Katana Cloud Inventory

4.6
Overall rating
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4.6
Overall rating
Reviews
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About Katana Cloud Inventory

Katana's Cloud Inventory Platform gives you live insights into sales, purchasing, and production to maintain optimal inventory levels in real time. Easily manage incoming orders from all your sales channels and issue purchase orders directly from Katana to ensure restocking at the right time and in the right quantities. Define your bill of materials and operations for optimized production scheduling and get a task-level overview and live shop floor insights with the Katana Shop Floor App. Seamlessly integrate Katana with your e-commerce, accounting, and other business software to automate repetitive tasks and get real-time visibility over your daily operations and business performance.
With integrations for sales, accounting, and shipping, you can run your business using the best software for you and your team without added manual work. There’s also our Shop Floor App to work remotely with your in-house team, batch tracking for total traceability, and automation for resources and reorders. You can even use barcode scanning to stay on top of stock takes and minimize physical paperwork with digital alternatives across your business.
Here are a few more of the features Katana offers to make manufacturing management simpler:
Real-time inventory insights - Access real-time inventory data for informed decisions, proactively preventing stockouts and overstock. Gain complete visibility into product locations, arrivals, and quantities, ensuring efficient operations and precise stock control.
Built-in purchase order management - Make informed purchasing decisions based on precise material requirements and reorder points. Issue purchase orders directly from Katana and track delay risks to meet customer demand.
Omnichannel sales management - Centralize all your B2B and B2C sales orders in a unified platform to quickly identify available items for sale and significantly optimize your order fulfillment process, leading to improved operational efficiency.
Manufacturing operations management - Define your bill of materials and operations to optimize production scheduling, maintain optimal levels of raw materials and finished goods, and accurately track manufacturing costs for streamlined production.
Financial visibility and cloud accounting - Streamline data transfer between systems, effortlessly convert purchase orders to bills, generate and update invoices based on sales order statuses, and synchronize inventory value in real time for precise costing.
Visual and intuitive - Katana's color-coded platform allows you to easily stay on top of your business vitals, from sales to manufacturing operations. Get a quick and accurate overview and help when you need it through our Knowledge Base and live support team. You can also enlist the help of a Katana Partner for help with implementation, automation, and more.
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Define your bill of materials and operations to optimize production scheduling, maintain optimal levels of raw materials and finished goods, and accurately track manufacturing costs for streamlined production.
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Access real-time inventory data for informed decisions, proactively preventing stockouts and overstock. Gain complete visibility into product locations, arrivals, and quantities, ensuring efficient operations and precise stock control.
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Centralize all your B2B and B2C sales orders in a unified platform to quickly identify available items for sale and significantly optimize your order fulfillment process, leading to improved operational efficiency.
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Make informed purchasing decisions based on precise material requirements and reorder points. Issue purchase orders directly from Katana and track delay risks to meet customer demand.
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Streamline data transfer between systems, effortlessly convert purchase orders to bills, generate and update invoices based on sales order statuses, and synchronize inventory value in real time for precise costing.
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Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Define your bill of materials and operations to optimize production scheduling, maintain optimal levels of raw materials and finished goods, and accurately track manufacturing costs for streamlined production. - thumbnail
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Access real-time inventory data for informed decisions, proactively preventing stockouts and overstock. Gain complete visibility into product locations, arrivals, and quantities, ensuring efficient operations and precise stock control. - thumbnail
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Centralize all your B2B and B2C sales orders in a unified platform to quickly identify available items for sale and significantly optimize your order fulfillment process, leading to improved operational efficiency. - thumbnail
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Make informed purchasing decisions based on precise material requirements and reorder points. Issue purchase orders directly from Katana and track delay risks to meet customer demand. - thumbnail
Katana Cloud Inventory Software - Streamline data transfer between systems, effortlessly convert purchase orders to bills, generate and update invoices based on sales order statuses, and synchronize inventory value in real time for precise costing. - thumbnail

Katana Cloud Inventory pricing

Katana Cloud Inventory does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial. Katana Cloud Inventory paid version starts at USD 179.00/month.

Starting Price:
USD 179.00/month See pricing details
Free Version:
No
Free trial:
No

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Katana Cloud Inventory Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.4
Functionality
4.2
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Support
4.7
5 reviews of 168 View all reviews
Joshua
Joshua
  • Industry: Warehousing
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 19/05/2020

The best for small manufacturing

Pros

KatanaMRP has really helped me know what to order, and when to order it, as well as plan what comes next in manufacturing. It even lets me add time to tasks in production so I can monetarily make sure employees are being efficient enough for my company to remain profitable.

Definitely recommend. I wish I would have found them sooner.

Cons

Sometimes the app logs me out and I have to put the information in twice.

Alternatives Considered

Cin7 Core and Odoo

Reasons for Choosing Katana Cloud Inventory

ease of use and training of users

Switched From

Cin7 Core

Response from Katana Cloud Inventory

Thank you for the feedback and support!

Replied 02/06/2020
Klaus
  • Industry: Machinery
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 21/08/2020

First Impression KATANA - perfect fit for smaller companies which do not need a complex...

For our requirements, set-up and company size the best we could find and test!
We will manage inventory/warehouse with 5000+ items, handle products with ingredients & operations, edit quotes, generate sales orders and mark received orders as shipped for automated invoice generation in Quickbooks. The cloud-based concept and the reduced complexity combined with an intuitivbe operatzion makes this SW easy to install and to work with if you have a team in different geographic locatioopns (as we have).
Set-up of KATANA is absolutely simple, mostl yself-explanatory and can be done by any "power-user" without need of (expensive) external ERP-consultants.

Pros

Handling of inventory, items, products, ingredients, sales orders - all this is handled in a very efficient, clear and easy to use way. Makes the difference compared to many alternative MRP-/ERP-systems.
Connector to QuickBooks with automatic trigger for invoices in QB once the products are marked as shipped in KATANA.
Connector to Shopify for on-line sale of spare parts.
100% helpful and open minded customer service - very helpful in helping to understand all features and finding the best workflow for specific situations.

Cons

There are some functions/features which need improvement, e.g. the customization of documents such as Quotations so every company can generate a set of individual template to serve different areas (machines, spare parts, service,..). 3-5 custom fields for Quotes/Sales Orders/Products would be helpful. Althoug KATANA is intended to be a MRP-system it would be helpful to integrate SERVICE-articles (not only MAKE or BUY articles). This would allow to add a possible service portion to a spare parts quote.
Dedicated Delivery Notes (with partial shipments) would be a great feature.

Alternatives Considered

Dynamics 365 and Sage 100

Reasons for Choosing Katana Cloud Inventory

Due to a downsizing in manufacturing we decided to look for a faster, more flexible, less complicated MRP-system which is cloud-based and would have good and propven interfaces to a standard accounting SW and to an on-line shop (spare parts).

Switched From

Dynamics 365 and Sage 100

Reasons for Switching to Katana Cloud Inventory

Simplicity with at the same time well covered basic features, ease of use, intuitive, cloud-based.

Response from Katana Cloud Inventory

Thank you! Glad you are getting value out of Katana.

Replied 28/12/2020
Alan
  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
2
Features
3
Ease of Use
3
Customer Support
2

3
Reviewed on 09/04/2024

Started off good, but pricing has outpaced quality.

I started out paying $128/month for this software in 2019, and that jumped to $388 in 2021. Now in 2024, that price has increased to $399, BUT they took away several features we had become reliant upon and put them into separate "add-on" packages at $199 EACH—bringing my monthly all the way to $797! Something as simple as being able to label a part number with a bin number for easy retrieval was taken out and put into a "warehouse" bundle with other features that we don't use, so now all that work that was put into cataloging our parts has been erased.

I was considering keeping these add-ons, but their serial number system doesn't work very well at all. I continually had to reach out to support to get them to fix things, but that often involved a lot of head scratching on their part and then instructing me to basically undo a redo completion of certain tasks to get a desired outcome (which didn't always work). I think these add-ons are overpriced—you can get serial number tracking from Zoho for $80/month, but they expect us to pay $199/month for just an add-on. If their add-on features worked reliably I might have continued paying.

I am currently trying other platforms, and I will be ditching this vendor as soon as I am able.

Pros

Before using Katana, I was doing everything manually. I can't express how reliant I have become on MRP software.

Cons

They have increased prices by 523% since we started using this service. Bugs are ever-present, and they take existing features away to put behind a behind a paywall.

Response from Katana Cloud Inventory

Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback with us. We truly value the insights from users like yourself and are saddened to hear that recent changes in our pricing and service structure have not met your expectations.
It sounds like the transition from manual processes to using our MRP software has provided significant benefits for you, and we regret that our recent pricing adjustments and restructuring of features have overshadowed this experience.
The decision to adjust our pricing was made after careful consideration and analysis, aimed to support the continual growth of our features and services, so we provide increasing value long-term.
Changes like these can be challenging, we’re here to support you every step of the way whether that be staying with us or transitioning away to another software as you mention you might.

Feel free to reach out directly to us at [email protected], or of course via in-app chat.
The team at Katana

Replied 26/04/2024
Lukas
  • Industry: Import & Export
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
1
Features
3
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 09/03/2024

Great for sales and quotes, not so much for inventory.

Pros

Great user interface, very easily operable.

Cons

Pricing is getting worse. Basic functions disappear and appear later as a paid add on for hefty monthly fee.

Response from Katana Cloud Inventory

Thank you for your feedback! We'd like to assure you that all updates to our pricing model were based on evaluating our customers' needs and providing customisability to specific business needs, as our top priority is continuing to deliver top-notch services and unparalleled value and support.

Replied 14/03/2024
ELLOWYN
  • Industry: Consumer Goods
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
5

4
Reviewed on 06/09/2019

Great choice for small manufacturer

I tried several different MRPs before settling with Katana. Some were too clunky, others too expensive, complicated and elaborate. I felt a bit like Goldilocks. Katana was just right. Reasonably priced. Integrating with Quickbooks and Shopify was simple and efficient. The set up was fast. I no longer have to duplicate data entry onto multiple systems. This saves me times and I don't lose track of orders or inventory. I especially like the instant chat feature with their customer service reps. I can leave a quick message or screenshot of a problem and within a day or so, I have a response back and my problem resolved. No need to hire an expensive consultant, anyone could set up Katana and run it.

Pros

Very simple user-interface
Was able to set it up quickly and efficiently
Continual feature upgrades
Simple integration with Shopify & QuickBooks
Very responsive customer service
Detailed, but not overwhelming

Cons

The upload from Excel was clunky and not helpful. It was faster to just enter in the data directly.
There are features I look forward to having but that are not currently available. I know their team will be releasing them in the next year.

Alternatives Considered

ERPAG

Reasons for Choosing Katana Cloud Inventory

Odoo is a beautiful all-in-one platform that seemed to be the perfect solution to tying my entire business together. However, it doesn't "play" well with Shopify and social media platforms which both are essential to my business. Any customization requires an extra fee each month plus the cost of the custom 3rd party app. Set up was complicated and when I needed help, I was pressed to pay $10k for a customer service package. For a small business, that's a lot to shell out. If I were a large company and could pay to have it all set up and administered correctly, I'm sure Odoo would be an excellent choice. But for a one-woman show, it was just too much to juggle.

Switched From

Odoo

Reasons for Switching to Katana Cloud Inventory

Erpag was about the same price at the time and had a few extra features that I liked (barcode integration for example), but the user interface was just really clunky. It reminded me a lot of my days in 90's Windows. Lots of tabs and block colors. When I added a demo set of data in, it didn't seem too difficult to use, but it just wasn't intuitive to me.

Response from Katana Cloud Inventory

Thank you for the feedback!

Replied 10/09/2019

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