Connecting your multi-channel inventory system to your selling channels

Logiwa Multi-Channel Inventory System Integrations

What is a multi-channel inventory system?

An inventory management system is a vertical expert system which manages your inventory. But today’s, modern multi-channel inventory systems can also synchronize the flow across your selling channels and warehouse. Best inventory management systems do not deal with your sales strategies, accounting transactions or other operations, they basically focus on inventory management. An inventory system can not function properly without interfacing with other parties such as accounting systems, selling channels, shopping carts and shipment carriers.

Having said that, the very first step to start configuring your inventory management system is defining the interfaces with other systems. You should define the core integrations which will connect your warehouse to other systems. In the past, I have seen integrations which continue for months. With modern multi-channel inventory systems, connecting to a selling channel takes a couple of minutes.  In the following section, I will explain basic integrations by using Logiwa which is one of the most connected inventory management system for small business online retailers.

How to configure your inventory system for selling channel integration

 

Multi-channel Inventory System - Shopfiy Setup

Online Marketplaces

Make the list of all online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, WalMart, Sears, Jet.com, Wayfair which you are selling or planning to sell. Gather all the information which is required to connect your inventory system to online marketplaces like username, password, sellerID, token etc. Your inventory system must connect all these marketplaces to synchronize:

  • Incoming shipment orders
  • Real-time inventory
  • Shipment tracking number
  • Shipment status
  • Returns by customer(RMA)

Shopping Carts

Make the list of all shopping carts such as Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce which you are selling or planning to sell. Gather all the information which is required to connect your inventory system to shopping carts like username, password, sellerID, token etc. Your  inventory system must connect all these  shopping carts to synchronize:

  • Incoming shipment orders
  • Real-time inventory
  • Shipment tracking number
  • Shipment status
  • Returns by customer(RMA)

 

How to configure your inventory system for shipping channels

 

Multi-channel Inventory System - Fedex Setup

 

Shipment Carriers

Make the list of all shipping carriers such as UPS, USPS, FedEx, Canada Post, DHL. Gather all the information which is required to connect your inventory system to shipping carriers like company name, username, password, token etc. Your  inventory system must connect all these shipping carriers in order to:

  • Get and compare the best price with rate shopping
  • Create and print shipping labels
  • Update your selling channels with shipment status and tracking info

Shipment Facilitators

Make the list of all shipment facilitators such as ShipStation. Gather all the information which is required to connect your inventory system to shopping carts like company name, username, password, token etc. Your  inventory system must connect all these shipment facilitators in order to:

  • Get and compare the best price
  • Create and print shipping labels
  • Update your selling channels with shipment status and tracking info

 

How to configure your inventory system for accounting systems

 

 

multi-channel inventory system - Accounting Systems

 

 

You have to connect your inventory system to your accounting system in order to synchronize:

  • Purchase orders
  • Bills
  • Shipped Order
  • Returns

How to configure your inventory system for POS systems

You have to connect your inventory system to your POS system in order to synchronize:

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