I'm involved in a three-person start-up, selling physical products on the web via:
- Our eCommerce store (either a high-end hosted cart (Lemon Stand? 3dcart?), or a cart we'll host ourselves (Magento?)
- Amazon Seller Central
One set of inventory that all three draw sales venues draw on, some drop-shipping involved.
The main question: How do we keep inventory and other product attributes in sync across the three channels. How do we funnel all sales into a single shipping solution.
While in the start up stage, we need to maintain a broad enough inventory, but not have to much cash wrapped up in inventory. So let me give a quick example: Let's say we have 4 of some expensive item in stock. We want our inventory to appear to be 4 on our cart, eBay and Amazon. If a customer buys 3 of that item, I want the cart, eBay, and Amazon to now report that we have one in stock. I can't have the inventory in three places reporting as 1, 4, and 4.
And we don't wand to deal with three systems to print invoices, handle shipping and posting back package tracking information.
What's available for the small start up in this area?