Katana cloud-based manufacturing software was recently featured in Quality Digest magazine. Manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler discussed the choices small direct-to-customer (D2C) businesses have to access to high-end inventory tools. Cutler describes how many small manufacturing companies have turned to Katana to manage inventory and orders. Designed for smaller manufacturers or home craftspeople, Katana’s pay-as-you-go service is quickly outpacing the old familiar brands like MRPeasy and Fishbowl, so Shopify sellers can get a handle on real-time visual inventory control and order management.
In the manufacturing D2C space, systems such as Katana are integrating online tools such as accounting, sales, and forecasting, giving small manufacturers the tools only large companies could afford in the past. As the D2C market continues to grow, so too will the need for flexibility to handle production workflows effectively and maintain quality.
According to Cutler, more than a million small manufacturers worldwide have forgone any retail sales in favor of a D2C model, cutting out warehouse operations and retail stores. The reason is simple: margins. With hundreds of thousands of online “retailers,” these craft manufacturing companies must capture every sale possible, build brand consumer loyalty, and secure reorders. That does not happen when the product is back-ordered or out of stock.
Building a better customer experience is at the heart of the D2C, end-to-end brand. This means great ratings on customer service and products. High retention rates matter in this business model; churn is the enemy of the online manufacturing operation.
Katana Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software:
Katana is a cloud-based software designed specifically for small and mid-sized manufacturers. The scalable SaaS platform caters to manufacturing companies requiring a robust and effective production planning, scheduling, and inventory control system to manage manufacturing processes.
All these operations are packaged into a single, unified system that presents manufacturers with relevant data including materials, production, warehouse status, sales and purchase orders. Katana’s interface includes a highly visual dashboard that provides users with a comprehensive view of the manufacturing business, orders, processes, and deadlines. Managers and business owners observe the areas within operations which are running smoothly, allowing a greater focus on specific areas needing improvement. This best-in-class approach brings lean manufacturing principles and practices to even the smallest manufacturing firms.
Katana seamlessly syncs work information and processes with QuickBooks, Shopify, Xero, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and other similar apps to ensure orders are fulfilled and quotas never missed. With a single glance, Katana users make quick and intelligent business decisions based on reliable, real-time information impacting their business in the most positive and productive ways.
Perhaps of greatest importance to smaller manufacturers is the ability to pay monthly rather than a significant capital expense and achieve quick implementation within 7 days. Katana users start with a 14-day FREE trial.