Bellwether Software

Bellwether Purchasing and Inventory


4.5 / 5
31 reviews

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Average Ratings

31 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $11.00/month/user
  • Pricing Details
    BPM 10 Users -$30 a user /mo 50 Users - $15 "/ " 100 Users - $11 "/ "
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Bellwether Software
  • www.bellwethercorp.com
  • Founded 1985
  • United States

About Bellwether Purchasing and Inventory

Rated #1 for small to midsize businesses who create 50-1000 PO's a month. Proven over 32 years by 1000+ customers like Casio, Aramark, NY State Health Dept, Duke Power, Dart Container, Goodwill, Liberty Academy, Lifelong Health, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Comcast, ATT, Brookdale Senior Living, Baxter, HP, US ARMY, Churchill Downs Gaming, Budget Hotels, Florida Tile, Kaiser Permanente....... FREE, Basic, and Professional software that will fit your business needs with the Only Money Back Guarantee!


Bellwether Purchasing and Inventory Features

  • Catalog Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contract Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • PunchOut
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Requisitions & Approvals
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Expiration Date Management
  • Purchasing
  • Reorder Management
  • Supply Management
  • Usage Tracking
  • Vendor Management
  • Asset Management
  • Auction Management
  • Bid Management
  • Budget Management
  • Catalog Management
  • Contract Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • PunchOut
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Receiving
  • Requisitions & Approvals
  • Sourcing Management
  • Spend Management
  • Supplier Management

Bellwether Purchasing and Inventory Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Bellwether has streamlined our entire purchasing process

Aug 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to keep things organized from requistion to approval to ordering. When we can use punchouts, they are awesome.

Cons: It would be nice to be able to upload a packing list/recipt after an item as been received in the system. Sometimes the "Receive" button gets pushed and there's no way to add a packing slip later.

It's also a bit confusing at first to have the REQ numbers not match up with PO numbers - they should be different formats or something, otherwise a requisiton of 010530 might become a PO number of 010555 while a prior requisition becomes PO number 010530.

It would also be handy to be able to search the list of POs for a certain vendor or item - as it is, you can sort the columns by vendor and find it that way but a search feature would be great.

Overall: Overall it has streamlined our purchasing procedures.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on November 01, 2018

Mikayla,
Thank you for your endorsement of Bellwether!
Kevin
CEO

having good experince while using this product

Oct 11, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Great CS and response. Great on willingness to hear and work on improvements. Lots of opportunity for further improvement in functionality and use. Decent value for the money however some missing functions keep to close

Pros: it Eliminates our out of control manual purchasing process. No more paper! Gain accountability, tracking, and reporting.

Cons: On the downside, most of the challenges experienced with e-procurement emanate mostly from the supplier and not the company but can have an effect on the procurement process. Training cost may be high. Any time technology is involved there is some level of risk to compromised data. What of a supplier who has for all the years been handling clients on a face-to-face basis? E-procurement will definitely become a challenge but it should not be an excuse to ignore e-procurement software.

Bellwether Purchasing and Inventory Software

Oct 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: As a member of an organization with where my main use comes in the form of reviewing orders and looking up archived information, I can tell you I really appreciate the ease in which I can access the files I need.

Cons: No cons. The software meets all my needs

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on November 01, 2018

Juan,
Awesome comments on Bellwether!
Thank you,
Kevin
CEO

This product fit our needs well both from capability and price point perspectives

Dec 16, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Our organization was looking for a purchasing software package to replace an antiquated and cumbersome excel routine. After viewing a number of available packages at various price points we felt that ePMX would best meet our needs. Our set up included the institution of a part numbering system for repetitive needs and inventory management purposes. We also needed a custom bridge to output from the invoice system in ePMX to another acct'g system we use.

Working with ePMX to understand master file setup was easy. Setting up each module took some time but there were no real hitches. Loading data into ePMX went very smoothly. Overall the implementation was done within our time frame. I found ePMX trainers responsive and knowledgeable.

The custom bridge we needed worked properly with just a slight bit of tweaking up front.

I feel one negative was the length of time it took to develop a punchout for one of our large vendors. This was not just an ePMX issue but also involved that vendor's input. But I felt as though ePMX should have been driving this harder when things got bogged down.

Overall I would recommend ePMX to anyone looking for a package with the advertised features. Reporting is easy and quick. Finding information is easy and quick. We are able to manage our purchases and inventory much more effectively using ePMX.

Bellwether is a great product!

Oct 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Bellwether is very easy to navigate. This software has helped me easily keep track of orders/PO's. I would recommend this software to anyone looking for a great product with great customer service!

Cons: The canned reports were not that easy to navigate in the beginning but when you take some time to read the help section you can figure out what report will satisfy your needs.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on November 01, 2018

Theresa,
Thank you for the great endorsement for Bellwether!

Customer service is outstanding

Apr 11, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was looking for PO generation software and came upon Bellwether. I scheduled a demo and went through the program with Travis Neville during which time we discussed our needs and how their program would need to be altered to fit those needs. Travis informed me he would speak to his development team and get back to me with changes that would need to be made. A few days later I received an email informing me that, while they could accomplish what I was looking for, perhaps it would be easier and more cost-efficient to try another company he recommended. He was right, the other company is a perfect fit and well within our budget. I really appreciated the candor and wonderful recommendation I received from this company. It appears they have a great system with many really good ideas and it looks very easy to use, it just wasn't exactly what we needed. Travis recognized that and got us on our way. I would count us among very happy customers even though we didn't end up going with their software.

Easy to Use Product

Nov 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The requisition and purchasing pieces of this software is very easy for the end user. The administrative side is also easy to navigate. I like that the menu items could be tailor for each user group and only see what is necessary.

Cons: I wish that the window size with in the program could be larger. At times the items descriptions could be difficult see.

Overall: This software has given us a streamlined approval process. It has also allowed us to monitor how much of a particular item we are purchasing and track cost increases.

Bellwether was easy to set up and easy to use.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Customer service for Bellwether has been amazing. They were available to help any time we had questions while implementing the software.

Cons: Sometimes I'll place a requisition for something that has already been requested, but since I can't see other people's orders I can't see that I'm duplicating a request that's already been made.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Ryan,
Thank you for the perfect rating for Bellwether!
Please contact your admin for permission to see requisitions submitted by other users.
Kevin

I can coordinate orders for my team much easier with Bellwether.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: If I ask one of my technicians to place an order, they can do so very quickly and I can approve the order right away.

Cons: As an approver I would like to get updates anytime someone on my team requests an order. I have to periodically check the site to see if any requests have been made.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on February 05, 2018

Binjie,
Thank you very much for the 5 star ratings!!!
Our support team sent you an email to confirm that email notifications are reaching you so you are aware of the current team request.
Kevin

Bellwether saves me tons of time every single day.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Bellwether is much easier to navigate than our old system. I used to spend hours on ordering every week and now I find myself only spending minutes out of every day.

Cons: I would like to see a custom notification feature added so I can control alerts about what items need to be approved.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on February 05, 2018

MiKayla
Thank you for your comments on how much time Bellwether saves you!
Our support team reached out to you to walk you through how you can be notified of pending approvals.
Kevin

The Bellwether software is the most complete inventory software I've ever used.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I just started my job at Sharklet and Bellwether has made the transition into my role a lot smoother than I would have imagined. Learning Bellwether was very easy.

Cons: I want to be able to see what everyone at the company has put into the system from the time the requisition is made until it's been received.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on February 01, 2018

Kevin
Thank you for very much for the 5 star ratings.
Please contact you admin to gain permission to see all requisitions, PO's, and received items.
Kevin

The bellwether software is the best!

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We order from the same vendors most of the time, and bellwether stores all of their information for us so it only takes me a couple minutes to request many items.

Cons: I would like to be able to see what other requisitions have been made by people at my company, rather than just my own requisitions.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Axel,
Thank your for the great review for Bellwether.
Please contact you admin for permission to see requisitions submitted by other users.
Kevin

Excellent customer service, quick response time, easy software to navigate.

Jan 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy transition from our old software, easy to add new vendors and items. Receiving orders is easy and uploading packing slips is very quick.

Cons: I can't see requisitions by other users which sometimes makes it hard to see if something I need to order has already been requested by someone else.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 25, 2018

Nic,
Thank you for the great endorsement!
Please contact your admin. They can change your personal setting to see all requisitions submitted.
Kevin

Bellwether Epmx software

Jan 21, 2010
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: works great for purchasing controls. Great Support staff that are willing to find a way to make a good fit. This is a great tool to help managers realize their budgets.

Cons: Time realization when you are going from no system to utilizing a system...education and ongoing addition time required to make it work.

Computer adverse staff will resist.

Overall: I would recommend this to companies that want to get their spending under control.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on May 03, 2010

Bellwether Corp appreciates the challenge for some to convert from their paper purchasing system to a fully integrated SaaS model. Bellwether continues to strive to develop intuitive, user-friendly solutions for those of varying software/computer comfort levels while providing the capabilities needed by its customers.

Awesome Program

Oct 21, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This software has been a solid addition to our company. It has taken the place of two to three other programs I was using for various reasons. The customer support has been top notch. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars on features & functionality is because of the inventory nod that is still in development. Once they have added more features to it I would change my 4 to 5 stars with ease.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on October 21, 2016

Bellwether appreciates your comments on BPM.
Thank you for your high reviews for Overall Quality, Ease of Use, Customer Support, Feature Functionality, and Value for Money!!!!
BPM is our light basic product that provides a lot of functionality for the low price we offer it for. Thanks your for the recommendation!

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Bellwether rings my bell!

Oct 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The navigation throughout the program and it's ease of use is extremely beneficial when preparing a requisition.

Cons: The only "con" that I've experience is the time out feature. If it takes me longer than 10 minutes to prepare a requisition it will not submit and I must start over. This is very rare and I have made sure to promptly enter my items as to not encounter this set back.

Overall: We love Bellwether!

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on November 01, 2018

Angel,
Thank you for the positive endorsement.
You may want to ask your admin to extend the time out duration in the system.
Thank you,
Kevin
CEO

Bellwether has sped up our ordering and receiving process tremendously.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Any time we need something ordered quickly, Bellwether helps us order it immediately without any issues.

Cons: I would like to see a feature added that notes a requisition as high priority, thus alerting those in charge of approving it that such a requisition has been placed.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Alexei!
Thank you very much for the praise for Bellwether!
Kevin

This is a dependable, cost-effective product with many available options to suit business needs.

Dec 15, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The software is more intuitive to use than others available.

You can choose the modules that fit your needs which also keeps costs down as you don't need to purchase more than what you will need and use.

Support and training staff are easy to work with and are willing to do what it takes to get you up and running on the software.

As with any purchasing and asset tracking system, it requires users to take the time to enter in the necessary information; this can be a hurdle to personnel using the system when they feel they don't have the time to properly enter in the data.

There are some glitches to the lookup features and there needs to be a better way to remove incorrect or bad records.

Our ordering process is a lot smoother since we started using Bellwether.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I test a lot of different materials in our lab, so I'm constantly speaking with new vendors looking for the right product. Adding vendors in Bellwether who we've never worked with is really easy.

Overall: It's much easier to use than our old software and saves me time every day.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Preston,
Thank you for the awesome review of Bellwether!
Kevin

Bellwether is making my life way easier!

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Our biology lab is always stocked now that we use Bellwether. My team can bring any requests to me and I'll have the order placed right away.

Cons: I would like to be able to request something as high priority so my boss knows to approve it right away.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Hanna,
Thank you for high ratings for Bellwether!
Kevin

Overall - good

Oct 21, 2016
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Great CS and response. Great on willingness to hear and work on improvements. Lots of opportunity for further improvement in functionality and use. Decent value for the money however some missing functions keep to close

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on October 21, 2016

Bellwether appreciates your comments on BPM.
Thank you for your high reviews for Ease of Use and Customer Support!!!!
BPM is our light basic product that provides a lot of functionality for the low price we offer it for. We realize it may lack some features that is why we offer EPMX as our robust full featured heavy duty purchasing software. If you need more functionality please check out EPMX.

My 2 Cents

Nov 08, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I think this is a good product overall, I haven't ever used customer support and don't know how much it costs so I can't really rate those, I gave them an average. I gave Features and Functionality only 2 stars as certain fields dropping out (all the time) can be frustrating and time-consuming. I often have to re-enter the supplier name or net terms, not sure why. I also wish the catalog search feature was a little more intuitive.

Easy to use

Oct 29, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: As a person who does not use this software every day (I am a secondary user who uses it to occasionally place orders for office supplies and uniforms), I can honestly say that it is very user-friendly.

Cons: There isn't anything that I do not like about this software.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on November 01, 2018

Jenna,
Great to hear that you like how user friendly our software is!
Thank you,
Kevin
CEO

Great software and Service

Dec 23, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I would say this is the best PO and purchasing software I've used. It's great for any size business and I highly recommend it! Support and setup are a breeze and support staff is helpful, knowledgeable and very professional.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on December 27, 2017

Thank you for the kind endorsement of Bellwether!

Best program for the money. Support is great and people are wonderful.

Feb 19, 2009
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: The program has been very dependable and has many option to suit our business. This is easy for users to learn.

Cons: My only issue is I have had to get the IT department to do upgrades. New ePMX will take care of that.

Overall: Best program for the money. Support is great and people are wonderful. Great company to do business with.

ePMX works for us

Jul 21, 2009
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: has punch-out capability

reliable

runs on UNIX and Windows

Cons: no ability to cut cheques to vendors

Overall: it's low cost, reliable, and works well.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on May 03, 2010

Bellwether's convenient SaaS model integrates with many AP applications enabling you to pay your vendors while working through the ePmx system.

Keeping our lab stocked with necessary supplies is much easier now that we use Bellwether.

Jan 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: As an intern, I'm in charge of making sure any supplies we need for experiments are on the shelves and ready to go for the week. Anything I notice we need can be relayed to my supervisor and ordered within minutes.

Vendor Response

by Bellwether Software on January 31, 2018

Angela,
Thank you for recommending Bellwether!
Kevin

ePMX works for us

Jul 21, 2009
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Punch-out capability

reliable

runs on Linux and Windows (reliable)

web based- nothing to deploy on the desktops

Cons: a little sluggish sometimes

Overall: it's low cost, it works, it doesn't break as software goes what more can one ask for?

The software is perfect for our needs, meeting all of our desires.

Dec 17, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are going live in the new year. The product meets all the requirements we were looking for. The customer service has been outstanding!

ePMX REVIEW

Dec 15, 2015
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: this enabled us to standardize all the prison systems in LA & allows us to pull reports for any agency at any given time

This product overwhelmingly should be rated "Best in the Industry" for what it provides for its cost

Feb 19, 2009
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Easy to use and navigate. Robust data warehouse.

Cons: I have not come across any cons to the product as of yet.

Overall: This product overwhelmingly should be rated "Best in the Industry" for what it provides for its costs.