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Managing Your Small Business Inventory With InFlow Inventory

It’s no easy task for a business to manage inventory. In addition to tracking the actual number of products in inventory, you deal with customer orders, purchase orders and re-ordering stock. This review of inFlow Inventory is for the business owner or executive who is ready to move beyond the spreadsheet.

Manage Inventory with inFlow Inventory

inFlow Inventory [1] comes in three flavors: Free, regular and premium. We’ll focus on the free edition, of course, and it differs from many of my reviews in that it is not a web-based solution. It is software that you download. But since you can use the free version with up to 100 products, it is better (in my mind) than the 30 or 45-day trials you get with web-based software. The paid editions are $299 and $499 per license, respectively.

I have been working on a small eCommerce project and dealing with tracking product inventory. Of course, I started out using a spreadsheet. But that quickly got cumbersome, so I went searching for an easy-to-use solution. That’s how I found inFlow and gave it a test spin.

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Once downloaded and installed, it was a piece of cake. Since I had 107 products to load, I quickly went looking for the “import” tool and found it intuitive and comprehensive. I could map all my product data to the inFlow system and it worked perfectly after I remembered that I had to get rid of 7 products for the free edition. But this was no problem for my test needs.

What I Really Like:

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What I Would Like to See:

InFlow focuses on the small business owner with 10 or less employees in wholesale, retail or manufacturing. The site and reviews show that the software is used by over 315,000 businesses in over 60 countries – that’s a solid footprint.

If you’re in the market for moving past a spreadsheet for managing product inventory, take a closer look at inFlow.