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When To Scale Your Wholesale Business In The Cloud

ECommerce integration is the coordination between a company’s eCommerce site and back-end finance and inventory management (ERP) system. Proper integration can bring great benefits to your business.

Mark Reilly (CTO) Written by Mark Reilly (CTO) 30 Jan 2017 in Wholesale and Distribution

It’s 2017, your wholesale business is beginning to grow rapidly, and with that growth creeps through an increase in demands. The daily work environment suddenly becomes that of high tempo and your employees are getting stretched to their limits. However, before you act on your instinct to employ additional staff, consider investing in an ERP & eCommerce integrated solution.

ECommerce integration is the coordination between a company’s eCommerce site and back-end accounting and inventory (ERP) system. Proper integration enables the flow of key information bidirectionally between the two systems, meaning data only needs to be entered into the system once.

Professional real-time integration provides high-end automation capabilities and real-time visibility of data. This in turn can increase communication which makes it a transformative and a cost-saving investment which can alleviate the overwhelming workload for swamped employees. Implementing a real-time integrated solution has the potential to completely replace the need to hire additional staff.

Below we have listed and discussed the 3 clear signs which your business will need to be concerned about. Noticing these signs early help establish when it’s time for your business to consider a solution that provides real-time ERP & eCommerce integration.

1. Labour Cost Increases

It’s simple, manual re-keying just isn't feasible in a growing business. More orders require more people, more data entry, more resources, and an increasing operational cost that can seriously reduce any profit your business gains from the increased order volume. In layman's terms - your business ends up working harder for online sales and your profit margin is eroded due to the cost of processing.

2. Errors Increase

Errors occur in all businesses in every sector. However, in eCommerce the rate of errors are known to be higher when an eCommerce site and ERP software is not integrated. When people are manually re-keying hundreds or even thousands of orders, it becomes easy to lose focus and enter the wrong quantity, wrong address, or even lose track of orders completely.

3. Falling Behind on Online Orders

A lot of wholesale businesses are still at the early stage and processing a small number of orders daily, if this is the case then ERP & eCommerce integration may not be necessary for your business just yet. However, if your online order volume is increasing along with the time it takes to withdraw orders from the website and manually re-key the data into your ERP, it’s clearly time to take the step and streamline with integration.

By Integrating your eCommerce site and ERP system, you can eliminate these costly challenges and turn your web store into a strategic and profitable business cost centre.

Aphix Software’s ERP & eCommerce Integration

At Aphix Software we offer the world's best B2B ecommerce platform and can revolutionise the way you do business. Not only do we integrate your ERP system in real-time, we also build your online eCommerce website or revamp your existing one. This combined process creates our award winning eCommerce platform WebShop.

WebShop is an “out-of-the-box” product that processes tens of millions of euro in orders annually. WebShop is the fastest, reliable and most cost effective way of getting your ERP system integrated with your eCommerce site. Our platform reduces the complexity traditionally associated with ERP integration. With WebShop your customers can access their accounts online 24/7/365, place orders in real-time, access order history and view real time prices and stock levels.

Now is the time to take that vital next step into the future, gain a strategic advantage over competitors while saving substantial time and money for your business.