Odoo 10 Implementation Cookbook: Explore the capabilities of Odoo and discover all you need to implement it

Setting up the warehouse and locations

The warehouse refers to the physical buildings where the stock is stored. You can locate rooms within a building with the logical space called locations. The requirement for a small shop is to have a stock location which is a single location called stock while a big warehouse is required to identify multiple locations such as cold storage and dry locations. A big warehouse wants to drill down the identification of a location by the rooms, cupboards, or racks organized in rows and columns.

Imagine you have a million products stored in a warehouse at thousands of locations. How difficult it would be to organize the warehouse, when you have thousands of locations and each location has to be identified uniquely in the system. It is not about locating the products in the warehouse but assume that you have a variety of products coming in every day and you have to find the correct location to store them, so that they can be retrieved easily when they are needed for delivery. A simple example is when you receive ice-cream or fruit or vegetables; they should go to the cold storage.

In Odoo, the inventory is managed using locations and the warehouse. Some locations point to a physical space like Stock Location while some locations do not exist, but we can still place products in that location. These are not physical locations but virtual locations or logical locations. Inventory Adjustment is an example of a virtual location. Some locations are pointing to the Partner Locations; these are Customer Locations or Supplier Locations which help us to track the incoming and outgoing products. Odoo also supports having multiple warehouses in business, they can be connected to each other to have automatic re-supply between them.

Let's see how we can manage the warehouse, locations and internal transfer between locations or the warehouse, based on such business rules.

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