WooCommerce: Additional Stock Inventory Location

The WooCommerce plugin allows you to manage stock for each product, but you only have a single stock quantity field!

What if you have two warehouses and, as a store admin, need to manage the inventory for each location? Besides, what if an item is out of stock at location 1, but it’s in stock at location 2, and therefore the customer needs to be able to purchase it?

This amazing workaround will add a second input number in the product settings, redefine stock quantity and status on the frontend by summing up stock 1 + stock 2, and finally decrease stock 1 until it goes to 0, after which it will decrease stock 2.

This default behavior can be changed of course e.g. it’s possible to define from where the stock is reduced (by distance?) via additional code. Also, additional code can be written to make it compatible with variable products or custom product types, as well as make it work with refunds. Either way, enjoy!

Here’s the second stock field. In this case, stock quantity is 0 in the default warehouse, so technically the product is out of stock. With the snippet below, and the fact that there is 1 item in stock in Location 2, the product is actually “in stock” with a quantity of “1”. Upon order, this is the quantity that gets decreased.

PHP Snippet: Second Stock Location Management

 * @snippet       Second Stock Location @ WooCommerce Edit Product
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 7
 * @donate $9     https://businessbloomer.com/bloomer-armada/

add_action( 'woocommerce_product_options_stock', 'bbloomer_additional_stock_location' );

function bbloomer_additional_stock_location() {
	global $product_object;
	echo '<div class="show_if_simple show_if_variable">';
			'id' => '_stock2',
			'value' => get_post_meta( $product_object->get_id(), '_stock2', true ),
			'label' => '2nd Stock Location',
			'data_type' => 'stock',
	echo '</div>';

add_action( 'save_post_product', 'bbloomer_save_additional_stock' );
function bbloomer_save_additional_stock( $product_id ) {
    global $typenow;
    if ( 'product' === $typenow ) {
		if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
		if ( isset( $_POST['_stock2'] ) ) {
			update_post_meta( $product_id, '_stock2', $_POST['_stock2'] );

add_filter( 'woocommerce_product_get_stock_quantity' , 'bbloomer_get_overall_stock_quantity', 9999, 2 );

function bbloomer_get_overall_stock_quantity( $value, $product ) {
	$value = (int) $value + (int) get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock2', true );
    return $value;

add_filter( 'woocommerce_product_get_stock_status' , 'bbloomer_get_overall_stock_status', 9999, 2 );

function bbloomer_get_overall_stock_status( $status, $product ) {
	if ( ! $product->managing_stock() ) return $status;
	$stock = (int) $product->get_stock_quantity() + (int) get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock2', true );
	$status = $stock && ( $stock > 0 ) ? 'instock' : 'outofstock';
    return $status;

add_filter( 'woocommerce_payment_complete_reduce_order_stock', 'bbloomer_maybe_reduce_second_stock', 9999, 2 );

function bbloomer_maybe_reduce_second_stock( $reduce, $order_id ) {
	$order = wc_get_order( $order_id );
	$atleastastock2change = false;
	foreach ( $order->get_items() as $item ) {	
		if ( ! $item->is_type( 'line_item' ) ) {
		$product = $item->get_product();
		$item_stock_reduced = $item->get_meta( '_reduced_stock', true );
		if ( $item_stock_reduced || ! $product || ! $product->managing_stock() ) {
		$qty = apply_filters( 'woocommerce_order_item_quantity', $item->get_quantity(), $order, $item );
		$stock1 = (int) get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock', true );
		if ( $qty <= $stock1 ) continue;
		$atleastastock2change = true;
	if ( ! $atleastastock2change ) return $reduce;	
	foreach ( $order->get_items() as $item ) {	
		if ( ! $item->is_type( 'line_item' ) ) {
		$product = $item->get_product();
		$item_stock_reduced = $item->get_meta( '_reduced_stock', true );
		if ( $item_stock_reduced || ! $product || ! $product->managing_stock() ) {
		$item_name = $product->get_formatted_name();
		$qty = apply_filters( 'woocommerce_order_item_quantity', $item->get_quantity(), $order, $item );
		$stock1 = (int) get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock', true );
		$stock2 = (int) get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock2', true );
		if ( $qty <= $stock1 ) {
			wc_update_product_stock( $product, $qty, 'decrease' );
			$order->add_order_note( sprintf( 'Reduced stock for item "%s"; Stock 1: "%s" to "%s".', $item_name, $stock1, $stock1 - $qty ) );
		} else {		
			$newstock2 = $stock2 - ( $qty - $stock1 );
			wc_update_product_stock( $product, $stock1, 'decrease' );
			update_post_meta( $product->get_id(), '_stock2', $newstock2 );
			$item->add_meta_data( '_reduced_stock', $qty, true );
			$order->add_order_note( sprintf( 'Reduced stock for item "%s"; Stock 1: "%s" to "0" and Stock 2: "%s" to "%s".', $item_name, $stock1, $stock2, $newstock2 ) );
	$order->get_data_store()->set_stock_reduced( $order_id, true );
	return false;

In plain English:

  • bbloomer_additional_stock_location shows the second stock quantity field
  • bbloomer_save_additional_stock saves the custom stock amount
  • bbloomer_get_overall_stock_quantity sets the product stock inventory to stock 1 + stock 2
  • bbloomer_get_overall_stock_status sets the product stock status based on stock 1 + stock 2
  • bbloomer_maybe_reduce_second_stock decreases the stock from stock 1 and then from stock 2 in case the ordered quantity is greater than stock 1, otherwise it lets WooCommerce do the default stock decrease

Where to add custom code?

You should place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file and CSS at the bottom of its style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my guide "Should I Add Custom Code Via WP Editor, FTP or Code Snippets?" and my video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything went as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Additional Stock Inventory Location

  1. Hi I used this code but when I am in checkout page and click submit to register order this error is displayed:
    ‘Not enough units of pen code 123 are available in stock to fulfil this order’ and in product status column is written outstock . how can improve it ?

    1. Thanks for your feedback Mina. Does that happen only for that product?

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