Inventory Management

Connected systems, clean data, and a supply chain that runs itself

Automate your inventory management in Parabola to break free of the supply chain labor routine.

“Our warehouses are still using spreadsheets to manage inventories, and Parabola has allowed us to turn 200+ hours a week transferring the data manually into maybe 15 minutes to double check it.”

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The problem

Managing inventory is especially difficult when your systems are disconnected and people have to fill in the gaps. Between pulling CSVs from emails, monitoring returns, and manually updating tools like Shopify, keeping tools in sync can become a person's entire job.

The solution

Transform your supply chain into one where the links are actually connected.

Inventory is the least standardized part of ecommerce, so your automations need to respond to lots of triggers.

Whether you get inventory updates from emailed CSVs, text messages, or directly from supply tools, Parabola was built to receive them.

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Connect your inventory to your business tools

How stores manage their inventory using Parabola

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Automatically update store inventory

Intake inventory CSVs from your suppliers and update the items in Shopify

Many ecommerce teams have to periodically process CSVs of inventory data from their suppliers. That can add up to many, uncoordinated files, from multiple suppliers, in different formats. Managing all of those files and updates can be a full-time job – but Parabola can pull together your sources, clean the data, and schedule syncs with Shopify.
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Update your Shopify inventory levels from any other tool

Use a Parabola Flow to monitor your inventory levels and make bulk updates efficiently. Create a Flow that simply syncs the inventory numbers from your primary source – a Google Sheet, an Airtable base, or even a 3PL – directly into your ecommerce tool of choice.
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Issue refunds from a spreadsheet of returned merchandise, on-demand or automatically

Processing returns is a periodic, manual task. Perhaps a fulfillment partner or a colleague sends your team a spreadsheet of items that have been returned, along with some of the order information. Your team has to manually reconcile those returned items by issuing refunds in Shopify, which can be an entire day's work! Instead, a Parabola Flow can handle issuing refunds end-to-end.
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Manage unique products

Automatically manage custom orders

Fulfillment isn't always as easy as shipping out the item that was purchased in your store. Customized orders, and items made to order, add a layer of complexity that ecommerce platforms don't always handle well. Introducing another workflow between the order and the fulfillment also creates the possibility of orders slipping through the cracks. Manage this with a Parabola Flow instead.
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Organize Shopify collections automatically

Shopify's collections and tagging systems are powerful tools for creating rich store experiences. With Parabola, you can automatically adjust which collections products are in and what tags are applied.
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Manage bundled products

Tracking inventory, managing orders, and processing fulfillments on bundled products can be painful and extremely manual, especially when you have to deal with the occasional error. Let Parabola do the heavy lifting.
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Quickly respond to low inventory

Automatic alerting for low inventory

Make your inventory levels actionable. Build a Parabola Flow to watch your inventory levels and automatically send an alert when your available inventory dips too low. Slack, email, SMS, or your other favorite messaging platform can all be used.
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Automate purchase orders based on custom low inventory thresholds

It's impossible to time your restock orders perfectly. You probably want to factor in the average turnaround time for an item, and how fast it typically sells – which is a daunting model to build and manage! This is where a Parabola Flow can take over.
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User Stories

User Story: Parabola unlocks e-commerce business solutions without developer support

Joseph Childress, Chief Operations Officer at Mollusk Surf Shop, uses Parabola to combine business data across Vend, Shopify, and other platforms to automatically track inventory across all of their stores, create purchase orders for low-inventory items, and email reports of purchased items to management.
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