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Set up low stock alerts in QuickBooks Online

SOLVEDby QuickBooks638Updated December 01, 2023

Learn how to set up alerts for products that are running low or out of stock in QuickBooks Online Plus and Advanced.

Set up reorder points to keep tabs on your inventory. A reorder point is the threshold when you should reorder more of a stock item. QuickBooks uses reorder points to let you know what’s running low and what’s out of stock. We’ll help you set them up, so you’ll always have what your customers want. When your stock is low, we’ll also help you reorder inventory from vendors.

Set up your products’ reorder points

There are two ways to set up your products’ reorder points.

  • If you have new products, you can enter reorder points when you add what you sell in QuickBooks.
  • If you have saved products that don’t have reorder points, you can edit these products to add them. Here's how.

Edit a product to add a reorder point

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Products & services (Take me there).
  2. Find the product you want to have a reorder point.
  3. Select Edit ✎ in the Action column.
  4. In the Reorder point field, add the threshold when you should reorder more stock.
  5. Select Save.

Check what’s running low or out of stock

You can prioritize ordering the products you need the most. Once you've set up your reorder points, here’s how to check if you have stock items that are running low or out of stock.

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Products & services (Take me there).
  2. At the top, you’ll quickly see if you have low stock or out of stock items. Select Low stock, Out of stock, or See all next to either option to filter for those products.

If you have low stock or out of stock alerts, continue to the next section to create and send a purchase order.

Create and send a purchase order

To watch more how-to videos, visit our video section.

A purchase order is a document you send to vendors to let them know what items you need.

To quickly create a purchase order:

  1. Go to Settings ⚙ and select Products & services (Take me there).
  2. Select Low Stock, Out of stock, or See all next to either option. If you need to reorder both low stock and out of stock products from the same vendor, don’t use any of the filters at the top.
  3. Select checkboxes of the Inventory products as needed. 
  4. In Batch actions, select Reorder. This creates a purchase order for a single vendor.
  5. Complete all the details of the purchase order, or add other items you need to reorder from the vendor.
  6. Select Save and send.

Check what’s still on order

Stay on top of items on order. Go to Business overview then select Reports (Take me there). Then find and run the Open Purchase Order Detail report.

Here you can see how many items are still on order and how many you’ve received so far.

Check what items are still on order on the Open Purchase Orders report.

Track what you receive from your vendor

There are two ways you can track what you receive from a vendor:

This lets QuickBooks know that you restocked. Then, QuickBooks increases the quantity on hand by the number of items you received.

Pay your vendor

If you recorded a bill, record the payment in QuickBooks once you’ve paid your vendor. You can also pay your vendor right in QuickBooks using QuickBooks Bill Pay.

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