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08 July 2021 - With the recent acquisition of TradeGecko (now Quickbooks Commerce) by Intuit, and the retirement of the product announced, businesses using Quickbooks Commerce need to find a new Inventory Management System. If you've found yourself in this situation, it’s important to understand what options are available.
Quickbooks Commerce is used by thousands of businesses, from over 70 countries worldwide. It integrates easily with Quickbooks and Xero for accounting, as well as leading eCommerce platforms, CRM’s and more. Every system has its own pros and cons, so there isn’t a like for like replacement available, but there are some great replacement options depending on your business requirements. We’ll outline some of these replacements and what they can be good for, as well as outline some best practices around implementing a new system, as well as migrating from Quickbooks Commerce to it.
Inventory Management Systems most similar to Quickbooks Commerce
Unleashed Software and DEAR systems are often two systems discussed in the same conversation as Quickbooks Commerce when businesses are looking at their options. They both have their pros and cons (just like Quickbooks Commerce).
Unleashed is great for SME’s that also produce their own products, it’s great at handling the flow between the production process to when a customer orders from them, and continuing from this, the shipping and invoicing processes.
DEAR has a tonne of flexibility with the fulfillment process that caters to a number of different business scenarios, such as split shipments, and has the concept of ‘cartonization’ which Unleashed doesn’t have. There are a number of small things DEAR has that really adds value, and they’re always releasing new updates.
If you’re involved in Retail and also need a strong POS, Retail Express is fantastic. They have a dedicated implementation team that will ensure a smooth setup process, and most importantly, they’ll take your unique business rules into consideration. They’re absolute partners, rather than a typical ‘system provider’.
Are you outgrowing Quickbooks Commerce?
If your business has grown or has become more complex since implementing Quickbooks Commerce, it might be time to have a look at a more comprehensive system that can scale with you as your business continues to grow.
Larger systems or ERP’s that often come across our desk are MYOB Advanced, Netsuite, Acumatica, Brightpearl, and SAP B1. Many of these systems will take care of warehousing, inventory management, and accounting. All of them are now cloud-based and easy to set up, some are more configurable than others, while some are more standardized.
Some require an ‘Implementation Partner’ to assist with migrating data from previous systems and configuring the system to be most suited for your business. For this reason, there is usually a larger upfront investment to get set up, but it is worthwhile if you choose the right system and Implementation Partner.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to Quickbooks Commerce
If you feel like you weren’t getting the most out of Quickbooks Commerce, as you operate a business with a straightforward supply chain, there are systems that are lower cost than Quickbooks Commerce but might tick all the boxes.
Zoho Inventory is one of these systems. Users speak highly about how easy it is to use, how functional the shipping module is, and how well it integrates with other well-loved systems such as Shopify and Zoho CRM.
Orderhive is another system worth considering. It is similar to Zoho Inventory, is low cost, and integrates with over 300 systems.
How to prevent operational disruptions when transitioning to a new system
We often see businesses attempt ‘DIY’ system implementations and data migrations and fail due to a lack of experience and knowledge. It’s therefore important to ensure you have a plan in place or a partner that can assist with implementing a new system and migrating data over to it seamlessly from your old system. It’s common that businesses we speak with often revert back to the team months later, asking for Partner recommendations once they realize what’s actually involved.
Once you’ve implemented a system successfully, and you’re ready to integrate with your customers, suppliers, 3PL warehouse(s), or other systems, that’s where Crossfire comes in. We work with a wide range of systems, big and small, and handle everything for you.
If you have any questions about what system may be good for you, we’re happy to have a high-level discussion. If we can’t help in providing you with answers, we’ll always be able to point you in the right direction to someone that can.