you'll now find a very imaginatively-named tab: “Manage stocks”. Accessing this tab will provide you with an overview of stock levels, so you can see - at a glance - which ones are running low. The new stock manager also allows you to configure automatic e-mail alerts, ensuring you receive an e-mail warning when stocks of a given product have fallen below a user-defined critical level.
Configuring the stock alert level appropriately ensures you'll have enough time to restock, and avoid missing potential sales. A quick phone call to your supplier and your new stock will be there waiting for you on your return from vacation, leaving you and your customers happy little campers.
So this weekend, why not head off for a relaxing break, safe in the knowledge that you'll no longer have to worry about your online store stock levels. As for me, I'll be spending this weekend trying to avoid the power of my own Jedi cat.
If only I wasn't so weak-minded ...
BTW – if anyone has any ideas for things to do in Anchorage for 3 days in late May that don't involve getting on a boat, I'm all ears.