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Anyone have a solution for inventory management?

     
1:48 am on Apr 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Since our recent expansion, we are starting to run into inventory problems. We have lost track of many items, and dont even how much of what we have in stock.

We are thinking about implementing an inventory program providing labels for every item.

Any suggestions?

6:26 am on Apr 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Doesn't your ecommerce solution do this for you?
3:01 pm on Apr 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm using paypal shopping cart and i have the same problem with inventory. Any ideas?
1:05 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't think I'm allowed to mention a specific product here, but if you search Google for "order management" or "inventory management" you will find that there are programs designed for ecommerce companies that will help you manage your inventory along with the rest of your business.
3:12 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What options are available is also dependant on how complex your needs are.

* Do you need to accept returns or exchanges?
* Does inventory status need to be reflected on your site in real time?
* Are all of your stock units complete or do you have subassemblies that need to be put together into final goods?
* Do you need for your inventory management software to warn you when certain thresholds are passed?
* Do you want your inventory management system to automatically generate purchase orders to vendors to restock?
* Do you need your inventory management system closely tied into your accounting system?

The more "yes" answers you have, the more you can expect to spend...

3:32 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I can think of at least one program that does everything on your list, is designed for small-to-medium sized businesses, and has an average installed price of around $1,500.
7:23 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've always had trouble with the subassemblies tracking issue.

The need to keep channel partners (e.g. Amazon) up to date with current inventory can also complicate things.