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Fishbowl

Fishbowl is a hybrid manufacturing and warehouse management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order manage...Read more

4.16 (727 reviews)

63 recommendations

NetSuite

With an integrated system that includes ERP, financials, commerce, inventory management, HR, PSA, supply chain management, CRM and more – NetSuite enables fast-growing businesses across all industries to work more effectively by a...Read more

4.10 (817 reviews)

35 recommendations

Flowtrac

Flowtrac is a cloud-based and on-premise warehouse management solution that helps companies manage their Inventory, Assets, Warehouse, Work In Process, and other specialty tracking requirements. The solution is suitable and deploy...Read more

4.82 (31 reviews)

31 recommendations

Sellercloud

SellerCloud is a multi-channel e-commerce platform designed for organizations of all sizes. It synchronizes online inventory and distribution, provides real-time reports, and generates shipping information. The system's single-sou...Read more

4.52 (27 reviews)

25 recommendations

Finale Inventory

Finale Inventory is an intuitive, cloud-based inventory management system that is easy to use while also designed to scale to the demands of a growing business. Seamlessly handle all stock movements from purchasing through to sale...Read more

4.70 (180 reviews)

15 recommendations

Infoplus

Infoplus WMS is a web-based warehouse management software solution for small to midsize 3PLs, eCommerce Retailers, and Wholesalers focused on taking control of overall inventory, warehouse operations and shipping. Key featur...Read more

4.64 (28 reviews)

14 recommendations

Acctivate Inventory Management

Built for growing product-selling businesses using QuickBooks, Acctivate is a premium inventory management & multi-channel order fulfillment add-on that helps you focus on growth without operational limitations. Solve for QuickB...Read more

4.15 (109 reviews)

9 recommendations

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AltheaSuite

AltheaSuite Inventory Management is a comprehensive inventory management solution for all businesses. It's a cloud-based SAS solution and works on all modern web browsers and devices. This solution is developed with a strong focus...Read more

5.00 (9 reviews)

9 recommendations

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Zangerine

Wholesaler or distributor? Zangerine is built to simplify your inventory growth. Go live in 5 sessions. Control your whole business from BI, Purchasing, Inventory, E-commerce, CRM, Quotes, to Pick,Pack & Ship. Quickbooks integrate...Read more

5.00 (10 reviews)

8 recommendations

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ArbiMed Inventory

ArbiMed Inventory is a cloud-based inventory management solution designed for the medical and other clinical industries. With ArbiMed Inventory, medical professionals and administrators can easily track valuable medical assets fro...Read more

4.30 (37 reviews)

5 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Linnworks

One Platform. Total Commerce Control. Linnworks is a leading commerce automation platform that works with the world’s major marketplaces and selling channels. Linnworks connects, manages and automates commerce operations, power...Read more

4.20 (23 reviews)

4 recommendations

Jazva

Jazva is a cloud-based e-commerce management solution with an array of functionalities for small to midsize B2B and B2C retailers that operate on a variety of online marketplaces and ship their goods from multiple warehouses or fu...Read more

3.52 (23 reviews)

4 recommendations

Kechie

Kechie Distribution Management efficiently manages internal and external resources. Suited for growing businesses, the management tools provide control of replenishment, warehouse management, pick, pack, and ship, procurement, pro...Read more

4.67 (18 reviews)

3 recommendations

SKULabs

SKULabs is a cloud-based inventory management and order fulfillment solution for small, midsize, and enterprise organizations. It helps e-commerce retailers and distributors manage their warehouse operations. SKULabs helps warehou...Read more

4.56 (32 reviews)

2 recommendations

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SAP Business ByDesign

With strong proficiencies in project management, accounting, and customer relationship management, SAP Business ByDesign is a software-as-a-service solution for professional services with 25 or more employees. ...Read more

4.21 (29 reviews)

2 recommendations

EZ StockPro

Stock Pro is a warehouse management solution that supports the end-to-end process of receiving, tracking, and fulfilling customer orders. StockPro fits for small to midsize businesses, up to 50MM annual revenue, and 100 employees....Read more

5.00 (4 reviews)

2 recommendations

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monday.com

monday.com, an award-winning collaboration and project management platform, helps teams plan together efficiently and execute complex projects to deliver results on time. monday.com team management and task management tool allows ...Read more

4.59 (2413 reviews)

1 recommendations

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QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise

QuickBooks Enterprise is an accounting solution designed for SMBs across different industry verticals such as construction, nonprofit distribution, manufacturing, and retail. With QB Enterprise solution, any business owner can exp...Read more

Asset Panda

Asset Panda is a cloud-based platform for facility managers that offers a suite of applications including asset tracking and maintenance management. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and can be used from anywhere wh...Read more

UpKeep

UpKeep's CMMS is a modern maintenance and asset management solution for your team. From your desktop to your phone and even your tablet, UpKeep is easily accessible from anywhere at any time. Create work orders on-the-go, get noti...Read more

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: May 17, 2022

Inventory control is a complex process with multiple moving parts, quite literally. Any business that deals in physical products needs to maintain its inventory, whether that means transporting or selling products, or assembling them into a different product. In each case, it's essential to always have the right amount of necessary goods on hand.

Selecting the right inventory control software to help you with this process can make your job a lot easier, but choosing that software can be a challenge. The subtle differences between "inventory control" and "inventory management" can also be confusing.

This article will help guide you through this process, so you can choose the inventory control system that best fits your business needs.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Inventory Control Software?
Inventory Control Software vs. Inventory Management Software
Common Features of Inventory Control Systems
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Inventory Control Software?

Inventory control (sometimes also called "stock control," a term used synonymously) means monitoring a company's inventory of products to ensure that slow-selling or little-used items are not overstocked. This way, the business can save money, time and warehouse space by not acquiring products or materials that are unnecessary. The ultimate goal of inventory control is to create maximum profit from the least investment in inventory, without negatively impacting customer satisfaction.

Inventory control systems can automate the monitoring and tracking of your products via their inventory codes, eliminating the need for time-consuming pen and paper logs or Excel spreadsheets. The software relies upon tracking items via barcodes (which you can create and customize) as products move in and out of your warehouse. It can provide automated alerts and reports as those items are checked in or out by various parties.

 

Inventory Control Software vs. Inventory Management Software

Whereas inventory control is the process of ensuring that you have the ideal amount of stock, inventory management is focused on most efficiently organizing and managing stock, so that reorders happen at the exact right moment.

According to major inventory control and inventory management vendor Fishbowl Inventory, the difference can be stated as follows:

  • Inventory control: "Focuses on cutting the number of slow-selling products a company purchases. This saves businesses time and money because they don't have to spend lots of man-hours reordering and receiving goods that they don't really need."
  • Inventory management: "Focuses on quickly and efficiently reordering products...Stocking up on products primarily because they can be obtained at a cheaper price will most likely lead to more products spoiling and becoming obsolete, as well as creating an inefficient use of storage space."

The two processes clearly complement one another, and thus many vendors will offer both inventory control and inventory management features, either in a shared package or divided up into separate offerings that can be integrated together.

Materials module in Fishbowl's inventory control software

The "materials module" found in Fishbowl Inventory's software

This buyer's guide will focus on the features that are specifically a part of inventory control systems, but we recommend you also check out our inventory management software buyer's guide.

Common Features of Inventory Control Systems

The most typical inventory control system features are explained in the following table:

Inventory tracking Enables you to track your entire inventory. This feature allows you to track your products by site, location, serial number, lot, date and/or pallet.
Barcoding Create an inventory system that fits your needs, with flexibility in creating your own inventory and shipping labels.
Check-in/out Track items as they move through the warehouse to employees, vendors or customers, preventing them from getting lost along the way.
Automated alerts Receive automated notifications about low inventory levels, expiring items, overstocked items and reorder points to help you better keep track of inventory levels.
Audits/reports Run periodic audits of your inventory and generate reports so you can track your stock and recognize problems before they develop.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

When considering inventory control software, you should take the following factors about your organization into account:

Industry. Your inventory control needs will vary greatly depending upon the type of industry you're buying for. Retailers will have very different needs from manufacturers, who will in turn have very different needs from distributors. Specific inventory control systems address the unique needs of different industries and may even have functionality that is directly suited to specialty niches within larger industries.

Company size. You should consider whether your company is a small business with one location; a midsize business with multiple locations within a relatively small geographical area or a large, enterprise-level business, with multiple lots located across a wide area. You will need an inventory control system that fits the needs of your particular business segment and the levels of complexity that come with any increases in size.

Be wary of overpaying for robust systems that have more capabilities than you need, but also be sure not to underestimate your needs.

Software needs. Consider carefully whether you are just looking for inventory control, or if you have greater automation, tracking and reporting needs. You may be looking to combine inventory control with inventory management, for example, or you may need an inventory control system that is part of a larger suite that includes other essential features such as supply chain management, warehouse management and/or business intelligence.

Benefits and Potential Issues of Inventory Control Systems

The obvious benefit of inventory control software is that it allows you to automate the process of tracking your company's inventory. It helps you figure out how much of a certain product you need to have in stock, without overages that mean you're stocking extra product with no attendant extra profit. Automation lets you take control of your inventory in a way that would prove exceedingly complex and complicated using spreadsheets or pen and paper.

Through inventory control, you can keep the right amount of raw materials and finished goods on hand and automatically place reorders at the right moment to maximize profit while minimizing stock overage.

However, because inventory control systems rely heavily upon barcode scanning, it does come with certain hardware requirements. Many vendors have mobile apps that can scan barcodes via smartphones or other mobile devices, while others may provide the necessary scanning hardware, potentially at an additional cost.

Market Trends to Understand

Here are some market trends you should consider as you select a product:

Mobile functionality. Largely provided by apps for phones and tablets, mobile functionality is a significant technological shift across most industries, and inventory control software is no different. In these contexts, apps connected to the inventory database can enable employees to scan barcodes throughout the warehouse without having to refer to a desktop computer.

Cloud-based software. Cloud-based systems, which are increasingly popular, require less hardware than on-premises software. They also require less IT knowledge (ideal for small businesses without an IT department), have lower upfront costs and are more quickly implemented, making them a good choice for smaller businesses in particular.