Hi, I would really value some informed recommendations for a robust solution to my inventory woes. I have recently updated to Shopify from Squarespace and Xero from AccountEdge. I need to tie Xero and Shopify together with better inventory management than either Xero or Shopify presently have. I have 3 inventory locations and sell from 2 of them. One is in the US and the other is in Australia. UK is a possibility in the future. We publish and sell our own books. <e2epublishing.info> Have approximately 100 line items currently but expanding. We sell a lot of bundles so I need a system that can auto build bundles from stock and track inventory as appropriate. I'd rather it did not send me broke paying for it too. ;-) If this is not the best forum to put this question to, I would value a link to the better option.
Suggestions as to what to look at gratefully received.
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Are all your inventory locations on Shopify, or are some inventory locations in Xero and thats why you also need to sync inventory between Shopify and Xero? Just trying to understand your setup better!
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I believe that you need more robust system than Shopify and Xero only. Since you need to create bundles, you might need an inventory management software. Maybe, have a look at Dear. It has bill of materials (for you to create bundles) and also may be able to connect a few selling channels. Also, I would recommend you to process everything through Shopify, even if you are processing sales offline. This way, at least, you will have all your sales in one place. However, I strongly believe that you won't avoid having a separate app for inventory management, unless you will be adding more SKUs to Shopify in the form of bundles.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I did post the question a while back and have done a lot of research since. Your advice is spot on. For a company of our size (small) Dear Systems or TradeGecko was recommended. We went with TradeGecko but I believe Dear Systems is equivalent. We are also in the process of evaluating ShipStation and StarShipIt. Again very similar systems.
For others who may see this thread I'd strongly suggest contacting Jeri Wambeek, Co-Founder, WhichAddOn. She gives great advice and can point you in the right direction after taking all the time it takes to understand your business and it's requirements.
Again, thanks for taking the time to respond.
Glad I could help.;)
And, yes, you are right - without in-depth information about the company, it is hard to give more details on what could/should be done. I based my answer on my experience with inventory management in manufacturing and e-commerce/retail. However, the setup of all systems is individual for every company and research and extensive testing needs to be done before you'd be able to run everything smoothly.
I wonder if I can pick your brains! I've just moved to Shopify and its going really well. However, I have an expensive managment system that doesn't really do what I need at a reasonable price. It works but its not value. I'm looking at an new accountancy package but need a really good inventory control package too. I'm looking at xero for accounts, but very interested in your thoughts on trade geko as it looks like you may have been using it for a little while now. Is it working for you? Thanks so much for your thoughts.