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The Best eCommerce Software for an Efficient Warehouse

Posted by Arianna Thayer on Nov 1, 2016

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Is your warehouse running as efficiently as it could? If your warehouse is plagued with mis-picks, mis-ships, or inaccurate inventory quantities, then it’s most likely not. There’s a lot of options out there when it comes to making your warehouse more efficient for eCommerce. From channel management to shipping services, it’s hard to wade through what the top ecommerce softwares are.

Probably the best advice out there is to find something that plays nicely with other softwares and eCommerce platforms. It’s easy to get sold on a product that claims it can do it all, but what if you get it, only to discover all the things you wish it could do?

Here’s a list of the best ecommerce software you’ll need to have a well-oiled warehouse. And the best part about it, is all of these eCommerce softwares have a track record of “playing nice” with others, meaning you shouldn’t have a problem integrating and building the package your business needs and deserves.

1 | Warehouse Management Software (WMS)

What is it? A warehouse management system supports the operations of a warehouse. It’s the foundation of warehouse efficiency by optimizing and organizing the orders, picking, packing, and shipping processes.

Why do I need it? Well, who doesn’t want a more efficient warehouse? WMS’ help decrease mis-ships, mis-picks, and general errors. It also puts valuable reporting tools in easy-to-read charts and graphs.

Where do I get it? You’re in the right place! SkuVault offers the most real-time integration available and our customer service with an initial response rate of less than 10 minutes. We have over 50 partners and 35 integrations that’ll help keep your warehouse running accurately and efficiently.

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2 | Channel Management Software (CMS)

What is it? Channel management softwares ensure your inventory is available and accurate across multiple channels. It pushes your products to multiple channels and prevents overselling despite how many channels you sell on.

Why do I need it? If you’re selling on multiple channels, a CMS is a must. Without it, you run the risk of overselling your product or spending hours listing your inventory individually across multiple channels.

Where do I get it? ChannelAdvisor is the top eCommerce software in channel management. When integrated with SkuVault, you can pull product data every 10 minutes.

3 | Shipping Software

What is it? Shipping softwares decrease shipping costs and ship time by optimizing and integrating the shipping process.

Why do I need it? With shipping softwares, you can save time, make fewer mistakes, and save money with automated label printing, built-in quality control measures, and optimized shipping options. Imagine being able to pick the best shipper for your packages (based on ship time and cost) in a side-by-side comparison.

Where do I get it? ShipWorks and ShipStation are excellent softwares for eCommerce businesses that offer quality control measures like picker alerts and invoice to pick list features.

4 | Accounting Software

What is it? Accounting softwares records and processes transactions in your warehouse, ensuring organization and transparency.

Why do I need it? Well, if there’s one thing that’s essential to keep organized, it’s your finances. You don’t want to be sorting through a box of receipts in the spring when it’s time to pay taxes.

Where do I get it? I think by now, everyone knows QuickBooks, which is one of the top eCommerce softwares, but other great options are Xero or Sage.

5 | eCommerce Website Builder

What is it? Website building softwares are tools that enable the user to construct a website without the use of coding.

Why do I need it? When was the last time you bought from a wonky looking website? Being a professional starts with having a professional website customers feel comfortable buying from. You’ll be surprised at what little time it takes to get up and running with a new website you can even sell your products from.

Where do I get it? Probably the most ubiquitous website building software for eCommerce websites is Shopify. However, another software option for your business is Volusion.

6 | Point of Sale System (POS)

What is it? Typically used in retail settings, it’s the software found on the cash register that records data such as purchases, returns, and inventory.

Why do I need it? If you own a brick-and-mortar store, it’s likely you already have one of these. Ideally, you should have one that integrates with your warehouse to keep receiving and adding/removing quantities accurate across all systems.

Where do I get it? Shopify is probably the most common software for eCommerce businesses, but SkuVault also integrates with Lightspeed.

7 | Cloud Storage & Backup Software

What is it? Storage and backup software keeps your information and data in an independent location to protect you from hardware and software malfunction or other catastrophic incidents.

Why do I need it? Malfunctions are common, and if you don’t have a backup, data loss can mean huge losses in profit. Your best option is using software that has cloud storage, which means you’re protection is automated and secured remotely, but there are also softwares that can sync and store all of the data on your computer for you.

Where do I get it? Examples of some of the top eCommerce softwares for storage include IDrive, Carbonite, and SOS.

Conclusion

There’s a ton of softwares out there that will help make your warehouse more efficient and essentially pay for itself in decreased mis-ships and mis-picks. It’s all about finding the right combination of softwares that have easy integration and the right features for your business. Give your business the jumpstart it needs to really excel and consider some of these top eCommerce softwares that will get your business running like a well-oiled machine.

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Topics: eCommerce, warehouse management, Inventory management