What Are You Looking for in an Inventory Control System?

I saw a provocative headline recently: “Small Businesses Demand More from Their Inventory Management Systems.” Unfortunately, the article itself failed to live up to its intriguing headline. It’s mostly just talking about how great a particular inventory management system in New Zealand is.

Confused man wondering which way to go, Inventory System Software BlogThere’s nothing wrong with a business talking about its products – I’ve done that a time or two. But right now I would love to talk about what small-business leaders want from their inventory control systems.

Instead of being the one providing all the clever answers, I’ll simply ask you some questions. I’ve separated the questions into two categories. I welcome your comments and answers below.

Questions for Inventory Control Software Seekers

What are the main things you hope to accomplish by using inventory control software?

What features are you looking for? (e.g., barcode scanning, inventory tracking, QuickBooks integration)

Which is most important to you when considering buying inventory control software: cost, feature set or flexibility?

Questions for Current Inventory Control Software Users

How do you use inventory control software in your business? (i.e., how is it most useful to you?)

What do wish your software could do that it doesn’t already do?

What do you like and dislike most about the software you’re using? (You don’t have to name names if you don’t want to)

Is it important to you to stay with the same inventory control software for a long time or do you not mind learning new software every few years?

I can’t wait to hear from you. I’m excited to answer your questions in future blog posts. Thank you!


About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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