Item Preferences

Let’s have a look at the various settings you can configure for the Items module in Zoho Books.

In this page…

Basic Settings

To configure your item preferences:

Item Preferences

From this page, you can configure the following preferences for your items:

Decimal rate for item quantity

The decimal rate for item quantity comes into play when you are creating transactions (like invoices). By default, this rate is two. You can select any decimal rate of your choice.

Duplicate item name

Prerequisite: Before you can enable duplicate item name, you will have to mark the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) field as active and mandatory. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings on the top left corner of the page.
  • Select Items under Items.
  • Switch to the Field Customization tab.
  • Hover over the SKU field and click the dropdown button at the right end of the field.
  • Select the Mark as Active option and the Mark as Mandatory option. The SKU field will be made active and mandatory.

Enabling Allow duplicate item names allows you to create or import multiple items with the same name, that may have varied specifications like size and colour. Let’s look at a scenario to understand how this feature will help you.

Scenario: Let’s say Zylker sells a laptop with the item name Dell Precision 360, and the laptop models are in two colours Silver and Metallic Blue. While the item name is the same for both items, the colour differs. Now, each laptop model can be allotted a unique SKU to easily track each item’s movement.

Once you enable this option, you will have to enter the SKU in the SKU field to create an item which will enable you to identify each item with a unique SKU. Also, when you import items, SKU will be used as the primary field for mapping items.

If you had previously added items to Zoho Books without SKU, you can export the items, add the SKUs to the file, import the items back into Zoho Books and overwrite the existing items.

HSN Code or SAC

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has mandated HSN Code or SAC for items effective from 1 April 2021. By enabling this option, a unique 4-digit/6-digit HSN code or SAC can be associated with an item based on your business’s annual turnover.

Out of Stock Warning

Every time your stock falls below zero or runs in negative, you will be sent a notification. You can view this by clicking the Bell icon on top of the page.

Reorder Point

If you have set a reorder point while creating an item, you can enable the notification option to send you a reminder when your stock drops below it. This will help you from running out of stock.

Field Customization

In Zoho Books, the Items module has default fields which can be configured. For example, the Selling Price, Purchase Price, Item Image and SKU. You can configure user level access for these fields or perform various actions on them.

To view the default custom fields:

Default Custom Fields

Configure Access

You can configure different levels of user access for the certain default custom fields. Here’s how:

Configure Access for Custom Fields User Access for Custom Fields

Default Field Actions

You can perform various actions on the default fields in Items such as:

Mark as Inactive
If you want to disable the field temporarily, you can mark it as inactive.

Mark as Active
You can mark a field you have marked inactive as active

Show field in all PDF
The field is displayed in the transaction PDF

To perform actions on default custom fields:

Default Custom Field Actions

Custom Buttons & Links

You can create new buttons in the Items module to perform specific actions for your transactions, or to open external links. You can create them using deluge script and execute actions based on the functions you add. Learn more about Custom Buttons & Links.

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