Grow your store and save time with a Shopify inventory software

Managing inventory for your Shopify store can be tricky, especially when you’re growing fast. Different types of stock and custom orders make inventory management software more relevant than ever when planning for growth.

Stay up to date and in control with Shopify inventory software

Managing your Shopify inventory doesn’t have to be painful. Katana connects to your Shopify store and hundreds of other integrations to help you scale your business with ease.

Align sales and production with real-time data

Know what you have in stock and where you have it at any one time. Shopify inventory software updates your raw materials and product stock based on sales and production orders in real-time. By spotting stockouts and bottlenecks before they happen, you can focus on keeping customers happy and ensuring more orders come into your store.

  • Sync inventory and sales across all channels with one unified platform
  • Avoid stockouts with live tracking for your raw materials and finished goods
MRP software with barcode scanning

Upgrade from paper picking lists to barcode scanning

Paper-based inventory tracking and spreadsheets are both time-consuming to work with and prone to human error. As your Shopify store and inventory grow, you need a live barcode system that can keep up with warehouse operations and give your team accurate tracking data at every stage of production.

  • Digitalize list picking with barcodes for improved accuracy
  • Export and print barcodes for label printing, making all physical items machine-readable
  • Track batches and items in the same place using a unified barcode inventory system
Tracking inventory management with Katana's software

Go beyond Shopify inventory management

Connect your Shopify store with a growing list of industry-leading tools to align inventory control with your accounting, sales fulfillment, and shipping operations in a single, unified platform. Set your business up for success with inventory management software designed to grow and expand with you.

  • Sync your inventory data with hundreds of e-commerce, shipping, accounting, and reporting platforms
  • Create custom integrations with other apps with Katana’s open API

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LIVE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

The inventory optimization and control you need

Keep track of materials and product stock to avoid stock-outs

  • Get total inventory control for finished products and raw materials
  • Automate inventory transactions and set reorder points to prevent stock-outs
  • Track on-hand, committed, and expected stock amounts in real-time
  • Manage product variants and materials in one place
  • Monitor your inventory across multiple warehouses
  • Use barcodes to receive and count stock
  • Use stocktakes to find and eliminate discrepancies in your stock levels
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REAL-TIME MASTER PLANNING

Production, scheduling, and
resource management in one place

Gain real-time visibility to optimize all your key resources

  • Make accurate manufacturing and purchasing decisions with live data
  • Ensure optimal inventory levels at all times
  • Prioritize production based on raw material availability
  • Get task-level control for effective shop floor management
  • Automate manufacturing cost calculations based on your bill of materials and operations
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TOTAL SHOP FLOOR CONTROL

Floor-level control from scheduling to task prioritization

Use the Katana Shop Floor App to align sales and production

  • Send tasks to the app according to product operations for incoming manufacturing orders
  • Assign and reassign jobs to operators who can start, pause, and resume tasks to keep you up to date on production
  • View manufacturing order task and ingredient list for every task in the app
  • Track time spent on tasks to optimize shop floor activities
  • View resource consumption with live material tracking
  • Add notes to manufacturing orders to be displayed for related tasks
  • Scan barcodes with any smart device to monitor material usage and track batches and products

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OMNICHANNEL ORDER MANAGEMENT

Unified B2B and e-commerce sales order management

Sync your sales channels for optimal order fulfillment

  • Track the availability of required products for sales orders
  • Drag-and-drop order priorities according to material availability and delivery deadlines
  • Choose to make to order or fulfill from available product stock
  • Identify delivery delay risks and reprioritize to boost efficiency
  • Sync sales orders from multiple channels into a single dashboard
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert sales order values

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END-TO-END TRACEABILITY

Tracing for batches, materials, expiry dates, and more

Keep an eye on your inventory beyond the warehouse

  • End-to-end traceability for materials and products with batch tracking
  • Track the expiry date of items and stay in control of expiring stock
  • Autogenerate batch and internal barcodes
  • Quickly locate items across multiple warehouses, giving all teams access to the same live data
  • Trace faulty batches, materials, and products from materials to sold goods for effective quality assurance and recalls
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PRODUCTION PLANNING

Routing and matrix BOMs for your variable products

Automate the reallocation of materials based on priorities you set

  • Drag-and-drop priorities for manufacturing tasks
  • Track availability for required materials for efficient sales order fulfillment
  • Identify delay risks related to material supply lead times
  • Get accurate expected completion dates to keep sales teams informed
  • Have a live floor-level production status overview
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PURCHASE ORDER MANAGEMENT

Granular purchase order tracking for maximum visibility

Avoid stock-outs and keep your teams and products moving

  • Ensure on-time purchasing based on clear material requirements
  • Know when to purchase missing raw materials from suppliers
  • Update your inventory to reflect when purchase orders were received in parts
  • Track delay risks in your supply chain to keep all teams informed
  • Select and use multiple currencies to automatically convert purchase order values
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ACCURATE COSTING

Real-time reliable costing made easy

Ensure accuracy with costing features built for precision

  • Track manufacturing costs based on your bill of materials (BOM) and production operations
  • Create multilevel BOMs with subassemblies for accurate costing
  • Make precise pricing decisions based on your product margins
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CUSTOM WORKFLOWS VIA API

Katana’s open API and no-code solutions

Set up integrations and create workflows to streamline your operations

 

  • Sync your Katana data with hundreds of e-commerce, shipping, accounting, and reporting platforms
  • Build your own apps into Katana using our developer resources and open API
  • Take advantage of apps that have been built into Katana on our open API
  • Develop your custom workflows with Katana API

 

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Katana integrates everything, making for effective company-wide resource planning and control.”

We needed help with Shopify inventory management for raw materials, and Katana exceeded our expectations.”

Having the shop floor know what they can or can’t make on a given day is amazing, and replaces our previous “system” of spreadsheets.”

As an organic food processor, traceability is critical and our records must be meticulously kept. Katana fulfills all our needs in a simple, easy solution.”

How to track product inventory with Shopify

Shopify comes with basic inventory tracking that allows you to adjust the inventory in your Shopify account manually. Because it’s already included in the Standard plan, many Shopify sellers make do by managing inventory this way. To set it up, you need to enable transfers:

  1. Go to your Shopify admin panel
  2. Select one of your Shopify product variants and click on Edit
  3. In this window, go to the Inventory section and find the Inventory Policy drop-down menu
  4. Select Shopify Tracks this Product’s Inventory
  5. Don’t forget to save your changes

After you set up a transfer for one of your products, you can Shopify to receive inventory for this particular Shopify SKU. You can click on Add Transfer to set the number of items expected to be supplied into your Shopify inventory.

If you need a way to track raw materials, inventory, product recipes, and production processes, this won’t work — and neither will large, clumsy Excel sheets. External Shopify inventory control systems have become a viable option to iron out the creases in the platform’s native system and give you the visibility you need over all aspects of your Shopify business — from sales and inventory to production.

But before diving into the different types of job shop manufacturing software that integrate with Shopify, let’s first explore the native Shopify online store inventory system in more depth.

Is Shopify’s built-in inventory solution enough for manufacturers?

Many manufacturers selling on Shopify ask if it has a ready-made Shopify inventory tracking system — and the answers yes and no.

Shopify’s basic track inventory function is okay if you’re reselling products, as it allows you to monitor stock coming from a supplier and what you’ve sold. But companies that make their products have a more complex workflow and find the Shopify inventory solution is missing critical features like:

  • Raw material and work-in-progress (WIP) inventory tracking
  • Bill of materials (BOMs) management
  • Production planning
  • Manufacturing floor-level control
  • Manufacturing cost calculations

Do you use Excel to Shopify track inventory and production? We’ve got news! There’s a better way of managing inventory on Shopify. The best way to handle Shopify inventory tracking is to take advantage of Shopify inventory software like Katana.

When it’s time to level up to a third-party Shopify inventory management system

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 come with 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 your order fulfillment rates and keep your customers happy and your team aligned.

2. Sales order fulfillment synchronization

There’s no need to run back and forth between the different apps that 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 manufacturing ERP 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 result in automatic reallocation of 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 you’ll always have the right number of materials available in stock.

Know what is being produced next and plan ahead

A manufacturing plan is rarely set in stone. On a typical factory floor, changes happen hourly, affecting your daily and weekly production plan. A sales order might get canceled, a floor-level employee might call in sick, a supply order of materials required for production may be delayed, and so on.

That’s why it is important to work with flexible software that makes it easy for you to change priorities in sales and production on the fly. A good planning functionality means you can:

  1. Change the priorities of sales orders with a drag-and-drop and immediately see the availability of products in stock and products expected from production based on changed priorities
  2. Clearly see the link between a sales order, related manufacturing orders, and related purchase orders for materials
  3. Get an live overview of the status of each sale, manufacturing, and purchase order currently being processed

Track Shopify inventory and more with a free Katana trial

Here is a summary of what you get when using Katana’s Shopify inventory integration.

  1. Get out of spreadsheets — By upgrading to Katana’s Shopify inventory management system, you’ll be able to avoid delays caused by the inefficiencies of Excel spreadsheets.
  2. Seamless product tracking — when you get an order through Shopify, it immediately appears in the Katana system. Create a manufacturing order with Katana straight away.
  3. Keep track of raw materials — quickly allocate raw materials based on Shopify order priority. Make sure there is no confusion between products that require the same materials.
  4. Manufacturing floor-level control — get Shopify orders to your shop floor immediately. Fulfill orders with task lists for every production employee and production line.
  5. Integrating accounting software — alongside your Shopify store, you can also connect Katana to accounting software like QuickBooks Online and Xero to generate invoices.
  6. Set reorder points – by establishing a reorder point on your products or material. Katana will notify you when inventory is running low, helping you avoid stockouts.
  7. Manage bulk orders with ease — rather than getting multiple Shopify add-ons. You can use a system built to adapt to high-demand periods to avoid inventory issues.
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