Written by Jodie Pride
18th March 2015 • 4 min read
Web-based services are becoming increasingly popular in recent years – just look at cloud storage, such as Google Drive and iCloud – and it’s easy to see why, especially from a business point of view. Online retailers can take advantage of these softwares which operate “in the cloud” – let’s take look at some of the reasons why you should choose online inventory management software.
Because it’s based in the cloud, your online inventory management software can be used on any device – whether it’s a PC, tablet or smartphone, providing you have access to the internet, of course. This is great because it means you can login from anywhere to check your inventory because it’s not installed on one hard drive – if you own a smartphone, it’s like carrying your inventory around in your pocket. Very convenient, especially if you’re a retailer who travels a lot. You can check your order statuses on the go.
Another benefit of having your inventory in the cloud is that it’s all automatically backed up. Once you’ve entered all your data into your online inventory management software. it’s saved online, so you don’t need to worry about device failure or losing your electronic equipment, because your valuable inventory information won’t be lost.
You also don’t need to worry about how compatible your online inventory management system is with the equipment you currently use. Some softwares are specifically designed for a certain operating software, but there’s no worrying about that with cloud-based inventory management – as it’s based on the web, it’s compatible with MAC, PC and everything in-between.
To expand on that point, there’s no costly maintenance of hardware, or time consuming manual updates with online inventory management software. That falls in the hands of the engineers who take care of the software for you, which saves you time, effort and money.
Most cloud-based inventory management systems offer monthly payment (as well as other options), so you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money at once for an expensive software which you may end up having no use for. This is great because you can test the software for a month and see if you like it, then if you don’t, you’re not committed to it. Some online inventory management software companies offer free trials, saving you even more money.
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