PAR Levels & Reorder Quantities can be thought of as a floor and a ceiling respectively for your ideal inventory levels. Keep reading for more of a breakdown along with a graphic to help explain exactly what we mean:
This is the ideal minimum quantity you want in stock at all times. This is similar to an Alert level and is extremely valuable for keeping a well-stocked shelf and avoiding running out of a product.
PAR Levels can be thought of as a soft floor.
It's good to think of your Reorder Quantity as your ceiling. This is how many units make for a "full" shelf of that product.
Another way to think about the Reorder Level is the quantity you want to get back to when the quantity hits the PAR Level. In theory, this is your ideal maximum for the given product.
Let's say I want to keep a minimum (PAR) of 10 units on my shelf at all times. Once I get to 10 or below, I want to get back to a (Reorder) quantity of 20.
When I get down to a quantity of 5 units (below my PAR of 10), my next Purchase Order would automatically order 15, to get me back to my Reorder quantity of 20.
Setting PAR & Reorder Values
To set or edit these default values, click on the product name on the Products & Variants page:
To set unique PAR & Reorder values for multiple locations, scroll down and use the Locations section below. Disable the "Use Defaults" toggle to enter specific numbers for each location.
NOTE: Set/edit multiple PAR & Reorder values at once, we recommend using the Edit Variants Bulk Upload tool.
Setting up Notifications
Once PAR & Reorder values are set up, you can also opt into getting notifications sent directly to your inbox when an item falls below the level you set. To do that, head to User Settings and you will be able to activate the toggle switch and start getting those e-mails as shown here: