TradeGecko is a web based inventory management application designed for businesses looking to work smarter. It combines three key features:
- Inventory management provides a clear picture and easy way to control your stock.
- Sales management brings together multiple sales channels such as e-commerce, wholesale & distributor orders into one place.
- Customer management keeps customer (and supplier) details and communications all in one place.
Who is it for?
TradeGecko is used across many industries – if you need to track stock, manage customers and orders or sell through multiple channels, it is worth checking out. TradeGecko already has customers in industries as varied as gas and oil to jewelry and apparel.
Today for Australia we’ve released an update that gives you more power when it comes to payroll reporting. Retrieving the right information when you need it is key to good payroll administration. With this release, we’ve completely rebuilt our reporting framework and increased the number of reports available from seven to fourteen.
So what’s new?
Viv Brownrigg is a New Zealand accounting industry leader who spends her time helping accountants work more effectively with their clients. At Xerocon in February, she spoke about there being too many poor performing firms, who are stagnating or have declining revenues.
Conversely though, the accounting firms at the top end of these KPIs are doing extremely well. They’re growing, attracting new clients like you wouldn’t believe and exploding their business advisory revenues to boot. So the opportunity is there to not just overcome poor performance but to turn it into great performance.
Viv specialises in turning firms into great firms and she starts by asking accountants one key question: What would your clients say if you asked them to summarise your job description? Would they say that you do their accounts and keep the IRD away? Or would they say that you’re a key part of their business, advising them of opportunities and warning them of pitfalls on a regular basis? More importantly, what would you rather hear them say?
By making it so more clients give the second answer rather than the first, accountants can really change the way they do business. That’s what Viv and her organisation The Accountants’ RePublic specialise in doing. They help accountants get the most out of available technology and move on to more collaborative relationships with their clients.
Right now they’re putting together RePublic 2013, a series of one-day events where they’ll show accountants how to break free of the misconception that their only purpose is to take client numbers.
Rob Dixon, owner and founder of UK based franchise Joineryworkshop.com, switched himself and his franchisees to Xero a year ago. Since then, he’s doubled turnover – and he attributes a lot of that to the fact that Xero gives him better visibility over his business and more time to work on growing his business.
Financial visibility over the franchisees is key for a franchisor. Working in desktop software restricted his financial visibility because he never had an accurate view of his cash position. After all, his figures may tell one story, but without up-to-date data from his franchisees, that story wasn’t really complete.
Last November at the inaugural Accountex exhibition in London, I was pleased to finally bump into a bit of hero of mine, Paul Dunn.
Paul has been banging the drum for change and innovation in the global accountancy profession for decades and so therefore it’s no surprise that Xero and Paul quickly formed a mutual appreciation society and many of the concepts and ideas that Paul shared in his 2003 book, “The Firm of The Future” are being adopted by forward thinking firms today.
After the amazing reception Paul received from his audience of a couple of hundred accountants at his keynote in November, I got chatting with Paul about the prospect of Xero sponsoring some extra events in the UK.
And so we did.
Later this month (April 23rd, 24th & 25th) Xero is hosting three half-day Paul Dunn keynotes in London, Birmingham and Manchester. I should say that while Xero is sponsoring these free events, aside from a brief intro from us these are not Xero brainwashing events per se.
Here’s what Paul has to say about them.
Microsoft has again called time on Windows XP with a 12 month countdown till support expires. They note the 11-year old operating system is still on almost 14% of computers in New Zealand, or half a million PCs, and to be fair they’ve released a variety of upgraded operating systems since.
I admit to being a hold-out at home with an old laptop that probably can’t handle the new systems – but I have other Apple computers to choose from as well so I’m running that one to the ground.
However, in the business space the support and security of computers is critical and we can sympathise with Microsoft in wanting to be shot of XP – there’s been a lot of technological development in that 11 years, not the least of which has been in the whole app concept and the cloud.
With Xero’s exposure to the small business sector, it’s worth pulling up our stats to see what is happening with XP and other operating systems. We have data sourced from Akamai – a snapshot of the past three months hits to the Xero application, excluding traffic to our mobile application and excluding traffic to our mobile domains from devices such as iPads. We presented earlier data in an October blog post as well so we can compare the two.
First up we can see that Windows XP is 15.41% of the traffic, headed off by the dominant Windows 7 at 52.93% and Mac OSX on 19.67%. Windows 8 has made an appearance on 3.64%, behind Windows Vista on 5.12%. It’s a drop for XP from 21.77% in October, while Windows 7 is up slightly and Vista is slightly down.
Michael Wood, co-founder of Receipt Bank - Xero UK Add-on Partner of the year in 2012 - stopped by our UK office last week for a conversation (audio here) with me about the fast growing Xero Add-on Partner community.
Of particular interest to me was how Receipt Bank’s partnership with Xero meant that their original UK focussed business plan could quickly broaden to encompass Australia and New Zealand (and soon, the US) and in doing so, earned them the distinction of being possibly the first ever London based technology start-up to open their second office 11,000 miles away from the first one!
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Many accountants will be familiar with Dennis Howlett, the UK IT finance commentator who describes himself as “never knowingly underopinionated.” He recently popped into our Melbourne office to meet some Australian Partners and talk about how they’re using Xero in their practices.
What’s really interesting is how they’re using Xero in such different ways. One partner is offering clients benchmarking services, another is using Xero to let accounting grads spend more time with clients and another still is targeting American clients from Australia. Take a look at the video to see what they had to say:
Well not quite yet, but we have taken the first step by opening a new Los Angeles home for our Southern California team.
The new office is a stylish and convenient shared creative space called WeWork located in downtown Hollywood. The space is filled with a range of tenants from filmmakers and production companies to social media entrepreneurs and innovative tech startups.
The www.xero.com marketing site is offline due to an issue at our hosting provider.
There is no impact to the Xero applications however if you normally go to www.xero.com to login you should use login.xero.com.
UPDATE (7:00am GMT): The marketing site is back online. Our apologies for any interruption.
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