Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

mail_open
Order Management, Accounts Integration & Inventory Replenishment within Magento
Shragi Leitner

Not so New
December 9, 2013 - 2:14 pm
Member Since: December 3, 2013
Forum Posts: 10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Matt & Dave, this site is a breath of fresh air. way to go!

I’ve been trading online since 2006 and my first website was based on Actinic. The beauty of this product was the seamless integration with Sage. I have since left that business and setup a small business on my own. After much research I took the plunge and went for Magento and have been in love ever since.

I began using Magneto in February 2010 and M2E pro since November 2011.

One of the biggest challenges I face in Magento is the order management. Whilst M2E-pro does an excellent job in listing items on eBay & Amazon, and controlling inventory + importing sales into Magento. For a time I was trying to build my business and order management around Sage Accounts 50, however as we are solely ecommerce traders and the ever changing needs of online commerce vs the rather slow approach Sage have in addressing these changes I have come to realize that it’s probably much wiser that I build my business management solutions round Magento rather than Sage.

I find that Magento is really lacking the order management functionality but I can’t get my head round using a 3rd party provider for order management while there is a wealth of information in Magento is just finding a way to bringing them all together.

The type of stuff that I would like it to happen to Magento which would make a massive big difference to me would be things like:

  • Pick List
  • Custom invoice/ label design
  • Bulk shipping etc.

Quite frankly, the default invoice/ packing slip in Magento is designed so badly that I’m still using Amazon and eBay packing slips to ship my orders. Pick lists, well let’s not go down there, at the moment I use a solution from 3M called Post-It notes, and bulk shipping? I log on to eBay and Amazon and control it from there, which leaves me only to despatch my website orders from within Magento.

I would like to start using integrated labels and save time on preparing orders, rather than using document enclosed wallets to just slap on a label with the address and Royal Mail PPI indica. Would also be great if I could print onto these integrated sheets the CN22 customs form.

Another big stumbling block is the lack of affordable integration solutions with Sage Accounts 50 for small business. I’m sure each one of them do a great job for a certain type of customer, however for someone doing small volumes, the likes of Tradebox, Zynk, Holbi, etc are out of reach. The best solution I have found so far is Blue Jalappeno Order Export.

Inventory replenishment from within Magento is also something I would like to look at shortly. I’m wondering if Embedded ERP http://www.embeddederp.com/en/index.html would fulfill all my needs. Anything out there similar to Embedded ERP that I should be considering too?

Thanks.
S. Leitner

Avatar
Dave Furness

Founder
December 9, 2013 - 11:17 pm
Member Since: July 19, 2013
Forum Posts: 4606
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hey Shragi

Many thanks for your kind words, and it’s great to hear from you.

You are obviously familiar with Magento and M2E after using them for a couple of years, but both myself and Matt do agree, the order management with Magento can be a little clunky ‘out of the box’ especially when you start looking at Pick Lists and Custom Invoices.

For this I really think you need to speak with @Jim @ Moogento from Moogento. Both of his extensions PickPack and ShipEasy I think would be of huge benefit to you. You can check out his website here: http://www.moogento.com/ If you think these would be useful and decide to buy then let Jim know you came from UnderstandingE and he may be able to look after you.

Regarding accounting this one is a little more tricky. I have heard of blue Jaleppeno before for Sage 50 but maybe @Matthew Ogborne will know of any other potential options which would suit your business better.

Hope that has helped a little

Dave

Every expert was once a beginner

chris mcc

Excellent
December 12, 2013 - 10:59 pm
Member Since: October 31, 2013
Forum Posts: 71
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi,

I use PickPack and ShipEasy and Jim is superb to deal with. These 2 upgrades were the first things i done after using magento‘s standard system for one day! I can’t reccomend them enough.
Also i use 3 different components from Xteno
1) To export my orders in bulk to my courier software in a couple of clicks (City Link)

2) import tracking back into the system in a couple of clicks

3)Sends the customer an email with link to tracking information

All 5 extensions cost around £500 in total, i installed some myself and had help with others. With these components i have now got 8 hours of order processing down to 4. A lot of learning so far but very possible as i am finding out.

Thanks for the pointers so far guys

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
December 13, 2013 - 1:04 am
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi @chris mcc,

Curious question, how do you ensure that the courier labels are printed in the same order as the invoices?

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

chris mcc

Excellent
December 13, 2013 - 9:10 am
Member Since: October 31, 2013
Forum Posts: 71
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Matt,

I work from packing sheets which has around 10 orders per page so it’s not a big issue for me. I send all my invoices via email so i don’t print them off either.

Chris

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
December 14, 2013 - 3:23 pm
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Chris,

Ah that would explain it.

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

Jay Bond
Member
March 28, 2014 - 2:40 pm
Member Since: February 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 193
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Matt & Dave,

Is there a way in magento to find out my gross sales between amazon, ebay and my website, i know you can do this for all sales but for my accounts i need to know sales between each platform i sell on?

Thanks

Jay

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
March 28, 2014 - 2:58 pm
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Howdy Jay,

Magento comes with some basic reports out of the box, to be fair they’re pretty good, you can find the best sellers, global sales values, low stock products and so on. You can find these using the reports tab.

However you’re looking for them reports to be split out by store which isn’t in Magento out of the box, so something like aheadworks Advanced reports would do this as you can break the sales down by website and store view. This is a paid-for extension at $149 and do have a play with the demo they have, it’s pretty cool.

Oh and when we were investigating the reporting side to Magento last year, with these reports you can get extra reports added as you need them with your own developer as the code is open source, which is something we liked a lot!

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

Jay Bond
Member
March 31, 2014 - 7:58 am
Member Since: February 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 193
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks matt, are plugins complicated to do or is it best have your developer do it for you?

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
March 31, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Jay Bond said

Thanks matt, are plugins complicated to do or is it best have your developer do it for you?

Hi Jay,

Just make sure you have a backup made (see this forums post How to Backup Magento the Easy Way).

Adding the extension should be easy, download the files, make sure compilation is off, transfer the files, clear caches, logout & in again and it should appear.

That’s the brief overview, but I’m sure it’ll come with instructions and should take more than 15 mins, with most of that being the uploading of the files.

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

Jay Bond
Member
April 1, 2014 - 7:30 am
Member Since: February 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 193
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks again for your help matt, on another topic i have just integrated amazon to magento and wondered to have a different title and price from magento and ebay do you set it up the same as you do for ebay or is it completely different?

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
April 1, 2014 - 7:56 am
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Jay,

This is possible using separate attributes in Magento.

The video explains the process for auction and reserve prices, however the process is pretty much the same for any additional attribute.

Create it (in your case a new price, say amz_price and amz_title) , add them to ALL attribute sets and use them when setting up M2E

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

Jay Bond
Member
June 6, 2014 - 9:27 am
Member Since: February 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 193
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi,

Does anyone know how to check all your orders are being pulled in to magento across all selling platforms ie ebay, amazon and website.

Thanks

Jay

Avatar
Matthew Ogborne

Founder
June 6, 2014 - 10:45 am
Member Since: July 18, 2013
Forum Posts: 4565
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Jay,

If M2E has been set to collect orders, it should do exactly that.

One area you can check for any failed orders is in Sell on eBay > Sales and also in Sell on Multi-Channels > Sales and look for any red ones.

Matt

"Selling an item online is easy, but making living from a business that sells online, well that’s something different entirely!"

Ultimo Magento Theme

Jay Bond
Member
June 6, 2014 - 2:11 pm
Member Since: February 26, 2014
Forum Posts: 193
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi Matt,

There is this showing Fatal error occurred: “”. any advise.

Thanks

Jay

Avatar
Dave Furness

Founder
June 6, 2014 - 2:51 pm
Member Since: July 19, 2013
Forum Posts: 4606
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hmmm that seems weird, giving a fatal error but no explanation, I think this may be one to bring up with M2E

Dave

Every expert was once a beginner

Avatar
Jim @ Moogento
Global

Partner
January 5, 2015 - 4:32 am
Member Since: November 7, 2013
Forum Posts: 688
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Good to hear pickPack and shipEasy are helping you guys out. In the post title you mention inventory replenishment. I think we have something which will help you here, due for release Jan 20th : stockEasy.

This will enable changing inventory:
– direct in the Catalog page
– imported via csv
– scanned in via a barcode scanner

My favourite feature which I can’t wait to use is the smart estimates of what stock to purchase, based on historical sales for upcoming sales period, and long-term sales trends, sorted by sales velocity (so restocking most important items first).

I’d be keen to hear any specifics which would help you here.

  • pickPack - smarter Magento packing sheets and warehouse picklists
  • shipEasy - process multiple orders with no sweat & get a visual sales overview easily

 

Why Should You Join UnderstandingE?

 
  • Access to over 500 step-by-step video tutorials
  • +20 video courses available
  • Magento, M2E Pro, Magmi, eBay, Amazon & Design all covered
  • Everything is in 100% Plain English
  • Learn how to build your own multi-channel software for eBay & Amazon
  • Access to the community forums, meet fellow business owners like yourself

Join Now with 2 Clicks

 

Join now for less that £1 per day you can gain access to over 400 step-by-step video tutorials & learn how to build your very own multi-channel software.

 

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 1012

Currently Online:
26 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Jim @ Moogento: 688

Steve Froggatt: 514

Badeth - UE: 513

Jimbob: 453

Paul Cartwright: 414

Forum Stats:

Groups: 6

Forums: 37

Topics: 5222

Posts: 27488

Administrators: Matthew Ogborne: 4565, Dave Furness: 4606