Do you need to use inventory management software in your business?
Let’s look at some arguments for using inventory management software and see if they apply to your business:
Inventory management software saves time. Inventory management can be a time-consuming task, though repetition tends to make a person faster at it. How much time would you really save by switching to an automated system that uses barcodes and scanners? It all depends on how big your business is, how many products you handle and what your priorities are.
Inventory management software saves money. Most inventory management software providers charge an annual fee to use their products and get updates. You should weigh the cost of buying and learning the software against doing things the way you always have. Many of the savings come from reduced carrying costs and improved efficiency. If you move a lot of products, you can recoup the cost of the software faster than if you move a small number of products.
It makes managing inventory easier. As small businesses mature into medium-sized businesses, they often expand into multiple locations. This, plus more employees and more customer orders, makes the task of inventory management more complex. If your operations are still small, you might not see as many benefits as a larger company.