Stitch by Stitch Labs is an integrated, web-based inventory management system for small to mid-sized item-based businesses that sell through multiple online outlets.
Stitch can be utilized by businesses in the electronics, retail and consumer goods industries. The system can integrate with a variety of major sales channels, including Amazon, eBay and Shopify. Stitch also recently partnered with Square, the mobile card payment platform, which can assist mobile retailers.
With Stitch, users can perform standard inventory management operations including demand forecasting, optimization and reporting and analysis. Stitch also allows users to manage multiple warehouses and inventory. Add-ons allow users to automate business operations such as shipping and accounting.
Stitch won Xero’s Emerging Partner Award at XeroCon 2013.
doug from united by blue
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Offers the inventory support that a smaller business may need and integrates with multiple systems (square, shopify, shipstation, etc.)
Reports don't always work and the system can run slowly at times. Hard to manage consignment sales with this system
Daniel from Stonehouse Golf
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
Stitch's inability to properly respond to customer service issues deprived our company of hundreds of hours of time which could have been reinvested in sales. Dump Stich before you sink too much time in a clunky platform with little to no support.
Trevor from Pixel Perfect Video Games
The software is top notch and easy to use even for people like me that are generally computer friendly but can be overwhelmed with software at time. It's also very stable and rarely crashes or has errors. The support as well is wonderful. I haven't had to use it much since the software works as it should, but the few times I have used their support it was very quick and helpful.
There really isn't much I dislike and what I do dislike seems minor and petty to complain about. I guess having later phone support for evening issues would be pretty nice. Adding more channels such as 11main and other newer marketplaces would be great too, but for all I know those could all already be in the works.
If you sell on multiple marketplaces you need to think about your sanity and keeping tracking of inventory across multiple sites. I was trying to do it on my own and would constantly oversell more than I had or be under stocked with items on the shelves not listed everywhere. If you only sell on one place and never plan to expand then honestly this software wouldn't be nearly as useful to you. In closing I would say to check your business plan to evaluate using this software.
Alan from Standout Designs
Great features, clean UI, informative dash, great support, integrates with everything else we use to run our business. Love how it keeps Amazon and our Shopify store up to date. Could not sell on Amazon without it.
Hoping they add the ability to save searches for quicker access to select groups of products.
Make use of the trial. Ask questions. Focus on one area at a time and then step back to see how everything fits together.
Nicholas from Attic
Great way to manage inventory and sales across a number of sales channels.
The inventory and sell-through reporting could be improved.
Check all your options before committing to any software. It will take a lot of time to switch over if you're not satisfied.
Ryan from Arvo
Employees number: 2-10 employees
It helped our company keep track of sales and inventory with powerful reporting, and general ease of use.
There is a lot of functionality in this software that makes tracking inventory a breeze, and for the price point you will not find anything that comes close to it.
The software tended to have random updates that would just move things around to new places, but not really improve the overall feel of the user. It was more so just confusing.
Frankly, I was unable to ever use the analytics, which I was looking forward to. If this company were to truly develop integration with QBs, it might be interesting. Support via email, while not sufficient to resolve the issues highlighted here, were responsive and attempted to be helpful.
We desperately wanted this product to work. Previously we downloaded our Shopify sales into QuickBooks using SoftCookies which was easy and accurate. Before that, we used Shopify Integrator which was also good but with less transparency. We upgraded to StitchLabs so that we could also sync wholesale orders and hopefully reduce manual input. We were consistently told that Shopify integrates flawlessly with Quickbooks though a manual import/export would be required. However, when we tried to import/export we quickly learned that Stitch (unlike all other integrators) would not recognize any of the Quickbooks inventory and would instead create its own. So all of our Shopify sales were not recognized, Quickbooks created an entirely new set of negative inventory, leaving our current products unaffected. Basically, I was told that the integration was created a long time ago and Stitchlabs doesn't know how to recognize QBs inventory and so creates its own. Therefore, I would need to basically scrap my entire QBs inventory system and item codes and manually change everything to Stitchlabs. Integration, that is not. We have over 1,000 products built over a five year history. I will stick with my SoftCookies App.
Not sure, really. Need new solution but don't have time to implement. I loved the way the screen was visible with the images as we have many skus to keep organized. When records were duplicated and triplicated this caused a nightmare for a small budding business. the images do not print on the invoices so it is difficult for customers to recieve and identify product.
CS takes not accountability and always blames a third party. This APP has cost me countless hours of time and money to fix and it still does not work. Customer service has been impatient and quick to blame other programs. Images do not print on orders and there is no option to add. Was sold on linesheet cababilities that are no longer.
Miguel from Comfortable Club
I use stitch labs to gather all my orders from all my sales channels. It automatically routes them to my fulfillment center, and if out of stock, uses Amazon FBA as a backup. Excellent resource for data collection too!
I have recently joined a company as a financial consultant and have 25+ years using varied operating software (ERP, stand-alone, cloud-based, inventory...). The company I consult for is a distribution company that has several sales channels (3 Shopify and 1 Amazon) selling into both B-to-B and B-to-C customer base. Stitch software seems to work well on the inventory movement side with the syncing from the sales channels as well as shipping the units via ShipStation. So...no issues there...
However, on the reporting side and syncing to an integrated accounting solution (we currently use Xero) is where the "holes" begin. Be ready to have the accounting team spend countless hours trying to reconcile Stitch to your accounting system...
FIRST ISSUE: is with the closing of a sales order - there are 4 action buttons (pack, ship, invoice, and pay) that need to be completed in order to close the order. At that point, the order (invoice) is synced with Xero. This may work for most B-to-C activity but will not work with B-to-B (selling into wholesalers. Most payment terms offered to wholesalers are net terms (30, 60, 90...). So...the order cannot be closed out until payment is received which will be 1-2 accounting periods later. So the revenue recognition will not be accurate. Companies that carry inventory should confirm to using the accrual method of accounting, not the cash method. Stitch says there is a way to manually close an order...but again this involves a lot of review and the manual closing of several orders. My issue is that Stitch should recognize a sale once the order is shipped, not when the invoice is paid... This is accounting as it's basic (if you're utilizing the accrual method).
SECOND ISSUE: we have also encountered numerous syncing issues. You always need to review your accounting software for missed invoices synching from Stitch. It is now Feb 2, 2017, and issue with invoices not synching since Jan 27th...So that will need to be address and reconciliation will need to take place. This issue seems to occur every month, thus, there's a lot of time wasted trying to connect with customer support to rectify the issue.
THIRD ISSUE: is that Stitch does not have a "true" sales report. They have 2 basic "sales" reports (Sales by Product and Sales by Variant). Both reports have date parameters so you run a date specific report. The issue is that the Stitch sales report include both OPEN and CLOSED orders. It states it is a sales report but it will never tie back to your sales amount posted in your integrated accounting software. You can get close with the reconciliation but will need to manually back out the open sales order data. Our team here has spent countless times communicating our issues with customer service (either through email, chat or telephone). Quite often if we contact them 2-3 times on the same issue, we may receive 2-3 conflicting solutions. So...you leave the communication more confused than when you started (in this case it was on reconciling sales using existing Stitch reporting).
FOURTH ISSUE: COGS. Stitch pushes a manual entry of COGS information to the integrated accounting software only 1-TIME per month. It should show up in your Accounting software as a "draft" journal entry ready for review and posting. We have not seen this monthly journal show up over the past year. So, trying to account for COGS can me was done but you will need to spend lots of hours and run a multitude of reports to make sense of the data. Your COGS entry will not be exact but close. For the bean counters...booking COGS that gets you a close result does not work. You really need to have exact data. My big issue is that Stitch does not allow for daily COGS posting. Thus, if you're working on trying to provide financial updates to management, having them wait until the end of the month does not work. There are certainly lots of potential with this software but first, fix the back-end side.
- the look and feel, no issues
- the pricing, no issues
- handling the movement of inventory units to/from the sales channels, no issues
- reporting has lots of holes in it
- perpetual syncing issues to the integrated accounting solution
- the syncing of COGS data to the integrated accounting solution can only be done monthly
- recognition of revenue for customers with "net" terms does not conform to the accrual method of accounting
- my recommendation to Stitch to have them invest in the back-end of their software, primarily the reporting and proper syncing of data to the integrated accounting solution. This process needs to be properly reviewed and signed off by a CPA or auditing firm. Per my communication with Stitch, they state they are an inventory management platform company and not an accounting solutions provider and, thus, some of the issues are not their problem...Big mistake...if you offer an inventory management solution, make sure the data or output from the inventory management solution can be properly integrated with an accounting software. If Stitch can invest the proper time and money to correct the back-end, then they will have a decent, respectable product. If not, it will continue to create issues for accountants properly booking the inventory related transactions (Sales, COGS, Inventory...) into their software. This will ultimately skew financial reporting to management and wreak havoc should a company require a year-end audit or review. As well, it will create issues with tax reporting. My frustration after communicating my issues with their group...is that Stitch's involvement for continual improvement enhancements of their product is not in the foreseeable future.
zona from Branded shop
Employees number: 1 employee
I loved them then and I love them now! What a huge help to have my invoicing and inventory all in one place. Stitch automatically imports all of my Etsy sales, and it's super easy to create my own invoicing for retail or wholesale orders.
ales channel, ship station & Xero integration
none so far
Do this! I am so glad that I did.
Cherylyn from Little Mae's Boutique
This system has made it so much easier to plan out our large inventory orders. It tells you what you have sold of each SKU historically. The customer support is pretty good, though their chat feature has not been available much lately. I have used another inventory management company in the past and Stitch Labs is by far superior. Worth every penny!
Daniel from JC Dossier Inc
Employees number: 2-10 employees
We are grandfathered in from early stitchlabs pricing so we don't pay the $499 monthly price. Given that I miss out on upgrades as stitchlabs tries to phase out my $75/mo plan and force me to switch over. I use it with Shopify, Shipstation, Xero, Amazon, Paypal and Stipe.
Eventually I will but not yet and here's the Pros and Cons why:
Here's why I stay and you probably would choose this platform:
It's the better one out there. I tried almost all of them for a trial period and gave each a good try except cin7 which required too much time to setup. It's avg but it works and support will attempt to fix issues if they can be fixed. The amount of bugs on other platforms outweighed any feature advantage they had over stitch. And overall I needed this to work which it did except the XERO invoicing. Any other PRO is completely outlined in product reviews professionally written I just needed to fill in some cons.
It's slow! Well slow vs working on a software platform running on a central server. The cloud has it's perks such as ease of access but speed takes a hit.
The service went down once this year during peek hours, that blew.
The platform is still being developed and sometimes upgrades are rolled out too soon so users are forced to deal with bugs. Ex. Right now I have roughly 10 orders with custom items unable to be closed. It worked fine before but now they are just stuck and it's annoying. Support knows about the problem and couldn't give a time frame when this would be fixed (going on 3 weeks now.)
Integration sucks with XERO! Invoices are constantly missing and we need to double check to make sure invoices get transferred. A manual push can be requested but still some don't get transferred. Support also knows about this but I think there's little hope for this fix. (going on 3-4 months with this one) To be fair I've seen this with other platforms as well so not sure who's at fault here. Support just let me know they need to fix something but couldn't elaborate. I think it has to do with repeat customers who's accounts already exist in XERO since those are usually the invoices missing.
Development is slow and features that would make the platform more efficient are missing. Such as reporting, x-links within PO's Orders Inventory using variants, Sorting, etc just naming a few.
Overall it's worth my $75/Month and once they improve I will consider the new pricing plans if there's value.
Sarah from Whimsicals Paperie
Employees number: 2-10 employees
I've been using Stitch Labs since about the time they launched. I loved them then and I love them now! What a huge help to have my invoicing and inventory all in one place. Stitch automatically imports all of my Etsy sales, and it's super easy to create my own invoicing for retail or wholesale orders.
I love the integrations. I started out on Etsy, so having my sales from that platform automatically imported was exactly what I was looking for. I'm also looking to expand into my own e-commerce site and I love that it will also be able to be integrated!
Customer service is great. They are prompt, personal and friendly!
I feel like adding in products can be a little tricky. After playing around with it for awhile, though, I have figured it out.
I also feel that the current cost is a bit high for small one-man/woman creative companies. Because I started from the beginning and was grandfathered in, my monthly cost is lower than the advertised price. If this wasn't the case, I don't know that I would be able to afford it. I would love to see an option at a lower cost for me to be able to recommend to friends and colleagues who are just getting started in their own creative businesses and need a tool to keep them organized with inventory and invoicing.
The tutorial videos are super helpful!
Fritz from studio44eighty
Selling individual products through multiple channels is the new normal. Stitch allowed me to track every detail and manage every transaction in a cohesive and professional manner.
Pros: Sales channel, ship station & Xero integration
Cons: no squarespace integration (but not stitches fault)
Channels I use: Etsy, Square & manual
We manage multiple channels through Stitch. We've run into road block after road block. Everyone has order changes that come in after the initial order. While changes are easy to make, there's no way to automate sending order confirmations or shipping confirmations. It does integrate with Ship Station, which we've loved. But although they praised about that interface, if you have 2 packing slips/boxes associated with an order, it does not recognize that as 2 individual boxes in Ship Station. You end up having to Split the Shipment in ShipStation and then it closes the whole darn order in Stitch. If you have a partial shipment that goes out, you have to then update it in Stitch and in ShipStation. Stitch does not import the split shipment that you created in Ship Station. Lots of manual work. The QuickBooks integration is a nightmare. I wish you could map the fields the way you want them mapped. For instance, we have Companies and a Contact Person for each account. It only imports contacts and does not tie a company to a person. This is a nightmare on many fronts...both in QuickBooks, Stitch and ShipStation. Again, more manual entry required. Download a .csv, import to QB, try your best to get the info linked to an Account you already have created in QB. It's HOURS of fun!! (or DAYS of fun if you have a historical import.) We were also told about this barcode scanning and how easy it would make inventory counts. It is not functional. So,, unless you would like to add multiple other systems to supplement this product, then I would suggest going elsewhere. We're neck deep in it and after much time spent training employees and writing manuals on "How To" do things in Stitch, we're at a loss for words.
-It's great to see all your orders in one place.
-It creates a beautiful invoice.
-We love the ability to import a Purchase Order and mark it as received into inventory.
-We like it's dashboard capabilities
-No functionality to accommodate clients that are on Net 30. Order stays open, leaving you at risk for overselling.
-We were also told that you could bundle products and we were thrilled with this feature, however...it has made for an inventory NIGHTMARE! If you have 1 Small in stock and one store orders 5 different products that all pull from that bundle in size Small, you are then oversold by 4 units.
-We have yet to see inventory sync successfully without constant counting and recounting of inventory.
-No clear instruction on when to void an order, return an order, re-open an order and edit, what to do when an order is imported incorrectly. No edit ability.
-When you partially fulfill an item, it sends the items on backorder to our website. Our website is set to auto-notify the client of the tracking # and what items ship and they've been getting shipping confirmations with the wrong information.
-There is no clear way to notify clients of backorders without more manual typing and intervention.
-Does not have the ability to print a pick list for our team to pull orders.
-When you edit an order, it does not push the items to ShipStation for you to automatically add to your shipment. It takes hours to show up IF your lucky that it even shows up.
-Stitch has taken our historical data and mixed order between contact and then the client history regarding their account made no sense. Client A had 3 of Client B's orders imported and when Client B placed a new order, it also went on Client A's account. We had to duplicate the order, invoice, payment, etc.: under a new account that didn't get imported.
-No barcode scanning to ensure inventory accuracy.
Kyla from IMPRESSED by nature
I have been using Stitch Labs since 2012 and it is a great system for small product-based businesses, like mine. I can easily track inventory, manage wholesale and consignment accounts, create invoices, integrate with my Etsy store, and lots more. My favorite feature is reports--from inventory tracking to sales by customer type, there are lots of options. I just used reports to calculate my local sales tax and it was super easy. Customer service is also great via email--I just learned about a feature I never knew about that will make my production even more efficient! The platform was updated over the last couple years and it is significantly faster and more intuitive. I highly recommend Stitch Labs for small business owners!
Andrea from Clean Air Gardening
We have two e-commerce stores and sell a lot on amazon. Stitchlabs is the best solution we found for keeping track of our inventory and COGS across channels. It's excellent and customer service is very quick and responsive. This is such a change for us and they are very helpful. It's easy to use and I love that I can see my data any place.
Nathan from Gass Enterprises
I sell on ebay and amazon and before I found stitch I was manually moving inventory between store fronts and couldn't easily sell something I had 1 of on both. Stitch has not only helped with keeping an accurate count of inventory and representing it on both sites simultaneously, but also cuts down on relisting time and manual inventory counting. I tried several other similar products but none of them had the ease of setup, intuitive interface, features, and customer support that stitch offers especially for the price. I would highly recommend Stitch for anyone selling across multiple platforms.
Desperately needing an inventory system we searched a long time to make sure the one we picked would meet all of our needs. Stitch met those needs and then some. While it is not as intuitive as we would have liked, the tracking and reporting are exactly what we needed. We continually stumble across new features that Stitch offers - and are pleasantly surprised that the feature is available and useful! Customer support for the most part is helpful. We wish that the online chat feature would be available more often, as sometimes it is hard to communicate issues thru email. The customer support personnel do stick with you to make sure the issue is resolved and that you are satisfied, even if it is not as quickly as you would hope. Overall it is a good product and we are happy that this is the one we choose.
Returns & exchanges made easy
Online messaging not always available
Customer support response time can be a bit lengthy
Not as intuitive as it could be - or just needs better explanation on how to do certain actions.
Ariana from Miari Dancewear
Once you take the time to learn it , works like a charm. Fantastic tech support too!
Lucian from Vapetime Uk Ltd
My experience with stich labs was great so far .Really easy to use and customer service is brilliant .
Babette from rockymountainglasscrafts.com
I sell on eBay (full-time) and etsy and a private website. I used to tell myself that I would send x widget to eBay, y widget to etsy, etc. Then I'd sell something on eBay to find it had already sold on etsy. I thought I had a handle on it, but I just didn't.
Now, I go into stitch, put in my purchase orders (receipts from vendors), click a button and the same item goes to multiple sales channels with one key-stroke. If I have a 100 item stock invoice, I used to spend hours manually relisting them to eBay. Now, this is done with a couple of clicks once my stock is entered into stich. No more finding the sold out listing, clicking relist, entering the quantities and relisting. This saves me easily four hours of work per week and it's much more accurate.
I had searched for many years for solution like this and they were too expensive for my small business. Stitch is so economical and is very robust. I've yet to learn to use all the features, but once I do, I expect stitch to be my only pay per subscription vendor. I'm currently using several.
Do this! I am so glad that I did.
Alacia from Lime Ricki Swimwear
Stitch Labs has saved us some major headaches in the realm of inventory management. We are glad to have it and recommend it to anyone looking to integrate multiple sites for your inventory.
Margaret from Nutmeg Designs
I have used Stitch for 3 years. It integrates with my Etsy shop and I can also add orders from other venues manually. Being able to send professional looking invoices with Paypal inegrated is great. For now I use it as a way to do my bookkeeping - since I can enter all my expenses and do reports. Sometimes I get a bit lost when trying to add products to inventory, or in finding products recently added, but overall, I can usually figure it out. I am on a very basic plan, so I don't use customer support. The Knowledge base will sometimes have my answer or the blog.