Because decision-makers rely on accurate, relevant information every day, accounting errors can be very costly. A single bookkeeping error can result in a chain of other mistakes being made, multiplying the eventual loss when important decisions are made on this data. While no system can be perfect, an automated inventory can give consistently reliable numbers for sales, and stock levels.
Detailed data for business outputs like sales will allow for superior strategic planning. For example, a retailer could apply sales data to their merchandising strategy, and spend more effort advertising products that need more exposure, or allocate floor space in the shop according to which items are most popular. On a wider scale, managers could use the data to work out geographically which items are more popular in different stores, so that sales strategies can be tailored to each location. Some stores might make more revenue in general than others, and thus justify more funding.
Especially when starting up, businesses can become overwhelmed with administrative and bookkeeping tasks, and managers typically have to either focus most of their time on this, or hire new staff just to cope with the workload. While inventory management software can feel like a large cost for a new business, it can actually save your business the cost of hiring new employees just because you feel overwhelmed. Then, you can invest in more staff and other expenditure as the growth of your business justifies it, while in the meantime focusing more on selling and marketing the product.
Managing – and incentivizing – employees become easier with inventory management software, because the software allows you to track their performance. The technology can also provide staff with information to optimize their selling strategies, for example they can know to push harder to sell more dated products before they become obsolete. And factory staff can adjust production methods and output levels according to the real-time order requests and feedback they receive.
Inventory software allows decision-makers to save valuable time by giving them information in real-time. For example it will tell you exactly where each item is so you don’t have to go looking for it, and give you timely demand data so you can make orders for increased or decreased production as necessary.
Comprehensive inventory management systems touch many areas of a business, and give managers and staff the information to make better decisions. Investing in IM software might seem costly especially to a new business, but its impact in improving the flow of information through your business will save you time, money, and secure your reputation as a reliable operator.