Connect Multi-channel Inventory System to Selling Channels
14 Jun 2017
What is a multi-channel inventory system?
An inventory management system is a vertical expert system which manages your inventory. But today’s, modern multi-channel inventory systems can also synchronize the flow across your selling channels and warehouse. Best inventory management systems do not deal with your sales strategies, accounting transactions or other operations, they basically focus on inventory management. An inventory system can not function properly without interfacing with other parties such as accounting systems, selling channels, shopping carts and shipment carriers.
Having said that, the very first step to start configuring your inventory management system is defining the interfaces with other systems. You should define the core integrations which will connect your warehouse to other systems. In the past, I have seen integrations which continue for months. With modern multi-channel inventory systems, connecting to a selling channel takes a couple of minutes. In the following section, I will explain basic integrations by using Logiwa which is one of the most connected inventory management system for small business online retailers.
How to configure your inventory system for selling channel integration?
Make the list of all online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Sears, Jet.com, Wayfair which you are selling or planning to sell. Gather all the information which is required to connect your inventory system to online marketplaces like username, password, sellerID, token etc. Your inventory system must connect all these marketplaces to synchronize: