Multiorders has a dedicated tool that allows you to automatically merge inventory items based on a couple of different product specifications (as of 2021).
You can now merge products based on SKU, Barcode, Supplier SKU, Bin Location, Brand & Amazon ASIN codes.
Attention: make sure you have connected all of your sales channel integrations and their inventory has finished importing.
How to set-up automatic merging:
To begin automatically merging your inventory, go to Settings -> Product Merge.
Once inside, the next step is to choose your first main integration.
Choosing the main integration means that all other sales channels would be merged to it. It also means that once the merging process is complete and you check your inventory inside the main inventory table, only the main integration product Title, SKU & Pictures will be visible.
When you click on the dropdown all currently available integrations will be displayed. Select the main one to which all other integrations will be merged.
Then choose the condition by which the other marketplace is going to be matched. You have a few different options. In this case, we will choose SKU.
Then repeat the process and choose your child integration. This integration is going to merge to the main integration.
Here you choose the condition of the child integration. We will choose Barcode.
All that's left is to press the green button on the right called "Merge".
Once you press Merge, the app will throw one last warning about the process
Press continue and a status update will be set on top of the window saying that you now need to wait for the merging process to complete.
While it's merging the app will look at the available Shopify products, look at their Barcode and then try to find an identical SKU amongst the Etsy store products. If found the products will be merged together.
Keep in mind that if you have multiple products in the same shop, with the same SKU, those products will merge together into one item. This can be of value when you have duplicate listings on the same store.
Refresh your window to see if the merge process has completed. If yes then you will see a new area of "Current Merges" appear.
Also, at the bottom of the page, you will see your merge history. There you can see what actions you have taken, what is their current status and if you click in the ‘Details’ column, you can see how many items were affected.
Adding additional integrations to the same merge is really simple. Look at the Current Merges area, then closer to the child integrations section.
If you want to add another integration to the same merge, you now need to select it from the dropdown, then select the condition by which we are merging and press the "+ Add" button below it (you can do this as many times as you need).
Once the process is complete you will see the new integration added.
If you want to start a new group of merged integrations with a new main, simply repeat the steps from the beginning. All integrations that have already been merged, will simply not appear in the list.
After a while, you may get new products that appear in your inventory for both your main store and your child integrations. This can be checked for automatically and manually.
To manually check if there are any new products to be merged by pressing on the "Find New Products" button.
Pressing that will restart the same process that happened initially and the system will then try and find any new products that can be merged.
Please be aware: For the merge to work, the main integration must have the product first, if only the child integrations have matching products, they will not be merged.
To automatically check for new products, look at the "Find New Products" button mentioned earlier, you will find an empty checkbox near it. Hover over it for extra information and press on it.
Once that feature is enabled, whenever a product is imported into Multiorders, we will check and try to see if it can be merged to anything.
But as mentioned earlier, the main integration must already have the product imported into Multiorders or the merge will fail.
You can unmerge integrations from there as well. Just click the ‘Unmerge’ button next to the store you want to remove from the current merge.
A notification will pop-up asking you to confirm this action.
Please be aware that if the inventory item has any item in-order, the unmerged products will lose this count and could unmerge with a larger quantity.
Important things to keep in mind
Pay close attention when you want to merge integrations that you have added some time ago. If an item has an order assigned to it, the ordered products will carry over to the entire merged group and reduce stock from the main marketplace. If, for example, you have an item that has 2 in-order and you merge it to a group that has 1 item available, the entire group will go down to -1.
As mentioned earlier, for the automatic merge to work during and afterwards, all products must be present in the main integration. To make sure the latest products have imported, please go into Settings -> Integrations, find your main integration, and then check the bottom right corner for green arrows.
If you hover over them it will say "Schedule full sync". If you press this icon, Multiorders will import the latest available information from your sales channel.
If you want to read more about Merged items, you should take a look at these guides: