About Katana

Katana is a visual manufacturing ERP that gives you total visibility over all the moving parts of your business. Real-time master planning features allow manufacturers to monitor all vital business processes and operations in one centralized platform. Katana also integrates with leading e-commerce, accounting, CRM, automation, and reporting service providers like Shopify, WooCommerce, Xero, QuickBooks Online, Salesforce, Zapier, and Integromat, among many others. You can also create custom workflows using Katana's open API.

<b>Live inventory management</b> — Set up reorder points and prioritize sales and manufacturing orders to optimize your material and product inventory. Track the availability of raw materials and finished goods in real-time. Katana follows stock movements across your entire production cycle in multiple warehouses, allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels everywhere. 

<b>Real-time master planning</b> — Katana automates raw material and product allocation for efficient sales order fulfillment. Katana adjusts your production schedule according to demand, aligning your manufacturing operations to ensure maximum efficiency.

<b>Total shop floor control</b> — Optimize and monitor floor-level operations in Katana's Shop Floor App. Easily create, set up, and remove shop floor operators and receive real-time floor-level insights to easily track manufacturing costs and productivity based on your product recipes or bills of materials (BOMs) and production operations.

<b>Omnichannel order management</b> — Manage your made-to-order and made-to-stock workflows in tandem. Katana supports e-commerce and B2B operations and integrates with a wide range of CRM and e-commerce tools to streamline order fulfillment.

<b>End-to-end traceability</b> — Batch tracking for manufacturing, purchasing, and sales orders, ensures industry compliance and visibility when it comes to tracking your perishable stock. Get end-to-end traceability for your products and materials at all stages of your product lifecycle. 

<b>Visual and intuitive</b> — Katana's color-coded platform allows you to easily stay on top of your business vitals, from sales to manufacturing operations. Get a quick and accurate overview and help when you need it through our Knowledge Base and live support team. You can also enlist the help of a Katana Partner for help with implementation, automation, and more.

Pricing starting from:

USD 99.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Katana

  • Stay on top of your inventory, from raw materials to finished goods. Katana automatically tracks stock movements across the production cycle and multiple warehouses, allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels at all locations.

  • Automate all tasks associated with your master production schedule with Katana’s real-time master planner to streamline your entire manufacturing process. Katana tracks inventory in real-time, automatically allocating available materials and finished products to fulfill orders. You can also prioritize your schedule based on demand.

  • Build BOMs and track material availability for make-to-order workflows or fulfill the order from available product stock. Let Katana make automatic inventory adjustments, calculate operational costs, and assign raw inventory, subassemblies, and finished goods to orders as soon as they’re generated.

  • Use Katana's barcode scanning features to quickly identify products and materials and keep track of items and batch numbers when receiving, consuming, or counting goods.

  • Sync sales orders from multiple channels into a single platform to plan and prioritize production. Track the status of manufacturing orders at multiple locations and inventory levels at different warehouses.

  • Batch or lot tracking allows you quickly track and trace all your materials and products with ease. Batch and expiry date tracking give you the end-to-end traceability you need to stay industry compliant.

  • Get a simplified but complete overview of the status of your manufacturing operations. Easily manage your resources, set tasks for team members, and monitor the progress of projects.

  • View production task and ingredient list by task and take your floor-level operations to the next level with Katana's Shop Floor App. Easily create, set up, and remove shop floor operators, track the time spent on a task with Start, Pause, and Resume options, and track real versus actual materials used.

  • Automate workflows via seamless integrations with popular e-commerce and accounting platforms, like Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Amazon, eBay, Xero, QuickBooks Online, and more. Take advantage of other integrations via Zapier, and build your own custom workflows with Katana's open API.

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    Markets

    Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Albania, Curaçao, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Brazil, Bahamas, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Spain, Finland, Faroe Islands, France, United Kingdom, Grenada, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Croatia, Haiti, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Isle of Man, Iceland, Italy, Jersey, Jamaica, Japan, St. Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, St. Martin, North Macedonia, Martinique, Montserrat, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Poland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Paraguay, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, San Marino, El Salvador, Turks & Caicos Islands, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, South Africa

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    USD 99.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Katana: 89

    • API
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Automated Scheduling
    • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
    • Barcode Printing
    • Barcode Recognition
    • Barcoding/RFID
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Bills of Material
    • CRM
    • Capacity Planning
    • Cataloguing/Categorisation
    • Change Management
    • Channel Management
    • Check-in/Check-out
    • Contact Database
    • Cost Tracking
    • Customer Accounts
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Synchronization
    • Discount Management
    • Document Management
    • Drag & Drop
    • Forecasting
    • Inventory Auditing
    • Inventory Control
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Optimization
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Item Management
    • Job Costing
    • Kitting
    • MES
    • Manufacturing Inventory Management
    • Marketplace Integration
    • Material Requirements Planning
    • Mobile Access
    • Mobile Commerce
    • Monitoring
    • Multi-Channel Management
    • Multi-Channel Marketing
    • Multi-Currency
    • Multi-Location
    • Multi-Store
    • Order Entry
    • Order Management
    • Order Tracking
    • Planning Tools
    • Prioritization
    • Product Identification
    • Production Management
    • Production Scheduling
    • Production Tracking
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Purchasing & Receiving
    • Quality Control
    • Quality Management
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • Real-time Updates
    • Receiving Labels
    • Reorder Management
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Retail Inventory Management
    • Returns Management
    • SKU/UPC Codes
    • Safety Management
    • Sales Orders
    • Scheduling
    • Search/Filter
    • Serial Number Tracking
    • Shipping Management
    • Shopping Cart
    • Status Tracking
    • Stock Management
    • Supplier Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Task Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Traceability
    • Warehouse Management
    • What-if Analysis
    • Work Order Management
    • Workflow Management
    • eCommerce Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5
    (124)
    Value for Money
    4.7/5
    Features
    4.4/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.9/5

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    Jared H. Jared H.
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    • Industry: Food Production
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The MRP system I wish I'd always had

    Reviewed on 25/03/2021

    Katana's awesome, full stop.

    I've been working with manufacturing businesses for years, and for...

    Katana's awesome, full stop.

    I've been working with manufacturing businesses for years, and for years I've lamented Xero's relatively weak inventory management system. Two years ago I tried literally every MRP app I could find to plugin to Xero; they were all pretty bad.

    Along comes Katana, which maybe was around earlier but was "new to me" just this year, and ... wow. Mostly, it Just Works. The Xero integration works seamlessly for bills and sales orders, which speeds AP/AR quite a bit. 90% of the tool's value is outside of Xero though, and I now have a permanently-pinned Katana tab in my browser for tracking everything in the production flow from raw materials purchasing, to production, to sale, to reconciliation of remaining materials and product stock. It's great.

    Is it perfect? Not quite. They need to do some performance work, as load times are often a little sluggish. Also, it would be nice to see finer-grained automation, and better contact syncing. But overall, I'm delighted.

    Pros

    - It's really easy to use
    - Makes it easy to track materials on hand, reorder, etc
    - Calculates margin including labor cost
    - Xero integration works perfectly
    - Zapier integration makes it really flexible from an automation standpoint
    - Really lots of other stuff ... it's truly an excellent product and an outlier in a pretty clunky space.

    Cons

    It can be a little slow, and the contact syncing could be more robust.

    Alternatives Considered

    Zoho Inventory, NetSuite and MRPeasy

    Reasons for Switching to Katana

    It's easier to use, it's priced right, and it gives you what you need without a bunch of stuff you don't. Perfectly tailored for SMB/SME manufacturers.
    Rebecca R. Rebecca R.
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    • Industry: Food & Beverages
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Intuitive, Fast To Implement, and Beautifully Designed

    Reviewed on 26/10/2021

    Pros

    The user interface is clean and very intuitive, requiring essentially no time to learn. Some of the other MRP solutions we tried were difficult to navigate and use, and training on them would have been labor intensive and costly. Katana is beautifully designed, and the batch-tracking and inventory management is easy to adapt to our business (MRPeasy/ERPAG were very clearly not designed with food manufacturing in mind, so making them even remotely functional for that purpose felt like a bit of a fools errand, whereas Katana just works).

    Cons

    While it is very user-friendly and it has the ability to track batches/lots (which is critical for us), we've had to develop workarounds to make it function the way we need it to -- it doesn't quite handle this the way I would envision it should. There are also some minor time wasters. If there's one simple feature I wish they would change, it's being able to type in the expiration dates rather than having to scroll through the calendar manually to select the correct date. This becomes so onerous when receiving multiple items on a PO and having to manually click through/scroll through the calendar to select the correct date as opposed to simply having a field that allows you to type in the date and move on.

    Alternatives Considered

    ERPAG, Fishbowl and MRPeasy

    Reasons for Switching to Katana

    Katana is a great small business solution that I can easily see growing with us. Fishbowl is cost-prohibitive (and honestly at this point, I'd rather just use Katana). MRPeasy and ERPAG are not as well designed and don't work well as a food industry solution -- they made simple tasks feel like running through a maze. The developers at Katana did a beautiful job of creating something intuitively designed that works well across multiple industries while also making it as clean and aesthetic as it is functional. It's a pleasure to use. I've noticed that they also seem to be regularly implementing improvements and updates, which is awesome. Customer support is friendly and responsive. Highly recommend.
    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    I dont understand all the great reviews

    Reviewed on 05/09/2019

    Pros

    The interface is intuitive. The pricing seems okay.

    Cons

    This software is seriously lacking features. For all those who wrote reviews saying they love the software, I want to know what industry they work in and how they use the app. It doesnt offer very basic features. You can't bulk edit, you literally need to upload an excel sheet if you want to change several products. There are no images for your products. How does it not support images? This is basic database stuff. And currently, you can only manufacture items from one location! Who's rating this software as great?!

    Response from Katana MRP

    As a fast growing software, we understand the concerns you have with Katana. At our current development speed, all of the mentioned lacking features are made available by the end of this year. Hope you will give us another chance!

    Quoc viet N. Quoc viet N.
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    • Industry: Automotive
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The simplest mrp system.

    Reviewed on 06/10/2021

    We can easy to get COGS, quickly in make decision for make or buy.
    Implement is simple and quickly .

    We can easy to get COGS, quickly in make decision for make or buy.
    Implement is simple and quickly .

    Pros

    Clear process: Order fulfillment, Purchasing, Manufacturing and Inventory Control.

    Cons

    Don't have kitting BOM (Combo product).
    Format of Currency is bad, it's difficult to read.

    Alternatives Considered

    ERPNext

    Reasons for Choosing Katana

    Easy, simple and focus on MRP.

    Switched From

    Odoo

    Reasons for Switching to Katana

    Simple and Very focus, easy to connect with Shopify and Quickbook.
    Paul M. Paul M.
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    • Industry: Consumer Goods
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Very Useful

    Reviewed on 22/03/2021

    The overall experience has been excellent so far. Katana has helped us transition away from using...

    The overall experience has been excellent so far. Katana has helped us transition away from using spreadsheets to track our manufacturing operations and really professionalise our processes. It's an integral part of our everyday operations.

    Pros

    Katana has multiple features which have very useful in improving our manufacturing processes. The ability to create recipes for each product has been a huge help for us as we have quite a lot of raw materials in each finished product.

    The Shop Floor app has been brilliant for us to track production/assembly time more accurately. This has been a great help in pinpointing an accurate cost per unit.

    Cons

    The only aspect that hasn't met our expectations so far has been the batch tracking feature. This is an excellent feature and one that would be so helpful for us. However, we need it to work automatically with our Shopify orders and at the moment sales orders can only be attributed to particular batches if you fulfil them on the Katana dashboard. We need this to happen automatically when our Shopify orders are fulfilled.

    Alternatives Considered

    Orderhive

    Reasons for Switching to Katana

    Katana was much more suited to our needs in terms of the receipt creation features for each product. The interface was also much simpler than the alternative products we considered.
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    Katana offers the following pricing plans:

    Essential plan from $99 a month. Pro plan from $299 a month.

    Katana has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

    Katana supports the following languages:

    English

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    Katana integrates with the following applications:

    BigCommerce, Easy Insight, Ecwid, HubSpot CRM, Integromat, Magento 2, Magento Commerce, Pipedrive, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Salesforce Platform, Shift4Shop, Shopify, Squarespace, SyncHub, Wix, WooCommerce, Xero, Zapier

    Katana offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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