Announcing Yobiz eRetail Inventory, Pick-and-Pack, and Ship Application
After quite a few months of development, business planning, and exhaustion, we’re finally ready to unveil our first application under the Yobiz brand: our eRetail Inventory, Pick-and-Pack, and Ship application. This online, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) app is meant to integrate with all your online storefronts and centralize inventory so that you can manage your products all in one place. Yobiz eRetail IPS allows you to bring in new products as they arrive and make them instantly available.
But that’s just the tip of it — the system also simplifies the whole picking and packing of products process. Rather than having email printouts that then need to be organized so you can pick and pack your products for shipping, the application provides a clean and simple packing list. Furthermore, the system provides real insight into your shipping and packing costs as well as the profitability of your orders.
More importantly, it integrates with the most popular e-commerce apps (the list is growing!) as well as Quickbooks so that orders and inventory is synced up in a way that will keep your accountants happy.
What and Why?
The folks from Yobiz created the application out of first-hand frustration with the inventory capabilities of the e-commerce applications and the complexity of existing ERP and accounting packages. Specifically, Ron ran a unique baseball cap business (Zoptopz) online using a combination of WP E-Commerce and WordPress, but found that whenever new products came in or samples had to be sent out, the available inventory numbers would go out of whack. Even more frustratingly, every time a cap was sold on a different platform (eBay, Shopify, Amazon), he’d have to manually update the numbers on all the systems so that they’d stay in sync. What a pain in the butt. Also, printing shipping labels and dealing with boxes in a warehouse were overly cumbersome.
After searching for months for a solution, we couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a complex ERP system or a kludge of multiple products or too expensive. The result is the Yobiz eRetail IPS system that is much cheaper, simpler, and focused than the alternatives.
Here’s a 1-minute video that gives you a good overview of the features and benefits:
Here’s a brief highlight of some of the features of the application:
|Easy Product Import and ManagementDon’t you hate having to enter product information so many darned times? We do too. Enter it once into the centralized inventory management system, and it will propagate to all your e-commerce storefronts that are connected. Make changes in one place. Don’t type at all if you can scan a barcode and if the product is already in the UPC database. Save time.|
|Product, Packing, and Shipping Costs InsightIt’s just as important to know if you’re making or losing money on shipping and packaging costs as it is on product costs. Packing and shipping can easily turn a marginally profitable product sale into a money-loser. Yobiz eRetail IPS includes insights on your actual vs. charged shipping costs, the added cost of packaging, and overall order margins.
|Easy Pick and PackIf you have many orders coming in at once and if you have lots of items to include in a package, such as catalogs or other trinkets, having a packing list is incredibly helpful. It also makes sure you’re not forgetting anything in the shipment. Furthermore, if you have lots of items on lots of shelves, an optimized packing list makes sure you get the right items from the right shelves and not waste any time. Make your life easier!|
|Print Shipping LabelsMany / most e-Commerce systems already include integration with the various shipping sites to do shipping label printing. However, I found that if you are shipping samples or freebies and you want to make sure those are included in the inventory count, you’re left on your own devices to subtract the inventory counts when the products go out the door. The system has shipping label printing centralized here so you can do it all in one place and also keep track of the shipping and packaging costs for zero-revenue items.
|Integration with multiple e-commerce systems (Centralized Inventory)All of this wouldn’t work if it wasn’t integrated bi-directionally with the e-commerce systems. This means that orders come from the e-commerce systems and inventory changes and updates go to the e-commerce systems. It needs to happen in both directions in order for everything to be sync’d.
|Quickbooks IntegrationMy accountant wants everything in Quickbooks. I’m sure yours does too. It makes their lives easier, which means it makes it cheaper for you for them to do their work. Don’t waste more of your time and energy or their time and your money re-entering everything into Quickbooks. Yobiz eRetail IPS integrates with Quickbooks to make sure that the orders and inventory levels are kept up to date as automatically as possible.|
|Restock / Reorder Packing SuppliesDon’t want to get caught in a bind when you’re running low on packaging supplies? I don’t blame you — especially when sales are going hot and you don’t want to lose time or spend a lot of money due to having to make a last-minute packaging run. The Yobiz eRetail IPS system keeps track of packaging supplies and costs and allows you to automatically reorder supplies (or just notify you) when you are low.|
|Inventory level notificationsDon’t get caught in a bind when you are getting too low on products. Yobiz eRetail IPS notifies you via email (and optionally text message) when inventory is starting to reach configurable thresholds.|
While we launched the application on September 20, 2010, it won’t be available for general sign-up until October 31, 2010. Until then, we have a trial/alpha sign up form available on our site so people can register to be one of the first to get access to the app. There won’t be any cost for the system while we (and you) are in trial mode, and we will be using the trial period as a way of learning what’s really important to our customers. So, please register today so that you can get what you want and need.
We need to hear from you!
But this is just what we think is important — we really need to hear from you, our customers. Sign up for a trial, but more importantly, let us talk to you — we’re trying to learn first hand from our customers about what’s important and what’s not. What we should make sure to do and what things we should make sure to avoid. The better we make this application for you, we know that it will be better for us. Give it a try!