We empower Shopify merchants to dramatically level up their operations through access to optimal purchase orders and intelligent inventory management.

As a direct-to-consumer brand, your product is your lifeline.

If your product isn’t on hand, you can’t make a sale.

How you manage the fulfillment of your products determines your brand’s trajectory. Will it trend up (you’ve got product on hand and selling well) or nose-dive (you’re out of stock and out of pocket waiting for new inventory to come in)?

The difference between those two scenarios is sometimes as simple as using the right tool.

As the missing purchase order flow for Shopify, Cogsy is that tool.

Because creating the right purchase orders at the right time will power the fulfillment side of your business and lead you toward operational excellence.

And with access to the right data and the right tools, you can take smarter actions more proactively.

Let’s walk through how it works.

Why our purchase order flow matters

A brand’s purchase orders are the backbone of what it sells. 

A purchase order, or PO, is a document indicating a brand’s commitment to buy a certain amount of goods from a manufacturer to be delivered in the future.

Getting POs right keeps your business aligned to meet your customer’s demand.

Cogsy helps modern brands do just that by providing proactive sales prediction and inventory intelligence. This way, brands know what to expect and can prepare accordingly by placing the right POs.

Imagine creating the optimal purchase order at the click of a button.

That’s what you get within Cogsy.

The days of using spreadsheets for demand planning and managing inventory are long gone.

“I used to do all of my inventory forecasting in Excel, but now we do that with Cogsy.”

— Jason Wong, founder of Doe Lashes

With inventory and sales updated in real-time, Cogsy automatically creates recommended purchase orders long before stock runs out—for the right amount of products at the right time. This takes the guesswork and self-doubt off your plate.

We’ve got you—we’ll take care of making your purchasing as optimal as possible, so you can tend to the other areas of your business.

Providing access to full PO visibility

After you create a PO, you eventually need to receive it to update your inventory counts.

Unless a brand is using an Inventory Management System (IMS) or 3PL solution that supports an end-to-end purchase order flow, Shopify merchants do not have visibility of the path from ordering inventory to receiving it.

Cogsy bridges that gap for Shopify merchants.

With Cogsy’s PO flow, Shopify merchants have full visibility—from the moment they place a purchase order to the moment they receive it. Within Cogsy, you can:

  1. track and mark incoming stock as “Received”, or
  2. if not all items have yet been received, mark it as “Partially Received.”

This gives you the chance to rely on an empowering process for managing your POs from start to finish: creating a PO, updating it with the latest optimal data, sending it, receiving it, and even seeing all open POs at once.

By offering an end-to-end PO flow, Cogsy’s purchase orders open the doors to new workflows that Shopify merchants don’t have access to, without having to implement an IMS or switch to a 3PL that supports an end-to-end purchase order flow.

Adapting to uncertainty with agility

This is a time of great upheaval for DTC brands.

Supply chains are volatile. (Arguably, more than ever.)

Customer demand fluctuates faster than a 15-second Instagram story.

As in all of life, things are changing constantly.

The brands that will thrive in this landscape have the agility to adapt to uncertain times and changing scenarios.

That’s why we’ve built our purchase order flow to reflect all that—a powerful way to account for the flexibility your brand needs in creating, updating, and receiving purchase orders as things unfold within your business, without compromising any of the rigor you need in optimal recommendations.

Cogsy’s purchase order flow provides proactive precision and agility, designed to be as simple as clicking a button.

Taking smart and proactive action as changes occur within the business will influence what happens afterward: replenishment, when you’ll go out of stock, when you will need to go on backorder, and more. 

All of these events trickle down to your brand’s bottom line. You want these key decisions to be based on the most updated, accurate data.

Our priority is making purchasing as optimal and flexible as possible while staying simple and easy to use. We give you agility when you need it and stay out of the way when you don’t.

Start optimizing your operations now

Sometimes all you need to make game-changing improvements to your brand’s operations is the right tool.

Our purchase order flow gives you a holistic view of what’s happening with your inventory without losing track of the details. Whether you’re collaborating with your team or keeping track of things just for yourself, it’s a powerful tool in your arsenal for optimizing your operations.

Just remember:

  1. You can now create the optimal purchase order at the click of a button.
  2. Having an end-to-end PO flow allows you to have empowering processes around purchasing and have visibility from the moment you place a PO to the moment you receive it.
  3. Times are uncertain, and you want the agility to adapt and make key decisions based on the most updated, accurate data.
  4. Proactively optimizing your POs will drive real commercial value to your brand.

If you’d like to learn more about how our purchase order flow works, you can read our documentation here.

We look forward to building more tools to empower you and your team, so you can take smarter actions more proactively with holistic insights based on all of your operational data.

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Adii Pienaar
is a 3X Founder of Cogsy, Conversio & WooCommerce and Published Author.