Eugene Saturow Head of Flutter

    How to build Flutter Inventory Management App in 2023

    With inventory management apps and Flutter as a great solution for their creation, businesses achieve accurate and efficient stock control, allowing them to focus on customers’ needs. Moreover, using this framework, companies save up to 40% of their budget, compared to native applications.

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    At Surf, we’ve been developing software for various businesses since 2011. In the article, we’ll share information necessary to learn before your inventory management product building starts. 

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    Creating Flutter inventory management app: difficulties to be prepared for

    Developing an inventory management app with Flutter or any other tech stack comes with a number of challenges. 

    • One of them is scalability—the app needs to be able to handle more data as your business grows. The database structure also needs to be designed in such a way that it can accommodate the ever-increasing demand for storage capacity and performance. 
    • Integration with any third-party systems, such as accounting and supply chain management solutions, should be taken into consideration when developing the app. 
    • Security is another key challenge that should be addressed when creating an inventory management app—data must be protected from unauthorized access and regularly backed up in case of disasters. Furthermore, ensuring uninterrupted availability to users is essential for successful deployment of the application. 
    • The app needs to be intuitive and easy-to-use to ensure widespread adoption across all areas of your business.
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    Flutter-powered KFC app developed for process automation and digitalization by Surf

    With due diligence in addressing each of these challenges, you can develop an effective application that will serve your business for years to come. And Flutter can significantly simplify the process, taking into account challenges described above and benefits the cross-platform framework offers.

    Inventory management app features to add first

    An inventory management app can help streamline the processes associated with inventory control if you choose the right features. The ones described below can greatly improve the accuracy and efficiency of your business’ operations, giving them the edge they need to stay ahead of their competition.

    • Features such as barcode scanning and comprehensive reporting allow users to take full advantage of all their inventory data. Users are able to stay informed of current levels in order to anticipate any fluctuation and consequently satisfy customers’ needs quickly and efficiently.
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    Barcode scanning in an inventory management mobile app for iOS and Android
    • The ability to access this data from any device, such as a laptop, tablet or mobile allows users to make the best decisions for their business without having to be physically present at the warehouse. 
    • Inventory management apps can also provide helpful tips about inventory levels, alerting users if stocks are running low and helping them plan for future stock requirements. 
    • Automated purchase orders allow users to quickly create new orders without having to manually enter each item. 
    • Automated stock adjustments enable users to move stock between locations or adjust quantities based on sales figures. 
    • Integration with external data sources allows businesses to access up-to-date information regarding their inventory, such as sales figures and inventory levels in different stores. 
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    Tech stack to use for your app backend

    Flutter is used for frontend development. But what tech stack to choose for your inventory management app backend? To answer this question, we’ll describe our team’s best practices. 

    Firstly, we frequently utilize custom Java and Kotlin solutions combined with Backend as a Service, or BaaS, tools (Firebase , Back4app, etc.). It is a really good, tried by thousands, solution for backend. And this approach helps us get great results—like the video streaming app built for a popular producer of online content. 

    Flutter-powered streaming app

    Secondly, we recommend Golang, a great open-source solution made by Google for numerous purposes. Having tried it in our own projects, we can confidently say that it’s one of the best tech stacks for backend development. Performant, scalable, and secure it is a perfect match for apps with complex architecture and thousands simultaneous requests.

    One more reason to choose Golang is a powerful partnership that has been formed between it and Flutter. This cutting-edge tech alliance provides a unique combination of fast development, native performance capabilities, and maximum reuse potential across various platforms, making it the ideal solution to all your app needs.

    Wrapping up

    Developing inventory management apps comes with numerous challenges. Modern tech stack for frontend and backend is made to help businesses overcome them, and Flutter with Golang—both scalable, performant, and secure—is one of the strongest combinations for today.