The Covid-19 pandemic and extended lockdown in South Africa has challenged the continued survival of many businesses. Businesses forced to close and unable to follow “work from home” protocols suffered most, with employees hardest hit.
Ecommerce businesses such as Takealot were able to continue trading, albeit for essential goods only. Retailers such as Checkers were also key in delivering essentials, creating employment for its delivery team and keeping households functioning through the lockdown. This is an important takeaway – ecommerce businesses are at least somewhat insulated and the question that you should be asking for your business, is whether your products or at least a part of your services could be traded in an ecommerce environment.
If you are already using Xero Cloud Accounting, then the good news is that ecommerce is within reach due to API-driven integration apps and tools already available. Cloud solutions already exist for inventory management, development of the online shop and to manage payments. In this article, we touch on 3 apps to support your migration to ecommerce:
DEAR Inventory is an excellent inventory management tool.
Ecwid Ecommerce is the leading app for the development of an online shop.
PayFast is the preferred payment portal for SA ecommerce.
Our Cloud Accounting team is experienced in Xero and in the API integrations that the software supports. Working smarter and not harder is definitely possible using the correct tools for your business. Speak to one of our team members if your business is ready to enter ecommerce. Connect here.
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