today off-the shelf "MC parts store" software (obviously not of best buy shelf though ) i'm aware of does not offer all this functionality you talking about. true , it is technologically posible but thats means someone with higher IT education (and higher salary) needs to be there and custom build it (and maintain later) for a given store, which means significant money investment.Tank,
Dude I totaly disagree. I write access databases for fun and profit. I can integrate bar code sacnning to update a SQL database the using PHP or XML would update the web site to show correct levels of inventory. Shoot my little brother eats SQL query language for lunch and ****s out data sets. The technology is out there and with microsoft small busness server 2007 and other components any e-busness can maintain current stock levels, track shippments, and order replacment stock allowing them to run the busness correctly.
again, just because the retailer doesnt have that in stock does not mean you can't possibly get it within a week of your order - it happened, i've seen it. in this case indicating "0" inventory would not help represent true availability as even though retailer doesn not have it in hand the customer still gets it in reasonable time (and "reasonable" for me means less then a week) so to be at least somewhat close to accurate retailer has to have visibility on the stock of his numerous/various ditributors. possible? yes. but IMO not going to happen for at least some time.What is at issue is that these "e-tailers" as you put it have no back end they maintain 0 stock level and then pass them selves off as a distributer. Some day some one will get a bug up there ass and seak litigation and change how these fly by night outfits opperate.Im not bashing u tank I appreciate your comments but the technology is out there and if we as consumers do not stand up and say WTF we can expect more of the same poor service we are getting now