How eCommerce Connectors Help with Inventory Management


If you have an eCommerce store and are managing your own inventory (as opposed to dropshipping), you may be using a separate inventory tracking software, a spreadsheet, or possibly even paper and pencil. In such cases, synchronizing data between your eCommerce portal and your inventory can be difficult. It’ll require a lot of manual work, which will be an issue in the long run if you want to grow.

Fortunately, you can fix this by using an ERP to eCommerce connector. By connecting your backend inventory software with your eCommerce store, you can eliminate a lot of the manual work involved in keeping stock synced between them. A bidirectional integration will allow changes in your eCommerce store to update your inventory software and changes in your inventory software to update your eCommerce store.

One benefit of this is that your customers will now have knowledge about your stock. If there are only a few items left of a product they’re interested in, they can be urged to buy immediately before it runs out. On top of that, if you further integrate shipping with your ERP system, you can even give them tracking info so they know where it is at any moment and when it will arrive.

Another benefit is that you can now properly optimize inventory. With your eCommerce connector, you will have full visibility and accurate data about sales and inventory (potentially in real time), and you can use that information to forecast inventory needed in the future. This helps you avoid stocking too little or stocking too much.

This is also useful if you have multiple online channels (e.g. Amazon or eBay in addition to your eCommerce store) because you can turn your ERP software into a single centralized location to access inventory and other information.

As we said before, one way to integrate these systems is through connectors. If your eCommerce store is already on a platform such as Shopify or Magento, or if you’re using marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, etc., you can use a connector to integrate them with your inventory tracking software. Bista has built connectors for:

  • Magento
  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Amazon FBA
  • PrestaShop
  • BigCommerce
  • WooCommerce, and more.

Alternatively, many ERP systems offer their own eCommerce software to build your store. For example, NetSuite has a native eCommerce platform called SuiteCommerce and another software, Odoo, has a native eCommerce module. Both Odoo and NetSuite are compatible with connectors as well.

Bista has a decade of experience implementing ERP software and building custom eCommerce connectors for many platforms. If you’d like to get a free consultation on improving your inventory management for your business, give us a call. You can reach us at 404-631-6219 or get in touch using our contact form.

 

Watch Christina Barea and Todd Sellers discuss more about eCommerce connectors below:

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