DEAR Inventory is a cloud-based, inventory and order management application for SMBs which offers a complete back end management solution with purchasing, sales, warehouse management, light manufacturing features as well as shipping, ecommerce and payment gateway integrations.
DEAR Inventory aims to help small to medium business owners take control over inventory and order management while streamlining, automating and simplifying all daily operations.
DEAR has wide applications in various industries by businesses of various sizes. Retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and ecommerce operators are the broad categories of DEAR Inventory users. Some businesses utilise DEAR for simple inventory management needs while others rely on DEAR to meet compliance requirements imposed by their industry, for example food manufacturers need DEAR for lot traceability and expiry date capabilities.
The software can be used "out-of-the-box" after a minimal amount of setup, and can also be used in more complex installations where bespoke software development might be needed.
The simplicity of the initial setup, the simplicity of the menu navigation, and the speed with which new users are able to grasp what they need to do to accomplish their tasks caused me to take a closer look at this software and I'm glad I took the time to do so.
The multiple warehouse locations field, along with the multiple bin locations field, both available in DEAR but not available in some other offerings, is a basic requirement of a stock management system as far as I am concerned.
Whilst the software might appear complex for first-time users, those with experience of stock systems and business processes should find it a breeze to set up and use for the purpose intended, especially if they are familiar with setting up other software. It's an advantage, but not a requirement, if the person(s) setting it up also have an understanding of business accounts and are able to find their way around creating/editing MS Word mail-merge templates.
I am impressed that I have been able to use the software to accomplish pretty much every task that my clients' have asked of it so far. The ease of integration with other cloud-based applications puts another tick in the box for me.
This is a comment and not a complaint; although the reporting functionality in the 'out-of-the-box' version is adequate there is room for improvement. The limitations can be overcome by exporting the files and adapting them as needed. Those with a more specific software development skill- set (or more time to learn) would be able to achieve a great deal more from the software than is possible using the 'out-of-the-box' version.
"Moved over from sage around 12 months ago to Xero and added Dear which answered the major issues I was having with Sage in that the inventory element (sure, that's not what is was designed for) was woefully inadequate for our business.
I have to report that 12 months in that Dear has met and exceeded expectations and added real value to my inventory management and customer order processing. With the recent addition of the B2B portal, and what my customers will be able to do once is it fully operational will really revolutionalise some of the challenges we faced in, for example, letting customers know what is available from stock etc.
Overall, we made the right move and I haven't seen a better combination of integrated applications than Dear and Xero!
Well done and thanks to both!"
Dear is a brilliant and responsive company, although my only gripe, is that there are few updates or communique's relating to bug fixes or developments of the application. Example is the B2B portal, there are many comments about what features are needed and bug fixes, but as yet no commentary from Dear as to which will or won't be incorporated. Like me, many will become less likely to comment f it is not apparent that they are being acknowledged. Come on Dear, at least add a comment!!
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// DEAR SYSTEMS DOES
+ Manage inventory with different sales channels
+ Send PO/Invoices/Quote/.../... with customisable template
+ Auto assemblies
+ Issues to production
+ Sync to accounting software
+ Handles goods in transit, FX gain or Loss etc
+ They are working on a reseller portal
+ They are working on a POS
+ Chat support is knowledgeable and they really try to help you
They have a forum where users can chat together and upvote functionalities requests.
- They are totally absent from that forum, they say they scan it to update their roadmap but they won't engage in the conversation at all.
- Functionalities are added too fast without feedback from their users.
They really need to work on their communication with their active users.
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We've been using the DEAR system for quite a while now and I must say I couldn't be any happier. It was a seamless transition from our old system, and I especially appreciate how well DEAR integrates with our accounting software. This makes everyone's work a whole lot easier. I have contacted support on several occasions with questions that I had, and I always received a quick, thorough, and very helpful response. We manufacture our products as well wholesale and retail them with an online store, and everything works so well together with DEAR that it really helps us focus on building our business rather than focusing our attention on trying to keep up with inventory and ordering. I would highly recommend DEAR systems to anyone looking for a new inventory management system.
One thing that would be useful would be to be able to call for customer service. We have used customer service email on several occasions, and have always had a pretty quick response, however, if we have a pressing issue, it would be nice to have a number to call and someone to talk with.
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Being able to integrate with a number of eCommerce platforms is huge. Support usually replies fast (especially for simpler questions and help). Also the way in which we're able to manage thousands of products over multiple locations is fantastic. Some aspects of DEAR are very intuitive and easy to use. It allows one portal for looking at sales, product orders, inventory storage and movements, basic product history. The reports on the dashboard help us see inventory and financials at a glance. They've also recently expanded, allowing more than 20,000 SKUs at a time in the system!
Because DEAR is used by so many and works with so many different platforms, integration between it and other platforms (we use Shopify) are not always seamless. A feature that works great with one may make another way more difficult to use. On that note, customizing your DEAR account to make it exactly what you need is rather difficult. We often have to find workarounds to ongoing problems that may seem basic to many. And while customer support is friendly and often fast to respond, it's very easy for misunderstandings to occur. As well, new feature requests often don't get acknowledged if they don't fit into DEAR's current plans.
One thing that would be great could be a separation for those who need DEAR just to locate products, vs those who actually need to access all of the parts of DEAR that can change products, sales, locations... We've had a number of mix-ups where inexperienced people made changes that couldn't be undone due to the nature of the software.
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Regardless of a business’s size, product management needs remain the same. A business must manage the flow of products in and out, mitigating loss and fulfilling orders quickly. While larger businesses can afford a full staff and a customized solution, small businesses usually lack the funds to put these resources in place.
DEAR Inventory levels the playing field for SMBs, allowing them to compete with much larger organizations. Whether a business is moving hundreds or hundreds of thousands of products each month, DEAR Inventory offers a back end solution that can help businesses manage daily operations affordably.
Using DEAR Inventory, businesses can reduce manpower without sacrificing efficiency. The app can integrate with a business’s inventory software to provide ongoing access to financial information for business managers. Profit and loss statements and balance sheets will always be updated, reflecting the latest information about sales online and at a business’s retail locations.
Because inventory information is always updated, employees will no longer make promises they can’t fulfill. If a product shows as in stock, it will be, allowing floor workers and websites to always know if an item is available.
Using DEAR Inventory, businesses can create and track each phase of the purchasing process. Once a purchase order has been created, it appears in the list of orders for easy tracking. The order is submitted to the specified vendor, automating the ordering process to remove the burden from workers. Businesses can also access information on the reorder level of all stock.
Through reporting, businesses can see all purchase orders, with separate reports available for pending purchase orders and purchase cost analysis. A Supplier/Product report can show all activity with a specific supplier or product for a specific date range, as well as all pending orders for that supplier or product.
Managing inventory can be difficult, especially as a business’s product offerings grow. Once an item is entered into the inventory system, it can be transferred and adjusted within DEAR Inventory. DEAR Inventory supports many aspects of inventory not available in other solutions, like serial numbers, batch/log tracking, and expiration dates.
An Inventory Aging Report can help an organization pinpoint all items with upcoming expiration, preventing waste by giving businesses an opportunity to move that inventory at a reduced rate in the weeks leading up to a product’s end of life. DEAR Inventory supports a FEFO (First Expiry First Out) costing method to further prevent waste. If a product requires a recall, businesses can conduct a batch/lot recall within DEAR Inventory.
DEAR Inventory’s happy customers list its logical workflow as one of its biggest benefits. Each section of the app works with other sections to create a seamless process for users. When integrated with other apps used by a business, DEAR Inventory can provide an easy-to-learn interface for everyone within the organization.
With DEAR Inventory’s Users & Permissions setting, managers can give each user the access he or she needs. Editing capabilities can be locked down to only those employees who need to add and remove information, with others within the organization only having the ability to read information.
Manufacturers can keep up with production on each item through DEAR Inventory’s production section. Even before production starts, DEAR Inventory can be used for job costing and to issue an item to production. Inside the application, users can view the Bill of Materials and wastage percentages.
DEAR Inventory can also help with Disassembly manufacturing. Within the system, businesses can enter an item and include the quantity that needs to be disassembled.
Because DEAR Inventory works with the accounting applications businesses already use, updating financial data as items are ordered and sold. This reduces duplicate entry and reduces the risk of error due to missed entries.
With the ability to pull reports, businesses can have updated information on all aspects of their organization in just minutes. Everything will be located in the cloud, giving professionals the ability to login from any internet-connected device to view up-to-date information.
DEAR Inventory integrates with applications for accounting, eCommerce, and shipment. Currently, the app features integrations with Xero and Quickbooks for accounting; eBay, Magento, and Shopify for eCommerce; and ShipStation for shipping.
For one user, the software is only $31 per month, which includes one location, one currency, 600 products, and unlimited customers and suppliers. Plans for three users and locations are available at $64 per month and plans for five or more users begin at $85 per month.
Voici quelques-unes des questions fréquentes sur DEAR Inventory.
Types de licences disponibles pour DEAR Inventory :
À partir de: $199/mois
Type de licence: Abonnement
version d'essai gratuite: Disponible
Plans start from as little as $199 USD/month for 5 users
Extra users: $50 USD/month
Fonctionnalités du logiciel DEAR Inventory :
Utilisateurs habituels du logiciel DEAR Inventory :
Auto-entrepreneurs, Grandes entreprises, Entreprises de taille moyenne, Organismes à but non lucratif, Administration publique, PME
Langues dans lesquelles DEAR Inventory est disponible :
chinois (simplifié), chinois (traditionnel), anglais
Types de licences disponibles pour DEAR Inventory:
Appareils pris en charge par DEAR Inventory :
Applications s'intégrant à DEAR Inventory :
Crossfire Cloud EDI, Handshake, Hike, Pepperi, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, Salpo CRM, Shopify, Xero, Xero
Ressources d'aide disponibles pour DEAR Inventory :
FAQ, Base de connaissances, Support en ligne, Support téléphonique, Tutoriels vidéo