Megaventory Blog - Online Inventory Management Software, Order fulfillment and Control System
This is the company blog for megaventory, an online software that helps small businesses that buy, sell and manufacture physical products to manage sales, purchasing, manufacturing and inventory. We blog about new features and updates but also about enterprise software, small businesses, cloud computing and the industry in general.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Benefits of becoming a Megaventory Value Added Partner


Since we launched our Partner Program a few months ago, we have seen a lot of interest and so, we thought we should provide some details on our most popular tier, the Value Added Partner tier.

Our partnership is based on revenue sharing and is mainly oriented towards business consultants, software houses and accountants. Other professionals –which already have an existing customer base of small or medium sized businesses that manufacture, track inventory and orders of physical goods– may also identify a new revenue channel with great potential. Joining the program is an easy way for Partners to generate additional income by offering Megaventory to their customers.

Essentially, Partners are encouraged to consider whether Megaventory is a good fit for each of their existing or new customers and, if so, present it to them. For every referral company that successfully signs up to Megaventory the referring partner will be getting a flat 25% commission

That's of course on top of any additional services Partners can provide to the end client which revolve around Megaventory (initial setup, localization, customization, custom module development using our API, training, support, consulting etc). Megaventory is not directly involved in these at all (in other words, Partners get to keep 100% of what they charge) and they can develop these offerings into an additional business model on their own.

Apart from that Megaventory is providing to its Partners:
  1. marketing material to support their sales efforts
  2. technical support  to properly serve customers and leads
  3. product training to become more familiar with Megaventory
  4. link back to the Partners’ website (valuable for SEO)
  5. promotion via Megaventory’s social media and other channels
  6. regular feedback from the Megaventory team on how to better generate business 
  7. actual project leads (subject to availability, of course)

All we ask for all that is that Partners consider Megaventory for their customers' implementations and dedicate a section on their website to briefly outlining our service. Other than that, the Megaventory Partner Program has no entry fee, no certification requirements, no minimum sales quotas or anything else before becoming a member. 


If all this sounds intriguing and you want to join a global team of Partners (we have members based from Peru to Saudi Arabia and from the UK to Egypt), please sign up or get in touch for clarifications using the Megaventory Partner Program application form!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Say hello to our freshly redesigned website!


The time to update our looks has finally come and we are starting from our home page at megaventory.com. What we’ve done is to redesign the landing page from scratch with two specific goals in mind. 

  • It needs to be the point of reference for people who are using Megaventory and for those who are evaluating our app. It should help the visitor remain up to date with the features of the application and -at the same time- it should also make it easy to reach other useful sections such as the contact form or access the support website
  • It needs to give concise information on how it can help the website visitors run their business, solve their everyday problems and increase their productivity.


Being a truly global company, with customers in over 40 countries around the world, we have made sure to provide our landing page in four languages with more languages in the pipeline for the near future.

We decided to choose a scalable layout which also showcases all the upcoming features and integrations while at the same time making the website easier to navigate.

Our new website is up to date with the modern design requirements with a one-page, flat, responsive design. And of course it’s not by chance that this update arrives just on time with news that mobile-friendly websites will now get a SEO benefit.


Let us know what you think of our new landing page and what we can do to make it even more useful to you.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Megaventory partners with Magento SaaS vendors MageCloud, QuickMage


Megaventory is a proud member of the Software-as-a-Service industry and for this reason we have now partnered with two Magento cloud based turn-key solutions.



QuickMage is a Magento-as-a-Service solution. You can easily launch and scale your ecommerce business without having to commit to a significant setup and training cost for you and your employees. QuickMage offers Magento hosting, powerful design tools, customizability and easy installation of Magento modules, plugins and extensions. 


The Megaventory inventory management Magento extension is offered as a premium extension and you can take advantage of the exclusive offer: 50% off of Megaventory fees for the first 6 months.

QuickMage pricing is based on the turnover of your store and it will not charge you anything for the first $10,000 you earn, making it an ideal launchpad for a new ecommerce business or for testing a business idea.



MageCloud is a service that allows you to install Magento on an Amazon server with just a few clicks. You can customize your storefront with hundreds of themes and add extensions without writing any code through MageCloud’s user interface. At the same time, more advanced Magento users still have access to the regular Magento backend and their server through SSH. 

The Megaventory inventory management Magento extension is among those offered in the marketplace providing an excellent method to have a fully-featured solution combining ecommerce and order management out of the box.

MageCloud has flexible pay-as-you-grow pricing and you can get started for free if you plugin your own hosting. Again this is ideal to get you started with minimal expenses while keeping the door open for easy scalability to heavier traffic if the business catches on. 



In Megaventory we make every effort to allow business owners to focus on their business rather than worry about their IT infrastructure and software. These two partnerships and the ease of use they mean are a clear step towards this direction and definitely worth a try if you’re thinking of setting up an eshop with Magento.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Megaventory Update: Arabic, Magento, Search, Speed

It's time to announce yet another upgrade that has taken place here at Megaventory HQ. Starting the past week you'll be seeing lots of new goodies around here. Here's a sample of the highlights:


1. We have another localization out: Arabic is now among the languages officially supported by Megaventory!

Arabic interface in Megaventory

If you're a native speaker or just more confident in working with Arabic, just go to Admin and click Localize Megaventory. From the drop down menu at the top left choose Arabic and Megaventory will instantly be even more user-friendly for you.

Note of course that if you want to keep certain terms untranslated - or according to your custom needs, you're free to do so and tailor Megaventory exactly as you want to.

2. A new version of our Magento extension Inventory Management for Multiple Locations is out. We're already at version 2.1 and that includes:

  • auto sync of custom product attributes
  • auto sync of stock alert levels
  • code optimization, bug fixing and interface improvements

3. The good old Megaventory search has also received an upgrade. It now supports filling in multiple fields and finding a search result covering all criteria by the click of single button. That way it's much faster and efficient and saves users of waiting time for individual searches to filter their results.

The improved search interface in lists

4. Finally, we've implemented a significant technology upgrade by means of which of Megaventory is now faster and easier to integrate with third-party services. As a result you should expect to see soon more value being added to our service by combining it with other products. But more of that in the coming weeks...

That's all for now - stay tuned for more upgrades soon!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Software Advice interview: Megaventory among best UIs of inventory management software

Those following us on our social media accounts (do visit and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+) will already know that Megaventory was selected by Software Advice - which helps people find the right software for their organization - as one of the inventory management services with the best UI!


 



We're glad to see our focus on usability pay off as we really think it's a crucial aspect when designing an ERP experience and one that is often sacrificed at the expense of adding even more features and bells and whistles. Given the importance of usability and our obsession about it (as well as a little surprise that's coming up soon) we decided to go a bit deeper and ask the article's author Forrest Burnson, a couple of questions on the subject.

 

Here are his views on UI/UX:

1. Why did you choose to include Megaventory in the list of online inventory management software with a top UI?


I particularly liked how organized and clean the UI was. Not only is it intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, but it is able to present a lot of information on-screen without being too cluttered.

2. What is the most innovative idea or usability element you have seen in modern interfaces?


I think now more than ever, software developers and engineers are making greater strides to really put themselves in the shoes of the end user. They're thinking a lot more about how long it takes the average user to figure out how to use their software. So that's one thing. The growing prominence of web-based, SaaS applications has also been huge. When you're developing an application for a web browser, you're generally faced with more limitations compared to a desktop application. But those limitations might be more of a blessing than a curse - you're able to integrate standard web design best practices that the user is already familiar with, which generally forces you to keep it simple and intuitive. While it might be a bit of a no-brainer to say that being able to use a web browser to access an application is incredibly innovative, it can't be stated enough.

3. What are the characteristic UI/UX elements online services should have which are the most sought after by end users?


Simplicity, familiarity and readability. End users want something that isn't too different from what they are used to, and they want it to be simple. They don't want to have to do a lot of reading - people generally scan web pages. The less clicking and typing they have to do, the better.

4. What do you see as being the future of UI/UX in online services?


Can you believe what UI/UX on the web looked like just ten years ago? The terrible fonts, the flash animations, the lack of white space, etc. And now we're at this point where things look utterly stunning, and developers and software engineers are really responding to the market demand for applications that look nice and are easy to use. And it's only going to get better. In terms of what that means for the future, it really comes down to what kind of devices people are using. Tablet and smartphone adoption is through the roof, so we will definitely see even greater UI/UX optimization toward those devices.

And of course, having said all that here is his post on the best inventory management system user interfaces.