I am new here so, first of all, greetings to all the thirtybees community and I hope you all are Ok these weird times...
I'm just evaluating thirtybees these days as the prospective platform for our small online shop: we've been using Opencart so far, but after some years we're now changing/renovating most of the stuff in the store (brands, packaging, etc.) and we're also thinking about improving the e-commerce solution we're using. I'm a computer scientist with little time to devote to it, and little knowledge about web technologies as well, as my expertise is in other fields. Anyway, I like to have control (and learn) of the technical part running the shop, so I usually assume all the infraestructure tasks related to our store (software stack, deployment, etc.).
My first impression with thirtybees after a brand new installation is quite positive. A quick and easy installation process. Now I'm having a look at the back and front office. I'm also evaluating how easy (and expensive if I need to hire some help...) would be a potential migration from OC (not a lot of SKUs, but lots of orders/customers history after more than 6 years).
Being honest, I'm not really sure about the change/migration. Before doing it I really need to be sure It'll be a real improvement in the shop, at least in some aspects. Among the main reasons why I'm thinking in leaving Opencart are the chaotic development and opaque roadmap of the project, at least in my opinion. Since the marketing expert we've hired to help us with the shop renovation is mostly a Prestashop expert, I reached this project (thirtybees) that I didn't know so far. As a free software zealot I like community-driven projects, and I read bad things about Prestashop in that sense, so I decided to give thirtybee a try!
Sorry for the long introduction, I'll try to be more concise now about the current doubt I'am asking for in this message :-)
How do you, people in the thirtybees community, manage to have multiple cost prices (wholesale price in thirtybees backend) per SKU?
I mean, maybe I have 25 items I bought with price X, but now my provider has increased the price so I have items with different cost prices in the same SKU. Tracking these changes in a proper way is needed to help us to track real profit (and when doing tax-related bureaucracy)
A similar problem would be use-by/expiration dates: different items in the same SKU have different expiration dates. Looking for this here I found this unanswered question:
How do you usually manage all these inventory management related issues in thirtybees.
We've being doing it manually so far, using spreedsheets, but we'd rather to improve our workflow now and automate some things.
I think we just need to include a sort of batches/sets list per SKU (I'm not familiar with inventory management terms in English, so sorry if these terms sound weird. I would say "lote" in Spanish), with specific information for each of then: provider, cost price, best-before, etc. With some more information (and tables) we could even have the whole provider orders workflow management.
How do you manage all this stuff? External software sharing database with your e-cart software (thirtybees in this case)?
Thanks in advance and sorry for being so verbose... O:)