A large chunk of e-merchants already have their own physical store or stores before deciding to take the plunge and open an online shop. As soon as you make that decision comes the question of synchronizing your physical and online stocks into play...

What's the use?

When you sell a t-shirt in your physical store, your stock decreases whereas your online store does not display the correct quantities available for purchase...This issue leads to manual and highly time-consuming operations on the one hand to avoid selling out-of-stock products and on the other hand to ensure you have your new collection of t-shirts available for purchase!

"This pain in the neck partial inventory takes at best one hour for a store with 500 to 800 products on a daily basis, explains Frédéric Bondyfalat at Synapsys IT, i.e. 20 hours a month, i.e. 3 days a month in total! This is not taking potential human errors into account...”

3 days per month just managing stocks...Can you imagine the time wasted that you could spent on productive actions such as selling, doing emailing campaigns, beefing up your SEO strategy or any other activity with a potential ROI and sales at stake?!



What are the available alternatives?


The ideal situation for a store owner to be in is to be as productive as possible by updating stocks and prices automatically through synchronization of both the physical and online store.

Several possible options to consider:

  • If your physical store is organized in such a way that you are able to export a csv file of your products, you are then able to manage this file automatically and regularly with Prestashop by setting up what is known as a Cron task.

  • If you use Point of Sale software (POS), some of them do synchronize natively with Prestashop. POS software like Sage, Ciel, KinTPV, Artifact or others offer Prestashop modules allowing you to synchronize your stocks...In practice, this solution works unevenly depending on the quality of the developments carried out on the sync modules.

  • Establishing a customized connexion i.e. being able to create a connector between your POS software or your ERP and your Prestashop store. This appears to be the most logical solution if you already use a POS software or ERP and are fully satisfied with it. The solution will be entirely suited to your specific needs and should run like clockwork.

  • Last but not least, the "must-have", the Fourth Element..a hybrid solution...A three-way integration between your Prestashop store, your ERP or POS software and Store Commander. This allows you to:

    • accelerate all import operations on your store when choosing the first solution above-mentioned.

    • acts as a connector AND a powerful back office manager for your catalog of products if you choose the third solution