What is Magento?
Magento is currently the most popular e-commerce platform in the world, with more than 250,000 merchant customers around the globe. Magento 2 was made available on general release in November 2015, introducing many new features that spanned everything from the structure and layout, and a new UI library to making it easier and cheaper to upgrade, and improving the overall user experience.
Magento’s continued popularity is largely down to its open source nature, combined with the flexibility of the solution and the huge range of users and developers. The global development community has over 150,000 members, giving Magento users access to a wealth of talent to customise their platforms and create a unique and differentiated brand experience.
Who uses it and why?
This flexibility helps Magento appeal to all sizes of e-commerce business; the company boasts high-end clients like Nike, Christian Louboutin and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as a whole host of smaller, less well-known brands. Flexibility aside, Magento helps boost online sales and maximise gross margins, the company claiming that, on average, users benefit from three times the growth with just half the total cost of ownership offered by equivalent solutions.
Why Warehouse Management Software (WMS) is important
While being excellent at what it does, Magento can present a few issues, when not used in conjunction with an effective Warehouse Management System. It can be easy to accidentally oversell products, lose track of which products are reserved and which are available stock, or experience other delays that cause shipments to customers to be late. Printing out paper, sorting orders and finding products in the warehouse can be time consuming, as can organising the physical space. Plus, there’s no simple mechanism for monitoring and understanding the performance of your fulfilment team.
Why Peoplevox WMS?
Our Warehouse Management Software has a dedicated plugin that enables seamless integration with Magento. Completely removing the paper trail, it enables real time communication between your Magento set-up and your warehouses, meaning your inventory is perfectly synchronised, along with all order updates and despatch information. All of this information can be viewed anytime and made available to customers for order tracking purposes, which will reduce the burden on your customer service teams.
You can assign unique barcodes to each individual product, meaning picking can be done with nearly 100% accuracy every time; and new inventory can be checked in and available for sale within the hour. You can organise your warehouse to have dynamic locations and make the most out of the space, as well as automate dynamic picking routes, to get picking staff through the warehouse faster.
How does the Magento integration work?
Peoplevox WMS can be easily integrated with Magento or Magento 2, with zero downtime. The system can be configured to the needs of different markets and no development or installation is required on the Magento back-end, merely API access, which means there’s no interruption to your developer team’s workload.
Essentially, the integration allows Magento to share product and order information with the Peoplevox system, and Peoplevox WMS to share inventory and despatch information with Magento. With these areas synchronised, you will be completely set up and ready to capitalise fully on any surges in demand.
Magento is undeniably a formidable tool that can empower e-commerce businesses to grow at phenomenal rates; but without a well-organised and synchronised warehouse operation sitting behind this powerful technology, this growth could be severely hindered. If you'd like to find out more about how integrating Magento with the Peoplevox WMS could set your business free to grow, get in touch anytime for a free, no obligation consultation.