13 best free and open source inventory management systems 2017: How to save money and improve service for your customers
Inventory management is the process of specifying and quantifying the shape and percentage of goods you hold in stock. By knowing what you have, and where, you can save money and improve your service to customers.
There are myriad free inventory management software systems to choose from, many of which are free to use. We have highlighted 13 that are worth considering for your business.
1. Best open source inventory management software: ABC Inventory
ABC Inventory software is a free inventory management package, suitable for small and medium-sized businesses. You can use it across multiple workstations, although the data won't sync across different PCs. But you can place an unlimited amount of entries in the database.
There is no support offered, but this is a good tool to get started with.
2. Best open source inventory management software: Carta
Carta is a scalable, online inventory management software from the publishers of inFlow (see next page). There is a 14-day free trial, and a fully free product that claims to be totally unlimited. More interesting is the $99 (£80) per month package which stays at the same price as your company grows.
3. Best open source inventory management software: inFlow
inFlow is a dedicated inventory-management software package aimed again at small and medium-sized businesses. The free package lacks some high-end features and limits users to 100 products and customers, and only 15 reports. You also miss out on some advanced user features and inventory management options too. But it lasts forever, and will suit many SMBs.
4. Best open source inventory management software: Odoo
Odoo is inventory software that is free if you download the open source version and host it yourself. Or you can use the online package, but you are limited on the number of users. There is no support of course, but Odoo will suit lots of businesses at different sizes as it is scalable and easy to use.
5. Best open source inventory management software: OpenBoxes
OpenBoxes offers an open source supply chain management programme that enables users to track, record, store and ship product from purchase to order fulfilment. OpenBoxes is totally free and while it offers quite a stripped back inventory dashboard, the functionality is still good and of course totally customisable depending on your business.
6. Best open source inventory management software: Openbravo
Much more than inventory management software, Openbravo is a leading ERP toolkit. Part of Openbravo is a powerful inventory tool that allows you to manage vendors and track inventory locations.
7. Best open source inventory management software: PartKeepr
PartKeepr is absolutely free inventory management software specifically aimed at managing the flow of electronic components. Easy to install and use with your database, PartKeepr is limited but will be really useful in specific cases.
8. Best open source inventory management software: Procurics
Procurics is an open source inventory, vendor and catalogue management tool offering a range of services for small businesses to larger enterprise accounts, from real-time reporting to an e-commerce-like market place. Procurics offers a free 14-day trial offering all the content from a full package.
9. Best open source inventory management software: Rightcontrol Lite
From Losoftware, Rightcontrol is dedicated inventory management software, and the free Lite package offers support for ten product lines. You get invoice and receipt generation tools too. If you are running a small or solo business, Rightcontrol Lite is well worth a look.
10. Best open source inventory management software: Sellsy
Aimed at small to medium businesses, Sellsy is an open source management tool that enables users to control their inventory, costs, invoicing and margins. Sellsy offers free trial of all of its services.
11. Best open source inventory management software: Snipe-IT
Snipe-IT offers an open source and free self-hosted inventory management package. Users will receive totally unlimited users and assets but sadly miss out on paid-for features such as automatic backups, upgrades and email support. The next package up comes in at $29.99 (£24) and includes hosting and Github support.
12. Best open source inventory management software: Veeqo
Veeqo is aimed at retailers and is essentially an all-in-one management platform. It allows businesses to edit stock levels, update their inventory with immediate effect and track products full history. Veeqo offers a free package that can accommodate 100 products and 50 orders a month.
13. Best open source inventory management software: vtiger
vtiger is a full-blown CRM package that includes a powerful inventory management component. vtiger supports inventory management functions such as sales quotes, purchase orders, and invoices. The cheapest package starts at $10 (£871) a month, but there is a 15-day free trial.
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