The Inventory Management Guide for Ecommerce

Here’s a basic math question for you: Sammie has 50 sprockets. She sells eight of them. How many sprockets does she have left? Now, here’s another question: Sammie has 50 sprockets. She receives an order for eight sprockets and ships four of them out to customers. How many sprockets are in Sammie’s inventory? These types of questions aren’t just relics of elementary school — they’re also challenges inherent to inventory management. And it’s the reason Sammie has 42 sprockets at the end of the first question but 46 sprockets at end of the second. Inventory management goes beyond simple arithmetic. Sammie has 46 sprockets in her inventory because she only subtracts four of the eight sprocket orders until the other four are delivered to customers. It’s this kind of contingency that makes organization, automation, and technique crucial when you have so much product to keep track of. To help you dive into inventory management, let’s explain what inventory management is in the ecommerce world, the software that supports this ongoing process, and some common techniques for managing inventory successfully. Inventory Management Definition Inventory management is the act of overseeing the volume, diversity, pricing, and location of a business’s available products. If a product is in stock, it’s counted as part of the business’s inventory and managed as it moves through the supply chain. The product’s availability is then noted on the item’s purchase page online. This is why, in our example of Sammie’s 50 sprockets, she still has 46 sprockets after selling eight. Knowing what’s currently in her inventory, how many units of her product have been ordered, and...

How to Clear Your Cache, Cookies, and History on Any Device or Browser

If you’ve had your computer for a while, it might be time you clear some space. Your browser automatically stores past websites you’ve visited, images you’ve saved, your passwords, and a ton of other information. While this information might be useful, over time, it takes up space on your hard drive, and could lead to issues like 404 errors (resulting from a corrupted cache). Plus, do you really need to know which websites you visited in 2016? It’s insanely easy to delete your cache, cookies, or browser history on any browser or device. In fact, it should take less than five minutes. So let’s get to it. Desktop browsers How to clear your cache in Chrome 1. Go to: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData 2. Click “Advanced” 3. Select “Browsing history”, “Download history”, “Cookies and other site data”, and “Cached images and files”. 4. If you want, you can select a time range, i.e. “Last hour”, or “Last 4 weeks”. 5. Click “Clear Data” 6. Exit all browser windows, and reopen How to clear your cache in Safari 1. Go to the Safari menu, and select “Clear History” 2. Select a time range, then click “Clear History” 3. Exit all browser windows, and reopen How to clear your cache in Firefox 1. From the “History” menu, select “Clear Recent History” 2. If you want, you can select a time range with the drop-down menu, or select “Everything” to clear all your history 3. Next to “Details”, click the down arrow to choose which items you wish to clear (or select all) 4. Click “Clear Now” 5. Exit all browser windows, and reopen Mac...

The 17 Best Photoshop Filters & Plugins of 2018

There’s no denying that Adobe Photoshop is a powerful photo editing tool, with loads of built-in features and effects. In fact, if you’re a marketer with little (or zero) photography or graphic design experience, Photoshop can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. However, if you’ve spent years learning the ins and outs of Photoshop, you might now be arriving at a point where you feel like you’ve exhausted all of Photoshop’s built-in benefits. Regardless of your experience level, there are free Photoshop filters and plugins that can help. As a beginner, these free add-ons can help simplify complex editing processes. As an expert, they can help expand your available Photoshop tool set even further, and help lead you in new artistic directions. Keep the following steps in mind when downloading the Photoshop filters and plugins we’ve included below. Each file must be saved in a specific location on your computer. How to Install Photoshop Plugins Open Photoshop. Select Edit from the dropdown menu, and select Preferences > Plugins. Check the “Additional Plugins Folder” box to accept new files. Download a plugin or filter to your desktop. Open your Program Files folder and select your Photoshop folder. Open your Plugins folder, found inside your Photoshop folder. Drag your new Photoshop plugin from your desktop into the Plugins folder. Reopen Photoshop and find your new plugin under Filters in the dropdown menu. Free Photoshop Filters Note: The filters below are technically Photoshop “actions” (.ATN files). An action is a pre-recorded series of steps that allows you to apply effects — in this case, filters — automatically. 1. Dramatic Sepia (via Efeito Photoshop)...

How to Hire a Freelance Developer

So your company is growing. Things are exciting. Everyone is motivated and ideas are coming in from left and right. Then it happens. You say something along the lines of, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could build [revolutionary idea here]? It would cut costs/generate a ton of new leads/change the way we operate.” The team is rallying around the idea, the boss is giving you the wink and the gun, everything feels right in the world — until the dread hits. Who’s going to build it? Hiring your first freelance developer can seem difficult, but it doesn’t need to be. With the right plan in place and an understanding of your company’s needs, finding the right freelancer for the job can be a largely painless process. I’ve worked on both sides of this equation as an independent, freelance web developer and as someone who’s run a large development team. Follow these steps to make the process smoother for both you and your new freelance partner. How to Hire a Freelance Developer First ask yourself: What do you need? Before identifying a freelancer to work with, you should first know what you’re asking for. This should always be step number one. Are you looking to update some images on a web page? Do you need an entirely new site? Is it a mobile app? Is something wrong with your analytics? Do you need a new tool created? The answer to any of these questions will set the tone for how you start your search, and who you ultimately hire. Now that you’ve identified the type of project, it’s time...

Excel Online: Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features You Should Know

If you’ve been using Excel from your desktop for years, switching to the online version can seem like a scary — and even unnecessary — transition. But Excel Online is free, and offers additional advantages to using the desktop version. If you use the Online version, you can sync your spreadsheet to other web apps, allowing you to gather additional data or automate workflows. Better yet, using Excel Online helps you collaborate with coworkers on larger projects. Is Excel Online free? Yes, Microsoft Excel Online is free. It offers almost every Excel function, including tools to help you analyze, gather, and visualize spreadsheet data, and collaborate with coworkers. Compared to the desktop version of Excel, which costs hundreds of dollars, the Online version is its almost equal free alternative. Excel Online is a fantastic option for gathering, viewing, and analyzing your data. Even if you haven’t paid for Excel’s desktop version, you can begin using Excel Online for free today. And Excel Online offers almost all the same features, so if you’re interested in collaboration or taking advantage of the web add-ons, it could be worth the switch. Here, we’ll investigate how to use Excel Online, compare the features of Excel Online versus desktop Excel, and take a look at some of the hidden online features you’ll definitely want to know about. How to Use Excel Online: Beginner’s Guide There are two ways to locate Excel Online: first, click this Products.Office link, and select “Excel.” It will ask you to sign in, and then you can begin creating a spreadsheet. Or, open OneDrive, and select a spreadsheet you’ve saved....

20 of the Best Website Designs to Inspire You in 2018

Every once in a while, I’ll come across a website that really makes me stop and think. So, I found 20 of them to show you. These sites push the boundaries of what is known to be possible on the web. Whether it’s the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, each one is a masterpiece in its respective industry, and something to be inspired by. Not surprisingly, many organizations exist to highlight these sites and the contributions they make to the web. To help surface some of the most inspirational designs, I gathered 15 award-winners that have made their way through several key awards organizations — including Awwwards, UX Awards, The Webby Awards, SiteInspire, Best Website Gallery, and FWA. I also found five more websites whose homepage designs are just plain cool and worth learning from. As you browse through the list, know that each site excels in its own way and seeks to serve a unique purpose. While one site may be an excellent example of visual design, another may be an excellent example of interactivity. This means that not all of these sites may be “conversion machines” or blueprint ideas that you can easily copy over to your site. Rather, they’re great ways to gain some website design inspiration and see the cutting-edge marketing that’s happening in the different corners of the web. The Best Website Designs to Inspire You Feed crypton.trading ETQ Mikiya Kobayashi Inside Abbey Road Citrix: The New Mobile Workforce The History of Climate Change Beagle Southwest: Heart of Travel Woven Magazine JOHO’s Bean NOWNESS Virgin America World...