I have been using Stock&Buy since late August 2016 and I am a paying customer that utilizes the integration with Shopify to Stock&Buy to Xero. We sell via two Shopify sites with US Dollars and Canadian Dollars with retail and wholesale customer groups.
The reason I was looking for a solution:
1) Xero Inventory system is simple and can go out of sync with the standard integration
2) Wanted to add additional sales channels and needed central inventory system
3) Two sites in two currencies but we have different prices lists
4) Be able to keep up with Canadian Tax rules but also handle international sales
What I trialed:
Other Xero to Shopify Integrations
I tried a few different systems and I found that some were very complex (Cin7) and could do many times and others were heavy on the manufacturing/costing on the inventory side. I needed something that could: 1) sync perfectly to shopify with inventory 2) Track Inventory but I did need complex manufacturing and costing tools 3) Handle taxation in different jurisdictions
Note: I am not an accountant but I did have my accountant review the process and get his input prior to becoming a paying customer.
**Shopify Inventory Sync: Between Two Shopify Sites
Stock & Buy does a great job with this. The setup imports everything and allows you to sync one ways or both ways. The initial setup is fast and the changes made in Stock & Buy update within seconds to both of our shopify sites.
**Shopify to Xero through Stock & Buy
When I initially added my second Shopify site and tried to connect the SHopify>Xero native sync you will find that it will actually stop the sync from the other site. So, what happens is you will connect the second one and set it on automatic and then a week later you will get a call from your accountant saying what are these other transactions?! It turns out that it stopped the first integration and that is painful (may work now?).
With STock & Buy this is really where it shines. I removed the native integration and loaded the sync and it worked like a charm. Shopify had some odd rounding errors that were different from how Xero calculates things but a quick note to support and within an hour a fix was in place. We later learned that Xero and Shopify have different ways to round things which I believe is now automatically adapted in Stock & Buy.
**Inventory Updates and Listing
Stock & Buy makes easy work to 1) Create new products 2) Update photos and descriptions 3) Push updates and new listing to all sales channels 4) Mass update of products and prices with their export tools
A great dashboard to show what inventory is in and what inventory is marked for fulfilment. Also, a simple but effective tool that allows you to forecast product sales trends. This is actually similar to the reports that we have in Shopify advanced so if you need a inventory tool but are not yet ready for a shopify plan upgrade then the Stock & Buy reports will give you lots of info.
In App chat tool + Email + Scheduled Skype Calls
Always fast and professional responses and follow-up after solution to see if they solution truly fit my company's work flow. The guys at Stock & Buy are very keen on making a quality and efficient tool and they will take all input to make changes (very refreshing!).
For the price, the value and service is insanely good. The number of integrations and ease of use is something I haven’t found even for triple their price.
There are many more features on the costing/analysis/purchasing/bundling side that I will update in my review later once I have fully used and tested the features.