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The Best Inventory Management Software for Selling on Marketplaces

Manage your listings across multiple channels with the best ecommerce inventory management tools available, in four different categories.

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Whether you’re selling through your own store or on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, or somewhere else, there’s inventory management software that will work for you. Read on to discover the perfect tool to help you streamline your overheads, maximize your sales, and use every channel for your ecommerce advantage.

Here’s what you’ll find in this guide:

  • The best value all-rounder inventory management software. These tools provide a wide variety of features suitable for most marketplaces and listings, at a highly competitive price.
  • The best inventory management software for international selling. Learn about the tools best-suited for selling on marketplaces around the world.
  • The best inventory management software for U.S. marketplaces. If you need support for up-and-coming sales channels like Facebook Marketplace and Google Shopping Actions, as well as the more established marketplaces, this is where to look.
  • The best British inventory management software. The U.K. has a strong field of home-grown multichannel systems with excellent support for British marketplaces and parcel couriers.
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StoreAutomator: The Multichannel Solution for Retailers, Brands, and Agencies

Say goodbye to spreadsheets and put multichannel ecommerce on autopilot with the powerful capabilities of StoreAutomator.

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Ecommerce businesses that sell many products across different channels often hit a stage in their growth where their systems start to hold them back. Having multiple suppliers and orders going out through Amazon, eBay and other channels can be a nightmare to track and control without a multichannel management solution.

This is where a tool like StoreAutomator can make all the difference. StoreAutomator helps ecommerce businesses to automatically list products, run advertising campaigns and fulfill orders across multiple marketplaces, shopping carts, and advertising channels. There is no need for spreadsheets, and repetition is completely eliminated.

StoreAutomator is used by ecommerce businesses of all kinds, including retailers, brands, manufacturers, and agencies, particularly those with numerous product lines and high order volumes.

Here’s where StoreAutomator came from, what it does, and what makes it different to the other multichannel solutions out there.

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Ecommerce Inventory Management Software: Demystified!

Here’s everything you need to know to find the right inventory management software for your multichannel ecommerce business

Inventory management software (IMS) is vital for most ecommerce businesses. Whether you’re selling through an ecommerce website, or on third-party marketplaces, you need to track and manage all your product lines. With the right IMS you’ll be able to optimize your stock levels, manage sales on multiple channels, and maximize your revenues and profits.

We’ve noticed that there’s lots of confusion about exactly what an IMS is and what it does. That’s why we’ve created this complete guide that tells you everything you need to know. From what an IMS can do, and the main benefits and features, through to advice on choosing the right IMS for your online retail business and any potential pitfalls.

We’ll help you see through the jargon and the marketing to find the perfect IMS for your online retail and marketplace needs. Although there are plenty of IMS products for traditional retailers, we’re going to focus on inventory management software designed for ecommerce, including third-party marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Let’s get into it.

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5 Chinese Marketplaces For Western Brands and Online Sellers

Brands and online sellers should consider these marketplaces first when looking to unlock China – the largest consumer market in the world.

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This post is by Craig Agutter, Head of Corporate Online and Ecommerce, EMEA at WorldFirst.

You will have likely heard it before but it bears repeating – China is one of the largest and fastest growing ecommerce markets in the world. With 804.5 million internet users in China as of 2018, the online share of retail sales is expected to rise to an incredible 33.6% in 2019, amounting to $4.87 trillion in GMV.

For sheer bombastic sales events, nothing comes close to “Singles Day” in China, held on 11th November each year. An “anti-Valentine’s Day” of sorts, it was adopted by the Chinese ecommerce giant, Alibaba, in 2009 and transformed into an occasion when everyone buys themselves gifts. Over $30 billion of products were sold last year – several times Amazon’s Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined.

Despite its size, the Chinese market can seem daunting for Western brands or retailers. Before any online seller makes the leap, it is important to bear Chinese consumer preferences and behavior in mind, not least the importance of selling via marketplace platforms, in addition to the usual challenges presented by cross-border trade.

What should sellers know before jumping into the largest ecommerce market on Earth? Which marketplaces welcome cross-border sellers? What are the practical steps involved in getting started?

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The World’s Top Online Marketplaces 2019

Find out which online marketplaces rule their countries, regions and product categories in our definitive list of marketplaces worldwide.

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Globally, more than 50% of ecommerce sales were made through online marketplaces in 2018, and that is forecast to grow to about two-thirds within five years.

We are well acquainted with the likes of Amazon, eBay, Rakuten and Alibaba – the giants of online retail – but who are the rising stars? Who are the other big players around the world? Which are the best places to sell niche products?

In this post, we have compiled a definitive list of all the online marketplaces around the world,  and we answer those questions and more.

We start with the complete list of 146 marketplaces, then we look at the most popular product categories, and the best-served global regions. We include a detailed breakdown of the top four product categories – fashion, books, homewares and electronics – and finally take a look at the top marketplaces by region.

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