In this article we’ll look at the benefits of integrating your Sage Accounting Software with an eCommerce system like WooCommerce in order to streamline your business. Should you integrate Sage to WooCommerce or not? You decide:
- What makes a “traditional” store difficult to run manually?
- Does customer satisfaction increases with integration?
- Can you free up time to focus on growth areas with Sage WooCommerce Integration?
- Technical: How Sage WooCommerce integration works
1. What makes a “traditional” store difficult to run manually?
WooCommerce stores, while online/digital, require quite a lot of maintenance to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Stock & price needs to update from Sage to WooCommerce, new products need to be manually added as and when they need to appear, and every order that is placed on WooCommerce needs to be hand-captured in Sage Accounting.
If this information is not kept up to date, your store will become unreliable and shoppers will have a negative experience.
2. Does customer satisfaction increases with integration?
When a customer browses your store, notes what is available at what price, if they complete the purchasing process, they’re expecting the product to be delivered, and anything otherwise will be a major disappointment. This is why Sage integration with WooCommerce is critical to the success of your WooCommerce store – the user experience is greatly improved as the stock, price and orders syncing through mean there’s no chance of errors, ever!
3. Free up time to focus on growth areas with Sage WooCommerce integration
With a Sage integration to WooCommerce, the aim is to reduce the time you spend manually loading product data from Sage into WooCommerce and rather on growing your business.
We estimate a WooCommerce store that receives 500 orders a month and has 2000 product codes that change regularly spends 43.5 hours a month managing WooCommerce.
Sage WooCommerce integration saves you 100% of that time, for only a small fee per month – head on over to Storehub.io pricing page to see your options.
4. Technical: How the Sage WooCommerce integration works
The Sage to WooCommerce integration works in 2 ways:
Cloud Integration: Using an online accounting suite like Sage Business Cloud, Storehub.io uses an API to sync key product and customer information through from Sage Business Cloud to your WooCommerce store. This is incredibly stable, and because all your key data is kept online, it’s all recoverable in the event of anything happening to your WooCommerce store or Sage Business Cloud Accounting.
Data syncs approximately every 1 minute from Sage Business Cloud to WooCommerce, and orders back from WooCommerce to Sage every 1 minute as well.
Server/Desktop Integration: In order to integrate Sage 200 Evolution or Sage 50cloud or Sage 100cloud, a sync module from Storehub.io needs to be installed. During this installation process, the SDK needs to be active/present, as well as firewalls unblocked for the sync app.
The sync interval can be set by you at a specific interval, and depending on how frequently you want the WooCommerce store to sync with the accounting software, may set this interval to 2 minutes or even 30 minutes. Stock, price and product data are synced from Sage to WooCommerce, and order information is synced back to Sage.
Orders are easily trackable in Sage due to the order reference number that WooCommerce generates and is captured on the “order reference” field in Sage.
To save many hours in store management time per month, sign up for a Storehub.io account here