Sage 50 & QuickBooks are head-to-head competitors in the small business accounting software environment. Sage 100 is a more robust accounting software for the mid-market that can scale with growth. All three do standard accounting functions to track revenues & expenses to generate financial reports. Which product is best for your business is determined on specific features that help improve efficiencies within your business.

Inventory is the heartbeat of all distribution, manufacturing and most service based business’s. Controlling inventory costs, availability and turns is extremely important to profitability.

This chart is an over-view to show the major differences in inventory functionality and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of features.

All three products handle inventory & each has its strengths & weakness. The chart below shows the key differences.

Feature sage50
Sage 50
Sage 100
Costing method Fifo, Lifo, Average & Serialized Average 1 Fifo, Lifo, Average, Standard & Serialized and Lot Tracking
Price Levels Yes, maximum of 10 Yes, multiple Yes, multiple. Can be item specific, customer specific, product line Specific, Contract Pricing by Customer or any combination.
Timed Sales Promotions NO Yes Yes
Discounts No specific function (volume discount available in Quantum) Yes, various flexible options Yes, numerous options.
Serial # tracking Yes Yes, with Advanced Inventory. Yes
Lot tracking No specific function Yes, with Advanced Inventory. Yes, tracking by Lot #
Volume discounts Simple schedule – specific product. Variety of schedules by product or order. Yes, by customer, product, or item
Volume purchase cost discounts NO NO Yes, by Vendor
Track Product Vendors 1 only 1 only Yes, unlimited
Vendor Part Numbers 1 only 1 only Yes, by Vendor
Bar coding Yes, specific fields Advanced Inventory Module includes Bar Code Scanning for Data Entry Yes, additional modules required
Assembly & Bill of Materials Yes Yes Yes. Can be complex & multi-level. Also support Phantom Bills
Sub-assemblies Yes, manual build Yes Yes, set up automatic build
Auto-build sub-assemblies No specific function Yes Yes
Auto-build assemblies from sales invoice (kitting) NO Yes (enterprise only) Yes
Multiple Warehouses No specific function Yes, Limited. Transfer inventory from one location to another with Advanced Inventory. Yes, multiple options
Costing by Warehouse NO NO NO
Location tracking within warehouse Yes, simple protocol Yes, simple protocol. Track specific Bins with Advanced Inventory Yes, multiple options
Custom fields Maximum of 5 Maximum of 20 Unlimited
Re-ordering stock Set minimum & reorder quantity Set minimum & maximum quantity Various methods supporting min, max, reorder points, and economic order qty.
Negative Inventory 3 System allows, must manually adjust. 2015 version includes option to prevent System allows, must manually adjust. System has various reports to reconcile negative inventory. (Serialized and Lot can not go negative) Security by user can be set to prevent exceeding quantity on hand during entry.
Units of measure (UOM) Yes Yes Yes. Support multiple UOMs.
Buy & sell in different units of measure Yes, Yes, Yes
UPC/SKU Build-in field Optional customized field Yes
Master & Sub-stock items – set up attributes. 2 Yes, primary & secondary attributes. i.e. Size & color combinations NO feature Add-on Module
Manufacturing functionality simple assembly & light manufacturing Kits & light manufacturing Full MRP & manufacturing functionality.
Track Warranty info Simple schedule No specific feature Yes
Pay Commission Rates by Item NO NO YES
Landed Cost NO NO YES
View inventory item status from (1) screen, Item Maintenance or Item Inquiry No No Yes, including warehouse QOH, available, Purchase orders, sales orders, work orders, and receipts. This info is also available through S/O Line Entry, P/O Line Entry, and BOM Detail entry.

1 – QB Advanced inventory offers FIFO for an additional subscription

2 – Master & Sub-stock items – example. You sell T-shirts, they come in various colors & sizes. Master stock feature allows you to set up the attributes – size & color. The system generates all the combinations of those 2 attributes.

3 – Negative inventory – each system handles this issue differently. User must understand the how the software handles, to prevent costing problems.

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