Purpose-built inventory planning solution vs one-size-fits-all ERP demand planning

NetSuite Demand Planning is a cookie-cutter solution for cookie-cutter brands. Yes, it’s robust – but it’s almost impossible to quickly integrate and connect to the latest shopping channels and delivery partners apps. It also takes, on average, 420 days to go live on an ERP like NetSuite, with an implementation success rate of just 25%. 

Inventory Planner, on the other hand, is built especially for demand forecasting and inventory planning for e-commerce and multichannel merchants. It integrates with your e-commerce channels, shipping providers, accounting systems and more in just a few clicks, so you can quickly get results. 

Why you should choose Inventory Planner

1

Native, high-performance integrations

NetSuite doesn’t have native integrations to top ecommerce channels like Shopify, Shopify Plus, Bigcommerce, Magento, Amazon & eBay. This means that you’ll need a third party to build and develop these integrations from scratch, at your own expense. 

In contrast, Inventory Planner provides more than 30 native integrations, plus a CSV connector so you can easily import your offline sales and inventory data into Inventory Planner for extra flexibility.

2

Affordable pricing

As a one-size-fits-all ERP solution, NetSuite will charge you for functionality you probably won’t ever use – and charge you extra for essential customizations. Unlike NetSuite, Inventory Planner has transparent pricing based on a utility model, mainly based on your warehouse and SKU numbers – so you’ll only ever pay for what you need. 

3

Fast & Efficient Implementation

It can take months or even years to implement NetSuite, and you may even have to hire a dedicated person to make NetSuite Demand Planning work for you. At Inventory Planner, our business consultants are true retail and wholesale experts, who aim to truly understand your business specifications and goals before recommending suitable forecasting strategies. They’ll even build bespoke reports for you, get the system up and running and train your whole team so you can quickly start getting data-driven purchasing recommendations.

4

Premium support

At NetSuite, support comes as an additional cost that’s based on the total licensing cost. As licensing costs grow, support costs rise as well. At Inventory Planner, we know that having a team on-hand to support you is vital to your success. That’s why we offer complete advanced support, including a comprehensive Help Center, online chatbot, email and phone support – all for an upfront, fixed cost.

5

Intuitive system

Without the right system and support, demand forecasting feels overwhelming. That’s why we make it simple for you to get intelligent purchasing recommendations, without having to build out the whole forecasting model yourself. For instance, want to know which of your items you should reorder first to generate the most profit? Simply use the ‘Forecast Lost Profit’ metric when creating a report.

6

Metrics tailored to retail

At Inventory Planner, we don’t just offer the best-in-breed demand forecasting and inventory planning tool, We also provide expert-led forecasting strategies and bespoke training to ensure your whole team is up-to-speed in using smart inventory planning for your business.

"Inventory Planner is the best forecasting and purchasing app out there. It connects directly to our Shopify and it literally takes me 15 minutes to create a new PO. Saves so much time and money!"

Monxi Garza, Sauvs Shoes

Why Inventory Planner

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