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Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl

Brightpearl is very well suited for small-medium companies that are growing quickly and need a way to improve their operational systems and functionality to handle increasing volume of orders. Particularly if you use multiple SKUs, sales channels, and/or warehouses, the features offered by Brightpearl are excellently well suited to handle these types of needs. I don't believe Brightpearl would be very applicable for very small companies with a small number of SKUs, as many of the features offered would be unnecessary and underutilized.
Joel Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite implementation means an industry-class help desk with a dynamic interface that brings together all customer interactions from almost any channel allowing agents to respond faster to customer queries and with the right context. It is more than just a help desk since it also acts as a CRM by allowing us to organize workflows, processes and track customer engagement.
Emily Mok | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Incident and problem management

Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.9
Organize and prioritize service tickets
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.0
Expert directory
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.1
Subscription-based notifications
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
6.9
ITSM collaboration and documentation
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.1
Ticket creation and submission
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.9
Ticket response
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.6

Self Help Community

Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.9
External knowledge base
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.0
Internal knowledge base
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.8

Multi-Channel Help

Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.9
Customer portal
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.7
IVR
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.2
Social integration
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
7.5
Email support
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.7
Help Desk CRM integration
Brightpearl
Zendesk Support Suite
8.3

Pros

Brightpearl

  • Brightpearl tracks order changes and communications very well. It documents all activity in a feed that anyone can see, including status changes, notes made, emails sent, etc.
  • Brightpearl makes it incredibly easy to find orders fitting certain criteria through the use of statuses that you can customize. For example, as a multichannel seller, we can easily create statuses for each channel that we sell from, where our orders will (oftentimes automatically) land in. We also deal often with things like back ordered items; we can also create statuses for certain brands, so that when we expect a shipment in from that company, our back order specialist can easily sort through her orders that are waiting on that shipment.
  • Brightpearl makes it easy to take orders over the phone. Everything I need is right there on one screen; not often do I find myself needing to deviate to other tabs. The steps I take (from "new order" to finish) are straightforward and understandable, and go in steps that make sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

  • Zendesk makes it easy to see if a question/ticket has already been answered/updated (and to see who answered it).
  • Zendesk makes it easy for users to indicate if they are available to respond or not.
  • Zendesk also makes it easy to respond as you can respond within the software/system. A one-stop process!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Brightpearl

  • Supports only a small number of marketplaces and in a limited way only. When I signed up with Brightpearl they claimed that you could list directly onto eBay from within Brightpearl but this turned out to be untrue as Brightpearl did not support eBay postage policies (eBay's semi literate way of saying shipping tables).
  • Not only can you not list directly onto eBay, you cannot list directly from within Brightpearl to any marketplaces whatsoever. With other software you can list directly to all the marketplaces they integrate with.
  • Brightpearl is abysmal at VAT. Brightpearl calculates VAT on Channel Islands and Canary Islands orders even though there is no Vat in either of them. So when you pay HMRC you will be paying them a bit extra unless you check all your orders which makes the software somewhat redundant.
  • When I signed up they advertised Brightpearl as the software to automate your online selling. But it didn't really do that. A couple of years later at considerable extra cost they released an add-on app called Brightpearl Automation that does seem to deliver on automation. However other software offers that at no extra cost.
  • Brightpearl claims that it integrates with Amazon, but this is only partially true as they have completely ignored the new marketplaces that Amazon have opened. If you list on those marketplaces you have to input the orders manually and Brightpearl will not update the stock, putting you at risk of negative feedback. Other software integrates fully with all Amazon marketplaces.
  • Now that I am leaving it was suggested that I might benefit from read-only access so that we could easily double check things like warranty claims. They offered me a year's read-only access for £10,080 which is more than double my yearly contract for full use of the software. Now, if that isn't taking the mickey, I don't know what is!!!
Martin Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

  • Allow each user to customize the look of their Dash, rather than being hemmed in by company selections
  • Provide a way for Suspended tickets (created by emails from non-users) to be better managed
  • Set a timer for tickets to reopen on a more individual ticket basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 8.2
Based on 12 answers
Brightpearl has proved to work out for our company and we have no need or intention to let it go. Rather we intend to build on what we've accomplished and it will no doubt help us scale our business and meet our ambitions.
Chris Metropulos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 10.0
Based on 38 answers
There has not been a reason to consider anything else as the core functions work perfectly for ticketing. Also Zendesk continues to focus on new functionality, growth of the API and Apps framework and add more partner application to the list. Not only will be renew but it is likely we will add seats as we grow and expand our customer focused teams.
Lou Gallo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 4.1
Based on 8 answers
Brightpearl can be a little confusing to begin with, there are a lot of options to look through and working out the intricacies takes some time depending on what you would like to be able to do on it and what your account is set up to do. It is however very thorough and once you can work your way around it most of the functions are fairly simple to use and very detailed.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 9.0
Based on 18 answers
As an agent it's very simple to use. As an admin it's also easy to use, but sometimes lacks some functionality that would be nice to have such as expanded native 2 way sync functionality for many major apps that are commonly used today like HubSpot and Salesforce. The ability to add followers to tickets to they get updates and are in the know without the customer seeing this agent cc'd is a nice touch. This ensures additional visibility and easily following the communication without having to appear as a CC to the customer, who could accidentally remove that person in a response, thus breaking the visibility
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl is always easily accessibly anywhere that you can find an internet source. I have checked our stock levels when we have been off site at Ham Rally's at home and on my way home or to work if needs be. That is probably one of the best features of this system.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 8.6
Based on 26 answers
In the past year, I'd say I have only noticed maybe two hours total of downtime in my own usage. Very minimal.
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl performs very well and integrates very well with our Metapak packing and despatch system. IT also intergrates very well with Amazon and we have used Ebay although there have been complications with Ebay and stock levels. We use Ebay mostly for second hand items of which we only have one so have skipped using Brighpearl for these products.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 8.0
Based on 20 answers
There has been minor performance degradation on a very few days out of the two years I have been using the product.
Taylor Wielage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.7
Based on 268 answers
Brightpearl was ALWAYS great at responding to us. Their customer service was quick and responsive.Unfortunately, the responses were often that "engineers were working on it" but nothing seemed to ever come of that. I realize that Brightpearl is a large company that a lot of businesses rely on. But when you can't hit "enter" when trying to search in the front-end POS, that type of behavior should be changed very quickly and it never was. Admittedly, small things, but those annoyances tend to ultimately affect the overall experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 5.6
Based on 53 answers
Every time I contacted them they were not only very responsive and knowledgable, but always seemed to have a positive upbeat attitude. It probably helps that we did not have significant service outages or sev 1 level issues, but even my lower severity issues were quickly answered. And the positive and upbeat attitude really made things feel comfortable.
Kevin Pearce | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No in house training was given.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Online Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training was very helpful in the areas we were shown and was implemented very well via a Skype call and an presentation done via the internet. However it was not thorough enough for all of our needs in certain areas. More training in person on site would have been very helpful.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 7.9
Based on 9 answers
Zendesk has tons of available material for training - videos, webinars, articles, etc. The only reason this is not a 10 is because it can be hard to figure out how to navigate to these things and find what you are looking for.
Chase Sheaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.5
Based on 208 answers
Implementation was generally perfect, but if you are coming across from Sage I personally would recommend doing this as baby steps.
We tried to import our entire Sage history in one batch and that was a bad idea hence the 9/10. That was mainly our fault and nothing on Brightpearl.
James Ewens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

Zendesk Support Suite 9.0
Based on 35 answers
I was very satisfied. They have a free trial for 30 days and I recommend you do that and use it. It is very easy to get started with the basics and the build on over time.

The only thing technically complex was single sign-on and integration to Salesforce.com required some tweaks – otherwise setting up system was very easy
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Brightpearl

Initially we went with Brightpearl because it was an all in one solution. Salesforce CRM capabilities right out of the box far surpass Brightpearl's, but there's no inventory or accounting system pre-built in. We are currently moving away from Brightpearl for both CRM and accounting functions however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

I have not used any other support software, but also evaluated FreshDesk. For our needs at the time, Zendesk was more polished and had the ability to support multiple websites in a single instance, while allowing customization for each brand separately. That was crucial to us, and is why we went with Enterprise.
Adam McCracken | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.9
Based on 5 answers
Brightpearl's ability to increase or expand its capacity and retain its performance levels to accommodate growth were acceptable but not fantastic. The program was constantly making changes which can be useful, but was also confusing & hard to keep up with since we were never updated that changes were about to be made or had been made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Brightpearl

  • It's really difficult to say. While everything is now in one place, we've spent a ton of time with support and figuring things out on our own.
  • We've also had to spend a ton of money with our CPAs fixing our financials every month.
  • However, the sales piece has streamlined our process for shipping orders out in a timely basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zendesk Support Suite

  • The main part of the IT department is able to quickly prioritize and delegate tickets as they come in.
  • Tickets can be linked to each other and support articles, creating opportunities for more efficient responses.
  • Central location for users to ask for tech help when they don't need to know which staff member is the appropriate person to ask.
Alicia Barevich, bCRE, bCEE | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Brightpearl

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Brightpearl Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Brightpearl is for merchants trading $1M or above, or those that expect to be in the next 12 months. Pricing is designed to suit the needs of fast-growth and larger merchants.

Zendesk Support Suite

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Zendesk Support Suite Editions & Modules

Edition
Suite Team$49.001
Suite Growth$79.001
Suite Professional$99.001
Suite Enterprise$150.001
Additional Enterprise-Ready Plans, starting at...$215.001
Support Team (Foundational Support Only)$19.001
  1. per agent/month billed annually
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl
1.6
Zendesk Support Suite
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl
8.2
Zendesk Support Suite
10.0

Usability

Brightpearl
4.1
Zendesk Support Suite
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl
10.0
Zendesk Support Suite
8.6

Performance

Brightpearl
9.0
Zendesk Support Suite
8.0

Support Rating

Brightpearl
7.7
Zendesk Support Suite
5.6

In-Person Training

Brightpearl
1.0
Zendesk Support Suite
10.0

Online Training

Brightpearl
7.0
Zendesk Support Suite
7.9

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl
6.5
Zendesk Support Suite
9.0

Scalability

Brightpearl
6.9
Zendesk Support Suite

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