SkuVault is a warehouse management software tailored for eCommerce. We are pleased to announce that SkuVault is now natively supported by Lokad. Importing the SkuVault historical data into Lokad can now be done with a single click - or no clicks at all using our scheduling feature. Now SkuVault-powered businesses can get advance inventory forecasts as well as powerfull commerce analytics within minutes.
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Starting from today, Lokad-powered merchants can obtain the prices of their competitors by using their own Lokad account, thanks to our new partner Competera. The app benefits from a native integration within Lokad.
Competera is a competitive price monitoring app. Give them the domain names of your competitors, the domain name of your own store, and Competera will begin extracting prices right from the web. Competera takes care of generating a price matrix where each one of your products gets matched with the prices of your competitors. Competera works pretty much like Lokad: no software to install and a monthly subscription. You can get a trial and demo as well.
By combining Competera and Lokad, it becomes possible:
- to stop wasting time with manual and infrequent competitor surveys
- to monitor how your market share reacts to competitors' pricing moves,
- to craft pricing strategies that leverage both in-house data and competitors' data
- to fine-tune the trade-off between profitability and growth
The Competera team is here to deliver all the support your company needs as far as monitoring your competition is concerned. In turn, Lokad is here to turn this data into better margins, better stocks and more growth depending on your strategic targets.
Interested? Just drop us an email, and we will make sure your setup goes smoothly.
We are seeking an awesome competitive price monitoring app that would be natively integrated into Lokad. Our goal is to offer a 1-click solution to Lokad-powered merchants to allow them to obtain their competitors' prices.
If you happen to know such a solution that you would like to see implemented in Lokad, don’t hesitate to forward this post to a relevant contact. If you happen to work in such a company, well, read on.
A bit of context
Lokad specializes in helping merchants to improve their prices and their stocks, the two challenges being fairly entangled in practice. In order to do this, we leverage advanced predictive analytics, packaged in a way that make them accessible even to very small companies.
What we don’t do, however, is to retrieve prices from competitors by directly crawling the web. Thus, many of our clients sent us their competitors' price data that they obtain from other software companies. Since competitive intelligence is a basic need in commerce, Lokad is ought to provide something better than Bring Your Own Data. However, it turns out that crawling the web is a very specific challenge: our existing technology would not help one bit.
As there are dozens of price monitoring solutions out there, let’s not reinvent the wheel. We would like to integrate one of these apps, the best we can find, into our existing solution so that competitive intelligence becomes a 1-click upgrade at Lokad.
Properties of the partnership
The partner gets a super-qualified sales channel: the Lokad user base. Other data challenges have already been taken care of, and prices are ready to be consumed.
The price monitoring app is an option available to all our users; and Lokad actively promotes this option not only on our website, but directly on our own app as well.
We don't expect this service to be free. We don't plan to interfere with what you, as a partner, charge our mutual clients either. Finally, we are not asking for revenue share.
The DNA of our awesome partner
We seek an awesome price monitoring app. Naturally, it would be in SaaS mode and subscription-based, but we feel it should also have the following properties:
- Free trial: technology is sufficiently automated to open up the possibility of free trials. For us, the absence of a free trial is a clear indication of consultingware solutions where the provider starts coding the day a client signs up for the service.
- Focus on scale: just about any coder can hack a price scrapping bot in a week targeting a small ecommerce; however, this does not scale. Our “dream” user experience: a merchant asks for “contoso.com” and more than a year of prices is already available; then, the merchant asks for a comparison with “frabrikam.com”, and within 60 minutes, the full comparative price list is compiled and ready for download.
- API: we are looking for 1-click integrations, well maybe a bit more than 1-click, but it has to be dead simple. Thus, Lokad needs to be able to programmatically interact with the app so that our users don’t have to deal with integration technicalities themselves. If no API exists yet, we expect our partner to provide an API when we start working together.
We are seeking a partner that thinks of their company as the (future) Google but for price search. If you are interested (or know someone who might be), drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few weeks ago, we announced our native support for Vend, a very nice POS app coming from New Zealand. Today, we are proud to announce that Lokad also provides native support for Unleashed Software, another great piece of software, and also from New Zealand!
Unleashed Software delivers a powerful inventory SaaS service, and thanks to their great API (Application Programming Interface), it is now possible to import all the relevant data into Lokad in one single click. Below, you can see the screenshot of the Salescast default view after importing data from the Unleashed demo account.
This connector is read-only. Lokad does not, in any way, modify the data that exists in your Unleashed account. This ensures that Lokad will not disrupt the activity of an account that is already used for production.
This connector is still in its early stages, so don't hesitate to get back to us if you notice anything that could be improved. Don't hesitate to give it a try too!
Shopify is one of the great online web store solutions available for small merchants. Shopify is distinctly rooted in a SaaS (software as a service) business model where not only the online store itself is SaaS, but all the add-ons provided by the community are also SaaS.
Today, we are very happy to announce the general availability of MoreForecast.com, an app dedicated to Shopify merchants, and intended as a bridge between Salescast and Shopify. Kudos to the Didisoft team for the development of MoreForecast.
The app supports the automated and scheduled data transfer from Shopify toward Salescast. With MoreForecast, your Salescast reports are always based on the most recent data available.
QuickBooks is the number one accounting software for small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and Canada. For years, we have received on-going integration requests to export QuickBooks data to Salescast, our inventory optimization web app. We tried a few methods; however those initiatives did not turn out practical nor provided the smooth user experience that we were hoping for.
During our exchanges with merchants over the last couple of months, Webgility was mentioned and praised for their QuickBooks integration solution called eCommerceConnector (eCC). We contacted the Webgility team, and worked closely with their developers to incorporate Salescast into eCC. Fast-forward a few weeks later, we’re happy to announce a new service for eCommerce merchants using Salescast and QuickBooks!
Webgility’s eCC now supports Salescast integration with their QuickBooks integration. By connecting their QuickBooks company file and Salescast account with eCC, merchants can automatically export store data from QuickBooks to Salescast to do forecasting. In addition, eCC connects with the online store(s) and automatically records sales transactions as a sales receipt/invoice in QuickBooks. It also synchronizes products, pricing and inventory across the online channels and QuickBooks. Now eCommerce merchants can easily track sales and products, manage their accounting and finances, and grow their business with informed forecasted data.
Today, Lokad has been announced as the Windows Azure Platform Partner of Year by Microsoft. This year, Lokad has been chosen among the nearly 3000 entrants worldwide for those awards.
This award recognizes Lokad for demonstrating innovation, competitive differentiation and customer value by using Windows Azure. The Microsoft Partner Awards recognize partners that have delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the last year.
The Lokad team is extremely proud of achieving this level of recognition. The last French company to get an equivalent award was Dassault Systèmes, the largest French software company and it was two years ago.
As outlined in our previous post, we have been working hard to really get the most of Windows Azure. We did not just port an existing technology toward the cloud, but we did re-design from scratch a cloud-native architecture.
Our ambition is to deliver the most accurate and most scalable forecasts of the market. Windows Azure has already demultiplied our efforts and the results we bring to our clients on a daily basis, but that's only the start. We firmly intend to keep up with the hard work to unleash all Windows Azure potential for the next generation of business analytics.