Back-end Accounting Integration for Your Shopify Store

A guest article by Lauren Macdonald, Marketing Specialist at eBridge Connections. They deliver powerful, cloud-based accounting and ERP integration solutions that automate vital business processes and eliminate the need for manual data entry.

“My Shopify store has been very successful and on average I’m receiving 200+ orders per month. This is great news, but I’m having a hard time keeping up. Too much manual data entry is resulting in a backlog of data that is causing slow order processing and long shipping delays. My customers are getting frustrated!”

Sounds familiar? You’re not alone!

The good news is, your success doesn’t have to result in a heavy workload on your data entry hire. With an integration solution between your Shopify/Shopify Plus store and your accounting/ERP application, your business can run a lot more smoothly and efficiently.

Rather than bury your employees (or yourself) in data entry (especially on busy online shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday), consider a back-end accounting integration solution to automate your order processing and speed up your business. You’ll be able to sell more easily, more accurately, and more quickly. Time is money, folks!

How accounting integration works

A universal connector sits in the middle of your Shopify and accounting/ERP system (i.e. NetSuite, SAP, Sage, Microsoft Dynamics, Epicor, QuickBooks, etc.) and seamlessly transfers data, back and forth between the two.

As orders come in through your Shopify (or Shopify Plus) store, they’re automatically populated in your accounting/ERP system and inventory levels are adjusted accordingly. Shipping and tracking information can also be integrated between the two systems and sent back to your customer via your Shopify store to eliminate the need for manual data entry and increase the efficiency of your order fulfillment process.

Why choose a universal connector? The reason for a universal connector is simple.

Over time, your business will grow and adapt, and when it does a universal connector will be able to adjust along with you and continue to transfer your important business data.

If you upgrade or change your accounting package, for example, or decide to sell on Amazon or eBay in addition to your Shopify/Shopify Plus store, you can simply add or remove ‘connectors’ in your integration solution to fit the changing needs of your business. You may even wish to integrate a CRM application, like Salesforce. Or, perhaps you want to sell your product on the shelves of big-box retailers like Walmart or Home Depot. If so, an EDI integration solution can be added to a universal platform to easily make this happen for you.

Here’s a quick visual showing what a universal integration solution might look like for a Shopify store owner who wants to integrate their Shopify store with their NetSuite ERP, their Amazon store, their Salesforce CRM application, and also sell their product on the shelves of Target:

The benefits of a universal back-end accounting/ERP integration solution speak for themselves:

  • Eliminate manual data entry and avoid costly errors from re-keying data
  • Increase the speed of order processing and fulfillment and create happy customers
  • Upgrade your accounting/ERP system or add connectors (marketplaces, EDI, CRM) with ease
  • Free up time and resources to focus on other high priority areas of your business and save the data entry to the pros!

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