The best way to display availability in catalog for product that has multiple versions with different availabilities?



  • What is the best way to display availability in a catalog for a product that has multiple versions (e.g., sizes) with different availabilities?

    I could think of two best ways to deal with this situation:

    A.) Show "in stock" if at least one product version/size is in stock.

    B.) Show something like "some versions in stock" so customers won't be disappointed when a version is not available.

    I thought of displaying available e.g. sizes directly in the product catalog, but it is not always just sizes, it could be also longer definitions of product versions - therefore showing this long information directly in the catalog is not an option.

    Will be happy for any ideas or research references.



  • I don't know if it's an online store or if you're using an eCommerce platform, but what you explain in the question is called variants or variations. This greatly simplifies the seller's work and makes the purchase easier for the user.

    If the product has color, size, description variants, or even if it's sold together with another product, each of the possible combinations has an associated SKU number. This number facilitates the whole process and depending on the type of product for sale, it's important that it's visible. From here there are several possibilities:

    • Each SKU number is associated with a quantity in stock, so there may be an alert in advance in the product window specifying the SKUs xxx, yyy, zzz, are temporarily out of stock.
    • As each combination of variants has an associated SKU number, when the "out of stock" SKU appears, the purchase button can change its status to deactivated with the out of stock message.
    • Many specialty stores have a Quick Purchase service to buy by SKU number instead of by item, either manually or by uploading an Excel. In this case, it's very simple, in manual mode when placing the quantity, the form field may appear inactive with the Out of Stock message. If it's based on loading an Excel, a results report may indicate which reference is out of stock.

    These come to mind immediately, but there are many more possibilities. The important thing: the SKU number associated with each variant to define stock, facilitate selection, and even helps to identify an item immediately.




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