In many companies, products have expiration dates and they should be managed based on those dates. In the food industry, for example, tracking and managing product stock based on expiration dates is mandatory to avoid selling expired products to customers.
With Odoo, you can track and manage your products based on their expiration dates, even if they are already tracked by lots or serial numbers.
To use expiration date tracking, open the Inventory application and go toand activate the Lots & Serial Numbers and Expiration Dates features.
Now, you can define different dates in the inventory tab of the product form:
Product Use Time: the number of days before the goods start deteriorating, without being dangerous. This is used to calculate the Best before date on each lot/serial number received.
Product Life Time: the number of days before the goods may become dangerous and must not be consumed. This is used to calculate the Expiration date on each lot/serial number received.
Product Removal Time: shows the number of days before the goods should be removed from the stock. This is used to calculate the Removal date on each lot/serial number received.
Product Alert Time: refers to the number of days before an alert should be raised on the lot/serial number. This is used to calculate the Alert date on each lot/serial number received. Once the Alert date is reached, an Activity is assigned on the relevant lot/serial number to the Responsible user defined on the Product.
Expiration Date on Lots/Serial Numbers¶
When receiving a product into inventory, the dates will automatically be updated on the corresponding lot/serial number. These updates will be based on the receipt date of the product and the days set on the product form.
You can access expiration alerts from the inventory app. To do so, go to. There, you can use the pre-existing filter to show all the lots/serial numbers that have exceeded their respective alert dates.