Xero and Bigcommerce now talk to each other, making it easier for online retailers to keep on top of their bookkeeping.
A key part of Xero's strategy has been to concentrate on core accounting functions while providing good APIs to enable integration with functions handled by other (usually cloud) systems.
The latest example is that Xero and Bigcommerce are jointly providing a free integration between their accounting and ecommerce systems. This basically eliminates any need for the sometimes error-prone manual transfer of data, saving time and providing a real-time view of a business's position.
Orders, taxes, refunds, discounts, and customer and shipping information can be synced between Bigcommerce and Xero, and the setup process is said to require just a few mouse clicks.
"I rely on Bigcommerce and Xero every day, and now I can easily see how my business is doing in one place without having to worry if the information is up-to-date," said Robert Gilbert, CEO of Florida-based K9 Nutraceutics. "As a business owner, there are always a dozen things that require your attention. I'm glad I can take manual financial entries off the list."
Chris Ridd, managing director of Xero Australia, said "Xero's accounting software is powerful when it's connected to other core business services like Bigcommerce. This integration is free, easy to access, and gives online retailers a complete picture of their critical sales data and finances, enabling them to grow their business quickly and seamlessly."
Tim Schulz, chief product officer of Bigcommerce, observed that business owners want to focus on sales and marketing, not finance and technology integrations. "This integration will bring peace of mind and free up time and money to spend elsewhere - a significant value for resource-constrained retailers."
Xero recently launched its own mechanism for sending reminders about unpaid invoices (a feature previously only available from add-ons) and added support for Apple's D Touch technology to the Xero app for iOS.