Purchasing products

How to manage the Products you purchase

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Written by Dayvid Lorbiecke
Updated over a week ago

In Katana, you can make products in your, your contractor's factory or purchase them directly from suppliers. In addition to their own product portfolio, many manufacturing companies expand their product selection with products purchased from other manufacturers/suppliers for resale.

For pure resellers, not makers or crafters, managing products this way can be beneficial. You can get a lot of value from only using the Sell, Buy, and Stock screens without using the Make screen at all. Sales items availability, prioritizing of orders, e-commerce integrations like Shopify, and stock management work perfectly for this use case.

How to indicate that products are to be resold

Manually on a product card:

On a product card, you can select I make this product and/or I buy this product. New products have I make this product on by default. For reselling, choose I buy this product so you can add the product to Purchase orders.

Updating product settings in bulk:

If you've already added multiple products to your account and you want to indicate that you're reselling them, you can perform a bulk update.

First, download the template from Settings Data Import Update existing products Download data. Make sure the Buy? column reads "yes" and Make? column reads "no" for all products.

Upload the file to Katana under Settings Data Import Update existing products Upload data.

Adding new products in bulk:

You can use our xls template to import a list of products in bulk. Download the template from Settings Data Import Add new products Download template.

As a reseller, you want to specify that you are buying all your products by adding "yes" to the Buy? column and "no" in the Make? column for each product.

Upload your products back to Katana from Settings Data Import Add new products Upload data.

Note: If you want to purchase products, but also track the required ingredients, then enable both I make this product and I buy this product and create an Outsourced Purchase order instead.

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