SkuBrain now has a Brightpearl integration. This means that Brightpearl users can configure SkuBrain to fetch sales history
and stock availability data directly from their Brightpearl ERP system.
To hook SkuBrain up to Brightpearl, simply enter the details of your Brightpearl account in the ERP integration settings for
your SkuBrain project.
There’s a “Test” button on that page so you can double check everything works.
Having done that, an “Import from Brightpearl” button will then be available from the sales dashboard, so that you can import
Brightpearl sales history for use in demand forecasts.
And when you create stock plans (a.k.a. inventory optimization reports), SkuBrain will pull stock levels and availability down
directly from Brightpearl. The only thing you need to provide is lead times for the products that you sell (which are used when
calculating how much inventory you need to purchase in order to avoid a stock out).
In Brightpearl, products can potentially be obtained from multiple suppliers, so rather than specifying the lead time per supplier
you specify the lead time per “Brand”.
On the radar
The Brightpearl integration is shiny new and there are still a couple of things left to do.
In particular, at the moment the only way to use stock plans is to export these to CSV files. These CSV files contain reorder
levels and quantities for each SKU or SKU/warehouse combination (if your forecast hierarchy includes the Outlet attribute), which
could be imported back into Brightpearl using a data import map… however that all sounds like a lot of work, so the plan is to
build a “Push to Brightpearl” button on the Stock Plan that would let you push reorder levels and quantities from the stock plan
directly back up to Brightpearl without having to fluff around with CSV files.
Additionally, Brightpearl supports webhooks which we’ll use
to import new sales orders from Brightpearl, so that you can see how sales are tracking against your forecasts in real time!