When planning to integrate eCommerce into any business there are always some hurdles that need to be overcome. One of the most common hurdles, or more accurately one of the biggest problems as perceived by business owners, is the integration of an ecommerce platform – or in fact multiple ecommerce platforms with existing accounting and stock control processes and with each other.
If for example a business operates from a physical premises or shop front as well as running an online web store and perhaps even has other online avenues for selling products and services, it can be a daunting task understanding how to manage a single stock inventory across all of these platforms.
Unfortunately it is often the case that businesses will simply duplicate their workload and update inventory on multiple platforms as a way around this problem but that is certainly not ideal and it is definitely not a scalable option.
Lead Web Designs and their solution
Lead Web Designs are a web services company specializing in ecommerce systems and the integration of those systems with both existing business operations and also with other existing ecommerce platforms.
Lead Web Designs are able to offer these fully integrated ecommerce solutions via the help of an innovative peice of software called T-Hub.
Produced by Atandra, T-Hub is a multi-platform ecommerce management and integration system that works alongside Quickbooks (a popular accounting software used by many businesses around the world) and integrates all of your stock systems together.
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Using T-Hub enables a business to efficiently run accounts and stock control in house whilst also running multiple ecommerce stores – on many different platforms – whilst having everything managed centrally from within Quickbooks and Quickbooks Point of Sale.
T-Hub works by acting as a facilitator and “middle-man” for all stock inventory updates – taking those changes directly from Quickbooks and then feeding them out to all integrated ecommerce store fronts.
For the business this means that everything needs to be updated only once – via Quickbooks – and then it will automatically update all other store fronts without any duplication of workload.
The diagram below explains exactly how the integration of T-Hub works.
The great thing about T-Hub is that it works with all of the major ecommerce platforms so it doesn’t matter what backend management software your web store uses, you will always be able to integrate it to Quickbooks using T-Hub. And even better than that, you can use many different web stores and integrate them all together. This is great for expansion and also great if you have several online outlets for the products and services that you sell.
below is a complete list of all the store fronts that T-Hub works with:
- Magento Go
- Miva Merchant
- Web Shop Manager
Whilst T-Hub is extremely intuative and easy to use once its up and running, the initial install and integration with your existing ecommerce solutions is fairly complex. For this reason Lead Web Designs offer a full and bespoke integration service to help you get everything up and running and working with your existing online ecommerce solution(s) as well as offering a complete package including design and build of the entire ecommerce solution itself when required.