vwd — 2012-07-26T11:16:02-04:00 — #1
A client is starting a small business selling products online. Rather than have a separate independent inventory management system, they would like to have the inventory management built into the eCommerce platform.
The client won't be dealing with huge volumes of products, so a simple inventory management system would be sufficient. Eg. [BigCommerce's built in inventory management seems more suitable than the [URL="https://www.ordoro.com/bigcommerce/"]BigCommerce<->Ordoro Integration](https://support.bigcommerce.com/questions/1541/How+do+I+manage+inventory+with+BigCommerce%3F) for the client's needs.
The main eCommerce platform contenders we are considering are BigCommerce, Shopify and Magento. Do Shopify and Magento offer something in the way of simple inventory management? I see that there are some apps for Shopify that might do the trick.
Any recommendations? A simple system is preferable for the client.
ipexpress — 2012-07-27T18:50:31-04:00 — #2
Have a look at TopShelf from http://www.scoutsft.com/ . Starts from only $19 per month.
scottymack — 2012-08-06T01:32:46-04:00 — #3
Practically every shopping cart out there has basic (or advanced) inventory management functionality. I have been evaluating a dozen e commerce platforms lately and Big Commerce is certainly a good choice. It allows for a lot more growth than some other carts and has some very advanced features that are still simple to use. The one glaring thing that Big Commerce is missing in my opinion is a customer rewards program. They have been looking into adding one for more than a year and I don't know why they haven't pulled the trigger. More than 100 people have requested that they add it. It also tends to be a cart that is better suited for businesses located in North America. All in all - especially for relative new comers to e commerce - I would have to rate Big Commerce as the best all around platform available right now.
A lot of this also comes down to what country this website is going to be marketing to. If it is somewhere like Australia, for instance, Big Commerce will not do at all. They would be better off with Core Commerce, which offers more well rounded international shipping, language and currency options.
If they plan on integrating several related websites that all sell the same merchandise but are optimized around different keyword sets and he wants to control inventory for all of the sites pulling from the same inventory, AmeriCommerce would be the best solution. Americommerce is probably the most flexible and robust shopping cart I have ever come across. Although a relative novice could get things done in it, more advanced users can do practically anything they ever dreamed of with that cart.
Personally, I wouldn't even consider Shopify. It is far more expensive than it should be for what it is. Magento is a very good cart if you don't' mind getting your hands relatively dirty. People with HTML, CSS and PHP along with programming skills tend to favor Magento. If your client is not up on that kind of stuff, I'd steer clear of Magento; it's not real newbie friendly.
vwd — 2012-08-13T09:29:46-04:00 — #4
@IPexpress - thanks for your reply - does TopShelf integrate with any eCommerce software? I couldn't see anything on their website about it?
vwd — 2012-08-13T09:31:54-04:00 — #5
@scottymack - Thanks for your reply. That's interesting, since BigCommerce is developed in Sydney, Australia. From what I've read, some have said that it is fairly friendly for the Australian market... has your experience with BigCommerce been different?