Today, at the industry trade show SleeterCon in Las Vegas, we took another big step toward revolutionizing e-commerce by adding the first ever multi-channel inventory sync to our new Unify Enterprise e-commerce solution. Unify Enterprise empowers online retailers to sync inventory across all stores so they can run their business from one location. So no matter where you sell, you can manage your inventory across all major sales channels, including eBay, Amazon, Magento, Volusion, Bigcommerce, and custom websites. No more skipping around between stores! By providing a single location for synchronizing inventory, we keep your warehouses efficient, eliminate wasteful spending, and ensure that you never oversell.
We have more great news for eCC Desktop users. We are pleased to announce that the new version of eCC Desktop now features enhanced consolidated posting. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, consolidated posting means bringing multiple transactions from one store into a single post in QuickBooks. So now you have even more control over your sales data and accounting, because you can manually select, by store, the orders that you need to consolidate in single transaction, as well as consolidate on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. This means now you can group orders into a batch and post the batch as a single transaction instead of one giant list that takes up precious space and time. Continue reading
Before we get into why the cycle count is important, let’s reiterate an important set of conditions: Any item that comes into your warehouse should be accounted for in your accounting system through an item receipt or bill, every time. Also, every item that leaves your warehouse should be accounted for by a sales transaction. So, nothing comes in or goes out without being logged in your accounting system.
Now, about the inventory. Once you’ve done your full physical count, how do you know that your count is accurate? Conducting a monthly cycle count means re-counting the top 10 percent highest volume, quickest selling items to reveal any discrepancies between the counting system and what’s physically on your shelves (or any breakdowns in workflow) so the system can be corrected immediately. Continue reading
Congrats on learning all about the pre-count. Let’s move on, shall we? Because you have to suspend operations while you’re doing your physical count, your business will be impacted. For this reason, most people do their count during the evening or over a weekend or when they’re normally not shipping orders. To make your count move along as quickly as possible, take care of the inventory planning while you’re still in operations. Namely, organize your warehouse, plan who will count what and when, assemble your gear, and print your lists. This will keep the suspension of operations as short as possible so you can get back to business (and selling) as usual. Here are some insider tips and tricks for planning and executing that physical count. Continue reading
Building a solid foundation of inventory management is the key to success for any e-commerce business, especially as the holiday buying season approaches. Accurate inventory helps identify problematic operational processes and creates a system of checks and balances between your accounting and your warehouse teams.
Overselling, which is one of the most dangerous situations for a business, can be difficult to identify until it has reached a critical level. Following our simple inventory best practices will give you key insights into how your business is growing and what products are fueling that growth. The counting of inventory usually occurs in stages based on the needs of your business. There’s a pre-count, a physical count, and the cycle count.
It sounds simple enough, but resist the urge to jump right into your physical inventory count. Like any important task, preparation is key: If you’re going to paint your house, you’ve got to first tape the trim and lay the drop cloths. Similarly, there’s some critical prep work that needs to be addressed in the pre-count: Continue reading