EcommerceBytes Announces Sellers Choice Awards: Inventory Management
By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes asked readers to rate 34 inventory and listing management tools as part of the 2013 Sellers Choice Awards. Over 3,000 merchants responded to this year's awards and rated the services they used on five criteria. Each was then given an overall score.
The ten most used and highly rated inventory management services were published in Sunday's EcommerceBytes Update newsletter.
Kyozou and Monsoon StoneEdge were the most highly rated of the tools. Kyozou, which supports eBay, eBay Motors and Amazon, came in first place in the 2013 Sellers Choice Awards. It earned perfect scores in Customer Service (10) and Reliability (10). It received scores of 9 in Features and Fees, and an 8.5 in Ease of Use, earning it an overall score of 9.3.
Monsoon Stone Edge, which offers multi-channel support, received impressive perfect scores in three categories: Ease of Use, Reliability, and Customer Service, and a near-perfect score in Features (9.5). However, it received much lower marks for Fees (6.5), which dropped its Overall score to a still-impressive 9.2.
SixBit Software, Stitch Labs, Betsi, Auction Wizard 2000, Auctiva, FillZ.com, InkFrog and Vendio rounded out the top ten tools.
Many of the tools included in the Sellers Choice survey started as eBay tools and expanded to other channels. This is not surprisingly, since eBay was the earliest major marketplace for third-party sellers. However, some tools are geared toward other marketplaces, such as Amazon (Fillz) and Etsy (Betsi, Stitch Labs), though they also offer support for additional channels.
The Sellers Choice Awards is meant to highlight popular, well liked services among EcommerceBytes readers. It's important to note that the Sellers Choice inventory management category is not meant as an apple-to-apple comparison, since, as noted above, tools may be targeted at different marketplaces, and each has different price points and specialties.
See the full results in Sunday's EcommerceBytes Update newsletter.
About the author:
Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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