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Katana Cloud Inventory

Katana Cloud Inventory

What Is Katana Cloud Inventory?

Katana Cloud Inventory Platform offers a centralized view of your inventory to maintain optimal stock levels and avoid stockouts. Bring sales, purchasing, production, and accounting into a single platform for an overview of your daily operations and performance. Manage orders from all sales channels and track products available for sale in real time.

There’s also a Shop Floor App to work remotely with your team, batch tracking for total traceability, and automation for resources and reorders.

Who Uses Katana Cloud Inventory?

Manufacturers, retailers, and others looking to utilize the best software on the market for manufacturing, sales, and accounting and run it all from one user-friendly cloud inventory platform.

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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Reviews of Katana Cloud Inventory

Average score

Overall
4.6
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.7
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Jared
Jared
VP Operations in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Food Production, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

The MRP system I wish I'd always had

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: Katana's awesome, full stop. I've been working with manufacturing businesses for years, and for years I've lamented Xero's relatively weak inventory management system. Two years ago I tried literally every MRP app I could find to plugin to Xero; they were all pretty bad. Along comes Katana, which maybe was around earlier but was "new to me" just this year, and ... wow. Mostly, it Just Works. The Xero integration works seamlessly for bills and sales orders, which speeds AP/AR quite a bit. 90% of the tool's value is outside of Xero though, and I now have a permanently-pinned Katana tab in my browser for tracking everything in the production flow from raw materials purchasing, to production, to sale, to reconciliation of remaining materials and product stock. It's great. Is it perfect? Not quite. They need to do some performance work, as load times are often a little sluggish. Also, it would be nice to see finer-grained automation, and better contact syncing. But overall, I'm delighted.

Pros:

- It's really easy to use - Makes it easy to track materials on hand, reorder, etc - Calculates margin including labor cost - Xero integration works perfectly - Zapier integration makes it really flexible from an automation standpoint - Really lots of other stuff ... it's truly an excellent product and an outlier in a pretty clunky space.

Cons:

It can be a little slow, and the contact syncing could be more robust.

Rebecca
Owner in US
Food & Beverages, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Intuitive, Fast To Implement, and Beautifully Designed

5.0 3 years ago

Pros:

The user interface is clean and very intuitive, requiring essentially no time to learn. Some of the other MRP solutions we tried were difficult to navigate and use, and training on them would have been labor intensive and costly. Katana is beautifully designed, and the batch-tracking and inventory management is easy to adapt to our business (MRPeasy/ERPAG were very clearly not designed with food manufacturing in mind, so making them even remotely functional for that purpose felt like a bit of a fools errand, whereas Katana just works).

Cons:

While it is very user-friendly and it has the ability to track batches/lots (which is critical for us), we've had to develop workarounds to make it function the way we need it to -- it doesn't quite handle this the way I would envision it should. There are also some minor time wasters. If there's one simple feature I wish they would change, it's being able to type in the expiration dates rather than having to scroll through the calendar manually to select the correct date. This becomes so onerous when receiving multiple items on a PO and having to manually click through/scroll through the calendar to select the correct date as opposed to simply having a field that allows you to type in the date and move on.

Fabien
CEO in France
Health, Wellness & Fitness, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Stay Away from Katana

1.0 last week New

Comments: Stay away from this software. There are plenty on the market that won't try to rob you.

Cons:

Katana is one of these SAAS that looks pretty and attractive on the surface only to hide the worst possible customer policy, pricing plans and billing methods i have encountered in 15 years of professionnal digital experience. We are a small size company making ±1.5M€ in revenues. We choose Katana in 2021 as the functionalities at the time seemed to match our needs. The price was decent (199$ a month) and despite we felts like it was already quite a budget (±2400$ a year), we decided to subscribe. For a few month, things have been relatively fine despite frequents technical issues (front end lags, data not updated, locked order status, ...). Then came reality. Without a warning, Katana first increased the subscription to 349$. Ouch. You just lost 1800$ overnight. We really didn't appreciate that but all the manufacturing data of our company was inside Katana, our employees were trained and used to the software, so we swallowed the pill. A few month later, the subscription was up to 899$. Yes you read that right. Again, without a warning, without getting approval, they just start to bill your payment card with 899$ every month. You just lost another 7800$ overnight (per year, 23400$ for 3 years usage). Right there we have understood Katana trapped us. Katana's company hook you up with a sense of affordability only to charge astronomical price hikes whenever they feel like it. Despite the fact that this is highly irregular and most certainly illegal and fraudulent at least in Europe, the break of trust and the leverage made over the customer data is disgusting. Wait, it's not over yet ! Once you decided enough is enough and you can't give your data and your trust to a company acting like a MAFIA organisation, you migrate to another software (i really recommande MRPEasy for those wanting to leave or looking to a safe solution), and you cancel your subscription. And surprise (or not) ! Katana tries by any mean to charge you with another 1 month subscription (899$) after your cancel it. An absolute disgraceful method to squeeze any $ left in your wallet. The reality is that Katana is an highly unprofitable company established in Estonia that lost more than 7.5M$ for just 3.5M$ of revenues in 2022 (accounts are public, go check) and they desperately need to rebalance their accounts. They do not have that much customers, so they decided to go Kamikaze and raise prices until something breaks. Obviously, this is exactly the kind of chaotic experience you want to avoid to your company and your staff. Any service looking remotely unsafe should be kept far away from you manufacturing process and Katana definitely is one of them. I am not the only one with that experience, check out the other reviews on Capterra. (check how they will copy/paste a generic bullshit answer in the reply section, it will give you a sense of their level of concern ^^)

Annah
Sales Manager in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

The Influential and Determined Inventory Management

5.0 2 months ago

Pros:

Katana Cloud Inventory manages all the stock, and it saves on the process of procurement.

Cons:

Katana Cloud Inventory has all inventories recorded and results shared.

Chris
Manufacturing Manager in US
Renewables & Environment, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Most affordable MRP system for small manufacturers

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Katana has been extremely responsive with receiving feedback on the product and working in product improvements based on that feedback. There have already been multiple issues I had with the product early on that they have reacted to feedback on and implemented changes. Great customer service.

Pros:

I love the value. We were stuck using excel to manage our inventory for a long time because there were no affordable options until Katana came along. I am able to maintain accurate stock levels much more easily now.

Cons:

There are a few minor inconveniences that are small time wasters. One example is not being able to shift/ctrl click multiple items and drag them around as a group when reorganizing priority rank of manufacturing orders. Since we have multilevel subassemblies I spend more time dragging around manufacturing orders to organize the order I want them completed in and I could save some time if I could drag items around as a group.

Katana Cloud Inventory Response

5 years ago

Chris, thank you for sharing your experience with Katana!