Inventory and Order Management Apps: What Should I Use?

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Inventory and Order Management Apps: What Should I Use?

So you’re running your online store, and you want to sync your vendors for easy processing. You find yourself asking, “What are the tools available and where do I start?” After years in the eCommerce industry I wanted to write an article that helps business owners take the guessing out of it and reduces the amount of time you spend hunting for a solution.

There are many inventory and order management apps available for use with your cart and the benefits range from label printing to tracking codes to order sync. To keep track of your orders from the different vendors, using an inventory management tool is essential. These  common questions apply to SMBs all the way to Enterprise level:

  • Do you have multiple store fronts,want to sync all of your inventory, and slash those manual updates?
  • Do you have a small eCommerce site and just need labels printed?
  • Are you using dropshippers and need to have the order information sent to the correct supplier?

 Let’s discuss 3 top Inventory and Order Management Apps for your online business

Ordoro

If you are selling online and still copying and pasting information or using spreadsheets to manage your business, then you’re wasting time that you could use to sell more!” –Naruby Schlenker, CMO,Co-Founder 

Features: Ordoro handles inventory sync like a champ. If you are selling on multiple storefronts like Amazon, Ebay and your shopping cart(s), you can link all those orders. They are also locally based in Austin, Texas

Current limitations: They are only integrated to Bigcommerce, Shopify, Magento, 3dCart, Amazon and eBay, but if you don’t see your sales channel on the list keep an eye out because they plan on doing more integrations in the future.

Price Range:  $9/per month – $299.00 for Enterprise level services.

Ideal Client: Ordoro can handle everything from printing shipping labels to managing multiple storefronts. All business sizes welcome.

Wow Factor: They offer super slick dropshipping functionality, learn more here Make Ship Happen (pun intended)


 

StitchLabs

“Commerce is changing rapidly. Shoppers are more demanding than ever and want to shop on their terms, be it on or offline. At Stitch Labs, we are giving sellers the ability to get their products in front of shoppers as efficiently as possible, while lowering the operational barriers of selling through one or more channels.”     –Jake Gasaway, Co-Founder, Director of Business Development StitchLabs.

Features:  Powerful analytics to empower smarter business decisions.  Automatically syncs inventory quantities across sales channels and manages inventory from supplier purchase thorough the end customer. Integrates with popular selling platforms: Etsy, Shopify, BigCommerce, Amazon, Storenvy, Ecwid and are beta testing Ebay currently. Integrates with several add-ons to round out business management suite: ShipStation, Xero, PayPal (eInvoicing), Google Drive, QuickBooks.

Current limitations: Mainly focus on finished goods inventory and don’t have a time line for component or raw material inventory management

Price Range: $25/per month – $125

Ideal Client: Independent business owners selling products through one or multiple channels (e.g. online, wholesale, consignment, trunk shows or street fairs).

Wow Factor:  Stitch’s multi-user functionality enables collaborators – such as sales reps, business partners, and employees – to help manage the business from anywhere in the world. Their powerful analytics is a bonus to anyone selling products, as the analytics though most shopping cart and marketplace applications are lacking visibility into the entire supply chain.


 

ShipStation

“Increasing seller efficiency through simple, yet powerful time saving features while providing top notch customer service are core values at ShipStation.

We strive to help sellers spend less time on fulfillment and more time doing what they do best—marketing their products and growing their business.”

Curtis Mitchell, Director Business Development at ShipStation

Features: Completely Web-Based (Cloud),  30+ Marketplace Integrations, Mac and PC Compatible through any Web Browser, All plans include a Free DYMO Endicia Account

Current limitations: Although directly integrated with inventory management solutions, ShipStation, by itself,  does not include an inventory management component

Price Range: $25/per month – $145 based on # of shipments per month, # of users, and # of sales channels.

Ideal Client: Multi-Carrier, Multi-Channel Online Business Owner

Wow Factor: ShipStation recently completed their integration with Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA),  servicing both US and European-based merchants

Putting it all to use

To expand, shopping cart Bigcommerce provides their own app directory which you can find here to look up additional order management tools.

It is my hope that the information above will guide you to making the best decisions for this aspect of your business and alleviate some of the manual management involved- giving you more time to devote to your customers.

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