Just a post for others to use my experience as a resource, for apps/software that help manage CONSIGNMENT.
I own a brick & mortar retail gift store, with Shopify for my online store and my POS.
My store has a very large number of products and variants. I have about 150 Consignment Vendors, and also a large number of brands for my store owned inventory.
Through my experiences, I have found that most consignment apps/software were built for CONSIGNMENT shops that sell used, or do not restock products. They are trying to pivot to accommodate shops like mine, but are not entirely there yet.
Through my experience, I have used the following:
- Ricochet (before Shopify)
- Aravenda (formerly Resale Global )
- Vendor Consignment (by Visceral )
If you are looking for consignment software and considering any of the above, feel free to reach out and ask me questions. I will gladly advise of the advantages/disadvantages of each, and answer questions as best I can.
Through the changes, I have thrown away literally thousands of dollars unnecessarily in my quest to find the right fit. And it was at the advice of another store owner that I followed up with, based on a review she left, that I made the latest change. If I can help someone else avoid losing money and finding a good fit right away, I would love to pay it forward.
I found your post while searching for ways to streamline our retail store's consignment process. We are actually in a similar position: gift store with a significant amount of consignment vendors and we also purchase additional products from distributors.
Recording and paying out the consignment vendors at the end of each month requires a lot of work... and spreadsheets! We've recently looked at a few apps and noticed the same issue: most are built for re-sale businesses. I'd be curious to hear what app or solution you ended up going with.
Hi Brenna, thank you for your willingness to help a fellow business owner struggling to find solutions. We are in the process of finding a solution to managing our consigned inventory and vendor payouts. I need to be able to receive inventory differently than regular stock so that my COGs don't increase and my financial software (QuickBooks) doesn't create a bill for it. Do these apps help with this? Which app have you found to be the most complete, flexible and easiest to use?
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