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Firstly, I have to say that Im very very happy with Cin7 Online Inventory and POS.
I have been struggling over the last couple of years with the likes of Unleashed....with the lack of customization and major shortfalls in functionality....typical to all of the 'out-of-the-box' systems out there. Then I discovered Cin7 and now feel that our business has a good easy to use system, that is properly set up for our needs.
The major benefit I feel is that Cin7 offers not just online inventory, invoicing, etc, but also a Point Of Sale facility, all in the same package. The POS works in seamlessly with inventory tracking, sales reporting, etc. We are running the POS system on a dedicated touchscreen POS terminal, and on a standard PC - both working very well in the front end of our business. We use the Cin7 POS with a barcode scanner at our front counter, and it works brilliantly. In the back office, we use the backend of Cin7 to generate all our invoices, picking slips, and shipping labels for all outgoing orders. We also use Cin7 to generate barcode labels for all of our products, which are printed directly from the Cin7 platform, without the need for any additional software.
The customizing work and configuration setup did take some time to get correct, with many emails back and forth to a dedicated person at Cin7 assigned to setting up our account. The process was made relatively simple due to just the one person at Cin7 being responsible. Reply times were always quick, and any changes usually carried out within 24 hours. There were some costs involved in all the custom work...perhaps sometimes a little bit on the steep side....but the results are definitely worth it.
The document templates for invoices, picking slips and shipping labels can all be fully customized to look exactly the way you want. At the moment, Cin7 personnel have to make all these changes, which at times can be a little bit frustrating since even small changes like changing a font size, or moving a column by a few millimetres will require you to first explain to them what is is you want changed, for them to then make the changes for you. But I believe that they have some update in the pipeline to enable the users to develop their own document templates, to be more inline with how Xero works (and even Unleashed). Im very much looking forward to this update.
The whole system is well thought out and well designed.....and Im a very happy customer!
This is a review based on using Cin7 for apparel/fashion based products. I had been looking for a replacement for a highly developed in house software system and had not been able to find anything that could handle style/colour and sizes involved with apparel or for that matter most fashion products. My first evaluation gave me a glimpse of an extremely versatile piece of software but because of my attachment and familiarity to our existing system could not see the benefits of what Cin7 had to offer.
After 6 months I discovered Cin7 was available as a monthly subscription that represented excellent value for what was on offer so decided to have another look at it with a more open mind. WOW. What I discovered was an extremely well developed and powerful program that had a lot to offer anyone in the fashion business or for that matter any business. It also developed enough to accommodate the growth of your business up to a larger scale.
From the apparel perspective we not only manufacture but also have retail which most software systems struggle to deal with. Cin7 manages this very well.
I have only scratched the surface of the program and based on my initial use of Cin7 can only say how much I underestimated its capabilities.
The support to date has been excellent especially with getting set up.
The user interface once you have learnt the basics is very easy to get to grips with as there is a pattern that follows through on most of the main templates that are used. Based on my experience with Cin7 I would recommend getting some initial training to gain a better understanding of what the system can do for you because setting it up in the beginning to meet your requirements will reward you with a software package that will help getting your team on board as well as provide you with a valuable reporting system. Another benefit is because it is cloud based you can utilise it from anywhere you have an internet connection which has allowed me to operate from anywhere I happen to be. My background is 40 years in the clothing industry both as a manufacturing wholesaler and a retailer with 20 years of developing a bespoke software system for our business.
We moved to Cin7 in October from Quickbooks. We needed a solution that was flexible enough to cover every aspect of our business: Retail (POS), wholesale, support multiple branches and with a solid solution for managing landed costs / customs calculations. So far Cin7 has really delivered – providing accurate data and (in conjunction with Xero) saving me up to 80% of the time I used to spend on Quickbooks.
That being said, and as a lot of comments on here purport, it is not really a plug-and-play solution. There is quite a bit of set-up involved and customisation from the Cin7 team is required to really get the best out of the system. Thankfully, the Cin7 team are ultra-responsive and extremely helpful.
It must be said that it is still a relatively new system, and as such, I have found a number of bugs. More in-depth testing would have caught a number of these. However, I understand that the flexible nature and wide array of different types of organisations using the system, makes it difficult to do so. Everything I have found has been, or is being fixed in a timely fashion.
Transferring to Cin7 has been one of the best decisions I have made so far. There is nothing out there that remotely matches the functionality that Cin7 delivers.
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