Manual vs. Automatic E-commerce

October 16, 2017
E-commerce has become quite popular with the advent of online stores and shopping carts. It’s possible to manage your inventory listed on a number of e-commerce websites manually or automatically, and we’re going to delve into which one will most likely work better for your company.

Mobile payment solutions, Fishbowl Inventory BlogManual:

If you sell products on multiple e-commerce channels, when you make a sale on one you may have to manually update the inventory quantities in stock across all of the other channels. The quantities are listed independently of each other, but they all come from the same place: your warehouse.

Problems:

One of the biggest downsides of this kind of setup is that if you don’t update your available quantities quick enough, you could accidentally double-sell items. The same items could be committed to two separate orders made on different websites, such as Amazon and eBay. This will leave someone disappointed when you’re forced to delay delivery of the promised products.

Automatic: