eCommerce integration pushes expected back in stock date from account to the shopping cart

The CartSpan eCommerce integration for QuickBooks now pushes expected ‘back in-stock’ date for item from the accounting system to product masters in the Magento 2.x and legacy Magento 1.x platforms. This exciting functionality is presently only available between the QuickBooks and Magento platforms. Other eCommerce platforms will be considered on an as-requested basis.

Displaying when your product is expected back in stock gives your visitors a measure of certainty around availability and offers you, the merchant, an improved chance of converting the sale. In fact, this feature is so important, it is listed in the #1 recommendation by SEO Expert Trond Lyngbo in his blog post 17 SEO Best Practices That Could Double Your E-Commerce Sales.

The Magento eCommerce platform has a convenient feature called ‘attributes’ for associating additional information with items in the cart. When stock availability is zero in the accounting system, CartSpan will auto-detect an attribute of a given name and automatically push the next expected delivery date for items (based upon open Purchase Orders) to this field. You then have the flexibility as to how you want to present this information on the item page.

To our knowledge, no other commercial accounting/ecommerce integration offers this power feature. There are shopping cart platforms on the market, other than Magento, that offer free-form text entry fields on the item master to hold this information, but lack the time-saving power of a deep-dive integration with the accounting system to make it happen automatically.

eCommerce Inventory Management for Assembled Product Types

Inventory management for manufacturers in the eCommerce environment is uniquely challenging due to the product-type(s) they sell; namely ‘assembled’ products. To maintain flexibility in order fulfillment, a manufacturer will often ‘assemble-to-order’ using the required child components. With demand for related products with common components constantly changing, it becomes near-impossible for the business to indicate how many of each assembled item are actually available for sale.

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