About Katana

Katana is a modern manufacturing & inventory management software for small and scaling businesses. Its visual interface and smart real-time master planning allow manufacturers to get an overview of the entire business from one centralized point of truth. Katana integrates popular eCommerce and accounting service providers such as Shopify, WooCommerce, Xero, and QuickBooks to name a few. Katana has an open API should the user want to build their own integrations.

With Katana, you can prioritize orders, see the availability of raw materials & finished goods in real-time, and ensure end-to-end traceability of materials and products. Katana automatically follows the stock movements across the production cycle and in multiple warehouses allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels.

Build BOMs and track material availability for make to order workflows or fulfill the order from available product stock. Easily create, set-up, and remove shop floor operators and receive real-time manufacturing insights from the floor-level app, and track manufacturing costs based on product recipes and production operations.

Intuitive design, self-onboarding, and implementation. Katana's color-coded dashboard allows you to easily navigate your business, from sales channels to manufacturing operations, and quickly get an overview of manufacturing business. An extensive knowledge base, tutorial videos, and live support will get you started right away. Implementation help from our team as well as your local implementation partners.

Key benefits of Katana

  • Katana allows you to stay on top of your inventory - from raw materials to finished goods, it automatically follows stock movements across the production cycle and in multiple warehouses allowing you to maintain optimal inventory levels.

  • Unique real-time master production planner automates the tasks associated with putting together your master production schedule and streamlines the entire process. Track inventory in real-time, automatically allocating available material and finished products to fulfill orders, prioritize your schedule so you see what’s important.

  • 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 operations costs, and assign raw inventory, subassemblies, and finished goods to orders as soon as they’re generated.

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

  • Batch and lot tracking. Katana helps you quickly track and trace all your materials and products with ease. Ensure end-to-end traceability and expiry date tracking.

  • 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.

  • Bring your floor-level operations to the next level by viewing the production task and ingredient list for each task in the Shop Floor Control app. Easily create, set-up, and remove shop floor operators, track the time spent on a task with a start, pause, and resume options, and track real vs. actual materials used in a task.

  • Automate workflows via seamless integrations with popular eCommerce and accounting platforms, such as Shopify, WooCommerce, Xero and Quickbooks. Take advantage of various other integrations via Zapier, and build your own integrations with Katana open API.

  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and 3 others, Japan, Mexico, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    Features

    Total features of Katana: 92

    • API
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Management
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Automated Scheduling
    • Automatic Adjustments
    • Barcoding/RFID
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Bills of Material
    • CRM
    • Capacity Management
    • Capacity Planning
    • Cataloging/Categorization
    • Change Management
    • Channel Management
    • Check-in/Check-out
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management
    • 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
    • Job Tracking
    • Kitting
    • Knowledge Base Management
    • 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
    • Pipeline Management
    • Planning Tools
    • Portfolio Management
    • Prioritization
    • Procurement Management
    • Product Identification
    • Production Scheduling
    • Production Tracking
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Purchasing & Receiving
    • Quality Control
    • Quality Management
    • QuickBooks Integration
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • 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
    (105)
    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.
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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 2021/03/25

    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.

    Samantha W.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Highly Recommend!

    Reviewed on 2020/12/16

    We love it. We use this app to help with our growing business. It has made it so easy to keep up...

    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.

    Verified Reviewer
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Other for Free Trial
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    • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

    I dont understand all the great reviews

    Reviewed on 2019/09/05

    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!

    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 2021/03/22

    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.

    David A.
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    • Industry: Retail
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    Just what I needed

    Reviewed on 2020/06/18

    Overall I have been very pleased. I know have a solid grasp of my inventory and am informed when I...

    Overall I have been very pleased. I know have a solid grasp of my inventory and am informed when I need to reorder materials. This has been a real game changer for my business and has allowed us to scale our manufacturing.

    Pros

    Katana integrates with my Shopify Site very easily and makes bundling products on my Shopify so much easier to track.

    We also make candles and kits in house. Katana makes tracking inventory so much easier allowing me to know without guess or counting my materials how much of any particular object I can produce at any given time.

    Cons

    It would be nice if there were barcodes, but I hear feature is coming soon. It would also be nice if I sell out of an object that is apart of a bundle that it would then make the bundle unavailable on my shopify site. I believe this is also in the works.

    Response from Katana MRP

    Thank you for the review! Indeed, both mentioned features are on our roadmap.

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    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

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    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, Magento 2, Magento Commerce, Pipedrive, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Quickbooks Online, Salesforce Platform, Shopify, Squarespace, Wix, WooCommerce, Xero, Zapier

    Katana offers the following support options:

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

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