Partner Profile: Andy Eastes, Founder and CEO, SkuVault

Andy Eastes, CEO SkuVaultSkuVault CEO Andy Eastes’ story started in middle school when he began selling things online out of his friends’ parents’ basements, garages, and attics. That eventually evolved into estate sales and then actual stores with actual vendors. Then he helped start an apparel and footwear e-commerce company in Louisville, Kentucky where he soon built his first inventory system. Shortly thereafter he put himself back in the e-commerce business by building the prototype of SkuVault, then called Epic, which he sold to two customers, one of which is still using it today. In December 2012, he launched the web-based system which is now known as SkuVault.Check out this partner profile and get to know Andy Eastes, #CEO of @SkuVault. #Unify Click To Tweet

SkuVault is a warehouse management technology platform that also has supporting features to go further back in the supply chain and enable companies to come into the 21st Century, go digital, and be multi- and omnichannel from the beginning. SkuVault takes sales all the way from purchasing up to and through the fulfillment process to then on the backside of that the reporting and analytics. Partnerships and integrations with companies like Webgility and the Virtual ERP for e-Commerce are key to their clients’ success. Continue reading

New! Enhanced Unify integration with Xero

New! Enhanced Unify integration with XeroNew Unify integration simplifies sync with leading solutions from ShipStation, ShippingEasy, Skubana, and SkuVault

Today we announced an enhanced integration with cloud accounting software company Xero (NZX: XRO, ASX: XRO) that makes syncing of financials, inventory, and shipping data with leading systems easier than ever.

The upgraded integration enables sellers to sync data between Xero and shipping apps such as ShipStation and ShippingEasy, quickly track revenue across sales channels, and record expenses and fees from marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay simply and accurately. In addition, new features allow sellers to better utilize the power of Xero’s built-in inventory capabilities by syncing price and quantity with online channels, and automatically building their inventory list in Xero from their sales channel data. Also with the new integration, sellers can keep up to date on vendor purchase orders when using advanced inventory tools such as Skubana or SkuVault. Continue reading

Unify Product Updates

Unify Product UpdatesIt’s been a busy time at Webgility as we’ve upgraded both Unify cloud and desktop offerings. To enable businesses to be sustainable, profitable, and scalable, we’ve strengthened our products with these additional features.

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  • New integration! Walmart Marketplace has been added as a new sales channel (currently in Beta). If you’re interested in joining our Walmart Marketplace Beta program, click here.
  • Xero (you asked for it…)
    • ShipStation and ShippingEasy now sync to Xero.
    • eBay and Amazon fees now sync to Xero.
    • SkuVault and Skubana users can now sync vendor purchase orders in Xero.
  • Analytics
    • Wondering which item generates the biggest profit? We got this. You can now see the per-unit profit on an item as well as the total gross profit for that item over time.
    • Users can now see a graph showing the average profit on orders over the last 30 days for each sales channel. Profits recalculate daily, allowing users to identify early trends and understand the impact of discounts, advertising, and special offers.
    • You’ll never oversell again. You now have access to a new chart that shows how many days until an item will be out of stock.
    • SKU and product name can now be toggled as the Unique ID in any of the graphs or reports that utilize inventory information.
    • Go beyond general profit margins and understand through one of our unique analytics, which of your products generates the largest portion of your company’s overall profit. Investigate how this changes over time.

In addition to these notable upgrades, we’ve also given some attention to several usability features our customers have requested, such as consolidated syncing of bundled items, a preference screen, and a preview option for QuickBooks Online, to name just a few. Thank you for your feedback and please keep it coming. Your input improves the product.

Dropship your way to financial freedom

Dropship your way to financial freedomOne of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make as an e-commerce business owner is also the one that could make or break your financial freedom.

How you control and distribute the products you sell through your site is a critical choice you have to make during the outset of your business development. In this post, we’re going to find out if the dropshipping method can help you attain financial freedom, or if managing the ebb and flow of supply and demand would be better handled internally.

Managing a profitable e-commerce business is a process that requires strategy, resilience, and a fair bit of trial and error. The day-to-day logistics of your business could change dramatically in the first year, depending on how much you learn and how quickly you learn it. Making changes is scary but necessary—and the more you understand about your options, the fewer changes you’ll need to make.#Dropship your way to financial freedom by guest blogger Patrick Foster from @myecommercetips #Unify Click To Tweet

For some creative e-commerce business owners such as artists, musicians, and carpenters— dropshipping doesn’t come into play. If you make the product you sell in house, you never need to consider wholesalers. However, if you create digital designs for your products but don’t manufacture them, a big decision will be how to cost-effectively manage the manufacture and shipping of your orders. Continue reading