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by Bruce Kowkabany, March 12, 2015

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Sync Inventory Across All Your Channels

The number one pain point we hear from our customers every day is, “How do I keep my inventory in sync?” It’s a big job, but Channergy does it very, very well.

Let’s say you have 10 items in stock. You sell one on Amazon and two on ebay. Now you have 7 but Amazon says 9 (10-1=9) and ebay says 8 (10-2=8). Channergy solves this by being the central repository for all your inventory. It knows the actual inventory count and pushes that to each channel in “near real time”. So in this case Channergy would push 7 up to each channel.

That of course is the most simplistic example of syncing inventory. In the real world though it is much more complex. Following are 4 challenges our customers face every day and how Channergy handles them.

Find out how…


Channergy 2017

Channergy 2017 is available now. Visit our What’s New page to check out the new features and download the latest updates.

Update: Build 1706 is available. See what’s new in the revision history.

Check out the 2017 features…

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failedYour Channel Software is Broken

What happens when you try to sell everything, everywhere? Most channel management software is good at a few things – listing on Amazon and ebay, repricing, shipping…

But what happens when your channel manager does not support multiple stores on a channel, or sync inventory with your retail store or multiple warehouses? Mistakes happen. And mistakes are costly.

Then there are systems that try to do everything (commonly called ERP’s or Enterprise Resource Planning software). For a very select few these are a good choice. But for most of us they are a bad idea. Why? Because nothing does everything right. Why should your channel manager do payroll? There are apps for that.

Cloud apps abound and they are very cool. But cloud apps are still best at simple applications. Even the most powerful have limited functionality and are not customizable.

So whatever you are using is inherently broken. What do you do?

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ODBC (1)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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ItsOK

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.

The Challenge

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.

The Solution

You absolutely, positively must have all your inventory managed from a single database. So how do you do that?

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