Does the website you use support custom stock statuses? Our website allows us to set the stock status to something custom like "Due in 1-2 weeks" or "Pre-Order" or "Cupcakes" if we really wanted.
We use a scheduled CSV export from Linnworks using the expression feature. The export is simply the SKU and either "Out of Stock", "In Stock" or "Pre-Order" depending on if that SKU is due. That CSV is then automatically uploaded to our site which changes the custom stock status of each SKU to whatever is in the export.
the easiest solution through Linnworks is to create a location called "Pre-Release" and include in here stock levels you require for your website.
You can then include this as an additional location for stock levels to send to your site.
Once the purchase order arrives and you book the stock into your default location you can then the zero the stock in your "Pre-Release" location.
Belated thanks for your answer.
Yes, in theory, this might work. But in reality, it's a bit more complicated.
What will happen is, the orders for the pre-released items will come in to the default location, so the pre-release section will always have the same 12 units available, as the orders that come in to the default location will not be deducted from the pre-release location.
Am I making any sense?
Thanks for replying to this. We don't have any plans to implement anything like this, however this may change if we see in increase in demand.