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Item Management Summary


In this section, you will answer questions about the Item requirements you have for your system implementation. The questions in this section are designed to get you thinking about what is required of Business Central in relation to your business processes and needs.

In Business Central, items must be registered as an item card. Each item card stores information required for an item and can have a type of Inventory, Service, or Non-Inventory to specify if the item is a physical inventory unit, a labour time unit, or a physical unit that isn’t tracked in inventory.

A new item card can be created from scratch, by copying an existing one, or, created from a predefined item template. In Business Central, you can view or edit special prices, set up multiple vendors for an item as well as manage categories, attributes and variants all from the item card.

Item Management Survey Content

This section will cover the following areas of item setup:

Inventory types: There are three types you can set on an item card:

  • inventory
  • non-inventory
  • service

Costing methods: In Business Central, costing methods determine whether an actual or budgeted value is used in the cost calculation. FIFO, LIFO, Average, Specific and Standard costing are supported.

Item variants, categories, attributes, and substitutes. An item variant can indicate whether there are different versions of a specific item available e.g., different colours, sizes or releases. Categories, however, can be used to group different items.

Filtering Items: In Business Central, the item list page contains standard functionality which allows users to filter items based on set criteria. For example, if items are blocked when they are no longer sold by the business, a filter can be added on the status of the items which only displays the available items.

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