Efficient Inventory management is critical for any ecommerce store. Inventory management system tracks inventory levels, orders, sales, and deliveries. The system makes sure that you have the necessary resources available for the seamless functioning of your ecommerce store. A lag in the operations of the store can cost money, customers and even create a not so good impression. A robust inventory management system will help to deliver orders to customers on time, receive necessary resource on time and ultimately improve efficiency of the ecommerce store.
Common Inventory Management Systems
Manual Management using Spreadsheets
This system can be very difficult to keep track of and requires a lot of time to keep everything updated. Imagine updating a spreadsheet every time you made a sale or ordered more inventory.
Automated Management using a Hosting Platform (Shopify)
This system is highly useful if you sell your products through only one channel (amazon, ebay, etc..) or if you sell only through your own online store. Read a detailed comparison series we did on SaaS based Ecommerce systems, Shopify and BigCommerce.
Automated Management using Ecommerce Software Solutions
Automated system created specifically for ecommerce stores will automatically upload your product details onto your website, and other channels with the push of a button. They also provide features like automate order fulfillment and inventory quantity updating.
Features of Automated Ecommerce Inventory Management System
Inventory management system lets you group products by sale, category, type, season. It can sort products according to price, vendor and inventory level automatically. It can also set up and sell unlimited number or types of product through online store.
Product Variant Management
An inventory management system assists in managing several variants of a single product. You can simply offer any number of variants for a single product to reflect different sizes, materials, colors and more. And every variation can have its own price, weight, and ID.
Inventory management system can seamlessly track inventory, set up automated reminders to place orders or to manufacture more product when necessary, and update inventory numbers when you receive a new inventory. This will help to avoid having too little or too much stock on hand at a time.
Inventory Management Insights
Get insights on how your inventory is moving. Analysis of the incoming data can help pinpoint your flaws in the operation and where the opportunities are. It can help you to plan future orders, forecast sales, design special promotions, campaigns and create successful marketing strategies.
The main purposes of using an inventory management system is:
- To maintain a balance between inventory
- Tracking inventory as it is transported
- Keeping track of product sales and inventory levels
- Reduce product wastage
- Avoiding reduction in sales due to out-of-stock situations
A robust shipping and handling system can boost the efficiency of your inventory management system. Therefore it is essential to consider how you effectively manage your e-commerce shipping and handling including your inventory, storage, packing and shipping.
We, at Zyxware Technologies can help integrate an inventory management system that is right for your retail site and bring to the fore all the advantages that go with it. To get in touch with us, click here!
- Jillian Knox, “eCommerce Inventory Management Best Practices”, Blog, Published Feb 2016, Nchannel.com , Accessed 13/07/2017
- Moosa Hemani, “How to Do Inventory Management for Ecommerce Stores”, Blog, Published Oct 2016, Awesomecommerce.com, Accessed 13/07/2017
- Bill Widmer, “Inventory Management 101: The Short Guide for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs”, Blog, Published Aug 2016, Abetterlemonadestand.com, Accessed 14/07/2017