Why you should Integrate and Automate your eCommerce Store

An integrated store automatically updates all of your sales channels

Why you should Integrate and Automate your eCommerce Store
If you run an eCommerce store, you know that keeping your stock levels up to date is a huge
pain. It takes time and effort to check your inventory on every channel, then make changes
manually. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to automate this process? Thankfully, there is 🎊
 
A stock syncing feed or eCommerce integration app can automatically update all of your online stores with the same data so that updating one channel does not require additional work — saving both time and money! 💸

Better Inventory Accuracy

What’s the best part about an integrated online store? It can help you ensure that your inventory is always up to date. This means no more manual updates or forgetting to update inventory. With an integrated store, you get automated updates that are accurate and trustworthy because they're based on real-time data from the source itself. (Your ERP, accounting system, warehouse software or inventory management software)

Prevent Overselling

When you're selling through multiple platforms, the more platforms you are on, the greater your chances of overselling. This becomes especially true when you have low levels of inventory for certain products. For example, if you have one product left in stock and it's listed on your eCommerce site, Takealot and a drop shipping client you supply, to the world at large, there are now three available to purchase. If all three listings sell in between your manual inventory sync schedule, you'll have created two unhappy customers.
 
An automated stock sync will ensure all sales channels are informed of a sale on any of the other channels.

Fewer Administrative Tasks

If you run an e-commerce business, you know the administrative tasks involved with keeping
your inventory updated are time-consuming and can be incredibly frustrating.
 
When you have an online store, it means that orders will automatically be placed with the
correct suppliers when they are placed on your site. This means no need to manually update any inventory levels or place new orders based on customer sales. It also means that if something runs low in stock, you’ll have a central place to be notified and can replenish stock before customers start missing out.

More Time for Actual Work

You’re busy. You have a business to run, marketing to do, items to source… inventory management is only one of many tasks on your long list of things to do. However mundane it might be updating your product inventory is an important part of that job. After all, it’s no fun when customers can’t buy what they want because you didn't restock in time!
 
Managing stock can be time consuming — especially if you don't have the information you
need from other sources.
For instance:
  • Manual checks: It's common for retailers to manually check their stores in person to make
sure everything looks okay and nothing needs restocking or replenishing. This takes up
valuable time during which employees aren't doing anything else productive for the company.
  • Reordering costs: If someone doesn't notice that an item has run out before it becomes too
late (which often happens), then more items need buying — and additional fees come into
play as well!
 
So now you know why you should integrate and automate your eCommerce Store? If you’re wondering where to start, visit wherehouse.co.za 🚀 
 
 

Written by

Giovanni Joubert
Giovanni Joubert

Founder at wherehouse.co.za