Brightpearl is a platform that was designed to help users manage their omnichannel business.According to the vendor, key benefits and features include: Built for retail. Brightpearl is focused on strictly on omnichannel retail, meaning that our platform and all future innovations are focused on h...
Inventory Management Systems
Inventory Management Software Overview
What is Inventory Management Software?
Inventory Management Software provides a central hub for retailers, primarily eCommerce or multichannel selling operations, to manage the flow of goods. It may encompass order and fulfillment management, warehouse management and stock checking, procurement (or e-procurement) and supplier management, as well as analytics and integrations with other business critical systems (e.g. accounting, ERP, eCommerce platforms).
Inventory Management vs. Order Management, Supply Chain Management, & Warehouse Management Systems
Generally inventory management software is acquired at a lower cost and is more parsimonious than omnichannel order management & retail suites. Inventory control and ordering systems are embedded in supply chain management (SCM) suites, though not all businesses need such extensive solutions as those offered in SCMs. Software billed as inventory management is a wiser choice for smaller businesses, compared to SCM suites which are designed to manage supply across many warehouses and outlets across a vast or complex logistics network. Capabilities of inventory management systems are very similar to warehouse management systems (WMS), though these are often targeted at distributors while inventory management software is most often targeted at retailers; however, this is not an absolute distinction.
Inventory Management Software Features & Capabilities
- Inventory Control: As these platforms are targeted at retailers, their central feature is to automate a stock counting and tracking across (potentially) multiple warehouses as items are sold and resupplied. Also, the software should supply barcode scanning internally or integrate with barcode scanning technology.
- Inventory Optimization: The software should automate and provide decision support for optimal levels of stocked items based on sales & order analytics. This practice helps with cost control and should suppress or eliminate oversupply of sluggish or immovable stocked products.
- Purchase / Sales Order Management: Orders can be handled within the inventory management platform via inbuilt purchase order and sales order management systems and interfaces.
- Fulfillment: Platforms may centralize, automate, and optimize order fulfillment by consolidating sales information across channels and warehouses to ensure optimal shipping and delivery of products, balancing consideration for shipping costs and customer satisfaction.
- Shipping & Tracking: The system may provide shipping status and logistical oversight and controls, or integrate with 3PL and shipping software systems and modules.
- Supplier Relationship / Supplier Performance Management, & Scoring: Analyzing and scoring supplier performance is a key feature of top inventory management software.
- Order & Stock History: Inventory management systems should also retain and provide access to rich historical data about orders and stocks.
- Backorder Management: When items are out of stock, the system can reduce the cost of resupply by intelligently facilitating and consolidating purchase orders.
- Accounting & CRM, inbuilt or integration: Some inventory management software offers simple inbuilt accounting and CRM capabilities, though most often the system must integrate compatibly with outside accounting and customer relationship management systems.
- Reporting & Analytics: Given the wealth of data generated, transmitted through, and stored in the system, top inventory management software provides analytics and reporting of product and channel performance (including drill-down analytics on product features), cost of goods sold (COGS), profit analysis, and sales forecasting. This can help discover top customers or top sales performers, and other meaningful pieces of information for multi-channel selling optimization.
Inventory Management Products
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QuickBooks Enterprise is a widely-used accounting package designed for smaller organizations. It is the top of the QuickBooks line. Pricing starts at $3,000 for five users, and goes up depending on the number of additional users. They also offer an Advanced Inventory module for $999 / year.
Webgility is designed for QuickBooks Desktop and NetSuite users who sell on multiple channels. The vendor says key capabilities include: Automate BookkeepingEliminate manual data entry and bookkeeping errorsAutomatically import transactions from all your sales channelsInstantly post marketplace ...
Odoo, from the Belgium-headquartered multinational company of the same name, is a suite of business applications for managing the sales pipeline. It also comprises a PoS and inventory management modules, scaling to a warehouse or retail management solution.
ShipStation is an order fulfillment, inventory management, and shipping hub for eCommerce businesses. It allows users to import, manage, and ship orders from the ShipStation hub, which can coordinate multiple online sales channels and multiple carriers. ShipStation also offers branded package tra...
TradeGecko is an Order and Supply Chain Management platform with a comprehensive suite of functionalities packaged together in a cloud-based interface.
Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM) is inventory management software targeted by the vendor as a low cost solution for SMB manufacturers, especially when integrated with Xero and Quickbooks as an end-to-end solution.
Linnworks is an inventory management software offering from Linn-Systems. It includes features such as multi-channel software and order management.
Valogix Inventory Planner is an inventory management software offering from Valogix. It includes features such as forecast, plan, and optimize inventory and determines which items to stock and order.
SalesBinder is an online inventory management system which also combines an organization’s customers, sales leads, purchase orders, estimates, and invoices into one globally accessible place. This enables users to have real-time access to their inventory and all other business activities. Advance...
Aralco Systems is an inventory management software offering from Aralco. It includes features such as e-commerce, UDI, and point of sale features.
Stitch Labs is an inventory management software offering from Stitch Labs. It includes features such as multichannel selling and inventory control, with order and fulfillment management optimal for retail.
ordoro is an inventory management software offering from Ordoro. It includes features such as inventory management and dropshipping.
DEAR Inventory is an inventory management software offering from kalosoft Software. It includes features such as customer, vendor, & shipper records.
CommerceHub is an omnichannel retail platform for suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. It has three pieces: ProductStream, DemandStream, and OrderStream. ProductStream connects retailers with suppliers and product data, allowing users to manage their online product catalog. DemandStream conne...
Kibo Software offers Kibo eCommerce, designed to support retailers with online offer creation and deployment, content publishing and landing pages, and many tools and widgets out of the box with a retail-oriented content management system (CMS).
Orderwave is a web-based hosted application that is designed to automate and streamline operations for e-commerce, catalog, and direct marketing sales channels. Key features include: Subscription and Continuity ManagementInventory and Warehouse ManagementPayment ProcessingShopping CartRobust Repo...
RF Pathways is an inventory management software offering from Automation Associates.
Stock Tracker is an online ordering and stocking software offering from UK company Defy Logic. It includes features such as stock control and order management and social media set-up.
StratusStockroom is an inventory management software offering from Intellitrack. It includes features such as the ability to get notifications when stock levels reach critical lows and set up an automated system to track input and outtake of items.
Unleashed is an inventory management software offering from Unleashed Software in New Zealand. It includes features such as integrated eCommerce accounting.
inFlow Inventory is an inventory management software offering from Archon Systems.
JDA Software Group offers a Replenishment & Fulfillment suite of software applications, central to which is JDA Fulfillment, which in turn is augmented with JDA Order Optimization, as well as three replenishment solutions (Vendor Managed, Advanced Store, and Advanced Warehouse). The suite may...
Canadian company Cybex Systems offers their Enterprise Retail System, an integrated platform combining their Head Office software with a point-of-sale (PoS) system, inventory and order controls, and business intelligence, for a total retail management solution.
SenseQuiet Inventory is an inventory management software offering from SenseQuiet Technologies. It includes features such as multi-location inventory software and integrated accounting capabilities.