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AP 0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?

AP 0860: What Inventory Management Tool Do You Recommend?

By Pat Flynn on

AskPat 860 Episode Transcript

Pat Flynn: Hey, what’s up everybody? Pat Flynn here, and welcome to Episode 860 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, I’m here to help you by answering your online business questions, five days a week. We have a great question today coming from Ash, but before we get to his question I do want to thank today’s sponsor, which is ZipRecruiter.com.

If you’re looking to do any hiring, you know it can be very difficult and kind of overwhelming to go through the hiring process, especially just trying to find the right people, right? There’s so many different places out there you can go and post your job online and you have to vet everybody and collect calls and get emails from everywhere, well ZipRecruiter is the one central place you need where with a single click of a button, you could have your job description be sent out to all the different job sites out there.

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All right, now here’s today’s question from Ash.

Ash: Hi Pat. This is Ash from ArmenianKidsClub.com, a small startup in the LA area that produces digital and print products for Armenian kids around the world. I’m a long-time listener of your podcast and I must say you’re doing an awesome job and I really hope you keep going for many, many years to come. My question’s about keeping inventory of our product sales from various outlets. We sell our products on our website using WordPress and WooCommerce. We sell on Etsy.com. We sell at local events using Square app to process transactions and also we distribute our products at various gift stores around local cities and shops. We will also sell on Amazon.com soon.

There’s a lot of places to keep track of inventory, it looks like, and it’d be nice to have a central inventory database that our website, Etsy.com, sales from local events, everything will just be linked somehow to this central inventory location. That way no matter where the sell is, the inventory levels will adjust automatically. Any feedback you have on this I’d really appreciate it. Thanks Pat.

Pat Flynn: Hey Ash, what’s up? Thank you so much for the question today. Appreciate this. I’m digging into ecommerce a little bit myself too and I understand that you’re going to have to be on all those places, right? Amazon, even Etsy, selling on your own, and yes keeping track of your inventory is going to be really, really important. Now I’m very thankful to have come across a company that will be very helpful to you, and that is ShipStation.com. They’ve been a sponsor of the SPI podcast before and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things with people who have worked with them too for this exact problem that you’re having, which is how do we manage inventory across all these different platforms? Well Ship Station will do that for you.

You had mentioned Amazon. They will integrate with that. Etsy, they integrate with. Square, they integrate with. They integrate with so many different others too. eBay, Shopify, WooCommerce. Like everywhere where you’re selling, they will help you. It just creates one central platform where you can go on and do a number of different things. For example, you can have shipping labels printed right from there. You can ship in a snap and they also will help you find the carriers that are cheapest at the time at which something is sold. You can automate everything and grow your business from there. Yeah, check it out. It’s great. ShipStation.com.

I am not an affiliate for them, but I do highly recommend them based on what I heard from others and once I start selling my own stuff, in my physical product experiment and we’ll be using these different platforms, I’ll definitely be looking at Ship Station to help. Again, ShipStation.com. That’s where you go and that’s the answer.

All right, Ash, thank you so much for the question. Best of luck to you. I want to wish you and ArmenianKidsClub.com all the best and of course I want to send you an AskPat t-shirt for having your question featured here on the show. For those of you listening, if you have a question that you’d like potentially featured here on the show as well, just head on over to AskPat.com and you can ask right there on that page.

Thank you so much. I appreciate you all. Here is a quote to finish off the day by Earlene Larson Jenks. “Have the courage to act instead of react.” All right, thanks so much, and I’ll see you in the next episode of AskPat. Bye.

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