You may be able to manage your sales and track your inventory with Shopify, but Shopify’s online store inventory works best for drop shippers or merchants who act as a middleman.
Even with a decent inventory system to track your finished goods, most inventory management systems do not have features for monitoring your raw materials or WIP inventory.
Manufacturers can take their Shopify inventory management to the next level with third-party software that integrates with Shopify, like Katana, which includes a range of manufacturing features that give control of all the moving parts of your business.
1. Master planning features
Eliminate manual tracking with software that supports master planning. Katana allocates products and raw materials to open orders based on availability and allows you visually track order progress in real time.
By easily tracking order statuses and implementing better procurement practices, you can increase your order fulfillment rates and keep your customers happy and your teams aligned.
2. Sales order fulfillment synchronization
There’s no need to run back and forth between the different apps you use with Katana. Synchronize your sales orders with third-party software to update the fulfilled and delivered sales on both Shopify and Katana.
This synchronization process also transfers to your inventory —once a finished good is removed from one inventory list, the other app will also reflect the reduction.
3. Optimized production process
The basic Shopify inventory system doesn’t give you any functions to manage your production processes. Using enterprise manufacturing software like Katana lets you plan and schedule production while reprioritizing your important orders.
Best of all, if the system has master planning features, reprioritizing your workflows will automatically reallocate your products and materials. Once integrated, Katana automatically receives all orders from Shopify and allows you to get better Shopify inventory tracking of your raw materials and production process.
This way, you never miss a deadline and always have the correct number of materials available in stock.