Throughout the last few years we have experienced the explosion of online order processing and improved website accessibility. Organisations, alongside their stand-alone e-commerce websites, have embraced these online developments and are using Amazon and eBay marketplace stores for ease of accessibility and online sales processing for consumers. One way that these e-commerce sites make it convenient for consumers to purchase products is through simple smartphone applications. For example, one of the UK’s largest shoe retailers have a presence on both Amazon and eBay as the broader online presence gives them more exposure, resulting in higher overall sales and profits. The statistics of eBay and Amazon are not to be ignored – there are currently more than 200,000 businesses trading on eBay in the United Kingdom with an estimated £6 billion sales processed year on year.
In fact, many of Eureka Solutions customers recognize the opportunities that eBay and Amazon pose for their organizations, including the ability to expand their e-commerce operations across multiple channels and to easily reach a much wider global audience. In addition, companies are also launching their very own Amazon and eBay stores to increase their website visibility, as the search engine strength of these website will improve their own website ranking and serving by Google. Higher rankings and product exposure leads to an increased number of website visits and consequently, sales.
eBay Or Amazon?
In March 2014, eBay had the largest digital audience among retail websites with 27.3 million visitors and Amazon following with 26.9 million visits. Both eBay and Amazon had more than double the number of visitors than the popular High Street brands such as Argos and Tesco, with 11.2 million and 10.2 million visitors respectively. In addition, Amazon recently released figures which highlighted that they shipped roughly 5 billion items in 2014, with more than 40 percent of those products sold by third-party sellers. These statistics clearly highlight the vast number of retailers who have seized the opportunity to sell on these marketplace websites.
Disparate Systems Holding Your Organization Back?
Although it is a very attractive option for businesses to introduce Amazon and eBay stores, it also poses some questions; will my business system be able to cope with the vast volume of information transferring between e-commerce sites and my business system? How can we reduce errors? How can we manage stock between systems? How can we manage inadequate order processing? Eureka Solutions have assisted many organisations, like yours, in managing your multiple sales processes without the expensive and disruptive requirement of managing a new business system via our application of Data Exchange for Sage 200.
Struggling To Manage Your Order Processing Between Systems?
As mentioned, the potential audiences of eBay and Amazon should not be dismissed, neither should the importance of your order processing and vast volumes of data. Consequently, order processing is an area that many companies struggle to manage efficiently as it often leads to the mundane and time-consuming task of re-entering information which can also lead to errors.
What Is Data Exchange?
Data Exchange for Sage 200 was designed to seamlessly integrate Sage 200 with 3rd party systems – e-commerce websites, Amazon, eBay and other systems such as retail POS. Data Exchange automates the import and export of data such as sales orders, purchase orders, product information, prices and cash book transactions. One way to easily import your sales from eBay and Amazon into Sage 200 is via our plugins for Data Exchange; a module which we created to tackle and eliminate the need to re-enter orders manually from eBay and Amazon into Sage 200 and other third party systems. The Data Exchange plugins simply log you into your eBay or Amazon store, automatically retrieving all orders and inputting them directly into Sage 200, saving you valuable time and improving the speed of your order processing. Passing information into a single system also removes the likelihood of errors occurring, whether this be: stock levels, incorrectly priced items, or errors in the overall quantity of orders processed.
Benefits And Features Of Data Exchange For Sage 200
- Fully automated – Data Exchange for Sage 200 ensures that information is passed between two systems without any manual intervention.
- Cut data entry in half – Data Exchange will automatically transfer customers’ orders between multiple systems removing the requirement of manual work and data duplication – saving you valuable time.
- Reduce errors – Entering data changes only once ensures that errors through duplication are reduced, keeping data accurate throughout your business.
- Multiple FTP locations – Allows data to be exported to multiple data locations for integrating with multiple websites or systems.
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