Supply chain software developer BizSlate has opened its small business platform to testing by e-retailers before it officially launches later this year.
BizSlate has been developing a supply chain management system with the help of a committee of small business managers for the past 11 months. The service has reached its second testing stage and is still on track for a 2012 release. The software allows small to midsized retailers and distributors to test and buy individual modules around supply chain operations, ERP (enterprise resource planning), order management, and accounting.
Retailers can now try the test version of the whole system free for 10 days.
The platform, which Chief Executive Officer Mark Kalman said is aimed at companies in the $1 million to $200 million annual revenue range, is designed to work with products that are prevalent in the small business community, such as Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software.
Through input from small businesses, Kalman said the company has made processes like repeated and seasonal data entry easier, and allowed for automatic document and field generation, mobile support for applications, and online order support.
These efforts build on the company’s April launch of a small and midsized business-focused ERP system. The company said the ERP system has reduced processing time by as much as 90 percent compared to alternative solutions.