Add Basic Items
Basic items are individual inventory items sold without multiple options or variations, such as color or material. Basic items can, however, have modifiers attached to them to allow for item customizations to be made at the register.
For adding large quantities of items, use Bulk Management to import inventory by spreadsheet.
Watch our Adding Items video below:
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Create a Basic Item
Enter details such as item name, price, and cost to create a basic inventory item. Decide whether to track the item’s quantity, set its register status, and customize other attributes that control how the item works.
- Click ‘Items’, then ‘Item List’.
- Click ‘Add New’.
- Click ‘Create’ under 'Basic Item'.
To learn how to create items with variants, visit our Add an Item with Variants article.
- Fill in the item detail fields.
Name | What cashiers see at the register and what prints on receipts. Cashiers can search for items by Name at the register. An item can be given a nickname on the register layout.
Category | Subgroup within a Department, also used for organization, ticket printing, and reporting.
Register Status | If Active, the item appears on the register and can be sold. If Inactive, the item remains on your Item List but cannot be sold at the register.
SKU | Unique identifier automatically created for each item and used to generate barcodes for ShopKeep Label Printing. Cashiers can search for items by SKU at the register.
UPC | 8, 12, or 13 digit product barcode that can be scanned to ring up the item. Cashiers can also search for items by UPC at the register.
- 8 and 12 digit UPC codes cannot begin with 2, 4, or 5. No UPC codes can contain letters. If a UPC does not meet these criteria, print a new label via ShopKeep Label Printing to scan the item at the register.
Sales Price | Amount the customer pays for the item at the register. This field is only available if the item’s Price Type is Fixed or Unit Price.
Discounts | If Discountable, discounts can be applied to the item. If Non-discountable, the item cannot have a discount applied to it.
Tax Rate | Select the default tax rate, non-taxable, or an item-specific tax rate to override the default.
Price Type | How the item’s price is entered: Fixed, At the Register, or by Unit Price (lb, oz, etc.).
Cost per Item | How much the business pays to acquire the item.
Track Quantity On Hand | Toggle on to update the item’s Current Quantity after sales and returns. Toggle off to not track the quantity (usually used for services or made-to-order items).
Current Quantity | Total amount of the item in stock. Once the quantity reaches 0, it becomes negative if the item continues to sell. This field only appears if Track Inventory is toggled on.
Learn how to view an item’s quantity in BackOffice and at the register here.
Reorder Trigger | Low quantity amount that prompts the item to appear on the Reorder Report. This field only appears if Track Inventory is toggled on.
Recommended Order | Quantity required for the item to be considered fully stocked. This field only appears if Track Inventory is toggled on.
Supplier’s Item ID | Any reorder code associated with the item.
Ticket Printer Group | Assign the item to a printer group for ticket printing.
- (Optional for multi-location accounts) Check the box to create the item in all linked locations.
This option is available for merchants with multiple linked locations and is only visible to the Business Owner.
- In linked locations where the item is created, it is given a quantity on hand of 0, charged the default tax for that location, and not assigned to a printer group. Separate labels must be printed from the BackOffice of each location as the item will have a different SKU in each store.
- In locations where an item with the same name or UPC already exists, the new item will not be created.
- Liability items cannot be created in all locations and must be manually set up in each store.
- Click ‘Save’ to finish creating the item.
- (Optional) If creating the item in all linked locations (step 5), finish setting it up in the other store(s).Refresh the Item List to check the status of the item.Once created in all linked locations, the blue status bar will disappear when the page is refreshed.After the item is created, switch to another location.c – g below are optional. Do only what matches your business needs.From the Item List or Bulk Management, update item properties that are different for the new store (e.g. price changes, reorder triggers, etc.)Items are not synced between stores. Each store’s inventory is separate and must be managed independently from that location’s BackOffice.Adjust the quantity on hand of each item to the correct quantity for that location.Assign the item to a tax.Assign the item to a printer group.Repeat b – g in step 7 for each additional location.
- In ShopKeep, open the Control Panel and tap 'Get Updates' to sync the new item to the register.
Don’t see ‘Get Updates’? Visit our iPad Login / Access Troubleshooting guide for help.
If you need to delete the item and start over, click the ‘Delete’ link. Please be aware that:
Basic Item FAQ
What are the differences between Basic Items and Items with Variants?
Should I create a basic item or an item with variants?
Visit our Variants vs. Modifiers article to compare the benefits of using items with variants against using basic items with modifiers to decide which is best for your business.
Is it possible to change basic items to variant items?
No. However, existing basic items can be recreated as items with variants. Visit our Transition to Items with Variants article to learn how to switch over.
Is there a limit on how many items I can have in my inventory?
No, BackOffice does not have a limit on how many items can be added.
Is it possible to modify or add on to an item at the register?
Yes, simply set up modifiers to allow customers to customize items at the register.
Is it possible to add an item description that cashiers can see at the register?
No. An item’s Name or its nickname on the register layout is its sole identifier at the register. Items do not have additional fields for including descriptions.
How can I view my current inventory?
The Item List in BackOffice shows every item currently in inventory. From the Item List, you can browse all items, search and sort to find specific items, view details of individual item variants, add new items, and edit existing ones.
How can I check an item’s quantity on hand?
Visit our Inventory Tracking & Reorder Report article to learn how to view an item’s quantity both in BackOffice and at the register.
How do I delete an item?
From the Item List, select an item and click the red ‘Delete’ link. Please be aware that if a deleted item is re-added later, labels printed for the original item must be re-printed. Deleted items appear on sales reports, but do not appear on certain other reports. Visit our Inventory FAQ to learn which reports are not supported.
After creating a basic item, let’s move on to more advanced inventory topics. Build the register’s button layout, set up modifiers to allow on-the-fly customizations, attach raw goods to track an item’s components, and print barcode labels for items without UPC codes.
The register layout refers to the group of register buttons cashiers tap to ring up items. Visit our Register Layout article to learn how to add buttons to the layout and customize how it looks.
Modifiers are often used in restaurants to allow customers to customize, add to, or hold ingredients from items on an order. Modifiers print on kitchen tickets to make communicating adjustments to the kitchen easier. Visit our Modifiers article to learn how to set up and use modifiers.
Raw goods exist separately from inventory items and are used to track the components of those items. Visit our Using Raw Goods article to learn how to enable raw goods and when to use them.
ShopKeep Label Printing
Print barcode labels for items without UPC codes to allow cashiers to scan those items at the register. Visit our ShopKeep Label Printing article to learn how to print labels directly from BackOffice.