How to create a new individual product:

Prefer to upload inventory via a spreadsheet?

If you have many products to create at once, and you aren't importing for an existing point-of-sale, you can use the Create Products Spreadsheet Bulk Upload.

There you can create location-specific products and variants and add Categories, SKU, Barcode, Price, Default Cost, PAR level, Reorder Quantity, Vendor, Vendor ID, and quantity.

  1. From the Inventory screen, click on the Create Product button

2. This will pull out the Item Creation panel. (You can add an image by clicking on the gray box at the top of the panel with the camera icon.)

3. Fill in the corresponding fields to add Items and their corresponding Variants. Thrive Inventory offers three "layers" of differentiation: Category, Product Name, and Variant Name.

You can add one variant at a time or generate them with our Matrix feature to save time. Each of the fields allows you to add plenty of info, so for instance:

Category: Men's Shoes

Product: Nike X5 - Black

  • Variant: Size 10

  • Variant: Size 10

  • Variant: Size 8 ... etc.

There are any number of configurations, so consider what else might work for you:

Category: Nike

Product: X5 - Black

  • Variant: Mens - Size 10

  • Variant: Womens - Size 10

  • Variant: Mens - Size 9 ... etc.

It depends on what makes the most sense for your business, but the tools are all there!

SKU's and Barcodes

  • SKU and Barcode fields are optional when creating Items. 

  • SKU numbers must be unique to each Variant. 

  • Barcode numbers can be re-used across multiple Variants.

  • Simply click on the Generate SKU option to generate a SKU number.

NOTE: Active products appear on your point of sale. Inactive products will not show in your register and will only be accessible in Thrive Inventory.

Locations and Tax Rates

  • To enable your Items and to enter List Prices, Costs, and Quantities, simply toggle the Location to enable those fields.  

  • Once information is entered, simply scroll down to select your applicable Tax Rates. 

  • For help setting up your Tax Rates, see our article on Tax Rates.


Add a vendor to each variant to ensure accurate tracking and make re-ordering a breeze. Learn more about Vendors and how they work with Purchase Orders. See which vendors are your top performers with our Vendor Sales Report.


Shipping properties include both dimensions and/or weight. Different properties are supported differently across providers. To learn more, click here.

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