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A Comprehensive Guide to Small Business Inventory Management Systems
It’s a success story many small business owners dream of having. Farm Fresh Clothing Co., an online retailer of clothing made from organic cotton, quickly grew to $3 million in sales after signing on with Stitch Labs, a Cloud-based inventory management system. Managing your business inventory is essential for success.
By Stephanie Faris
October 9, 2013 | SmallBizTechnology
Migration to the Cloud has given small businesses like Farm Fresh Clothing Co. the ability to compete with much larger retailers. Using Stitch Labs’ Cloud-based system, this e-tailer receives real-time information on inventory status when an order is placed, including how many shirts are in stock, how many are being shipped, to let them know at first glance if enough items are in stock to fulfill the order. These solutions can be accessed using mobile devices, whether a business owner is on the showroom floor or at his vacation home on the beach. But for most small businesses, the process of finding and implementing a Cloud-based inventory systems can seem daunting at first. For that reason, we’ve compiled a comprehensive how-to guide for small businesses interested in adding an inventory management system to their current suite of Cloud-based solutions. Hopefully through this guide, businesses will understand why they need inventory management and how it can impact their business’s bottom line.
Unless your business only sells one item at a time, chances are you’re keeping track of your inventory. You may be doing this through chicken scratches on scraps of paper or by using an Excel spreadsheet, but either way, you’re likely constantly aware of how many items you have in stock at any given time.
As your business grows, these manual methods of keeping track of your inventory will likely become cumbersome and error-prone. It’s easy to forget to write an item down when things get busy and assume you have more items in stock than you currently have. Too many mistakes and you’ll begin seeing negative online reviews for your business–reviews that will linger out there for many years to come. Over time, you may find these errors put you out of business completely.
An inventory management system reduces risk of errors by automating the process. When an item is purchased on your site, that item is automatically removed from your inventory, updating your site so that when an item is temporarily out of stock, customers can no longer order that item. Businesses can also receive notifications when inventory is running low on a particular item, prompting them to order more. With inventory tracking, you’ll also be able to conduct regular inventory tracking to spot any inventory losses early on.
Many businesses today are opting for Cloud-based solutions, rather than purchasing and installing software on each device. This helps them save money, while removing the headache of troubleshooting problems and ensuring data remains secure. For an affordable monthly fee, small businesses can set up a Cloud-based inventory system that is fully managed by a highly-skilled team employed by the software firm.
Because a Cloud-based inventory system is accessible from anywhere, business owners are always aware of their own inventory levels. Staff are no longer required to spend hours logging information about products and business owners will have inventory level information at their fingertips, saving time that can be put toward bringing in more business.
Each business will have its own specific needs when it comes to inventory solutions. It’s important to choose an inventory system that addresses your own specific business needs, as well as one that integrates well with your existing environment. If you already have accounting software in place, the inventory system you choose should specifically mention integration with that system in order to further improve your business’s efficiency.
• StitchLabs features integration with accounting systems, payment systems, and e-Commerce platforms, including PayPal, Amazon, Shopify, QuickBooks, and more. This integration provides a seamless experience for many small businesses, providing an all-in-one solution that saves time and makes things easier for workers. For businesses just starting out, the app features a starter edition for only $25 per month, which includes three user accounts and integration with one sales channel. More robust plans start at $45 per month.
• Intuit’s SOS Inventory is a great solution for those using QuickBooks Online for their accounting functions. The tight integration with the Cloud-based version of QuickBooks means items entered in the inventory system will automatically be updated in QuickBooks to avoid the need to double-enter information. The app comes with a 30-day free trial, with plans starting at $29.95 per month.
• For businesses that prefer to run on iPads, Inventory Tracker is a highly-rated app that runs directly on a business’s iPad. Because it’s an app, it lacks many of the integration features that a full Cloud solution has, but at only $4.99, it might be a great solution for start-ups.
Because many of these software options provide free trial editions, you can try out each inventory management system to see which works best for your needs. For many small businesses, though, failure to implement an inventory management system can slow processes down and introduce the possibility of errors, which can cost businesses far more in the long run than any inventory management solution will.
PW Interview Brandon Levy, cofounder and CEO of Stitch Labs
Here is an interview with Brandon Levey, Co Founder and CEO of Stitch Labs. The company recently raised $3.5 million in Series A financing and recently announced its latest integration partner, Vend, the top iPad point-of-sale (POS) software for retailers.
By Ajay Ohri
October 8, 2013 | Programmable Web
Brandon- API integration has been extremely helpful for us to move ahead in the market. As our company evolves, we see the world moving toward holistic commerce. This means that all businesses are working to sell their products on any sales channel that is accessible to us, and these channels may be online and offline. By integrating with multiple APIs, we are able to touch every way our customers sell, giving them greater business management capabilities, and better reports of how they are performing through each of those channels.
Brandon- Support is key. We need to offer the best support possible to our customers. While there are many similarities between two product based businesses, ultimately those businesses are unique. We are heavily focused on how we can best communicate to our customers how Stitch will work for their businesses. For this reason we need to make sure that we hire the best, most capable Master Stitcher’s to not only understand how to use Stitch, but also to be able to communicate that to each customer in their own unique way.
Another best practice for us is to continually focus on design. It is critical to our growth to make sure that we’re not just building a technically capable application, but one that focuses on empowering our customers, and we do that through design.
Brandon- There have been so many for us over the past few years. Certainly finding our first customer back in 2011 was a great stepping stone in the right direction. Since then, some of our highlights include integrating with Etsy and Shopify at the end of 2011, closing our Seed round of financing in early 2012, moving into our first small office, hiring our first employee, surpassing the 1M new orders in a single month, adding our 10th integration channel and growing our team this year to further support our efforts.
Brandon- We are spending a lot of resources right now on the next generation of Stitch. We will be focusing on adding a lot more tools and functionality into the application to help our current and future customers. Additionally, we need to continue working hard to support our customers even better than we do now. Recently we launched a program with Stitch Specialists where each customer that signs up for Stitch gets a free phone call to help them get setup correctly. We believe with having a strong product, and great support to go with it, we can help our customers solve their problems and help them make smarter business decisions to grow their businesses.
Brandon- Today, we focus on customers that are receiving 10,000 orders per month, or less. One of our key initiatives is to build on our infrastructure so that we can continuing support small businesses doing 10 to 1,000 orders per month, but also support those doing much more than 10,000 orders per month as well.
Brandon- The top metric we focus on is what our customers are requesting. We listen very closely to what they are saying to know which addons and sales channels they are most excited about. From there we can start building relationships with those companies to provide the best possible integration to our customers as possible.
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Stitch Labs Announces Integration with Vend
Stitch Labs, the Cloud-based, real-time inventory and business management solution, has announced its latest integration partner, Vend, the top iPad point-of-sale (POS) software for retailers. With the Vend integration, brick-and-mortar retail stores will now be able to expand their business online, increasing sales channels and profits.
October 7, 2013 | eCommerceBytes
Vend provides Cloud-based POS software to more than 8,000 retail stores worldwide, to help them sell products, accept payments and reward customer loyalty. It is the world's first HTML5 retail POS and works easily on any device or platform, including iPads and existing POS hardware. With the Vend/Stitch Labs integration, retailers will be able to better manage their inventory with Stitch’s advanced reporting and analytics.
"Integrating with Stitch Labs has opened some amazing doors for our customers,” said Tara Benedict, Channel Marketing Manager at Vend. “The ability to sell through multiple online and offline channels - and manage it all centrally - is totally groundbreaking."
In addition to Vend, Stitch Labs integrates with leading ecommerce channels including Amazon, Shopify, BigCommerce, eBay, Etsy and Storenvy. Stitch also integrates with add-ons such as Authorize.net, Stripe PayPal, ShipStation, QuickBooks and more, to enable its customers to manage their businesses.
"Leveraging the power of integrated products continues to be a focus at Stitch Labs, and this integration further emphasizes the direction we’re heading,” said Brandon Levey, CEO of Stitch Labs. “What we are building at Stitch isn’t just about this one single product. It’s about how we can drastically impact the future of how sellers grow their businesses and support the consumer’s demand for a better buying experience."
Last month, Stitch announced $3.5 million in VC funding. Stitch Labs continues to expand its presence in the commerce community and will invest in product development to meet the rapidly evolving needs of SMB merchants.
Getting Software Tools to Work Together
For years, many small firms have been leaning on low-cost online programs to handle jobs like inventory, accounting and payment processing. But those services came with a big caveat: They couldn't share information with each other. So, if your order system rang up a sale, you had to record it manually in your inventory system.
By Joseph S. Adinolfi Jr.
September 30, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal
For years, many small firms have been leaning on low-cost online programs to handle jobs like inventory, accounting and payment processing. But those services came with a big caveat: They couldn't share information with each other. So, if your order system rang up a sale, you had to record it manually in your inventory system.
Now small companies are finding simpler ways to swap their data. They're using new programming tricks and low-cost third-party services that let them link up online software with minimal fuss. "For some of these companies, that amount of savings in time and money is substantial," says Ross Beyeler, founder of Growth Spark, a technology-consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass. "It's more than substantial. It's the deciding factor that allows them to start up."
One of the tools companies are using is something called an application program interface, or API—a numeric code that lets programs share information. Type the API from one program into another, and they can communicate.
Kevin Lavelle uses this method at Mizzen+Main, his men's apparel company in Dallas: When a customer makes a purchase at his online store, the information flows from the store's host, Shopify, to PayPal, which collects payments, and Stitch Labs, which monitors inventory. Then it's processed by Xero, which tracks the store's finances.
For business owners who don't want to tinker with codes, there are third-party programs—such as Zapier and If This Then That—that automatically link up applications. Zak Tanjeloff uses Zapier at his New York-based workout-supplement company, JackedPack. When he gets an order, Zapier sends the customer's data from an e-commerce program to another service that sorts the customers onto specialized mailing lists to keep them abreast of new products and promotions.
Still, these methods have limits. For one thing, not every online service is set up to work with every other service. So, some businesses will still need to shell out for a custom solution—or transfer data manually. And many online services can handle only so much traffic before they run up against technical limits. "With these systems, everything works good enough, but it's not perfect," Mr. Tanjeloff says.
We're so glad we found Stitch! It's not hard to learn and keeps our inventory straight, which keeps us from having to worry!
Ellie and Bea
Stitch Labs Raises $3.5 Million As It Makes Plans To Address Inventory Management For Larger Business
Stitch Labs, has raised $3.5 million in Series A financing. Founder Brandon Levey said that Stitch Labs’ business has outgrown what its platform can handle, and they will be releasing a new product in January to serve larger scale businesses that they currently cannot accommodate.
By Eliza Brooke
September 17, 2013 | TechCrunch
Greg Sands of Costanoa Ventures led the round, with participation from True Ventures and Greg Waldorf, the founding investor in eHarmony. In February 2012, Stitch Labs raised a seed round of $1 million led by True Ventures.
Last we reported, Stitch Labs had been working to become the one business platform to rule them all by integrating with companies that provide specific services. That includes the cloud accounting software provider Xero; sales sites like Etsy, Shopify, and BigCommerce; shipping providers ShipStation and Amazon.com; and Verifone’s Sail for payments.
Levey explained that Stitch Labs isn’t aiming to be the best shopping cart or POS system or warehouse manager. There are others who can do that better. What they can be is the best engine to bring together all those disparate elements of running a business.
The launch of an expanded platform in January will now enable Stitch Labs to reach businesses that do $5-20 million in revenue each year. As it stands, the platform can readily serve those customers who are doing half a million to $5 million a year, along with those in the $100,000 range.
Stitch Labs is not moving on to larger businesses beyond SMBs, Levey explained, but rather expanding its capability to provide services on the larger end of the SMB spectrum.
"In terms of our platform, if a company is doing more than 10,000 orders a month we have to turn them away right now,” Levey said. “Our total order volume has grown over 20x in the last year. [Order processing] was at one million per month in the last year alone. We have to accommodate those doing 30,000 a month, or those doing 5,000 a month and in November and December they do 30,000 a month."
While Stitch Labs does have a number of competitors in that space, like BrightPearl, TradeGecko, Unleashed, and Lettuce, Levey said the company differentiates itself on its real-time integrations, a focus on design, and analytics reports.
On that last point, Stitch Labs is at work on developing forecasting reports in addition to its current roster of analytics reports, all of which focus on past sales data.
It’s a service that many of Stitch Labs’ users would not necessarily think to ask for, Levey said, because they are so tied up with the daily work of running their business. But once introduced to the idea of analytics that project into the future, it’s a no-brainer.
“I want Stitch to be the brains behind the operations,” Levey said. “I want us to be the things that link all of these sales channels. Holistic commerce, that’s where we can play… When I think of features around that, it’s all about sales channel intelligence and automation. In building out key inventory and operational features, it’s the ability to manage multiple warehouses on a mobile phone.”
A clothing e-retailer quintuples sales by keeping better track of inventory
Founded in 2010, custom T-shirt seller Farm Fresh Clothing last year was floundering as it tried to track its inventory and orders with a system only one staffer knew how to use. After switching to software from Stitch Labs, however, the company in roughly one year was able to grow from annual revenue of $600,000 to $3 million.
By Amy Dusto
September 10, 2013 | Internet Retailer
Founded in 2010, custom T-shirt seller Farm Fresh Clothing last year was floundering as it tried to track its inventory and orders with a system only one staffer knew how to use, founder Matthew Morgan says. After switching to software from Stitch Labs, however, the company in roughly one year was able to grow from annual revenue of $600,000 to $3 million, he says, attributing 80% of that growth to the simplification Stitch Labs brought to the business’ operations.
“We began using Stitch and our company just took off,” Morgan says. “The sales crew has real-time information about what inventory we can sell immediately and what’s in production on the way from factories.”
In addition to selling direct-to-consumers on its e-commerce site, Farm Fresh fills custom, bulk T-shirt orders for large businesses like Facebook Inc., he says. “We have to know we can deliver them by the day they need them,” he says. But because each shirt comes in 15 styles and seven sizes, keeping track of inventory availability while fulfilling large orders can be complicated.
With Stitch Labs though, any member of the Farm Fresh sales team can log in to the inventory and order management dashboard on an iPad while out talking to business clients and immediately see how many SKUs of each product is available. Then, he can write an order to tell the warehouse to reserve a set amount of shirts. The warehouse staffers will receive that notification right away because they’re logged into the same dashboard, Morgan says.
“As soon as he writes the order and saves, it’s done and he can go on to next order,” he says. “It’s a very fluid, minute-by-minute process—we feel like we’re in total control.”
Stitch Labs provides a web-hosted tool that shows with red and green lights on an administrative web page whether customer orders have been processed or invoiced (Farm Fresh sends invoices to customers on delivery); each order also has a progress bar showing how far along it is in the production to delivery process, he says.
Because all nine members of Farm Fresh’s management team can use Stitch Labs simultaneously, the retailer saves lots of time it would otherwise spend in staff communications, he says. Last year at $600,000 annual revenue, managing orders and inventory across various sales contracts “wasn’t comfortable,” he says, but “at $3 million now, it’s just on glide.”
Farm Fresh pays for Stitch Labs’ premium plan, which is $125 per month and handles up to 10,000 monthly orders and 15 staff users, though it probably doesn’t need all that service yet, Morgan says. “We feel like we’re saving so much and it’s helped our company so much,” he says.
Stitch Labs’ basic plan starts at $25 per month for up to 50 monthly orders and three staff users. It also offers a professional plan for $45 per month for up to 200 monthly orders and five staff users, a business plan for $75 per month for up to 500 monthly orders and 10 staff users and special contract pricing for enterprise clients with more than 10,000 monthly orders.
Weekend Read — Kevin Lavelle & Web Smith: E-Commerce 3.0
Founders of Mizzen+Main, Web Smith and Kevin Lavelle, share their experiences using Stitch Labs in their business. At the same time every morning, Kevin calls two co-founders in two states.... We discuss inventory, traffic, shipping costs, SEO issues and everything else that you’d imagine from a young-but-bustling men’s fashion retailer — and we do it all virtually.
By Kevin Lavelle
April 14, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal
The idea for Mizzen+Main was born several years ago when co-founder and CEO Kevin Lavelle watched a congressional staffer run into a meeting from the sweltering D.C. summer, soaked in sweat. Mizzen+Main launched in July 2012 with a product line focused on moisture wicking, wrinkle free, American-made dress shirts. Today our products include blazers, leather, shoes, ties and other accessories.
Startups like ours can focus our energy on developing our product, service and brand because of the platforms and tools available today. With the emergence of new web applications and plugins, the face of e-commerce is changing dramatically. A business can launch a product or service worldwide and reach millions without the massive infrastructure investment required just a few short years ago.
While most of tech news focuses on the next B2C mobile app or the new iteration of social media gamification, it is especially encouraging to see a rise of new e-commerce companies focused on selling goods that can be touched, worn and traded.
We are now in the age of e-commerce 3.0, where entrepreneurs can launch companies with few barriers to entry. E-commerce 1.0 consisted of crude online shopping in the ’90s offered by a few businesses met with significant consumer skepticism. This evolved into the more sophisticated interactions of e-commerce 2.0 in the mid 2000s, when most companies realized that if they weren’t online, they were endangering their future.
As Web’s mentor Gary Vaynerchuk says, “Innovation doesn’t care about anyone.” The cumbersome legacy systems businesses have in place from years past are already being surpassed by the agile collaborative commerce technologies that are enabling new, viable businesses to launch and quickly become competitive.
A new time is here — and the power no longer lies in the hands of a few buyers at large stores. Bigger businesses can be upended by an upstart competitor with a superior product. And retail startups no longer have to endure the long, slow road of trade-show hopping to get their product in front of a handful of buyers, or giving away a hefty portion of each sale to distributors.
Platforms such as Shopify and Stitch Labs have enabled Mizzen+Main, along with myriad other companies, to focus on brand and product first — essentially democratizing e-commerce. That’s not revolutionary news, but with the robust, cloud-based add-ons available, we really can run an entire business with two partners in two states and nearly all systems run virtually. Companies like Stitch Labs build on top of new platforms like Shopify to offer a wide range of cloud-based services built by brilliant engineers who understand how to build for usability. Typically, each of these programs or platforms grants API access to others, so each platform or app talks to the others, reducing overhead, unnecessary paperwork and wasted time.
This bodes very well for entrepreneurs, consumers and our economy. If you have a great idea, you are rapidly running out of reasons to avoid pursuing it. If you don’t have the capital to get your product made, you can launch on a platform like Fundable to pay for your first run of inventory. You can transition over to a beautiful e-commerce site with ease and set up all of your back-office apps and programs with one seamless interface.
This creates an environment where even non-technical entrepreneurs with tangible products can thrive and consumers get access to fantastic new products.
Our economy grows when people are willing to take risks and build a company. We believe e-commerce 3.0 will see many more people doing just that.
Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Integrates With Quickbooks Killer Xero To Simplify Accounting
Inventory management startup Stitch Labs knows it’s not easy being a small independent vendor. In addition to tools for tracking their inventory, those folks also need to be connected to multiple online stores, shopping carts, payment systems, shipping and fulfillment providers, and accounting tools.
By Ryan Lawler
February 13, 2013 | TechCrunch
And so the company has spent the last year or so integrating with various other companies as a way to provide a single platform for connecting online store owners with all the pieces they need to build a successful business. That means connecting with sales platforms such as Etsy, Shopify, and BigCommerce, shipping and fulfillment companies like ShipStation and Amazon.com, and payment offerings like Verifone’s Sail.
Next up? Making it easier for vendors to keep track of their finances by integrating with cloud accounting software provider Xero.
By doing so, clients will be able to seamlessly pull in sales data from their Stitch accounts and have it automatically appear in Xero. That will allow them to track all sorts of taxes and other accounting stuff that I’ll never understand because I don’t have a small business and frankly it scares the crap out of me to even think about it. Anyway, Stitch will be the first U.S.-based inventory startup to work with Xero.
For Xero, the partnership adds another way to connect with users. By providing cloud-based accounting solutions with a robust API, Xero hopes to integrate with third parties to reach small businesses through the tools they use for inventory, point-of-sale, and other transaction-related applications.
Stitch Labs has raised $1 million in funding from True Ventures. The company has seven employees based in San Francisco.
Stitch Labs freaking rocks. Honestly. I am up to my eyeballs in wholesale orders this week, and I swear that SL makes it easier to manage, invoice and pack....you guys are my heroes.
Online Inventory Management Tools
Not interested in spending thousands of dollars on an inventory management system? Here's a look at two Web-based offerings that make the job easy for a low monthly fee. Desktop inventory-management programs can cost thousands of dollars. New online platforms let you manage orders and inventory from any Web browser for a low monthly fee. Here are two options to suit different needs.
By John Brandon
November 1, 2012 | Inc.
Desktop inventory-management programs can cost thousands of dollars. New online platforms let you manage orders and inventory from any Web browser for a low monthly fee. Here are two options to suit different needs.
This service lets you manage orders, contacts, inventory, and packing slips on a colorful online dashboard. A good choice for businesses with both online and offline stores, it works with several major e-commerce platforms, including Shopify and PayPal, as well as Sail by VeriFone, a mobile payment system for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. When you make a sale, Stitch automatically updates inventory levels in real time.
I love stitch! This has made my life so much easier. I love how everything is one place and I don't have paperwork all over!
The Paper Shamrock
Big data for online retailers: Best practices on selling "sized" inventory
Are you a small business selling clothing or shoes online? If your online marketplace sells hats, gloves, or even bed sheets, you need to have the right amount of each size ordered. It sounds like common sense, but Stitch Labs, an inventory management service, notes that inventory costs account for 45-90 percent of all business expenses.
By Meghan Kelly
December 23, 2012 | VentureBeat
These companies all deal with “sized” products, or products that could come in small, medium, or large. And it’s not just clothing and shoes — if your online marketplace sells hats, gloves, or even bed sheets, you need to have the right amount of each size ordered. It sounds like common sense, but Stitch Labs, an inventory management service, notes that inventory costs account for 45-90 percent of all business expenses.
It’s important for online retailers to understand how to stock sizes and how customers buy based on size.
While extra-smalls and extra-extra-larges (XXL) often seem to end up in extra inventory, they still wind up accounting for over five percent of an online merchant’s sales, according to Stitch Labs’ research. The company suggests that retailers move away from the class “1-2-2-1″ inventory purchasing guide. That is, buy one unit of smalls, two of medium and larges, and one of extra large. Instead, it believes that a mix of extra smalls, and extra-extra-largest will help boost sales.
Check out the infographic below for other best practices when ordering your inventory: http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/stitch-labs-inventory.jpg
Stitch Labs Sews Up Inventory Management
For many ecommerce pros, managing one's business means focusing on a single point of presence. The online site, its functionality, and whatever ad campaigns support it all operate to bring customers through one virtual front door. Managing inventory for that presence works in a straightforward manner - either an item is in stock for visitors to buy, or it isn't. But many online sellers have a brick and mortar storefront, with internet sales added to the mix.
By David A. Utter
November 30, 2012 | eCommerceBytes
Managing inventory for that presence works in a straightforward manner - either an item is in stock for visitors to buy, or it isn't. But many online sellers have a brick and mortar storefront, with internet sales added to the mix. Some may even have multiple points of presence online, through their own sites as well as marketplaces like Etsy.
Now the seller has multiple points touching upon inventory, and a need to manage it. Otherwise, an item a customer thinks is in stock at the online store may have no more available thanks to an order someone else submitted at the company's marketplace presence.
Stitch Labs co-founder Jake Gasaway wants to help the ambitious ecommerce pro keep that inventory managed effectively. His company offers order and inventory management through its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product.
Stitch Labs recently announced integration of Amazon Marketplace into its offering, making this a good time to find out more about the company. You'll find our question and answer session here.
Jake Gasaway: Stitch allows sellers that sell in multiple channels keep all their inventory, orders and contacts in one place. Our ideal customer sells in one or more channels.
These sellers don't really realize they need Stitch until they are selling their last three shirts or candles and they sell three of them to one customer on Amazon, then they forget or don't get to their Shopify store quickly enough to remove the three they have for sale on that site. This could even happen in the middle of the night or when the seller doesn't have access to a computer. Stitch is the brain of the operation and will remove those three units from the Shopify store so sales aren't overcommitted.
Jake Gasaway: Stitch will automatically import products from our online partners, so there's no manual entry of products. We've seen people get up and running with sales coming into the system anywhere from 10 minutes after sign up to a couple hours.
If a seller isn't selling through one of our integrated partners, or they only sell wholesale, there is some data/product entry that needs to take place. We have built functionality into the tool to make this process very simple and much faster than most other platforms.
Jake Gasaway: There are really two main areas:
1) Integrations: With our Amazon launch this week, we are now integrated with 10 total applications that help sellers be more productive. Continuing to tighten those integrations along with adding more partners will be crucial.
2) Product improvements: We continue to listen to our users and adjust the application itself to enhance both usability and functionality. Recently, we added additional currencies and a feature that allows users to re-arrange their product catalog within Stitch for greater usability and more effective reporting capability.
Jake Gasaway: One major feature enhancement we're working on right now is an external purchase order tool. Because we allow users to manage inventory, we need to provide a better solution from the time products are purchased all the way through sale. We have an internal feature now, but we will make it much better.
Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Adds Amazon.com Integration, Sellers Can Now Be "Fulfilled By Amazon"
It’s been a little over a year and a half since Stitch Labs launched to become the connective tissue between various online shopping carts and marketplaces. Today it’s announcing one of its biggest tie-ups to date, as the startup has integrated with Amazon.com to allow users to sell through the online retailer and to have their goods fulfilled by Amazon.
By Ryan Lawler
November 27, 2012 | TechCrunch
As one of the largest online marketplaces for goods in the U.S., Amazon.com provides a powerful new platform for Stitch users to sell on. But for Stitch Labs, it’s just one more outlet through which sellers can make their goods available: The inventory management startup also integrates with online sales platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Etsy, and Storenvy. Stitch Labs also announced a partnership with Verifone to enable sellers to use its Sail card reader for real-world sales and have those sales automatically integrate with its inventory management system.
Stitch Labs is also helping to provide fulfillment for sellers, through a partnership with ShipStation. According to Stitch co-founder Jake Gasaway, they’ll now have another choice with Amazon, as sellers will be able to participate in Fulfilled By Amazon, the e-commerce giant’s fulfillment program.
Amazon has begun to depend more on processing and filling orders for third-party sellers to help grow its business. Third-party goods accounted for about 41 percent of all units sold on Amazon in the third quarter, which was up 50 percent year-over-year. With that in mind, Amazon rolled out customized brand pages and tools for social media marketing to help sellers increase their presence there.
Stitch Labs has raised $1 million in funding led by True Ventures. The company now has seven employees and is based in sunny/foggy/rainy San Francisco.
Before Stich my orders, inventory management, and shipping were a big mess. After I install Stitch, problem solved. Thanks guys/gals!!
Stitch is comprehensive, well thought out and very well documented. Highly recommended!
Swift Fly Fishing
Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Adds Payment Processing With Verifone's Sail
We’ve already written a few times about how Stitch Labs helps small, independent merchants manage their sales operations across a wide range of online marketplaces. Well now it’s making it easier to connect their online and offline sales, through a partnership with Verifone’s Sail payment processing system.
By Ryan Lawler
August 20, 2012 | TechCrunch
Stitch wants to make it easier for small, independent businesses to manage their CRM, product orders, and inventory all in one central location. To do that, it’s created a SaaS-based platform that allows independent designers, makers, and manufacturers to list their goods on multiple sales sites and keep track of their supply and demand, regardless of where goods were sold. To do so, it’s integrated with major sales platforms such as Etsy, Shopify, and BigCommerce.
But what happens when those vendors sell goods out in the real world, at craft or maker fairs, or at other events or expos? It used to be that there was no way to have those transactions automatically connect to their online sales systems — they’d have to go back and manually enter transactions after the fact to keep track of sales and inventory. Well not anymore: Stitch just announced an integration with Verifone’s Sail card reader and payment processing app.
With the Sail integration, Stitch customers will be able to sell their goods, process credit card transactions, and have inventory automatically updated on the fly. By doing so, Stitch (and Sail) can help bridge the divide between both online and offline sales, making it easier for small business owners to keep track of things, whether they’re selling at a craft fair or on Etsy.
That’s all possible because Sail has rolled out a platform that includes a mobile SDK packing encryption, real-time fraud screening and boarding APIs, and merchant processing and settlement services. The Sail offering is built to work with third-party marketing, loyalty, and social media tools, so connecting with an inventory management solution like Stitch makes sense. Sail charges a 1.9 percent fee for transactions made with merchants who pay a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 a month to use the service, and a 2.7 percent fee for sales of merchants who don’t pay the subscription fee.
Of course, Sail’s card reader competes with other payment processing solutions — like Square and PayPal Here, among others. But Square has rolled out its own inventory management solutions with Square Register, and has a closed API — so Stitch wouldn’t be able to hook up to its system. And PayPal, while it plans to be open, only recently launched. That’s not to say that Stitch won’t work with other payment processors in the future, just that this is the first integration it’s been able to pull off.
Stitch Labs raised $1 million in seed funding from True Ventures in February. It’s based in San Francisco and now has five full-time employees.
Verifone starts showing how Sail's openness helps it compete
When VeriFone launched Sail, it touted the openness of the platform. Now, it’s finally showing what that looks like. The first integration for Sail is with Stitch Labs (see disclosure below), which provides online sellers with a software-as-a-service inventory management system that also handles analytics, orders, shipping and contacts.
By Ryan Kim
August 20, 2012 | GigaOM
When VeriFone launched Sail, its Square rival back in May, it touted the openness of the platform, which can evolve as developers and businesses connect the base mobile payment product to other features and services from third-party providers. Now, it’s finally showing what that looks like.
The first integration for Sail is with Stitch Labs (see disclosure below), which provides online sellers with a software-as-a-service inventory management system that also handles analytics, orders, shipping and contacts. Users of Sail will now be able to tie their mobile sales in the real world to their online sales, so the inventory counts will be organized through one system.
That’s helpful for online sellers on Etsy, Shopify and BigCommerce, many of whom currently use Stitch Labs to keep track of their inventory. Previously, when they sold products to consumers at fairs or other offline settings using some mobile payment acceptance tools, there was no easy way to merge their inventory data. They often had to subtract what they sold offline by hand.
The Stitch Labs integration is just the first of many other partnerships to come. Other developers and service providers can offer their services to Sail users using the Sail SDK. Unlike Square, which is currently trying to build out a suite of services for small business owners — everything from offers, loyalty, analytics, inventory and marketing — VeriFone is betting that it can be more useful to customers if it can be open and incorporate a range of services from other providers. Other services on the way include offers, marketing and accounting. Eventually, the services will be organized into an app store-like gallery that customers can use to plug in the necessary tools for their mobile payment system.
Brian Hamilton, vice president of SMB Commerce at VeriFone, told me that the value of Sail’s approach will continue to emerge as more companies, small businesses and developers see how easy it is to plug in Sail and get a variety of services from different providers.
“We won’t be the best at everything. Our approach is there are best of breed solutions out there. We don’t want to rebuild that,” said Hamilton said.
If VeriFone can build up its library of third-party services available through Sail, it could become a viable competitor in the mobile payment space and an alternative to Square, Braintree and Stripe. But it will need to attract a full suite of services and will have to make it easy for customers to integrate these tools into Sail.
Small business owners can now use Stitch Labs for free
Stitch Labs, a startup that helps small business owners track orders, inventory, and shipping, has rolled out a free option. The San Francisco-based startup is an inventory management tool that promises to make it easier to run a business. Stitch Labs grew its user base last year when the company began partnering with e-commerce platforms like Shopify and Etsy, where millions of people sell their wares.
By Christina Farr
July 30, 2012 | VentureBeat
The San Francisco-based startup is an inventory management tool that promises to make it easier to run a business. Stitch Labs grew its user base last year when the company began partnering with e-commerce platforms like Shopify and Etsy, where millions of people sell their wares.
In May, we covered the company’s integration with BigCommerce, a site that boasts 25,000 storefronts. At that time, pricing started at $12 per month for single-person businesses.
A word of caution: the free service isn’t available to all Stitch Labs’ users.
The company’s business development lead, Jake Gasaway, told me that there were different kinds of sellers using the platform. The team noticed that some users were hawking their crafts on at least two e-commerce sites. They can trial the product for two weeks for free, before forking over $25 a month. But 80 percent of smaller sellers with only one sales channel can permanently use the product for zero dollars.
The company recently updated its product so sellers can input sales and marketing data, like email marketing lists, to generate visual reports. This week, the team also announced it has leapt on the cloud bandwagon. To help users access their reports from anywhere, Stitch Labs has integrated with Google Drive.
The support staff is an A+. I have worked with complex systems... this one is where I want to be.
Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Now Offers Shipping Through ShipStation
Founded on the premise of making it easier for independent creators to interact with their customers, Stitch Labs launched to offer a cloud-based solution for small businesses that wish to manage CRM, product orders, and inventory management. Now it’s taking that a step further by helping SMBs complete the full cycle of sales transactions...
By Ryan Lawler
May 29, 2012 | TechCrunch
Stitch wants to be the connective tissue between multiple sales sites and platforms, giving independent designers, makers, and manufacturers the ability to reach customers and manage supply and demand regardless of where they sold their goods. Since most of those businesses sell across multiple channels, Stitch allows them to manage inventory across all of them. To do that, it has integrated with major sales platforms such as Etsy, Shopify, and BigCommerce, allowing customers to sell across multiple sites.
Now through its partnership with ShipStation, Stitch Labs will help SMBs close the loop with customers, taking them all the way through shipping and order fulfillment. While Stitch handles all the inventory management for its customers, ShipStation will ensure that products get to SMBs’ end-customers.
Shipping options through ShipStation include FedEx, UPS, and USPS, depending on how soon products are needed and how much customers want to pay for shipping. ShipStation will also handle stuff like order import and batch label creation, as well as customer communication around tracking numbers and the like.
Stitch Labs just raised a $1 million seed investment from True Ventures in February. It’s been using that money to grow headcount, which has increased (see below) from the four cofounders to six full-time employees, with another two interns. It also plans to add even more shopping cart and marketplace integrations as time goes on.
Stitch Labs integrates with BigCommerce to help small sellers track their stuff
Inventory management is a boring term for what is actually the central question of any small business: How much stuff do I have left to sell, and where the @$%& is it? Stitch Labs, an inventory management tool for small businesses like crafters and T-shirt printers, now integrates with BigCommerce, an e-commerce system for selling stuff, making it easier to answer that critical question.
By Dylan Tweney
May 12, 2012 | VentureBeat
Stitch Labs, an inventory management tool for small businesses like crafters and T-shirt printers, now integrates with BigCommerce, an e-commerce system for selling stuff, making it easier to answer that critical question.
What that means is that if you sell your goods through BigCommerce (which lets you list items for sale on Etsy as well as Facebook, the web, and mobile devices), whenever an order comes in, it will automatically show up in the Stitch dashboard, updating your inventory counts.
The integration works in multiple directions, so if you’re selling on Etsy and BigCommerce, an order placed on Etsy will also be reflected in your BigCommerce console as well as in Stitch.
BigCommerce powers 25,000 storefronts, so this adds a good number of potential customers to Stitch’s audience. The company had already completed an earlier integration with Shopify, and Stitch launched in November, 2011 with support for Etsy sellers.
Stitch was founded in 2011 and is based in San Francisco, California. It raised a $1 million seed round from True Ventures in February, 2012. See below for a couple of screenshots illustrating what it looks like.
Stitch Labs' Willo O'Brien: "We Have Big Things Going On"
For all of us with small businesses – and that includes most new startups – balancing the mundane tasks that have to be done (like accounting) with the fun stuff (doing what you actually do) is a tricky line to walk. Stitch Labs makes it much easier for small scale product-based businesses to manage their sales – so they can focus on doing what they do - and actually selling.
By Monika Jansen
March 8, 2012 | Tech Cocktail
During SXSW, where they are a showcased startup at our #StartupLife Celebration Saturday night, they are hosting a 2 day, official SXSW event called CraftMakerCamp (#craftmaker), which you can learn more about here. As O’Brien explained,
“My cofounder Brandon and I had our own product-based businesses, so we understand the problems inherent in getting products off the ground while running the back-end, annoying problems of managing the business – so that is what the Camp will focus on.
“The space we’re hitting is bringing technology to crafters and small, indie merchants who haven’t traditionally had access to online management tools. Our goal is to streamline online and offline sales so they can concentrate on designing and creating.”
When asked what features customers love the most, O’Brien replied that their inventory management makes it super easy to manage both online – Etsy, Shopify, your own website – and offline sales, as their customers typical sell their products via several channels.
“Also, what people don’t realize they need before they get it are reports,” continued O’Brien. “And our reports are super sexy and very visual. They really drill down and clearly show you what is selling best across variants (color, size, style, etc.) and sales channels. As a small business, you HAVE to have feedback so you know what products to focus your energy on.”
Looking beyond SXSW, O’Brien said they are planning on some great integrations with other online services that focus on SMBs, like accounting, shipping, etc. “We ultimately want to help small merchants manage their entire business in one place. ‘Make selling easier’ is our tagline and the driving factor for our continued growth.”
The Stitch Labs app is one of the absolute best applications I've seen for tracking your sales.
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I had a management awakening, when I realized Stitch was my back office.
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Craft Business Tools: Taking Stitch Labs Inventory Management System for a Test Drive
When I first started to use Stitch Labs’ inventory management application to organize my craft business, I admit I was apprehensive. As I said in my profile of Stitch Labs, I am not a numbers person, and I get easily overwhelmed and frustrated — OK, even scared — when faced with that very important part of my craft business.
By Lisa Anderson Shaffer
February 27, 2012 | IndieMade
I was happy to find that Stitch offers great videos and instructions on how to get started, all on the site. As you go through the process of adding a product family or editing inventory, there are step-by-step instructions along the right-hand margin to keep you on track. Here’s a screen shot of that handy dandy margin.
Like all business owners, my time is short, and in order for Stitch to work for me, I had to be able to get in, get it done and get back up to my studio. Even with all the help available on the site, my fear quickly kicked in. I took a deep breath. That didn’t really work. So I decided to email Stitch.
Unlike most sites that overwhelm you with a list of FAQs, Stitch’s help section provides you with two things: an email address and a phone number to call or email 24/7. So I did! I sent Stitch Labs staffer Jake Gasaway an email briefly describing my issue, thinking maybe I would hear from someone in a few days. Try within the hour! Jake got back to me right away, and within a few minutes, we had set up a time to chat by phone so he could guide me step-by-step through any trouble spots.
Jake spent more than half an hour with me on the phone guiding me through the process. It was as close to hand-holding as it gets, and I’m convinced if I needed to physically hold his hand, Jake would have found a way to make that happen. What I quickly learned about using Stitch is that it’s impossible to mess up. When customized help is so easily and readily available, there is no messing up! Maybe it’s time I finally put my math anxiety to rest?
My favorite thing about using Stitch is the ability to make informed decisions about my craft business, Zelma Rose Dry Goods, with a quick click. In short, Stitch helps small business owners say yes, safely. Around the holidays, there was no shortage of tasks to tackle over at Zelma Rose Dry Goods. I was busy filling orders, shipping nearly every day, and prepping for Bazaar Bizarre and Renegade Craft Fair. If that wasn’t enough, several different storeowners approached me to participate in weekend handmade pop-up shops.
With time already a luxury, I needed to make quick and informed decisions about what offers I could say yes to, based on my schedule, my inventory, and projected sales for the events I had already committed to. What would make the most sense for my craft business? Say yes to more events or use the time to create more inventory for the events I had already committed to? With one click on Stitch, I was able to generate reports detailing my sales and informing me what I had made at similar events in the past. I was actually able to take a look at my numbers while talking with event organizers.
Stitch Labs staffers Jake Gasaway, Michelle Laham, Brandon Levey, and Willo O’Brien really want to help small business owners succeed. Their success is our success; their passion is our passion. And they stand behind their customers 100%.
When I asked the team what keeps them inspired, the answer was unanimous, their customers. All of us small business owners out there. Those of us sweating in our garages all hours of the night, pounding the pavement with line sheets, and giving it all to live the life of our dreams. “I have such a huge passion for helping small business owners and helping them be more successful,” Willo says. “Yes, we want them to make more money, but I want them to actually be happier in their life and happy with their business.” And what could be better than that!
Endless thanks to the Stitch Team for their time and welcoming me to their headquarters for a fun filled afternoon! Keep up with all the great new things Stitch is working on to help grow your business at www.stitchlabs.com.
Craft Business Tools: Stitch Labs Helps Crafters Hold Their Business Together
Something about numbers just never jived with me. Don’t get me wrong: math is essential. The world needs math. All the same, I am happier leaving the pluses and minuses of my craft business in the more capable hands of others. If left to my own devices, my inventory, bookkeeping, and business contacts would all be on small pieces of paper floating around in a glamorous shoebox.
By Lisa Anderson Shaffer
February 27, 2012 | IndieMade
Fair enough, but as a craft business owner with only two hands, there is only so much I can tackle at once. There has to be an easier, more efficient way to run a craft business that goes beyond keeping tiny pieces of paper in a shoebox, right?
Enter San Francisco-based online inventory management company Stitch Labs. The staff of Stitch Labs are the shoemaker’s elves. They are the math nerds, the tech-savvy wunderkinds creating charts and crunching numbers while you sleep. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s real. I promise!
Stitch Labs offers craft business owners the tools they need to crunch numbers in one simple program:
• Manage your contacts, sales, product inventory, invoices, expenses, and even shipping labels all in one place.
• Easily keep track of all sales, whether through PayPal, consignment, trade shows or craft fairs. Selling in stores becomes easy with downloadable line sheets. I even quickly customized an inventory management system to keep track of the online sales at my IndieMade website.
• Export all invoices, payments, and expenses to QuickBooks for tax time.
What’s even more exciting? The Stitch Labs team is working on an iPhone/iPad app that will allow craft business owners to enter sales on the go. Imagine being able to keep track of all your numbers DURING a craft show!
I went to Stitch Labs’ San Francisco headquarters to meet with CEO Brandon Levey, Director of Business Development Jake Gasaway, and Marketing Director Willo O’Brien. We chatted about the ways Stitch Labs can help craft businesses, how the company started, and what keeps them inspired.
The team based their product on their own needs and experiences running craft businesses. CEO Brandon Levey has spent many hours in his garage screen printing T-shirts, working the trade show circuit, and getting a handle on that never-ending pile of paperwork. He knows firsthand about the passion that drives small business owners.
“If we can help you grow your business or operate your business at whatever level or size that you want, that’s really more our mission. The first sort of mantra we ever threw around, which we still stick to, is that we grow our business by helping you grow your business,” he says.
Brandon first imagined Stitch Labs in August 2008 while working at POOL Trade show in Las Vegas, promoting his T-shirt brand. He created his own program to keep track of inventory and sales and noticed that most vendors at the show were struggling with paperwork, spreadsheets, and keeping track of inventory.
The story of Stitch is just like the story of how many of us got started. The idea “died on the vine,” Brandon says, until February 2010, when he started kicking it around again. It wasn’t until May 2010 when Brandon’s friend Michelle Laham, now Stitch Labs’ creative director, flew to San Francisco to meet about Stitch, that the idea became a reality.
Following their brainstorming session, Brandon marked his calendar with the date when he’d leave his job, and Michelle marked hers with the date she’d move to California. They dove in headfirst and moved into an office that September. In November 2010 Jake Gasaway came on board, and in January 2011 Stitch Labs opened for business. Willo O’Brien officially joined the team in 2011.
One thing that stands out about Stitch as an inventory management system is the team’s attention to design. The website, designed by Michelle Laham, is not just user-friendly, but beautiful. But there’s more to an application than creating an aesthetically pleasing look, Jake notes. “You have to be able to maneuver through [the application] without really thinking so much about it. And she’s awesome at that.”
“The beauty of this system is that we have given people just enough customization,” Willo adds. “They can add a logo and do some things with their invoices, but for the most part, right out of the gate you are able to get beautiful invoices, beautiful packing slips.”
Along with super-simple way to organize all the details of your craft business, Stitch Labs offers incredible customer service. How do I know? I signed up for a 30-day free trial in the hopes of finally finding a way to nurture the pluses and minuses of my own business.
Using apps and mobile technology to run an Etsy shop
When I first started selling on Etsy, I was a purist for quite some time. I thought, "who needs all those apps, it's not that hard to run the shop without all those extras getting in the way". When one shop turned to two, then to three, and success started to flirt with our heels, my story changed a bit.
February 26, 2012 | Sellers Assisting Sellers
I started testing apps to use for auto-renewing, for tracking traffic and sales, for tracking profit and loss. Those that worked for us, I began to integrate into our shops. Outright.com for taxes as well as profit/loss tracking, Statsy's Clockbot for renewing, Craftopolis used for listing edits, just to name a few.
Most of those I tried during this time were free and were well worth exploring even if I didn't keep the majority of them in the end. And, as it turns out, apps aren't really in the way at all. Not if you utilize the ones that -fit- you and your business. Those I used served their purpose while I needed them, and those I keep still are the ones I've found long-term uses for.
Then, in November of last year, my business partner was ill and I was left shouldering the work for a bit by myself as well as assisting my sister in starting up and running her Etsy shop. Our holiday rush in our busiest shop starts around November 10th and usually lasts right around until December 20th. So I was left in the middle of our most profitable Christmas ever with no help at all. I struggled through the first two weeks feeling like I was drowning. Then, I got smart and started hunting for more apps to replace some of those that were sufficient when business was slow, but just weren't cutting it when things sped up.
This involved venturing into the realm of paid apps, of which I couldn't afford earlier, but as success has gone from flirting at our heels to actually nipping at them, we can now afford a few apps to help make running things a bit easier and smoother.
I replaced Statsy's Clockbot with EtsyOnSale.com's renewal agent which is very reasonably priced and functions on buying credits which you then use to pay for your usage as you use. This app saved me a lot of time since the set-up is easier and more extensive. You don't have to set each renew individually. When I had the time, Statsy's Clockbot worked great and was wonderfully useful and free. When I didn't have the time any longer, well EtsyOnSale took over and did it all for me after a few minutes of set-up.
I signed up for StitchLabs at the price of $12.00 per month. Now, granted. StitchLabs is actually an app primarily used for tracking one's inventory. Since a lot of our products are OOAK and we also sell on other venues which aren't currently supported on StitchLabs, that wasn't really useful for us. BUT, it did two specific things that I needed badly.
• With Stitch Labs you can set up specific items in your shop to relist automatically when they sell. Very useful for those non-OOAK items.
• I can track multiple shops. If you set up each shop on a different "channel" you can track as sales happen in each shop as they happen. They all show up together on a single spreadsheet in StitchLabs. Combined with the Firefox app "ReloadEvery", I was able to set up that spreadsheet to automatically update (automatically refresh) whatever time duration I wished so that all I needed to do was look in and could see any sales that came through on any of four shops (our three plus my sisters shop). During the holidays this was a huge time-saver for me, since I didn't have to keep logging in and out of each separate account to check for sales.
• A major plus but not one of my decision making factors that had me choose this service, I also hear that they are working on a mobile app which I'm eager to get my hands on.
Not to mention, StitchLabs has the most remarkable customer service I've come across online or offline. Always friendly, always helpful, always courteous and they always respond promptly
I integrated my iPod Touch and iPad for Etsy. This was done by setting up the Etsy's iPod/iPad/iPhone app on my iPod and iPad. I then set up an icon bookmark on the home screen of my mobile devices that would take me directly to my StitchLabs orders page with a single click. This way I could check all shops at once with a single click on my mobile device.
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Stitch Labs Lands $1 Million in Funding from True Ventures
Stitch Labs has found great opportunity in providing inventory management tools to small businesses, as the prior alternatives were bulky, large enterprise systems or managing inventory manually through spreadsheets or even (gulp) pen and paper.
By Zach Davis
February 22, 2012 | Tech Cocktail
“We’re excited to be investing in Stitch Labs,” said True Ventures managing partner Phil Black. “Our mission at True is to support dynamic Founders of early stage companies targeting large and underserved markets, and we believe this talented team is well positioned to delight millions of owners of product-based businesses who are looking for simple yet powerful tools to manage their daily operations.”
Stitch Labs has found great opportunity in providing inventory management tools to small businesses, as the prior alternatives were bulky, large enterprise systems or managing inventory manually through spreadsheets or even (gulp) pen and paper. In their most recent blog post, Stitch Labs co-founder/VP marketing Willo O’Brien says, “We couldn’t be more honored that True recognizes our vision and the need for independent business owners everywhere to have access to an intuitive business management suite that helps them be more successful.”
And with the new infusion of funds this San Francisco-based startup will be adding to the talent of their team, specifically web developers.
Here is the takeaway: You should be using Stitch.
Why We're Excited About Stitch Labs
It’s our pleasure today to welcome the newest members of the True family into the fold as Stitch Labs announces its seed financing. We think the Stitch team has built software that will meaningfully impact the large group of product-based business owners who are looking for a better way to streamline and integrate aspects of their operations including inventory management, invoicing, order fulfillment, contact management, reporting and analytics.
By Christiaan Vorkink
February 21, 2012 | True Ventures
In less than one short year, the Stitch team has already achieved something pretty special: they have created software that their customers simply love. For all of the utility that a product like Stitch can provide, it’s perhaps even more impressive that the company’s early users have been so resoundingly in support of the product as something that not only makes their businesses run better, but makes their lives better. As we look to support truly exceptional Founders who aspire to create large and sustainable companies by bringing delight to their users, there’s no doubt that Stitch fits the bill.
But none of this would matter were it not for the most compelling part of the story: the team. Put simply, Brandon, Jake, Michelle and Willo are our kind of people. As former Founders and operators of the types of business Stitch today supports, they are intimately familiar with the challenges their peers face in finding the right tools to manage their businesses. The solution isn’t pen and paper. It’s not a spreadsheet. It’s not big enterprise software packages designed for much larger companies. It’s Stitch. The Founders understand these customers well because they have been there themselves. Plus, as is often the case, they came in well recommended to us by members of the True family whom they had already enlisted as advisors. We’re thrilled to have Assistly co-founders Alex Bard and Gary Benitt involved here as they’ll be incredible resources for the Stitch team as the company grows.
Thanks to the Stitch team for allowing us to join them in their journey forward. We’re looking forward to many good things to come and encourage prospective customers to give Stitch a try today and experience the magic firsthand.
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Stitch Labs makes running an online business a snap, raises $1M
Stitch Labs, a startup that helps small businesses manage inventory, orders, and shipping, announced today it has raised $1 million in seed funding from True Ventures. Co-founder Jake Gasaway told VentureBeat in an interview that Stitch Labs really took off after it integrated with Etsy and Shopify. Many of the millions of Etsy users began making their way over to Stitch Labs...
By Sarah Mitroff
February 12, 2012 | VentureBeat
Co-founder Jake Gasaway told VentureBeat in an interview that Stitch Labs really took off after it integrated with Etsy and Shopify. Many of the millions of Etsy users began making their way over to Stitch Labs and became paying customers, which helped the company gain attention from venture capital firms. Stitch Labs attributes its seed funding to showing VCs that they could build a business that generates revenue and could convert people into paying customers.
“Something that was pretty much consistent with our users, is that they loved our product. Once we integrated with Etsy and Shopify, we gained new customers — not just sign ups, but paying customers,” said Gasaway, “We spent time last summer talking to people, networking with small businesses to pave our way.”
Stitch Labs manages contacts, inventory, sales, invoicing, and shipping for online businesses. It displays all relevant information in a dashboard, so business owners can manage orders, payment, and many other aspects of their operations. The company also integrates with the shopping cart platforms from Etsy and Shopify and can manage data from several different business, both online and off, in one dashboard. Pricing starts at $12 per month for single-person businesses, up to a monthly fee of $80 for larger companies.
Co-founder and chief executive Brandon Levey began working on Stitch Labs in 2011 when he was running his own design and manufacturing company. He was frustrated with the lack of software available to small businesses to manage inventory and sales.
“We see a lot of changes going on the e-commerce world, we want to make it easier for them to succeed,” Levey told VentureBeat. ”We take a more holistic approach to all the ways businesses sell their products, offline and off.”
Awesome Inventory Management Startup Stitch Labs Nabs $1M From True Ventures
Small business inventory management startup Stitch Labs is announcing a $1 million seed investment this morning led by True Ventures. In the same space as Bizelo and Ordoro, Stitch Labs allows design-focused small businesses to organize their CRM, product orders and inventory with custom tailored features like Etsy and Shopify integration.
By Alexia Tsotsis
February 21, 2012 | TechCrunch
Stitch founder Brandon Levey started the company when he, as the owner of a small design and manufacturing firm, couldn’t find a satisfactory SasS to manage his own business. He wanted a product that went beyond accounting software, and could pull its weight as an inventory management platform across multiple sales channels.
Levey thus centered the Stitch Labs experience around design and usability, “We are dedicated to working with our customers to make sure that Stitch is powerful and intuitive, ” he told me, “We know we always need to improve our usability but it makes us so proud when a new customer signs up and within an hour or two, without any assistance, starts building hundreds of products, links up their Etsy and Shopify stores, adds contacts, orders, expenses, begins billing customers, and generating sales reports. Pretty awesome.”
Speaking of “awesome,” Levey will use the new funding to expand the Stitch Labs team, “We need to hire some awesome developers (so if they are reading this please apply at stitchlabs.com/jobs).” Plans for further shopping cart and marketplace integrations as well as some (yes!) awesome new partnerships are in the works, according to Levey.
Six Ways to Automate your Etsy Shop
Between crafting your products, keeping up with convos and adding new products, your Etsy store keeps you busy. Sometimes, there is so much to do! While you may be tempted to handle everything yourself, it won’t be long before burn-out sets in or you become frustrated at juggling too many tasks at once.
By Justine Smith
January 23, 2012 | The Bottom Line
There are many aspects of running your business that can be done automatically, saving you precious and valuable time. We all know that having more time is a good thing! Let’s look at the automation features available for making your shop run more smoothly, with less help from you.
There are many ways you can automate every-day tasks necessary to running your Etsy shop.
Use Etsy’s Built-in Features: Etsy offers built-in tools that allow you to automatically connect with buyers. You’re able to create a message to buyers, which automatically sends a message when someone purchases your item. Inside your Etsy shop, choose ‘Shop info & Apperance.’ At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a section for ‘message to buyers.’ You may add any information that you like here. Consider adding a thank you for purchase, estimated shipping times, your return policy or contact information.
Relist with Ease: Relisting sold items can be time consuming, especially during busy selling times like the holidays. Luckily, there are several applications you can use to make relisting sold items easier.
• Uncle Gravy- Uncle Gravy is testing an automatic relisting feature that relists sold items that you specify. A trial of the program is free; however, if you like it, a flat $10 buys a subscription.
• Stitch Labs- Stitch Labs offers a multitude of tools for Etsy sellers, one of which is an automatic relisting feature. Stitch connects directly to your Etsy shop, making it easy to track inventory and sales. You choose which items to relist. When those items sell, Stitch automatically relists them. You’ll also receive an automatic packing slip that generates with each order, saving you time when it comes to packaging and shipping.
• Auto Relister- Auto Relister is an application for Android smart phones which automatically relists your sold items. You can also schedule item renewals with this program. While the app is currently only for Android, a PC version may be available in the future.
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I honestly can't say enough good things about Stitch. It is simply an amazing app that has completely streamlined my workflow.
After the Bump
If you are serious about scaling up your Shopify store, you will eventually arrive at Stitch.
All Good Things Organic Seeds
Keep Track of Your Inventory & More with Stitch
Have you heard of Stitch? Stitch is an online tool that is built for small business owners and artisans to manage inventory, contacts, orders, expenses, and more. We met the folks who built Stitch this past year at the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs in San Francisco and in addition to an impressive online tool, they might just be the nicest people around!
By Courtney Dirks
January 23, 2012 | Meylah
We met the folks who built Stitch this past year at the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs in San Francisco and in addition to an impressive online tool, they might just be the nicest people around!
Here are just a few reasons why you should consider using Stitch for your business:
• Inventory Management: Build and manage your entire product catalog and inventory with a few simple clicks.
• Order Fulfillment & Invoices: Stitch is more than just invoices, they help with the whole order fulfillment process too.
• All Your Contacts In One Place: Keep all your contacts, people, and addresses in one place and find them easily.
• Powerful Reports & Analytics: Know what is selling, what isn't and make smarter decisions for your business.
These features can help make managing your business a heck of a lot easier. And, Stitch will even help you migrate and import your contact and product data for free to help get you up and running quickly.
Fantastic Resource for the Business Side of Fashion: StitchLabs
Fashion design is a creative business. Obviously. The excitement lies in the sketching and the swatching and the showing, the launch parties and press spotlights….all the fun stuff. What they don’t tell you in fashion school (usually) is all the time you will spend with the not-so-sexy stuff; the costing, the fundraising, the logistics, the invoicing.
By Nicole Giordano
December 9, 2011 | StartUp Fashion
Owning a fashion brand is a business, through and through, and if you don’t spend just as much (if not more) time making sure all the numbers work, then you’re spinning your wheels. Because you can’t run a business if you don’t make a profit. It just doesn’t work.
Sometimes, though rarely, it is possible to hire or contract out all the different experts you will need. Most of the time it’s not. Penny pinching is the name of the game. So finding ways to make your life easier in this respect, is a must.
Stitchlabs is an inventory, order, and invoicing software that is created with the fashion designer and retailer in mind. It’s based on our niche business and really takes into account everything we face in our always changing and unique industry.
In their own words: "Stitch is built for small businesses that design, make, and sell products. It’s an online tool to manage all your contacts, products, orders, expenses and files in one place, find them with ease, and never worry about losing anything again. Our online system allows multiple users to manage your business from anywhere in the world."
I had the pleasure of chatting with one of the guys behind Stitchlabs and it was really nice to hear a human (and young!) voice on the other end. This company is created by two guys and a girl who “get it”. And by that I mean not only the fashion industry but also the techie, innovative side of things.
Running a business in 2011 (umm, 2012) is so different than it was 10 years ago. Hell, 2 years ago. At the risk of sounding like a cheesy commercial, Stitchlabs saves you time, money, energy, and sanity….not to mention they are fully integrated with the Etsy and Shopify platforms; giving you more time to spend doing the fun stuff.
The Term 'Cloud' is About to Become Obsolete
The term ‘cloud’ has become so commonplace, it’s about to become obsolete. While businesses used to have to invest in expensive hardware to grow, scaling today has become affordable and seamless. Want to add 10,000 more users to your contact management system? Just use a cloud-based service provider like Salesforce.com and you’re done. You no longer have to think about the logistics, you just trust in the power of the cloud.
By Clare Ryan
November 29, 2011 | Under the Radar
The elusive ‘cloud’ has taken away the hassle of buying expensive equipment, hiring IT managers, and dealing with infrastructure failures. It’s no longer your problem. You can leave those details to the high level cloud gurus.
While information used to be expensive and hard to come by, today it’s a wide open playing field with resources for everyone. Access is everywhere. As written in a recent VentureBeat post, “To take one relatively minor example, Stitch Labs’ inventory management system gives small-time Etsy sellers the ability to get sales-channel reports and customer insights that you used to only get if you were willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an enterprise resource management system.” Examples like this are everywhere. DropBox, Evernote, Salesforce, Flickr, Mint, Eventbrite, Square, etc. The more data you need stored, the more options become available to you.
So, here’s where the “cloud will become obsolete” statement comes in. Just like we don’t send each other “Internet emails,” we soon won’t be buying “cloud services.” We’ll just be buying services. The cloud is everywhere. (I’ll avoid using some cheesy metaphor about the cloud since I know we’re all sick of them by now.)
Stitchlabs is the central hub of our business, and easily the reason we have the control and knowledge that we do.
Love Nail Tree
Dylan’s Desk: How I learned to stop worrying and love “the cloud”
As I write, the VentureBeat offices sit enveloped by a cloud. In all directions, the fog wraps our office building in a soft, gray fuzz, obscuring the views of downtown San Francisco, the bay, and the ocean. It’s not unlike the cloud of marketing and hype surrounding “cloud” technologies. A fog of jargony words and needlessly ugly acronyms obscure understanding and make everything look like the same, soft grayish fog.
By Dylan Tweney
November 29, 2011 | VentureBeat
It’s not unlike the cloud of marketing and hype surrounding “cloud” technologies. A fog of jargony words and needlessly ugly acronyms obscure understanding and make everything look like the same, soft grayish fog.
IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, cloudware, private clouds, cloudsourcing, utility computing … even the word “platform” gets overused and abused, rendering it nearly meaningless. What do all these terms mean? It’s easy to get lost in them if you’re not already deeply wrapped up in the cloud.
So I’ll be honest: Even though VentureBeat has a cloud channel and we’re planning a cloud conference that’s happening later this week (you should go!), I started out as a serious skeptic of all things “cloud.”
Here’s why: The cloud was originally a symbol used in network architecture diagrams, where it stood for “the Internet” — basically, a bunch of servers and networks that the network architect didn’t really want to think about in detail. Thanks to the standardization of communications protocols like TCP/IP, it wasn’t necessary to think about all those other servers and networks — you could treat them as a single, addressable resource that did some magic, transmitted some data from one place to another, and then brought it back to earth in another part of your network.
The cloud was the network architect’s equivalent of “then a miracle occurs.” But thanks to the Internet, it was a miracle that happened every single day, until it became so commonplace that we didn’t even notice it any more.
Eventually, it seems, product marketers latched onto that cute little “cloud” icon scrawled in these diagrams and decided that it would make a friendlier face for their Web applications.
“Cloud” is a more approachable term than “Web application” or “Internet-based service,” after all, so the marketing shift makes perfect sense. But it doesn’t have much content. You could substitute “Internet” anywhere you see the word “cloud” and it would mean just about the same thing.
However, there is some hard reality underlying the, um, fog of hype.
“In my mind, cloud is a somewhat vague term, but it has a very specific implication, which is it’s all about making IT more responsive to the needs of business,” Dan Scholnick, a general partner at venture capital firm Trinity Ventures, said in a recent VentureBeat interview.
Business IT services delivered over the Internet — what we can call, in general, cloud services — are in fact driving a major shift in the way companies think about and use information technology. Cloud services are cheaper and faster to deploy, at least initially, because there’s no on-premise hardware or software installation needed. Cloud services can scale more quickly than software or services that you run yourself. If you need to add 100 more users to your contact-management system, you can turn them on in minutes using a cloud-based service provider like Salesforce.com. If you need to subtract 100 users, it’s just as easy.
By contrast, if you are running your own salesforce management software on your own servers in a datacenter somewhere, every time you want to add a significant number of users you’ll have to buy additional hardware, install it, get additional site licenses, make sure all the software was up to date, and so on. If you then go through layoffs, you’re left with a bunch of capital that you can’t get rid of easily.
Indeed, in some cases cloud services are making it possible for companies to have tools and resources that previously were only available to the largest of corporations.
To take one relatively minor example, Stitch Labs’ inventory management system gives small-time Etsy sellers the ability to get sales-channel reports and customer insights that you used to only get if you were willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on an enterprise resource management system.
“We couldn’t have existed before the cloud,” Eloqua CEO Joe Payne told me recently. His company uses at least a dozen cloud-based services, including Salesforce.com and his own company’s marketing automation tools, but also including cloud-based Web-conferencing, accounting, contract management, payroll processing, software version control, collaboration, recruiting and training. It may sound like overkill, but all those services give Eloqua flexibility and speed that it never would have had before, and have helped drive the company to grow its revenues at a cumulative 54 percent per year over the past 5 years.
It’s hard to say exactly how big the market for cloud services is, partly because the term is so broad that it comprises a whole bunch of disparate categories. To take just one slice of the pie, cloud infrastructure services, awkwardly called “infrastructure as a service” or IaaS, are a $4 billion market by themselves...
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