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Elevate your inventory management to the cloud. Start living the easy life.

Inventory| 9 mins read

It’s the moment of truth. You’ve gathered your courage, asked your friends for advice, and even looked it up on the internet, but you’re still nervous. What are you supposed to do? What if they don’t like you? Your heart is racing, but you know you have to put your best foot forward. You take a deep breath, hold your head high, and hope you won’t get rejected. ​ Opening your own business can be as nerve-wracking as asking out your crush for the first time.​

The first few days in business are a little slow, but once your products get the recognition that they deserve, you start making even more sales than you expected. The orders flow in from the website, the marketplaces, and obviously from the people coming directly to your retail outlet. You’re happy that you’ve got it all figured out. You just fetch the order, enter the details in your favorite spreadsheet app, and update your stock levels for the appropriate items. Hey, it seems pretty easy!​

Problem with spreadsheets - Zoho Inventory

It hurts to break this to you, but your joy might be quite short-lived. As your business grows, you’ll soon run into problems if you don’t have an automated inventory management system. The higher your order volume, the more that spreadsheet is going to grow. At some point, you’ll be lost among the rows, columns and cells in your spreadsheet, when your real focus should be on taking care of your customers and making sure that they’re happy with their purchases.​

Here are some of the biggest problems that you’ll face when you try to manage your inventory in a spreadsheet:

Desktop apps aren’t cool either​

Problem with desktop apps - Zoho Inventory

One of the mistakes that people make is coming to the conclusion that a desktop application will help them solve all the problems that they faced with spreadsheet inventory management. Well, it does sound great. It’s all automated and streamlined now — your stock updates, handling your sales and purchases — and you can breathe a sigh of relief. Not for long, though, because another can of worms will soon open itself. Here’s why we say desktop apps aren’t cool:​

Advantages of online inventory - Zoho Inventory

On the surface, a cloud -based inventory management system looks like nothing more than an app that runs on the internet. But it’s just not that. From stellar integrations to a top-notch user experience, cloud inventory management systems feature an impressive array of features. Read on to find out how your life can become a lot easier.​

A good inventory management system should make it easy to manage your stock flawlessly. No matter what else is going on, your products always need to be able to move in and out of your warehouses — and you need to be able to see it happening. That’s the main principle behind the best cloud-based inventory systems on the market. Switching to a cloud-based system gives you the latest tools and the best security, so you can keep your focus on the sales and customer satisfaction that got your business off the ground in the first place.​ ​

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