Like any growing business, testing and exploring sales and marketing channels is a natural part of the evolution. Each channel has different benefits to growing your business and brand, whether those channels offer you high demand, strong margins, or marketing exposure - finding the right avenues for growth is part of the fun.
You might be selling online and at your retail stores. Or you might try selling online, wholesale to retailers, and through a showroom. As you mix and match approaches, the combinations quickly become endless - and at times overwhelming. When it comes to managing inventory you now have a multi-location inventory challenge, and you'll need a solution that provides support as you scale.
At Stitch, providing you with powerful warehousing features is our approach to managing a multi-location, multi-channel business (say that 10x fast). Warehousing allows retailers to assign inventory to discrete locations to have a better understanding of inventory counts in aggregate, and per location as well. We’ve been adding a lot of functionality to warehousing in Stitch to make it easy to manage your inventory across locations. Here is a wrap-up of what’s new:
Overflow warehouses allow you to assign a series of warehouses that Stitch will attempt to fulfill from. Say for example, you have 2 warehouses: your main fulfillment warehouse in Texas for all your online orders and your local warehouse in California that you use for your local showroom and sales visits to retailers.
Now, with overflow warehouses, if an order comes in from your WooCommerce site and there isn’t enough in stock at the TX warehouse, the order can be assigned to your CA warehouse to be fulfilled. This way available inventory is always sold and fulfilled in a timely manner.
With multi-warehouses you can keep an eye on your inventory across all the different locations, and shift stock to those warehouses with greater demand. Using Transfer Orders, you have a record on both the shipping and receiving end of stock transfers between locations. When using Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) our transfer orders will create an inbound shipment to FBA, automatically communicating with Amazon and creating discrete transfer orders & shipping labels for each destination warehouse that Amazon specifies.
The Shopify POS, like our other POS integrations, allows offline transactions to be automatically synced into Stitch. With the warehouse functionality, you can assign each POS to a specific location, ie Main Street Store & Broadway Store can each be assigned to inventory in warehouses “Main Street” and “Broadway.” That way product sold in the Main Street store can be decremented from the “Main Street” stock, so that you can keep track of when items need to be restocked for that store.
Assign a warehouse in Stitch to keep track of your FBA inventory to determine when you want to send over additional stock. FBA will automatically sync their stock counts into Stitch so you can see what variants are selling quickly and when you will need to replenish. You can also streamline your multichannel fulfillment by sending orders from your other non-Amazon channels from Stitch to FBA.
Mapping Warehouses to ShipStation
Warehouses also work well with our shipping partner, ShipStation, providing you with an automated system to ship items and track warehouse locations. Simply use the same name for warehouses in both Stitch and ShipStation and we will automatically link the two.