anyone tell you differently − separate inventory management and accounting
systems are better than rolling everything into one package. Although one
software package sounds convenient, most growing businesses soon chafe under
the restrictions imposed by a “one-size-fits-all”
mentality. There are many benefits from starting off with separate ecommerce
platforms, accounting systems, and warehouse management tools.
Three Benefits of Separate Systems
When searching for business systems for your ecommerce business,
you’ll find both out of the
box, complete systems that roll all business functions into one, or suggestions
to use separate systems for each business area: inventory management,
accounting, operations and so on. There are many benefits of using separate
systems rather than purchasing a single system that promises to do it all. Here
are the top three:
An all-in-one ecommerce platform that includes warehouse software and other
software cannot be broken apart into separate areas. If you wish to switch your
ecommerce solutions, you’re forced into finding an entirely new package or
moving to a modular system. When you begin with a modular system, you’ve
already got flexibility built into the setup.
A modular system can grow and expand with your business. Many businesses find
they need new software in one area before they need it in another. They may
wish to expand their website, for example, to attract more business, or sell
more products before they need to upgrade other systems. Modular systems can be
swapped in and out of the system a lot easier than a single system to support
and facilitate growth.
At first glance, a complete system may seem less expensive. But costly
upgrades, custom programming, and so on can quickly add up. A modular system
allows you to change out portion to better suit your needs. If a new ecommerce
solution comes along offering more for your money, you can easily transfer your
site rather than moving everything into new a new system
One question that sometimes arises is whether or not separate
software ‘talks’ or communicates
easily with existing platforms. Scout Software’s topShelf product integrates easily with major ecommerce
platforms. View our list online, or contact us today to learn more.
When you use separate systems, you have more flexibility, more
options, and more room to grow. The benefits are clear: Separate is better!
topShelf from Scout Software offers a cloud-based
inventory management solution that grows with your business. Learn more from
Scout Software online or call us at 651-964-3259.