Whether you're just starting your business or already have a business that is wholesale, retail, or a combination of the two, any product-based business owner knows that your inventory is your business. That's why having a dependable, simple inventory management app is so important.
If you’re not paying attention to where your inventory is, how much you have available, re-ordering needs, inventory financing, and so much more, you can easily be wasting your money on products no one wants while missing opportunities to offer the products your customers are most excited about.
The 23 best inventory management apps
Stockpile by Canvus
Cin7 Inventory & POS
Zoho: Inventory Management Software
Inventory Control with Barcode Scanner
myStock Inventory Manager
Partender: Bar Inventory Software
Asset & Inventory Tracker
Goods Order Inventory
Fortunately, an explosion of inventory-related technology means that there are more inventory management apps on the market than ever before, offering custom options sure to fit any business’s needs. The only problem is… which ones do you choose?
We’re breaking down our 23 favorite inventory tracker apps to help you select the best fit for your operation.
The top inventory management apps on iOS, Android, and desktop
Although Apple’s iOS used to dominate the inventory management app landscape, strong inventory management apps for Android have quickly emerged too. These apps are all made for your smartphone, available in Apple’s App Store and Google's Play Store, and more. Many also include integrations with a variety of accounting, point of sale, and other business software applications to ensure that supply line insights are available at every point within your company.
1. Stockpile by Canvus
Online download Price: Free
This is a completely free web-based option for your inventory management to kick off our list of the best inventory management apps.
Basic inventory tracking
With Stockpile by Canvus, you'll be able to import and add inventory, track stock counts, take returns, track inventory turnover, and more.
Cloud-based software Veeqo syncs with popular ecommerce platforms like Magento, Shopify, Etsy, Amazon, eBay, and UPS. Much of this software's functionality is available through its mobile app, allowing you to manage your business remotely.
Multichannel inventory tracking across your stores, sites, and marketplaces in real-time
Ecommerce platform and marketplace integrations
Shipping features for printing labels, parcel tracking, and barcode scanner picking for packaging sales
Schedule a demo Price: Plans range from $59 per month to $499 per month
Ordoro's inventory management plans come with other benefits like discounted USPS shipping rates and a number of integrations.
Track and sync inventory and sales
Create and fill purchase orders
30-day free trial Price: Free; or paid plans start at $49.99 per month per user
This is another great free inventory tracker option for your business: Delivrd is also a web-based service that you can get a free account with. That free plan is very limited, though, only allowing 10 products and one user and location.
If you want to upgrade to a paid plan, Delivrd's most popular plan is $49.99 per month per user and it includes unlimited inventory and order management. For even more capabilities, you can choose the plan above that, which is $99 per month per user and also comes with ecommerce fulfillment services.
Barcode printing and scanning
Pick, pack and ship
Profit and loss reporting
Sortly's free plan is only for one user, but you can upgrade to the Advanced or Ultra plan to add three or five users, respectively. Any changes or updates to your system can be made through the free Sortly app, allowing you to manage inventory remotely. Sortly is designed to be used intuitively without a tutorial but customer service is offered for any questions.
6. On Shelf
On Shelf takes your inventory management a step further through the use of customer-specific tracking. By tracking customer history, the app allows you to see a customer’s purchase history, mail specific products to buyers, import contacts, and contact all your customers.
Be aware that there are two apps, each designed for iPad or iPhone, and that cloud backup service is an additional monthly cost. Pricing depends on the length of subscription and the number of synced users but is still within the lower-than-average price point of the most functional apps we found.
Highlights most and least profitable items
Searchable time frames
Data import from another system or spreadsheets
7. Inventory Now
The interface of Inventory Now is designed to be a non-flashy way to keep track of your inventory through the product cycle. The barcode scanning function allows for easy addition of new products, as well as pairing with PayPal Here to replace your point of sale system. Data can be imported and exported as a spreadsheet, as well as automatically backed up to your existing Dropbox account.
Track product lifecycle
Barcode scanner support
Category, subcategory, and location details
8. Cin7 Inventory and POS
Request a demo here Price: $299 per month and up for iOS, Android
This inventory management system from Cin7 comes with a ton of bells and whistles. Cin7 integrates with the ever-popular QuickBooks accounting software, as well as Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and Magento ecommerce systems. The iPad app and compatibility with Bluetooth barcode scanners allow you to keep track of inventory and update your online store so that you’re never caught overselling inventory.
Automated purchase orders
Reporting and forecasting
Inventory location management
9. Zoho Inventory
Zoho offers four different subscription plans depending on the number of orders and warehouses your business manages. This straightforward inventory management software allows you to integrate major ecommerce accounts including Amazon, eBay, and Shopify, as well as manage and track stock and orders.
Synced inventory across sales platforms
10. Inventory Control with Barcode Scanner
Available for iOS Price: Free to download, then $9.99 for Premium or Ultimate plans
Like many of its competitors, the Inventory Control app offers customizable fields, easy data exports, in-app reports, and user-friendly sorting options. An interesting feature of this barcode scanning-capable program is that it is built to keep track of inventory across several locations and has options for multiple languages or currencies.
Offline mode is a great option if WiFi service or data plans can be difficult to access, but keep in mind that taking the app offline will put a major dent in the storage on your device.
Stock list and value reports
EAN and UPC barcodes
Support for multiple currencies
11. inFlow On-Premise
Made for Windows Price: Plans range from $0 to $799
Another great free inventory tracker is inFlow On-Premise, which is locally hosted. You'll need a Windows computer if you want to use the locally hosted version of the service, or you'll have to use the Windows version through Parallels, an adaptation software.
Data stored locally on a single computer
Unlimited items with Regular and Premium license
This inventory app is great for those who use QuickBooks due to the integration it offers. The price is based on how many concurrent users you plan to have using the app and then it's a one-time purchase. You'll have to work with Fishbowl directly for a quote though.
Barcode scanner setup
13. myStock Inventory Manager
Available for Amazon Price: $4.99, demo available
This is a great value for small- and medium-sized companies using multiple operating systems. The features make the software ideal for small and medium-sized businesses that have multiple locations.
Inventory management for multiple locations
User-definable product categories
14. Partender: Bar Inventory Software
Fans of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue will already be familiar with Partender. This inventory management app—created specifically for bars—allows you to adjust the content level of each bottle in your bar’s inventory on the screen with a simple sliding bar, and then quickly swipe to the next bottle. This speedy (and fun) method also allows you to split up work amongst multiple devices to quickly track usage. Partender boasts a significant reduction in product “shrinkage” compared to counting inventory from your register each night.
Usage analysis to identify stagnant stock
Comprehensive cost and profit analysis
Quick purchase order creation
Sliding bar measurement for content level
15. Asset & Inventory Tracker
This inventory management app is designed for Ventipix Asset software. Compatible with mobile device barcode/QR code scanning, as well as external scanning, it also allows for uploading or taking photos as part of asset profiles.
The Asset & Inventory Tracker app works offline and will sync when an internet connection is available and has convenient spreadsheet import and export options when you need your information available outside the app.
Manage inventory, including transfers, stock-retakes, and reduction
Manage deliveries and goods received or dispatched
Asset check-ins and outs
16. Stock Control
Available for iOS Price: Free; in-app purchases
Stock Control allows you to stay on top of your inventory levels and value across multiple locations, as well as multiple groups. This comes in very handy when you’re managing inventories for a couple of different businesses or if you keep track of personal inventory but want it separate from your business.
Item listing and location sorting
Transfer data to any iOS device
Easy search tools
17. SOS Inventory
SOS Inventory’s software was designed specifically to integrate with QuickBooks Online. The user experience was designed to mimic the setup and operation of QuickBooks Online so that users can easily learn the software, and SOS Inventory comes recommended by the Intuit team.
QuickBooks Online integration
Sort and filter options
This is another free inventory management option from the developers of Fishbowl, but you have the option to upgrade to a paid version if you want unlimited locations, items, and transactions. Similar to SOS Inventory, Boxstorm is designed specifically for QuickBooks Online users and can be used on iOS and Android devices. The free version will limit you to one user and one location, though.
Add 15,000 items
Import and export data
Sales and purchase orders
Move items between locations or warehouses
Available for iOS Price: $0 to $99 per month
If you only need 100 records and one user, then the free version of SalesBinder may be a good option for you. If you have greater inventory management needs, though, the web-based inventory management app does offer paid plans that offer additional capabilities.
SalesBinder's free version does, however, come with some pretty advanced inventory management tools.
Entering, organizing, and filtering along with custom packages
Track shipped orders
Create purchase orders
Unlimited locations and warehouses
20. Goods Order Inventory
With options for mobile, desktop, and web-based access, the Goods Order Inventory app is versatile but with a quote-based pricing model, it is likely on the pricier side. However, with custom pricing, this also means businesses of various sizes can likely find a solution that works for them.
Multiple platform options
Easy sorting and filtering
Multiple location capabilities
Convenient reporting options
21. Trade Gecko
Available for iOS Price: Starting at $39; 14-day free trial
TradeGecko’s inventory tracker system allows you to track inventory across multiple locations, including your online store, as well as keep track of your customer accounts and information. The interface also makes it easy to search and filter your inventory and to assess the state of your current stock.
Syncing across warehouses
Access to Zonal shipping rates
Work with multiple currencies
22. Cashier Live
Available for iOS and web browser Price: $75 per month per store; 14-day free trial
The Cashier app is part of the larger suite of subscription-based services offered by Cashier Live. The app lets you keep track of and input new inventory either manually or through barcode scanning. The expanded options that come with Cashier Live services include customer tracking and extensive reporting options, as well as easy integration with QuickBooks accounting software.
Barcode scanning or unique codes
Inventory management and tracking
Manage your store and inventory from anywhere
Create purchase orders in the app
The inventory management app Odoo offers a double-entry invoicing system to track every stage of your inventory's movement. Plus, Odoo offers plenty of additional business management apps, including CRM, invoicing, POS, and more. Users say that this service gives them all of the tracking they need and it's easy to use. And by pairing this inventory management app with other services in the Odoo family, you can create a customizable service for your business.
Double-entry inventory system
Order points and automated RFQs
Assessing your inventory management needs
You now have 23 inventory management apps to consider, so how do you choose the best one for your business?
Consider the following factors and weigh them in order of importance to discover exactly which inventory tracker apps are the right fit for your company’s needs:
Number of users
This first one should be simple: How many users will need access to your inventory management app?
Be sure to include not only yourself, but also anyone filling or counting inventory, and maybe even your accountant. A good inventory management system can be useless if the right people don’t have access. Keep in mind for many of the options above, additional users come at a cost.
Volume of inventory
The amount of inventory you have on hand—both now and in the future—will dictate the level of sophistication needed from your inventory management app. As you assess this, it’s critical that you think not just about today’s inventory, but also that you consider the long-term needs of your business.
Will the inventory management app you choose be able to grow as your business does, or at least be able to quickly export to a different app in the future? The last thing you’ll want is to have to manually re-enter all your inventory when you reach a point beyond the capability of your current system.
Type of inventory
In some cases, the type of inventory you’re working with might dictate which inventory management apps you choose.
For example, we featured a few apps above that are specific to the food services field, so those will be clear frontrunners if you work in that industry. If temperature control or freshness are significant factors in your inventory management, look out for inventory tracker apps that feature location and time-in-stock reporting.
As with all things, the different levels of features and capabilities within different inventory management apps can come with a pretty wide variety of price tags, so it’s important to consider what you’re willing to spend.
That said, keep in mind that if a slightly more expensive inventory management system saves you time that would otherwise be spent manually tracking your inventory, you could still be saving money in the long run.
With applications for mobile devices, most everything falls into the category of either iOS or Android. Although we did feature a few web-based apps here that could theoretically work on any device, it’s worth considering the equipment you already have when reviewing your options—unless you’re in the market for new equipment as well.
Do you need your inventory management app to communicate with existing systems, like your accounting or timekeeping software? If so, pay attention to the available software integrations to find your best option.
Of course, it’s likely that not all inventory tracker apps will offer all the exact features you’re looking for while being offered at your ideal price point, so it’s important to prioritize your needs to find your best option. Can you live with fewer user accounts if the price is right? Are you willing to make equipment changes to find the perfect product?
By knowing exactly what you need (and what you can and can’t compromise on), you’ll be prepared to hone in on the perfect inventory management system for your business.
The bottom line
Even when your inventory options get narrowed down by budget or industry, it can still feel like a lot of choices to sort through before you make a commitment. It might be hard to see now, but when you have your new system in place and running smoothly, it will have been worth the energy finding the right inventory management app for your business.