Which should you use for inventory management?
We make inFlow Inventory, but we also know you’re a savvy shopper that considers other options. So here’s a one-pager on why you might want to use inFlow Inventory over Zoho Inventory, or vice versa.
inFlow vs. Zoho Inventory
Here’s what you might want to know before starting a trial of inFlow or Zoho.
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Why would I use inFlow over Zoho Inventory?
inFlow is easier to use out of the box and offers everything you need in one system.
Approachable inventory software
Many inFlow users actually come from spreadsheets or haven’t used inventory software before, and inFlow increases productivity without a big learning curve. Our app shows you just the information you need to get your work done, and removes the clutter. Sales and purchases are easy to understand because they’re self contained: when you start an order, inFlow shows you all of the controls you might need to share, fulfill, and complete it.
Ready for manufacturing or assembly
If you need to build things as part of your business, inFlow also supports manufacturing and assembly. Aside from tracking the stock levels of raw materials, inFlow can combine components into a finished product.
You can build one product at a time, or create larger work orders with multiple sub-assemblies and full cost tracking.
For those with a lot of different builds, we’ve made it easy to create bill of materials or import them from spreadsheets.
Mobile apps that are actually designed for mobile screens
Too many mobile apps are basically desktop app that have been stuffed into a smaller screen. They run on your phone, but they weren’t designed for your phone. inFlow’s iPhone and Android apps are custom-designed to get real work done on the go.
Need to scan products onto an order? Make a quick stock adjustment? Or record a transfer to a different warehouse? All of these actions are just a few taps away, with controls that are sized for human fingers, not mice.
Why would I use Zoho Inventory over inFlow?
Zoho features deep customization for those who need it.
Tons of customization
Zoho’s modular design means that you can hide features you don’t need, but it also means that core features like pick lists and multiple warehouse support are hidden until you find the settings to turn them on. If you have someone on your team who can learn and fully customize the system then you can unlock a lot of power in Zoho Inventory—just know that there will be a learning curve to get there.
Another strength of Zoho Inventory is that it supports batch tracking and product variants. This will let you track things like expiry dates or different colors of the same product, which could be a core requirement for your business. However, this isn’t the same thing as tracking bin locations or aisles, which Zoho Inventory doesn’t currently support. If you need to track where your items are in a warehouse, inFlow’s built-in sublocations have you covered.
Last but not least, there’s Zoho Inventory’s place within the suite of Zoho apps. If you’re already using Zoho for other things like accounting, then it could make a lot of sense to bundle Zoho Inventory into your existing plan.
How should you decide between inFlow and Zoho Inventory?
Zoho Inventory offers a lot of power to manage orders, but it takes time and technical proficiency unlock features and make it suit your needs. If deep customization is a pillar feature for you, Zoho Inventory is a solid choice.
inFlow is an all-in-one system that aims to be usable for anyone—regardless of technical knowledge—right out of the box. If you value a balance of power and approachability, have a look at inFlow.
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