The Shelves feature allows you to record where items are stored within a location. Items need to be displayed on shelves in order for the customer to see them. Walk into any store and you will see items on shelves. Even in a warehouse, the items are on shelves. Shelves are not just considered to be shelves as in a bookcase. Shelves can also refer to a section of a freezer, a rack on which clothes are hung, a hat rack, and so on. Shelves in Merchant Central simply refer to a place where items are placed.

In order to use this feature, there is some basic set up required.

Firstly, you need to define Shelf Types. These indicate the types of shelves being used, for example STANDARD, HOT CASE, FREEZER, and so on.

Next, you need to define Shelf Models. These indicate the models of shelves being used, for example 2SHELF or 3SHELF.

The combination of the type and model, tell you what sort of shelf is being used.

In the Locations, the Shelf Layout tab allows you to specify what shelves are used at a store. This allows you to record your complete store layout. Note, this is only the layout of the shelves not the actual items. As part of the layout, you will record the number of rows and columns for each shelf. This is determined by how you would to use the shelf. A shelf that is 1.2m wide could be considered to have 6 columns that are approximately 20cms each. Or if the shelf is going to have big items on it, it might only have 2 columns of 600cms. The same shelf type and model could have different rows or columns, depending on how it is going to be used.

Once your location's shelves are defined, you can use the Shelves function to indicate which items are on which shelves. These details are stored in a 'shelf batch'. You might want to create a batch every few weeks to show what items are now on the shelves. By storing the details in a batch, you can see where an item was located over a period of time. If you track the sales for the different times when the item was on different shelves, you can measure where the best position for the item was.

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