When you start typing in names for your new products, have a plan of attack! Stores can carry tens of thousands of products. Consider what they will look like in a long unfiltered list.
Will you be able to scan that list quickly to find the product you're looking for? When doing a search, would you always type that product name exactly that way? If not, you might not find what you're looking for!
Create a standard naming convention before you receive your first product!
Here's one we see working well most often:
<Supplier Abbreviation> <Strain / Product Name> <Weight>
For example: For your smallest Phat Panda bag of Dutch Treat, you might write:
PP Dutch Treat 3.5g
With this approach, product names always start with the "largest" aspect of the product -- the supplier -- and works it's way down to the most specific -- product and then size
If you follow this naming convention, your inventory lists will show all products by one supplier together, and then all their products of the same brand/product name. And the list will be in order according to size.
Create a master list of all your suppliers and the abbreviation you want to use, both as a reminder to you and as a guide for those who receive inventory. Include an example of a "properly named" item.
The keys to success are:
- consistency of order & abbreviations
- enough specificity to differentiate your inventory
What are the next steps?