Use Case: Connecting WooCommerce to an MRP System


Frequently, small business owners will stand up a WooCommerce site when they already have in internal Material Requirement Planning (MRP) or inventory program in place.

At this point they can pay someone to manage both systems and coordinate data and updatesThis is extraordinarily clerical, error prone–and the very definition of waste in the modern age of business or they can invest in connecting the two system so data is automatically synchronized.

The smart, and efficiency focused owner will recognize the benefits and competitive advantage offered by the latter option and make the investment.

Let’s see what that sort of system might entail…

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Basic Requirements

In this example, we’ll look at three simplified requirements, in complete isolation:

  1. File orders from WooCommerce as Sales OrdersIn an MRP system “Purchase Orders” refer to things the business buys, and “Sales Orders” refer to things the business sells in the MRP system
  2. Synchronize quantity modificationse.g. When the warehouse updates the inventory count from the MRP system into WooCommerce
  3. Store the anticipated restock dateThis could come from the delivery date off a Purchase Order in MRP for an item, from MRP, into a custom field in WooCommerce

Data Flow

Division of Labor

Task Technique
File Sales Order Webhooks
Adjust Stock Quantity REST API
Set Restock Date REST API

Next, we’ll break down our tasks for the project and identify which technique we plan to use to accomplish the taskConceivably, we could use all REST API or all Webhooks, with each delivering periodic updates–but we’re smart developers, and we’ll use the right tool for each job 😉. Note that where the primary data flow is pushed from WooCommerce to the MRP, we’ll use Webhooks; and where the primary data flow is to update information in WooCommerce, we’ll use REST.

wp-admin: Webhook setup

To file sales orders from WooCommerce into the MRP system. We’ll set up a Webhook to fire each time an order is created. This is a standard use case for WooCommerce, so no custom code required 🙂

MRP system: Endpoints

On the MRP side of things, we’ll need to set up an endpoint to handle the webhook request coming from WooCommerce. The header will include a one-legged oAuth signature, and the payload will follow the REST API definition.

wp-admin: REST API Keys

In the Advanced WooCommerce settings screen, set up a REST API key. Since the MRP system will only be pushing information, in this use case. We’ll be using the ‘write’ permissions.

Save the Consumer key and Consumer secret, to provide your MRP with authentication credentials

WC REST Customization

In this use case, the MRP system will be providing WooCommerce with non-standard data–the anticipated restock date. So, we’ll need to include custom code on the WC side, to process this additional data.


Our custom code will hook into the “woocommerce_rest_pre_insert_product_object” filter

add_filter("woocommerce_rest_pre_insert_product_object", 'cwpdev_wc_REST_save_product_restock', 15, 3);

function cwpdev_wc_REST_save_product_restock($product, $request, $creating){
  if( isset( $request['restock_date'] ) ){
    $date=filter_var($request['restock_date'], FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING);
    $dt_obj=new WC_DateTime($date);
    $product->update_meta_data('restock_date', $dt_obj->date_i18n());
  return $product;

MRP system: REST requests

We won’t go into tremendous detail on the MRP system, as it will be very case by case.

However, be sure to leverage the existing libraries as much as possible.

Set up a PUT call to enter the restock date.

$data = [
    'restock_date' => '2025-05-15'

$woocommerce->put('products/794', $data);

*Example PHP library PUT call


So with this ‘toy’ problem we’ve set up two-way communication between a business’s MRP system and WooCommerce. An actual integration would be more complex, but the basic principles and interactions would continue to apply. For each additional use case, simply implement and customize (as necessary) the transaction.

Next we’ll take a look at a common use case for store owners looking to expand their audience: connecting to a mobile app. But first, check your knowledge

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