Let’s be honest. Being productive is hard. When planning for a new collection, merchandisers often have to manage levels of stocks, assess sales performance of different categories, and attend multiple meetings with suppliers, all within a particular timeline. Luckily, several productivity tools and software can help you stay focused and ready for upcoming launches. 

To help you do this, we have curated five of the best productivity tools to save time, automate your workflow, and most importantly, keep you on track.

1. Calendly

G2Crowd Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (993 Reviews)

Calendly is a free appointment scheduling tool that makes it a breeze to set up and confirm meetings. Whether it’s eliminating the back and forth between other departments to align on internal goals or trying to find time to meet with the suppliers, Calendly will coordinate everything that happens before and after your appointment. All you have to do is set your availability and meeting mode. 

Calendly can integrate with other platforms such as Zoom, Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Slack, Zapier, and more.

2. Zapier

G2Crowd Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (715 Reviews)

If you’re working with a lot of data, you can understand how tough it can be to organize everything into one platform. With Zapier’s help, you can automate almost anything that slows you down. With its user-friendly interface, you can build your desired workflow without knowing how to write code. 

Zapier is easy to navigate and can support more than 2,000+ apps, such as Google Ads, Bigcommerce, and Shopify, which are apps you may be already using.

3. Loom

G2Crowd Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (111 Reviews)

With over 9 million users, Loom has become an essential software for remote working communication. Instead of going through the hassle of finding the right words for an email, use Loom for a quick and easy way to record your message. For example, if you have any urgent matters to raise with your suppliers or want to quickly update your team about a specific brand’s performance, you could record a Loom to communicate all this!   

Loom can be integrated into Salesforce, Slack, Zendesk, and downloaded as an extension on Google Chrome.

4. Grammarly

 G2Crowd Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (965 Reviews)

Grammarly offers real-time suggestions to help fix grammatical errors, word choice, sentence structure, and many more. As a result, Grammarly enables you to produce work that reflects professionalism in half the time it usually takes. For example, have you ever sent an email to your supervisor only to realise your grammar mistakes after sending it? Grammarly enables you to catch those mistakes and amend them before it is too late. 

Grammarly can be used on a browser or downloaded as an extension on Google Chrome.

5. Notion

 G2Crowd Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (204 Reviews)

Notion serves as a virtual workspace that combines notes, docs, project management, and wikis. Besides its simple to use interface and easy sharing options, Notion also provides its users with a ton of templates. In particular, merchandisers can utilize the timeline and goal planning templates for upcoming collection planning or seasonal budgeting.

Notion can be synced between mobile devices and desktops or any other device. 

6. BONUS: Omnilytics

 G2Crowd Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (52 Reviews)

Omnilytics does the heavy lifting in monitoring the performance of various eCommerce websites and their products. In just a few clicks, Omnilytics can help you perform market research, conduct comparison shopping, and achieve use cases, such as identifying the best-selling price, categories, and colour. 

In addition, Omnilytics has recently launched Internal Intelligence, which can be integrated directly into your Shopify and Google Analytics console. Once integrated, all sales data can be viewed in a single platform, so you can spend less time downloading and handling multiple different reports. 

Visit our Knowledge Base or YouTube Channel to learn about different use cases. Alternatively, reach out to your respective Client Success Manager at clientsuccess@omnilytics.co on integrating Omnilytics into your current workflow.

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