Katana

Smart and Visual Manufacturing & Inventory Software

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Katana Overview

What is Katana?

Katana is the #1 modern manufacturing & inventory software for scaling businesses. Automate your workflows with Katana’s visual interface and smart auto-booking engine, which allows you to prioritize orders and see the availability of raw materials & finished goods in real-time. Easily create bills of materials for your products and their variants, gain multichannel inventory visibility and floor-level control. Seamless integrations with Shopify, WooCommerce, QuickBooks and more.

Visual dashboards support efficient production planning, allowing users to track orders, processes and delivery deadlines, as well as set priorities and manage tasks. Within the sales and purchasing modules, users have centralized access to a sales grid, alongside sales and purchase order management tools. The sales grid provides a complete overview of the sales order fulfillment pipeline, allowing users to track sales order status and manage material availability.

Katana's warehouse management module facilitates automatic inventory management, real-time inventory control, and stock level optimization. Optimal stock level calculations help users make informed procurement or manufacturing decisions. Portfolio features include product and material cards, variants, production recipes (bill-of-materials), and production operations (routing) management. Bill-of-materials, batch tracking and routing technology allows users to track costs and quantities of materials automatically, as well as calculate costs related to production labor accurately.

To enhance business operations, Katana supports a number of integrations with eCommerce platforms, such as Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and Magento, as well as accounting software, including Xero and QuickBooks. Instantly connect your favorite apps to Katana MRP with Zapier, to skyrocket your productivity.

Katana Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$99.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Essential plan - from $99 per month
PRO plan - from $299 per month


Katana Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and 3 others, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

Media

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Katana Reviews

Katana Reviews

Overall rating
4.8
/
5
Excellent
66

Very good
17

Average
0

Poor
1

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.7
Features
4.4
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Support
4.9
99% recommended this app
Joshua P.

The best for small manufacturing


Klaus K.

First Impression KATANA - perfect fit for smaller companies which do not need a complex...

For our requirements, set-up and company size the best we could find and test!
We will manage inventory/warehouse with 5000+ items, handle products with ingredients & operations, edit quotes, generate sales orders and mark received orders as shipped for automated invoice generation in Quickbooks. The cloud-based concept and the reduced complexity combined with an intuitivbe operatzion makes this SW easy to install and to work with if you have a team in different geographic locatioopns (as we have).
Set-up of KATANA is absolutely simple, mostl yself-explanatory and can be done by any "power-user" without need of (expensive) external ERP-consultants.


Samantha W.

Highly Recommend!

We love it. We use this app to help with our growing business. It has made it so easy to keep up with reordering and be able to manage inventory between two stores! The Katana team makes it so easy to use and offer a lot of help! Highly recommend!


Verified Reviewer

I dont understand all the great reviews


Scott C.

Brilliant System

Frees up time. Accurate stock levels. Easily see where in the manufacturing process a job is


Joshua P.
Industry: Warehousing
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The best for small manufacturing

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 19/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

KatanaMRP has really helped me know what to order, and when to order it, as well as plan what comes next in manufacturing. It even lets me add time to tasks in production so I can monetarily make sure employees are being efficient enough for my company to remain profitable.

Definitely recommend. I wish I would have found them sooner.

Cons

Sometimes the app logs me out and I have to put the information in twice.

Response from Katana MRP

Thank you for the feedback and support!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Klaus K.
Industry: Machinery
Company size: 2-10 Employees

First Impression KATANA - perfect fit for smaller companies which do not need a complex ERP-system

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 21/08/2020
Review Source: Capterra

For our requirements, set-up and company size the best we could find and test!
We will manage inventory/warehouse with 5000+ items, handle products with ingredients & operations, edit quotes, generate sales orders and mark received orders as shipped for automated invoice generation in Quickbooks. The cloud-based concept and the reduced complexity combined with an intuitivbe operatzion makes this SW easy to install and to work with if you have a team in different geographic locatioopns (as we have).
Set-up of KATANA is absolutely simple, mostl yself-explanatory and can be done by any "power-user" without need of (expensive) external ERP-consultants.

Pros

Handling of inventory, items, products, ingredients, sales orders - all this is handled in a very efficient, clear and easy to use way. Makes the difference compared to many alternative MRP-/ERP-systems.
Connector to QuickBooks with automatic trigger for invoices in QB once the products are marked as shipped in KATANA.
Connector to Shopify for on-line sale of spare parts.
100% helpful and open minded customer service - very helpful in helping to understand all features and finding the best workflow for specific situations.

Cons

There are some functions/features which need improvement, e.g. the customization of documents such as Quotations so every company can generate a set of individual template to serve different areas (machines, spare parts, service,..). 3-5 custom fields for Quotes/Sales Orders/Products would be helpful. Althoug KATANA is intended to be a MRP-system it would be helpful to integrate SERVICE-articles (not only MAKE or BUY articles). This would allow to add a possible service portion to a spare parts quote.
Dedicated Delivery Notes (with partial shipments) would be a great feature.

Response from Katana MRP

Thank you! Glad you are getting value out of Katana.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Samantha W.
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Highly Recommend!

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 16/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

We love it. We use this app to help with our growing business. It has made it so easy to keep up with reordering and be able to manage inventory between two stores! The Katana team makes it so easy to use and offer a lot of help! Highly recommend!

Pros

Ease of Use
Easy Implementation
Customer Service
Reorder Options

Cons

I wouldn't say this is a con- but we are really excited for the bar code scanning option they plan to roll out in 2021!

Response from Katana MRP

Thank you for your review! We are excited to have you as a customer.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Retail
Company size: 2-10 Employees

I dont understand all the great reviews

Used Other for Free Trial
Reviewed on 5/09/2019
Review Source: GetApp

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!

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 2.0/10

Scott C.
Industry: Furniture
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Brilliant System

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 16/12/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Frees up time. Accurate stock levels. Easily see where in the manufacturing process a job is

Pros

Brilliant. Katana has transformed how we managed stock and control manufacturing. The best part is it is simple without unwanted extras that take as much time to maintain as a manual system. Katana is efficient and fast. Integrates well with Xero and Shopify. Highly recommended.

Cons

AMobile App would be brilliant but not essential

Response from Katana MRP

Thank you for the review and happy to be growing with you!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.2/10
Based on 84 user ratings
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Katana Pricing

Katana Pricing

Starting from
US$99.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Essential plan - from $99 per month
PRO plan - from $299 per month

Essential plan - from $99 per month
PRO plan - from $299 per month

Value for Money
4.7/5
Based on 84 user ratings
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Katana Features

Katana Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customisable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4.4/5
Based on 84 user ratings
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Additional information for Katana

Additional information for Katana

Key features of Katana

  • API access
  • Accounting
  • Activity management
  • Advanced floor level features
  • Automated inventory level updates
  • Batch & serial number tracking
  • Cost & quantity tracking
  • Customer & supplier contacts
  • Discount management
  • Invoicing & payments tracking
  • Kitting
  • Knowledge base access
  • Manufacturing & production planning
  • Manufacturing costing
  • Manufacturing execution
  • Manufacturing grid
  • Material availability management
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Multi-currency support
  • Multi-level production recipes
  • Multi-location support
  • Multi-warehouse support
  • Order tracking
  • Portfolio management
  • Price lists
  • Prioritizing
  • Procurement management
  • Product & material cards
  • Product configurator
  • Product profitability calculations
  • Product recipes
  • Production pipeline management
  • Production scheduling
  • Purchase orders
  • Purchasing management
  • QuickBooks integration
  • Real-time inventory control
  • Reorder management
  • Sales management
  • Sales order fulfillment pipeline
  • Sales, purchasing & manufacturing tracking
  • Search / filter
  • Shopify & WooCommerce integrations
  • Status tracking
  • Stock level optimization
  • Task management
  • Visual production planning
  • Work order lists
  • Workstation management

Benefits

  • Katana will automatically tell you if you have enough raw materials in stock to start production, when to order more, what and how much you’re missing. You can also purchase whatever you’re missing right away.

  • Get real-time updates on inventory movement. Set reorder points, to ensure stock for high demand periods. Drag and drop to prioritize orders and let Katana reallocate materials and finished goods accordingly.

  • Save your BOMs and let Katana make automatic inventory adjustments, calculate operations costs, and assign raw inventory, subassemblies, and finished goods to orders as soon as they’re generated.

  • Centralize all your sales orders into one visual dashboard and gain multi-channel inventory visibility. Track the status of manufacturing orders at multiple locations and inventory levels at different warehouses.

  • Batch and lot tracking. Tracking your raw materials and products is a time-consuming process. Katana helps you quickly track and trace all your products with ease.

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

  • Don’t produce in-house? Not a problem. Katana helps you stay in control of your outsourced manufacturing processes. Easily manage your orders, raw materials, and operations. Get instant status updates from your outsourced partners.

  • Katana integrates with your business essentials, such as e-commerce platforms (e.g. Shopify, WooCommerce), accounting software (e.g. QuickBooks, Xero), Zapier etc.

  • Katana FAQs

    Katana FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Katana.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Katana offer?

    Katana offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$99.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Essential plan - from $99 per month PRO plan - from $299 per month

    Q. What are the main features of Katana?

    Katana offers the following features:

    • API access
    • Accounting
    • Activity management
    • Advanced floor level features
    • Automated inventory level updates
    • Batch & serial number tracking
    • Cost & quantity tracking
    • Customer & supplier contacts
    • Discount management
    • Invoicing & payments tracking
    • Kitting
    • Knowledge base access
    • Manufacturing & production planning
    • Manufacturing costing
    • Manufacturing execution
    • Manufacturing grid
    • Material availability management
    • Material requirements planning (MRP)
    • Multi-currency support
    • Multi-level production recipes
    • Multi-location support
    • Multi-warehouse support
    • Order tracking
    • Portfolio management
    • Price lists
    • Prioritizing
    • Procurement management
    • Product & material cards
    • Product configurator
    • Product profitability calculations
    • Product recipes
    • Production pipeline management
    • Production scheduling
    • Purchase orders
    • Purchasing management
    • QuickBooks integration
    • Real-time inventory control
    • Reorder management
    • Sales management
    • Sales order fulfillment pipeline
    • Sales, purchasing & manufacturing tracking
    • Search / filter
    • Shopify & WooCommerce integrations
    • Status tracking
    • Stock level optimization
    • Task management
    • Visual production planning
    • Work order lists
    • Workstation management

    Q. Who are the typical users of Katana?

    Katana has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Katana support?

    Katana supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. Does Katana support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Katana supports

    Q. What other apps does Katana integrate with?

    Katana integrates with the following applications:

    BigCommerce, Magento Commerce, QuickBooks Commerce, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, Xero, Zapier

    Q. What level of support does Katana offer?

    Katana offers the following support options:

    Online Support, Online Support, Knowledge Base, FAQs, Video Tutorials, Forum