Why your eCommerce company needs a warehouse management system

June 24th, 2014


Acquiring and maintaining accurate inventory quantities is a problem common to most all eCommerce retailers – from overselling (aka out of stocks, aka stockouts), mis-picks, and mis-ships, to forgotten stock sitting on a shelf, not even listed for sale. An inventory and warehouse management system helps to greatly reduce those inventory issues, and many other problems online retailers face.

Effortlessly Listing and De-listing

An inventory management system enables automation of the process of listing and de-listing (removing quantities so it can’t sell) across multiple marketplaces. Without an inventory management system, employees have to remove the product from each marketplace, leaving the business wide open to selling items they no longer have. Sharing inventory across these marketplaces is essential, but almost impossible to do manually – that’s where an inventory management system picks up the slack. Some of the immediate benefits of reducing out of stocks are fewer angry customers, lower customer service costs, and various marketplace benefits. On marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, for example, you’re penalized for negative feedback from oversells and your products actually will show up farther down in the search results, causing you to lose sales.

Tracking Slow Moving Products and Seasonal Stock

The ability to identify what items aren’t selling is vital, because that product sitting in your facility is costing you money. You’ve invested in it, carry (holding) costs, and the capital tied up in products that aren’t moving is wasteful. A warehouse management system helps to identify those products and figure out what needs to happen to move it. Discounts, different marketplace or target audience, better picture, or making it part of a lot (AKA kit, AKA product grouping) are some options to help move that product. For example: Having trouble moving those surf boards? It may be winter in the US, but it’s summer in Western Australia.

Minimizing Theft and Losses

Accurate inventory management discourages theft by employees and leads to quick discovery of excessive loss due to damage or misplacement. Having a system where people know that everything they do is being tracked and understanding they are held accountable for their transactions also helps with productivity.

Reducing Carrying Costs

Warehouse storage and insurance are two crucial costs to holding inventory. More products generally mean higher expenses. With a good inventory management system, businesses can more accurately predict what products they’ll need, allowing reduction in the number of unnecessary items they hold. Tracking your inventory and having a goal for how many times you want to turn your inventory in a year is a key metric every retailer should know.  This can increase gross profits, allowing you to spend more money on learning the best way to expand into international marketplaces to increase sales and brand awareness worldwide.

Eliminating Mis-Picks and Mis-Ships

Like out of stocks, mis-picks (when a damaged or incorrect item / item quantity is picked) and mis-ships (when a damaged or incorrect item / item quantity is shipped out to the customer) are a strain on your business. A good inventory management system will come with built in quality control features to reduce such inventory errors. Inventory management systems achieve this through a variety of ways – from utilizing barcode scanners, to displaying a picture of the product to the pickers upon pick – which will ultimately ensure that your company fulfills your customers’ expectations.

Unlock the potential of your inventory

Wondering why I know so much about inventory and warehouse management? That’s kind of SkuVault’s, my company’s, whole shtick. SkuVault is a cloud-based inventory and warehouse management system that integrates with eBay, Bigcommerce, ChannelAdvisor, Amazon, ShipWorks, ShipStation, Shopify, and more, and is complete with barcoding and jam packed with other cool features to help eCommerce retailers prevent out of stocks, improve warehouse efficiency, and reduce human error.

SkuVault operates on a global scale, and makes sure that the inventory in your warehouse is accurately reflected on your various marketplaces. SkuVault is a great addition to Frooition’s eBay & Bigcommerce integration – where Frooition bridges eBay & Bigcommerce to exchange product data, SkuVault meshes with Frooition to also provide real time quantity updates between eBay & Bigcommerce.


The benefits of an inventory and warehouse management system like SkuVault are far-reaching, and its effects can be seen in lower out of stock percentage, increased rankings and therefore greater visibility on your online channels, more positive customer feedback, lower customer service costs, increased warehouse efficiency and saved man hours, and fewer mis-ships and undersells. Whether you decide to utilize SkuVault, or some other inventory and warehouse management system, do your eCommerce business a favor – get one.

andy-skuvaultAndy Eastes is the CEO of SkuVault. He has been active in the eCommerce community for 10 years, and has a passion for increasing efficiency for eCommerce and wholesale businesses. SkuVault is an inventory and warehouse management system for eCommerce retailers, that helps you take control of your inventory.

Interesting eBay Mobile Infographic

June 19th, 2014


EBay launches eBay Designer Collective – with Frooition Design!

June 11th, 2014

Frooition are proud to announce the launch of the eBay Designer Collective.

eBay designer collective

Frooition worked closely with the eBay team to provide design for all of the brands in the eBay designer collective.

The eBay Designer Collective allows 16 fashion brands to offer full priced, current season, men & women’s clothing and accessories within an eBay shopping Hub.

The eBay Designer Collective includes fashion labels such as Calvin Klein, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff, True Religion and many more.

For the last few years eBay have been moving away from the traditional second hand, auction based, model they used to be known for towards an open marketplace where you can purchase quality new goods quickly and safely.

They understand that the better their customers and partners perform; the better the eBay ecosystem will perform.

Devin Wenig (President of eBay Marketplaces) said in Women’s Wear Daily:

 ”We’re transaction-based; we only succeed if our partners succeed.”

Some may argue that selling these current lines on eBay is direct competition with the brands’ other channels; however we strongly believe that if a buyer goes on to eBay to buy an item, they are going to buy the item – if a retailer is not on eBay they won’t win the sale.

Devin also states:

“[eBay Designer Collective] fits with our philosophy – as partner and an enabler of brands and not a competitor”

Many brands are beginning to see eBay as another channel that they need to sell core products on rather than an outlet for damaged and old stock:

“The larger brands see this as an extension of their digital footprint,”

Marcelle Parrish, eBay’s head of fashion.

View the Fashion Collective: http://www.ebay.com/rpp/designer-collective

Calvin Klein eBay Designer Collective Listing. Designed by Frooition.com

Frooition were privileged to work directly with the eBay teams to create the listing templates that the hugely successful brands use within the eBay Designer Collective. The partnership between eBay and Frooition once again shows that eBay believe in the positive benefits of using intelligent design on listings.

Frooition Partner Update: Announcing 3 New Partners

June 10th, 2014


At Frooition we love partners that offer services that can help our customers grow their businesses even further or save them time. We find ways for our services to interact with partners to provide the easiest solutions for our customers.

We have recently added a number of new partners to our partner directory: http://frooition.com/partner/directory.php

Three of our newest partners are: Solid Commerce, Remove the Background and SkuVault.


SolidCommerce offer Multichannel inventory and order management, their platform allows sellers to sell across multiple marketplaces including eBay and their own eCommerce website.

SolidCommerce also uses integrated shipping and order fulfillment allowing sellers to make the most of their time and re-invest their time back into the business.

A fully automated solution that centralizes all aspects of a multichannel business that saves you hours of work every single day. SolidCommerce also offer integrations and can tailor the package to a sellers specific needs.

SolidCommerce is compatible with Frooition eBay templates so your design can be integrated into the software and will automatically list to eBay with your fantastic Frooition design.

For more information visit SolidCommerce.


Remove the Background provide a fantastic service removing unwanted backgrounds from product images leaving professional looking images for a fraction of the price of a professional shoot or studio.

Simply upload your product images to RemoveTheBackground and within a few hours you will receive your images back with the backgrounds removed and crisp, clean white backgrounds in their place.

RemoveTheBackground can crop, resize, remove backgrounds, add shadows, and combine images to create great looking images.

A Frooition design makes your listings look great but if your product images look poor then the professionalism will be lost, combine great looking design with fantastic product images to really boost your business!

For more information visit RemoveTheBackground


SkuVault offer a global, cloud based inventory and warehousing solution that integrates with all major marketplaces including eBay and Amazon as well as eCommerce platforms such as BigCommerce.  SkuVault allows sellers to track inventory using barcodes to reduce human error, increase warehouse efficiency and eliminate out of stocks.

SkuVault is compatible with 3rd party inventory management tools.

With Frooition you can port your eBay product data over to BigCommerce (and vice versa) and then use SkuVault to transfer your quantities between platforms.

Find out more at SkuVault

Do you provide eCommerce solutions?

If you think your business offers a useful service that would help our customers and you would like to join our partner program then feel free to contact us or apply to join: http://frooition.com/partner/

Congratulations to the Pesa Winner

June 5th, 2014

We recently attended the PeSA event in the fabulous Gold Coast in Australia.

As part of the event we had a raffle to win an eBay design and Mobile template.

The lucky winner was Kylie Roy of Royz Biz:


Congratulations Kylie!

Keep checking back and we will post a link to the completed store.

Interested in getting your own eBay store designed? Check here.

Save with Frooition Combo Discounts

May 27th, 2014


Here at Frooition we are most well known for our eBay Design services, however we also create fantastic designs for many eCommerce platforms including:

  • eBay Mobile
  • BigCommerce
  • Magento Go
  • Amazon Webstores
  • ChannelAdvisor Premium Webstores
  • Rakuten’s Play.com
  • Rakuten’s Buy.com

If you are considering re-branding or adding additional channels to your online business it may be worth speaking with Frooition. If you purchase more than one design service at a time we can offer a combo discount on  your invoice value.

Why use the same branding across multiple channels?

A consistent brand across all your channels will greatly benefit your business:

  • Build your reputation
  • Increase customer loyalty
  • Encourage customers to visit other channels
  • Create a recognizable brand
  • Save time & marketing budget
  • Increase sales and margins
  • Appear as a larger professional business
  • Quickly launch new channels

Why can we offer a discount on multiple purchases?

If we are creating 2 or more stores with matching branding we create the overall branding and theme for the first design and get a good idea of your vision.

Once we know which direction you wish to go in it becomes slightly easier to create the 2nd design. We pass this saving on to you.

Would you like a quote for a design combo with discount?

Visit http://www.frooition.com/uk/contact.html today and fill in your details. One of our design consultants will call you straight back and talk through our options and get you a great deal on a design combo!

Frooition are attending the PeSA Internet Conference 2014

May 13th, 2014

pesa 2014

Frooition are proud to announce our sponsorship and attendance at the 2014 PeSA Internet Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre, Australia, May 28th – 30th.

What’s more we can also offer a $100 AU discount of entry for our readers and followers:

Simply enter the code FRO100 when registering for the event at: https://www.internetconference.com.au/registernow.html

Pesa Internet Conference is the place in Australia to get the latest ecommerce news, trends and tips. There is always something new to learn and ways to boost profits.

Speak with representatives from online giants such as:

  • eBay
  • PayPal
  • Magento
  • Australia Post
  • Alibaba
  • ChannelAdvisor

The agenda includes Keynotes from eBay, Australian Post and Pubcon.

Find out more about Australia’s premier internet conference: http://www.internetconference.com.au

Get ready for the World Cup

May 6th, 2014

World Cup

The first game of the world cup is just a few weeks away, on the 12th June (Brazil VS Croatia). Television adverts are full of tenuous links from their products to the World Cup, everything from sportswear to mouthwash are trying to leverage the hype of the World Cup to push their products.

The fact is these large brands would not jump on the World Cup bandwagon if it didn’t work… With this in mind it’s time to look at your business and see how you can use the World Cup to the advantage of your products.

Step 1: Get into the spirit of the game:

  • Update your storefront to include football imagery
  • Change your best sellers to be football related
  • Update any printouts (invoices, receipts or packing slips) to include a World Cup message (e.g. Come on England!)

 Step 2: Look at your existing products, are there any that can be linked to the football? Products that typically sell well during football/sporting occasions are:

  • Large TV’s and projectors (people tend to upgrade for the best experience – the World Cup is a great excuse)
  • Surround sound systems
  • Additional seating (indoors and out)
  • Beer fridges
  • BBQ’s
  • Outdoor furniture and accessories
  • Patriotic paraphernalia; flags, wigs etc.

Don’t forget to alter your descriptions to mention the World Cup

Step 3: Look at additional products you can offer specifically for the football season. Some ideas include:

  • Car flags
  • Vuvuzela (popular in the 2010 World Cup)
  • Air horns
  • Beach balls
  • Face paint
  • Flags & stickers
  • React to what becomes popular throughout the tournament

Step 4: Have fun and think outside the box. Use the World Cup as an excuse to try something new and attempt some tricks that will get your business talked about. Ideas include:

  • Offering free shipping if your team wins
  • Giving away a freebie with every purchase (something a small as a sticker or country flag is enough to get people talking)
  • Discounts based on the number of goals scored by your team
  • Betting on the winning team – e.g. free mug for every customer is Brazil win.

If you are an existing customer and need help creating Football related graphics then contact your designer and they will be able to create a graphic for you.

If you do not have any design on your listings but would like to embrace all things football then sign up for a free 30 day trial to Froo Template Themes and apply football related designs to your live eBay listings: http://apps.froo.com