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New supply chain software is designed for small business

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Bizslate

 E-retailers can now test BizSlate’s new back-end system before its launch later this year.

Order management, accounting and supply chain software company BizSlate Inc. has been building a supply chain management software system based on the input of a steering committee of small-business managers for the last 11 months. The tool is now in its second test stage in advance of its planned launch later this year.

The software is hosted by BizSlate and accessed by clients via a web browser. It is aimed at small to mid-sized retail and distribution companies in the $1 million to $200 million annual revenue range, says CEO Mark Kalman. Pricing starts at $3,500 per year and increases $1,000 per year per the number of users, or employees who log in to the BizSlate software.

Kalman says the key advantage to BizSlate’s system is that it allows retailers to pick which parts of the software they’d like to implement to suit their business needs.

BizSlate designed its software to work with Intuit Inc.’s QuickBooks small-business accounting software. “No one has stopped to look at how small businesses operate [and] how they manage products, which is typically very different than how large businesses operate,” Kalman says. Before building the software, BizSlate interviewed many small retailers in four- to eight-hour sessions, which included touring their warehouses, he says. The vendor then asked the retailers what they were looking for in their back-end inventory and order management systems that wasn’t available to them.

One finding came from a children’s footwear retailer who had one employee spending up to two weeks at the start of each new season entering product information about the new shoe lines into the  inventory management system, Kalman says, declining to name the retailer. By making customizable fields for attributions like style, size and color, BizSlate was able to automate entering much of the repetitive data and lower that time to two days, he says...Read more on internetretailer.com

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