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Inventory Software

Dear FD Group,

Does anyone have and opinion/recommendation on inventory management
software?  I am begining to work with a company who doesnt use software to
manage their inventory, and I need help them get something in place asap.
 They are using quickbooks so ideally something that integrates there
(which shouldn't be hard) but do not have a CRM in place yet either.

I have been so impressed my our colective knowledge about software tools!

Thank you all for your help : )

Lindsay

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Brian Piercy
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I'll admit to also being curious. Here's what Google has to say (all
open-source):
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-top-apps-for-managing...

On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM, lindsay holden <lindskhol...@gmail.com>wrote:

Alasdair Clements
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Alasdair Clements Entrepreneur
Co-Founder, GoCAR GPS-Guided Tours

Hi Lindsey - I use quickbooks and needed something to integrate with it to
manage purchasing and inventory activity for parts on our fleet. Quickbooks
(QB) had limited inventory functionality, but I think they have tried to
catch up with an Advanced Inventory module in Enterprise version.

As for 3rd party integrated software, Fishbowl was always top of the
recommend list, but it was way too expensive.  I scouted and found a
software called AllOrders from Numbercruncher
http://www.numbercruncher.com/at a reasonable price.

It has solved my needs quite well and fits neatly alongside QB.  It has its
own db that syncs with quickbooks for the billing and invoicing part of the
inventory process. It automated the purchasing and fulfilment side. It uses
reorder points or deficiences from multiple vendors at multiple prices for
the same parts to create a run of PO's to keep inventory up.

They have AllOrders Web, which is a web cart that syncs web sales with the
db and into the fulfilment workflow. It was an add-on module that was
expensive, but the developers have been trying to build a cheap web cart to
sell and sync more easily.

AllOrders is installed software at $900 license fee plus $350 annual
support fee. Support is excellent.

Note I would check what Intuit is offering now in Enterprise v13 as they
may have plugged the gap that I found when I went with AllOrders in 2011.

Good Luck!

Alasdair

P.S. That open source list of inventory tools is very handy.

Sam Feller
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Sam Feller Entrepreneur
Mechanical Engineer at Foliage

It really depends what you're doing, how big you are, whether you want to
integrate with other systems, have multiple online access points, etc...

For the smallish stuff I do, I've been very happy with the well designed UI
of inflow. I wish it was online, but other that, its great for smallish
total SKUs, multiple locations, short BOMs, POs/invoices, etc, and the free
version is fairly unhobbled.

Sam
On Dec 28, 2012 4:07 PM, "Alasdair Clements" <alircleme...@gmail.com> wrote:

John Litz
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Founder, CEO Thumbkandi

Dear FD Group,

Great link Brian, thanks. Takeaway is not compatible with iOS/Apple.
Any other suggestions on free software to manage/group images  in either "sag" or "ai" format?

Thanks for your help.

John

On Dec 28, 2012, at 11:35 AM, brian piercy <bjp...@gmail.com> wrote:

Patrick Remy
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If you're looking for ease and speed of QB integration, using QB would be
the first place to look. QuickBooks tracks inventory if you choose to.
Average costing only, except for an add-on module to QB Enterprise. So no
integration required. Just turn it on, set it up and start using it. Use it
to buy inventory, do assemblies, sell, reconcile, etc. it's an accounting
system; make it do inventory accounting rather than starting over. It
doesn't handle multiple locations, LIFO, FIFO or standard inventory costing,
though there are ways to make it do those if you want.

"Inventory management" may seem like a simple question, but depending on all
the things left out of the question, the "right" (enough) answer is not
simple, just like everything else. But if QB is already being used, you can
start there instantly to see if it's adequate to the task (something new to
learn, but less to learn and then integrate than an external app).

I use QB in a product company with a reliance on inventory as the
fundamental business driver. I use it to issue PO's for products, do
manufacturing assemblies, sell products, ship free (sample/demo) products,
track COGs by channel class of trade (sell side), track both raw materials
and finished goods, etc. Then I use QB data in an Excel model I built to
forecast inventory based on historical sales rates (which QB calculates
automatically for each sellable inventory item), so I know when and how much
product to order, given lead times to get product vs. sell-through rates;
also for component parts (product packaging, in my case). But the inventory
basics are all inside the QB already paid for, both in money and in learning
curves. We also use 3rd party integrating apps to link to website sales
(selling small quantities direct to consumers) and to EDI
orders/invoices/advance ship notices (selling in pallet quantities to
distributors), which utilize (require) inventory items.

Pat Remy (CFO plus other roles in that company and others)

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Subject: Re: [FD Members] Inventory Software

Dear FD Group,

Great link Brian, thanks. Takeaway is not compatible with iOS/Apple.

Any other suggestions on free software to manage/group images  in either
"sag" or "ai" format?

Thanks for your help.

John

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Todd Hess
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A bit late in the discussion, but I also used NumberCruncher with
QuickBooks extensively for years in a manufacturing environment.  If you
aren't doing a a lot of advanced assemblies with extensive Bills of
Materials, QuickBooks alone may work for you.

To review NumberCruncher, they do have good support and we were always able
to find a solution to accomplish what we wanted with the software.  A
couple of the solutions, admittedly, were a bit awkward, but effective.  We
were able to really dial-in our Bills of Material using labor, raw
materials, goods in process and additional finished goods as components for
final assemblies.

It was a bit of a hassle switching back and forth between NumberCruncher
and Quickbooks, so if your needs can be met with QuickBooks alone, I would
explore that option first.

Todd Hess (Supply Chain Manager / Asian Sourcing in that company)

RedPoint Associates

1760 N. Main, Ste 105

Cedar City, UT 84721

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Website: http://www.redpointassociates.com/>

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