Xero consultant and inventory expert chooses TidyStock
"It's really a no-brainer," is how Gillian from Jill of All Trades sums up the decision to use TidyStock. Gillian is a cloud integrator and Xero consultant on Australia's Gold Coast who was looking for an inventory management system for her clients. She explains it as a Goldilocks situation, "You don't want it to be too complicated or too simple for your needs." She found TidyStock is the complete package, "TidyStock is fabulous to use and so simple to set up. It's neat and easy."
TidyStock improves owners' lifestyles
Many of Gillian's clients want to be able to travel or operate from a home office and be able to keep their finger on the pulse of the business. She says they can tap into Xero and they need to be able to manage their stock as well. They tend to run pretty lean businesses and buy just in time. "TidyStock enables them to do that and get away from the business."
TidyStock is fabulous to use and so simple to set up. It's neat and easy.
Gillian Rossouw - Jill of all Trades
Gillian recently did an integration for a client who "was blown away with TidyStock, they said it's so cool and easy to use." This was a client who had a very complicated system using Excel and Xero. They particularly liked how TidyStock could be massaged to their own requirements and gave them everything they could possibly need.
Chris Carroll, Manager of Rack'n Stack, was trialling another system and told Gillian he really needed to get inventory sorted. She told him he was wasting his time with anything other than TidyStock and helped get him set up. His staff learnt the system in a few hours and Chris says "It is working great".
TidyStock has helped Gillian's clients by giving them a lot more clarity. It has shown them the true costs of landing stock and helps to identify wastage. They now know what they really have on hand and when they should order. They also like having staff access TidyStock without the security risk of having direct access to Xero.
While Gillian raves about the user friendliness of TidyStock, she also points out how much a consultant can ease the transition. Gillian uses her experience to get clients up and running in two hours. She does the heavy lifting and uses her knowledge of software and accounting to hand over an optimised system.
Many clients have been stuck using an old legacy system and get bogged down with the job of switching over to a modern system. Once the switch is made, they realise how important it is to have features like multi-currency and multi-users where they don’t have to wait for someone else to finish before they use the system.
In the end Gillian is very clear on why she recommends TidyStock, "It works fabulously, does everything it says it does and is very pretty to work with."
Jill of all Trades
TidyStock cloud-based stock control a hit at American Ford Parts
As Director in charge of administration at American Ford Parts in Nelson, New Zealand, Annie Coster was a bit nervous at the thought of using a cloud-based stock control system for a business selling many thousands of parts for classic cars. But, as she was looking through the stock control add-on options on the Xero web site, she reasoned that the company was already using a cloud-based accounts system without problems. What was really needed was a stock control system that interfaced seamlessly with Xero, to reduce possible inventory errors and make things easy for herself and the staff.
I would definitely recommend TidyStock to anyone wanting a simple, effective and well-priced stock control system. In fact, I have already done so!
Annie Coster - USA Ford Parts
So Annie talked to an ex-staff member who is now a Xero trainer, discussed stock control with other businesses in the industry and did a lot of internet research before finally deciding to go with TidyWork’s TidyStock.
“We had been using another accounts system for about twelve years, and their inventory system was cumbersome and time-consuming, not to mention hideously expensive and frustrating” she said. “We had to calculate stock figures manually every year for the annual accounts”.
Asked what she was looking for in a new stock control system, Annie was quite clear. “We needed simplicity, fast friendly support and a system that was safe to let anyone use to check stock, customer details, or to raise a delivery docket, without the risk of errors entering the accounting system. I wanted a dedicated inventory system that was inventory driven, rather than accounting driven” she said.
She added that it was essential that the system was compatible with Windows 8, and that no expensive annual upgrades were required, with their associated costly downtime.
TidyStock offered what she needed
Talking to the team at TidyWork, Annie learned that TidyStock is a simple and easy-to-use online ‘perpetual’ inventory control system that manages stock movements accurately – from purchase, through storage and sale, to your accounts. TidyStock would enable her team to access vital stock data and record transactions wherever they were – with customers, in the warehouse, or anywhere else, via tablet, smartphone or laptop.
Tidystock links directly with Xero and requires no software downloads, no complicated set-up and no professional IT help. Tidystock integrates with Xero to share seamlessly stock-related transactions and information in real time. You can produce packing slips in TidyStock and push invoices through to Xero, recording stock on hand, and the cost of goods sold, directly into Xero.
So how has TidyStock performed?
“I would definitely recommend TidyStock to anyone wanting a simple, effective and well-priced stock control system. In fact, I have already done so!” said Annie Coster. “Our business is in automotive parts resale, and it is ideal for that application. Staff can raise a delivery docket, look up parts or customer details, and correct any errors before saving to Xero. This eliminates any concern about errors affecting the accounting systems, which would be expensive and time-consuming to rectify”.
Asked whether she was still pleased to have decided on TidyStock, Annie was emphatic.
“I count myself fortunate to have chosen TidyStock. On service alone it is outperforming any software that I have encountered in my long working life. I am now able to spend less time ‘nailed’ to the computer and more time on more productive things”.
Classic USA Ford Car Parts
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