WooCommerce is a free and open-source plugin for WordPress that lets you turn regular websites into e-commerce portals. This is great for businesses, because whether you’re the owner of the smallest local shop or the largest multi-national, you can quickly and easily allow customers to shop online from your website.
When you install the WooCommerce plugin, you’ll have quite a few options to choose from in terms of inventory management systems, so here’s a rundown of five of the most popular to help you make your choice.
TradeGecko is a full-service system that allows you to control your purchases, sales, and inventory from one simple platform. Not only can you manage multiple stores with a single account, but you can also manage everything with the mobile app, and you get access to analytics about who’s selling what products and where.
Although TradeGecko is an inventory management system that keeps track of stock and inventory levels, it’s also a comprehensive add-on that lets you manage orders and sales, control stock that’s located in multiple warehouses, change pricing and product names, and automate the backorder process. And it even has a portal for online wholesale. You can even integrate other online tools with TradeGecko, allowing you to control accounting, shipping, and even taxation through one handy program.
2. WooCommerce Stock Manager
The WooCommerce Stock Manager isn’t as comprehensive as some of the other inventory management systems, but if you’re looking for something basic, it gets the job done. For each product and its variations, you can manage stock, see stock status updates, set stock levels, and set backorders. You can also import and export data back and forth easily from Excel.
Stitch understands the needs of small, medium, and large businesses, and they get how overwhelming it can be to manage online orders, shipping, and inventory. And one of the great things about Stitch’s WooCommerce inventory management system is that it isn’t just for your online sales: you can actually integrate your online and offline operations, including shipping, inventory, orders, and books. You can also:
- Manage orders from multiple channels
- See sales reports
- Check on your WooCommerce profits
- Synchronize all your stock quantities
- Manage stock, shipments, and sales from one convenient location
- Get access to great analytics to determine what’s working and what’s not
The Scanventory inventory management for WooCommerce is all about letting you manage your business remotely, so it focuses on the applications that let you control your inventory from your smartphone or mobile QR scanner.
The features that set Scanventory apart from other inventory management systems are that you can easily scan codes, create custom inventory labels, and can make instant updates to your inventory system. The system also lets you control stock on a product by product basis, meaning you can enable and disable inventory as needed, and review and correct issues in real-time.
Customizable inventory labels can be created for any and every product in your warehouse, and you can pick and choose the information you want on the labels. And the labels are of course equipped with QR codes so that you can use your phone or scanner to read them. Log reports allow you to audit inventory easily and efficiently, because the logs track things like inventory changes, and give you access to updated information about stock statuses.
5. DEAR Inventory
Like most of the WooCommerce-compatible inventory management systems, DEAR Inventory is also designed to be the single system you use to control the inventory, sales, and shipments across all your channels. DEAR is ideal for manufacturers who need to keep track of information like the cost of raw materials, finished goods, and labor. You can also track material inventory, and because your whole purchasing history is recorded, you can track costs from year to year, compare supplier prices, and keep updated and accurate cost information.
As a WordPress plugin, WooCommerce is a simple-to-use e-commerce platform that can easily be integrated into your website. And when it comes time to manage and track your inventory, sales, and shipping, you have a number of options regarding inventory management systems.
TradeGecko and Stitch are solid and well-rounded management systems that allow you total control over your inventory. Scanventory is ideal for businesses that love codes and labels and want to be able to scan them quickly and easily. And DEAR Inventory is perfect for manufacturers who need to track both raw material inventory and finished goods.
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