Optimizing NetSuite OneWorld: Efficient Item Setup for Multi-Subsidiary Organizations 

by | May 17, 2024 | NetSuite Fundamentals, New to NetSuite


Organizations often operate across multiple subsidiaries, each with its unique requirements and operations. NetSuite OneWorld provides a comprehensive solution for managing these complexities, offering robust features for financial management, inventory tracking, and subsidiary management.  


This post will explore how to set up items in NetSuite OneWorld for organizations with many subsidiaries and a single inventory location, without the need for intercompany transactions. 

1. Item Setup: Within NetSuite OneWorld, the foundation of inventory management lies in the setup of items. Whether it’s inventory items, non-inventory items, or services, high attention to detail ensures accurate tracking and reporting. Navigate to Setup > Accounting > Chart of Accounts to commence this process. 

2. Subsidiary Setup: Effectively managing subsidiaries is essential for maintaining clarity and control over operations. Each subsidiary must be carefully configured within NetSuite to accurately reflect its currency, tax regulations, and other pertinent details. Navigate to Setup > Company > Subsidiaries to create and configure subsidiaries accordingly. 

3. Item Subsidiary Relationships: Aligning items with subsidiaries ensures that inventory is appropriately distributed and accounted for across the organization. This step involves specifying which items are available for each subsidiary. Navigate to Lists > Accounting > Items to establish these relationships. 

4. Inventory Location Setup: While some organizations operate with multiple inventory locations, others may have a single central location for inventory management. In this scenario, configuring the primary inventory location is crucial. Navigate to Setup > Accounting > Locations to establish and configure the primary inventory location accordingly. 

5. Inventory Management Settings: Configuring inventory management settings within NetSuite ensures that the system aligns with the organization’s operational requirements. Adjust preferences such as “Multiple Inventory Locations” based on the specific needs of the organization. Navigate to Setup > Company > Enable Features to configure these settings. 

NOTE: Once the “Multiple Inventory Locations” feature has been enabled, this cannot be undone without aid from NetSuite. 

6. Inventory Transfers: In organizations with multiple subsidiaries but a single inventory location, intercompany transfers may not be necessary. Instead, internal movements of inventory are managed through standard inventory transfer processes within the same location, streamlining operations and reducing complexity. 

7. Transaction Configuration: Customizing transaction forms within NetSuite ensures that they accurately reflect the nuances of multi-subsidiary operations. Tailor forms such as sales orders, purchase orders, and transfer orders to capture subsidiary-specific information and requirements, enhancing clarity and efficiency. 

8. User Permissions: Effective user management is paramount for safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring compliance. Set up user roles and permissions within NetSuite to grant access to subsidiaries and data relevant to each user’s role, maintaining security and integrity across the organization. 


Optimizing item setup within NetSuite OneWorld for organizations with multiple subsidiaries and a single inventory location requires meticulous attention to detail and strategic configuration. By following these steps diligently, organizations can streamline operations, enhance visibility, and maintain control over inventory management across the entire enterprise landscape. 

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