Many retailers start their business with a combination of a basic accounting system, inventory management system, and multiple spreadsheets. But as they grow larger, the amount of time and effort it takes to handle a higher volume of orders becomes difficult to handle and prone to human errors.
As a retail startup, you are always pivoting to meet changes in the marketplace, and having siloed systems to run your business just is not cutting it anymore. You need a solution that is flexible and adaptable enough to whether any storm (or pandemic as it were) and scalable so that your growth is no longer a limiting factor. You also need something that is robust enough to grow with you so that you do not find yourself in the same situation 5-10 years down the road.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in the United States personally, professionally, and/or financially. Startups, especially newer retailers, have been hit hard because they do not always have the cash flow, processes and systems in place to handle this drastic of a change.
You’ve got complex orders with different pricing for each customer. You need a flexible system in place to streamline the order-to-cash process.
If you have siloed systems, the order management process can be very manual and prone to human error. But, what would your company look like if you could automate and manage your entire order lifecycle from order capture and validation, to order release and shipment confirmation, all the way through to follow up customer communications and payment settlement?
As a wholesaler of cell phone units, parts, or accessories, you’ve got a lot of different kinds of inventory in multiple locations to keep track of.
The cell phone industry has a lot of moving parts. Whether you’re a unit, parts, or accessories distributor or you do cell phone repairs, you’ve got a lot of items to keep track of. Not only do you have to handle all the standard business functions – marketing, sales, accounting, customer management, etc. – but you also have a lot of different kinds of inventory in multiple locations to keep track of.
If you are in the business of “buying or selling”, or “building or selling” you have probably asked this question many times throughout your process: “How much should I stock keep in stock?”.
This question is very important and drives many business decisions.
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