Being organized is no easy task. Not only do you have to keep track of everything you have to do, but you also need to know where things are when you need them. Last week, we decided to take an inventory of certain items at the company, and let’s just say it wasn’t as simple as its sounds. I am all about making things easier, so when it comes to keeping an inventory of things, the faster and simpler the process the better. The key is to find a system that works and is efficient. So, I decided to do some research to find the best apps for keeping a control of inventory. I came across a top10 list of the best inventory control apps that helped me with my research.
I checked out some of the apps and selected my top 4 favorites. I grouped them into two categories. My first group is great if you want to export your inventory lists. My second group is great if you want to streamline your inventory process by scanning barcodes.
Inventory Control Apps for Exporting Lists
Keeping an inventory isn’t useful unless you can easily access specific information when you need it. My second group of apps has several options for exporting your inventory list, so you can access information any way you want, anytime, anywhere.
Apps: Sortly, Book Keeper
My first pick is Sortly. I found it to be a great choice for both business and home applications. I found the interface to be really intuitive, and I really liked how easy it is to register information and categorize new item entries. Your information is backed up automatically to the cloud, and you can export it easily in PDF and spreadsheet formats to other applications such as Ever note, Dropbox and more. Although I found that most of the features are available for free, a subscription is required for some of the more advanced features, such as creating QR and barcode labels, and multi-device syncing. However, I found the price to be pretty reasonable, even if you are only planning to use it for a couple of months.
My second pick is Book Keeper. I found this to be a great choice for businesses that want to keep control of their inventory and bookkeeping in one place. What I really like about it is that you can completely manage your business’ financial and inventory needs without the need for additional software. I also like that you can continue your work on a desktop computer with the desktop version of the app. You can also export all the information to Excel and Tally if you need to. At first, I got a little confused when trying to find my way around the app, but after spending a little bit of time with it, I quickly learned where to find all the features.
Inventory Control Apps for Scanning Barcodes
Managing a high volume of inventory turn over requires an efficient way to enter and update information. My second group of apps lets you scan barcodes and QR codes, so you can easily input information without the need to enter it manually every time.
Apps: Inventory,Purchase,Sales Order (Android), Items & Storage & Inventory (iOS)
My third pick, Inventory,Purchase,Sales Order for Android, is similar to Book Keeper, in that it does much more than just keep track of your inventory. You can get reminders to restock when you are running low on an item, and you can manage purchase orders directly from the app too! I also liked that you can stay on top of your business’ finances, by overseeing and managing income and expenses. Although I didn’t have any issues, I noticed that some customers had problems when importing inventory spreadsheets into the app. However, apparently, customer support is really attentive, as they were on top of each case, ensuring any compatibility issues were ironed out.
My fourth pick is Items & Storage &Inventory for iOS. I particularly liked the variety of customization features for organizing and categorizing inventory lists. I found the interface to be really intuitive, and I liked how easy it is to visualize where your items are stored. I also liked how you can easily scan barcodes to enter item information, input item values and even keep track of how long an item has been lent or borrowed. The only drawback I found is that you must enter information manually for new items, as there is no database built into the app. However,this also works to your advantage as you can ensure information is entered exactly as you want from the very start.
These are my top 4 picks for keeping control of your inventory. I hope you find them as useful as I do. My personal favorite is Sortly, as it has really helped me in getting things organized at home. What about you? Let me know if you have any favorites of your own in the comments!