Friday, April 19, 2013

Free Warehouse Management and Inventory Software

Everyone who has worked in a warehouse or shop knows that it's not an easy task to keep track of all the products, deliveries, sales and payments, especially if you are doing it by hand or in Excel. At some point the need for a specialized warehouse and inventory management software arises. Fortunately, developers have taken care of this need and there are hundreds of warehouse and inventory management software products over the Internet. Generally, all of them can be divided into two categories: those that have every single feature you can think of, but they are a bit copmlex to use and may cost a fortune, and those that offer only the basic set of features a warehouse owner needs, but are easy to use and inexpensive or even free. If you are after the second type and you are looking for a free warehouse and inventory management software that is both easy to use and offers all the features you need to keep track of your warehouse inventory, payments and billing, then you've come to the right place, as I'm going to review one such software product.

Vladovsoft Sklad's Logo

Vladovsoft Sklad is an easy to use, free warehouse management software that can help you keep track of your warehouse inventory and customers, make deliveries, sales, payments and so on. All of this comes with a pleasant user interface and in a small package (the installer is only 1 MB in size).

User Interface

Warehouse Management Software
Main Screen
Inventory Management
Products Page
Warehouse Charts and Reports
Charts and Reports

When you start the program for the first time you will have to enter your company details. After that the login screen will open, where you should enter your username and password. The default ones are "admin", "admin". You can change them later. After you log in, the main screen of the program will open (take a look at the screenshot to the right). It consists of a well organized set of buttons that gives you access to the programs main features. The buttons are self-explanatory, but if you have any difficulties, you can always click the <Help> button and check out the documentation. Long story short, the <Products> button will let you enter and edit the products in your warehouse and attach a photo to each or only some of them. If you want to edit the products, your customers, employees or any other type of data you can take advantage of the <Database> button.

The <Payments> button gives you access to the delivery, sale and payment forms and the <Reports> button provides you detailed reports to anything that has happened in your warehouse. Simply choose the time period you are interested in, select the option "Report Generator..." and configure the report according to your needs. It's worth mentioning that you can export every report and table to a large variety of file formats such as Access, Excel, XML or even to HTML as an interactive web page ready to be published online, here's an example. You can click a column title to sort the table by that column.

Last but not least, you can use the <Modules> modules to get access to some modules that expand the functionality of the program even further. The ones that come preinstalled with the free version of Vladovsoft Sklad are the currency converter and the charts module. If you want additional functionality, you can purchase more modules, such as invoices, inspections and statistics modules. The list of commercial modules is available at the modules page.

Pros

  • You get a lot of features free of charge
  • Very easy to use
  • Very lightweight - the installer is only 1 MB in size
  • Well optimized - runs fine even on 10-year old computers
  • Lets you make unlimited number of sales and deliveries
  • Provides a large set of predefined and custom reports and charts
  • 100% clean - the program does not install any malware, spyware, browser toolbars or plugins and does not change you browser's homepage as many other free software products do
  • Rich export capabilities - lets you save you reports in various popular file formats (Access, Excel, XML, in HTML as interactive web pages, etc.)

Cons

  • The free version has a limit of 25 products and services
  • Some of the more advanced features such as invoices, inspections and statistics are only available in the paid version
  • Lacks network support, i.e. you cannot connect several instances of Sklad to each other

 

Conclusion

In the ocean of warehouse management software products Vladovsoft Sklad is clearly one of the golden fishes. The program offers many useful features that can help you manage your warehouse with ease. It has won numerous awards from respectable websites and portals and the best part - it is free and does not include and type of malware as many other free software products do. People that need more functionality are covered, too - a commercial version that offers many additional features is available. To get Vladovsoft Sklad you can visit its official web page or directly download it from the following link:

Download Sklad (990 KB)

3 comments:

  1. Excellent!! Actually such kind of free inventory and warehouse management software is really useful for small businesses. Thanks a lot.

    ReplyDelete