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ODBC stands for Open Database Connectivity. ODBC is a standard that allows applications to read from almost all of the database types that are available today. That means that an application that allows an ODBC connection can read a variety of database formats such as Microsoft Access, Paradox, DBISAM, dBase, and FoxPro; spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel; and even connect to external database servers, like SQL Server or MySQL.
Now that you have a better understanding of what ODBC is, let’s see what you can you do with it.
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You can drop ship, ship items yourself, “Fulfill by Amazon” (FBA) and/or use third party fulfillment (3PL) plus manage all your listings and keep inventory in sync. The key is to manage your inventory counts in a single database that also controls your listings, warehouse stock, retail stock and supplier counts.
Accurate inventory counts are the holy grail for merchants. The task is complicated when you have your own inventory in multiple locations and you drop ship product from vendors who may or may not provide their own counts. Toss FBA into the mix and maybe a 3PL and inventory is practically guaranteed to be a mess.
You absolutely, positively must have all your inventory managed from a single database. So how do you do that?
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