How to Set Minimum and Maximum Quantities for Orders/Products on Your WooCommerce Marketplace
Dokan has introduced its new module “Minimum-Maximum Order Amount/Quantity” which will help admins and vendors create limitations on customers' orders but in a positive way.
When you set minimum and maximum quantities for WooCommerce (or multivendor) stores, it ensures that every sale is both profitable and manageable. In a normal multivendor store, customers can order as few or as many of each product they like. It can cause certain problems. Like,
- Orders that are not profitable. Without the min/max restrictions, customers can place small orders that are not cost-effective to fulfill.
- Shipping products with low-profit margins. Some products are only profitable being ordered in large quantities.
- Capacity issues. Sometimes you may receive orders that are too large to manage or complete.
- Packaging difficulties. Some products can only be packaged efficiently in certain quantity groupings, e.g. in packs of 4.
With these issues in mind, we have come up with this module that will help tackle these problems. we are going to show you how to set up the Dokan min/max module along with some benefits as well. And if you stick around there is a bonus section as well.
How to Set up Dokan Min/Max Module on Your Multivendor Marketplace
Dokan is always trying to bring features and modules that will help marketplace owners run their marketplace smoothly. In that process, the Minimum-Maximum Quantities module was introduced.
This module will help the marketplace users,
- Establish minimum and maximum order quantity and amount
- Set minimum and maximum quantities rules for individual products
- Set different figures for the category and grouped based products
- Add different conditions for variable products
- Exclude orders from minimum and maximum order rules and more.
So, let's see how you can set up and configure the Dokan Minimum-Maximum module for your marketplace.
We are hoping you already have a marketplace with WooCommerce, Dokan, and Dokan Pro set up. Now follow these steps:
- Step1: Activate the Minimum-Maximum Module
- Step2: Enable Minimum-Maximum Feature for the Vendors
- Step3: Configure Minimum-Maximum Settings from the Vendor Dashboard
- Step4: Preview the Product Page to See the Results
Step 1: Activate the Minimum-Maximum Module
To activate a module you need to navigate to WP-Admin–> Dokan–> Modules, where all the Dokan modules are present. Find the Minimum-Maximum module and toggle the button to activate it.
Step 2: Enable Minimum-Maximum Feature for the Vendors
After activating the module you as the admin has another job of enabling the feature for the vendors. For that, the admin needs to visit the Dokan settings option from the backend. Navigate to WP-Admin–> Dokan–> Settings–> Selling Options, if you scroll down you will find the options.
Either you can enable “Enable Min/Max Quantities” or “Enable Min/Max Amount” or both.
Step 3: Configure Minimum-Maximum Settings from the Vendor Dashboard
After the admin has selected the options, vendors can now configure the settings from their dashboard. Vendors will find the options in Vendor Dashboard–> Settings.
After adding the necessary information, vendors need to click the Update Settings button to finish.
Step 4: Preview the Product Page to See the Results
The settings are done. If you visit the product page, you will see that there is new information underneath every product or selected product.
From the above image, you can see that only the minimum quantity is shown. But if the admin chooses the minimum amount, it will show along with the product prices instead.
Or you can display both minimum quantity and minimum amount.
How to Enable Minimum-Maximum Rule for Variable Products
With the Dokan Minimum-Maximum Order module, you can set the min-max rule for variable products as well.
The advantage you will get is you can either set a global min-max rule for the variable product,
Or you can set different min-max rules for every variation of the product.
This is how you can configure and set up the Dokan Minimum-Maximum module on your marketplace.
Customer Purchase Process
When you set minimum and maximum quantities for WooCommerce stores, customers need to follow that rule in order to place an order.
Otherwise, they will get a notification and the Checkout button will disappear.
They need to place an order following the min-max rule and then they can complete the order.
Want to know more about how the Dokan Minimum-Maximum Order module works or how to set minimum order quantity for individual products? Then you can refer to this documentation.
The Benefits of Setting Minimum and Maximum Quantities for WooCommerce Stores
Now you know how to set minimum and maximum quantities for WooCommerce stores, we are going to look at the benefits you will have when you activate the Minimum-Maximum module on your marketplace.
1. Increase Profits
You will have many orders that are only profitable if they're over a certain minimum order quantity or minimum order value.
However, if you are selling low-value products and expect your customers to order multiple items at once, then you are mistaken. Consider a car marketplace where they sell car parts as well. They are assuming that customers will order a car and as an addon will order car parts as well.
But that is not the case. Customers are only ordering car parts, which is not cost-effective, rather they are facing losses. However, by setting minimum and maximum quantities for WooCommerce orders, they can increase their profits.
2. Make Every Product Profitable
At the same time, there are certain products that are only profitable when users order them in bigger quantities. In that case, setting minimum order quantity or value isn't of much use. You need to set a minimum/maximum quantity for that specific product.
Dokan Minimum-Maximum Order module will help you set minimum/maximum quantity for individual products. Moreover, if they want they can exclude products from the minimum/maximum rules as well.
3. Manage Capacity While Keeping Your Orders Manageable
We said earlier as well, that the problem most marketplace face is with the order size. Sometimes they get a huge order that is not easy for them to manage. Ultimately they fail to fulfill those orders.
Although WooCommerce has its own stock management features, that doesn't prevent you from receiving unmanageably large orders. The solution is, that you need to set the maximum quantity for your orders and products.
That way you will only receive orders that you and your team can manage. And yes, the Dokan Minimum-Maximum order module has that feature. You can set maximum order quantity or value to your orders.
4. Increase Average Order Value
By setting WooCommerce minimum and maximum order quantity rules, you are controlling the quantity of the customer's order. You are basically giving your customers a nudge that it is okay to buy products in bulk.
Although you are not controlling what your customers can buy, you are creating an impression to buy larger quantities of your products. Moreover, it is a great way to increase your average order value.
5. Improve Operational Efficiency
WooCommerce lets customers select their quantities like 1,2,3,4,etc. But with the Dokan Min/Max module, you can set minimum and maximum quantities rule either globally or per product/category/variation.
For example, you sell a product in boxes that fit 6 products. When a customer orders a quantity that is not a multiple of 6 then you're paying to ship empty space. You are losing your profits.
Instead what you can do is set the minimum quantity to 4 and ensure that customers order in groupings of 4.
So, you can see how activating the new Dokan Minimum-Maximum module can help you raise your profit and manage your marketplace quite efficiently.
Bonus: Types of Products You Can Sell with Minimum/Maximum Quantity Feature
You know the benefits of activating the Dokan Minimum-Maximum module and how to set it up. But that doesn't mean everyone should start using this feature in their marketplace or business. We are going to list down the types of products that can use this feature.
If selling these types of products or a similar one, use that feature to your advantage.
If you are selling wholesale products that means you are selling products in bulk. It makes sense to use the Minimum and Maximum features on your marketplace. So that your store is only used for bulk buying.
Read: How to Find Wholesalers for Your Online Marketplace
We have seen in a lot of cases that during the sale period, some customers buy most of the products at discounted prices. Therefore, other customers can't buy those seasonal products.
You can set the maximum order quantity for the seasonal products. This will prevent users from abusing the sale prices and ensure that lots of different customers can benefit from the price reduction.
If you are selling products like gift baskets, then it is very important to add a min/max rule to your products. Your customers can build a product bundle by selecting the correct number of items from each category. This might include custom gift baskets, cosmetics sets, food boxes, and so on.
Event tickets often need to be sold in certain groupings based on the layout of the venue. You might want to force people to buy 2 tickets at a time. You can add a minimum order quantity to 2 to make sure customers buy the tickets in groups.
So, these are the most common types of products you can use the Minimum-Maximum feature on. However, that doesn't mean these are the only ones. You can figure out how to use this feature on other types of products as well.
You can also check out this video as well.
Common FAQ(s) for Setting Min/Max Orders in WooCommerce
Navigate to WooCommerce > Settings > Products > General. Then scroll down to the Min/Max Quantities section. There you will see four columns to set minimum and. Maximum item quantity and minimum and maximum order value. Enter the appropriate number in the respective fields to set the maximum or minimum limit you want.
We've seen instances of shops with 100,000+ products listed, handling thousands of transactions per minute.
Yes, you can. You can include and exclude products from the Min/Max rule using the Dokan Minimum and Maximum module.
Minimum Order Value is the minimum amount that you require the customers to spend on your website before you are able to ship their products for free or at an additional price. You can enter this amount when setting up your shipping settings.
A high MOQ is due to the fact that the manufacturer is purchasing the materials, and they have to be bought in bulk. If this is the case see if you can use a different material, one that has lower minimums.
We are at the end of our article and hopefully, now you know how to set minimum and maximum quantities for WooCommerce and use it to your advantage.
There are many WooCommerce minimum and maximum quantity plugins available. But, adding more plugins means there is a chance that your site may slow down. Rather you can use the built-in module of Dokan to get your job done.
Using the Dokan Minimum-Maximum module you can,
- Create minimum-maximum rules for your orders
- Add min/max rule for individual products
- Set min/max rule for different variations
- Exclude orders from minimum and maximum order rules and more.
So, if you have any more queries regarding this module then do let us know in the comment section. And if you want to receive more informative articles like this one, do subscribe to our blog.