What is a buffer?
Buffers are holds you can set for your inventory on your specific marketplace channels. For example, you may have 500 water bottles that are available for sale. However, you may not want to list all 500 water bottles as available on eBay. SkuVault allows you to “buffer” the quantity you want to be listed on your marketplace channel, while still keeping track of the physical quantity in your warehouse. You can set a max buffer so even if you have 500 water bottles in your warehouse, eBay will only list that you have 10 available to sell. Once those products sell, SkuVault will always update eBay (or your preferred marketplace) back to that max buffer number so long as you have the inventory in stock to do so.
Benefits of using the buffer feature
Why would you want to buffer the inventory on your marketplaces? If you have 500 water bottles to sell, why not list all 500 as available? Buffering your inventory creates a sense of urgency to buyers for your products. If eBay lists your product with only 10 left in stock, this encourages buyers to purchase before the item goes out of stock.
How SkuVault uses buffering
SkuVault can use buffers either on a channel wide or individual product basis. These buffers override the actual quantities of those items that you have on hand when you are communicating with a given marketplace. ‘Maximum Quantity’ buffers limit the amount of a particular product that you are making available. Alternately, you can ‘Push Constant Quantity’ in a buffer and always have a certain amount of product available no matter how much you physically have on hand. Finally, we also offer a ‘Low Quantity Cutoff’ buffer. This buffer puts in place a cutoff in available quantity at a designated point above zero to prevent oversells on fast selling items.