What is the Difference Between Serialized, Bulk & Quantified Items?

The Inventory module contains all of your products currently in stock. Alice POS works with three item types:

Serialized items

These are items that have a unique inventory number so if you are selling products such as videogames, where you carry multiple copies of a single unit, this would be the ideal option. That way, if a game is returned damaged by a customer, you will have a unique number linked to the game allowing you to follow up on the situation.

Quantity items

These items are mainly sorted by UPC and will not carry a unique inventory number. Quantity items are used for general products that do not need to be tracked in the inventory. They are usually carried in bigger quantity and don't have unique attributes that differentiate them from other items with the same name as serialized items do. For example, if you carry 100 identical mugs, you do not need to track each of them.

Bulk Items

If you need to import large quantities of items on a daily basis (which exceeds 1 000 items in stock, for example), it would be beneficial to use the Bulk item type. The Bulk type item can be added and sold in decimal quantity.
In the end, we recommend using the Serialize type products as it allows a more flexible and precise inventory tracking, however, Alice POS lets users switch their product type from  quantity to serial type items for accurate inventory tracking.

Note that a Bulk type product cannot be converted to Quantity or Serial and vice versa.