Best ecommerce apps to manage the 2014 holidays The holidays are heating up – meaning you are running low on spare time and pulling in (hopefully) lots and lots of orders. Here are the three apps you need this season and beyond to help you manage your stores and enjoy the holidays.

Shopify Mobile

If you have a Shopify store, then you need to download their free mobile app. Designed to operate exactly as the desktop version, Shopify mobile will allow you to run your store and keep an eye on orders when you are traveling this season. From your phone, you’ll be able to receive order notifications via text or email, update in-store products and prices with connection to Shopify POS, fulfill orders or contact a customer, manage your inventory, take and upload a photo, delete an old product, change a price, etc. Like Shopify’s desktop version, Shopify mobile connects you with free 24/7 phone support.

Etsy Card Reader App

Free for Etsy sellers, the new Etsy card reader allows sellers to complete transactions offline at trade shows, craft fairs and anywhere on the go. Etsy sellers who sold at physical locations were often worried about overselling since they couldn’t connect to their online storefront. The Etsy card reader connects to each seller’s store front and syncs inventory, so that regardless of how much they sell, they have an accurate data feed of items when they’re selling on the road. If you’re an Etsy seller and plan of setting up a booth at a local craft or holiday fair this season, you need this app.


To connect your website, marketplaces and physical storefronts, you need a robust ecommerce inventory management tool. Ecomdash will provide up-to-date data on how much inventory you have at all times, and in which sales channels or brick-and-mortar stores. You can set low-inventory thresholds to alert you when an item gets low on stock. After setting reorder business rules, once an item reaches a certain low-inventory level, we’ll remind you and facilitate communication between you and your supplier. With our new Vend point-of-sale integration, you can now connect your online inventory to what’s in your stores, so that you have a true map of all of your stock. Ecomdash will pull in sales orders from all omni-channel locations automatically, so you will have real-time data and fulfill orders faster. In addition to auto-communication with your dropshipping services, those who run their own warehouses can also print pick lists, packing slips and shipping labels from within ecomdash. It is accessible from any device with an internet connection, so you can manage your entire omni-channel system from anywhere while you travel this season. We even had one customer manage his business from the Dominican Republic, and in just 10 minutes a day.

You deserve a break this season. Make sure you have the right apps to help you manage your stores so that you can spend time enjoying your family, the season, and some much needed rest. We wish everyone the best of luck this holiday season and great success! Do you have any apps that you swear by, especially when the going gets tough? Share them in the comments!

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