Optimizing inventory management is a must for modern SMBs. The goal of optimizing inventory is to maximize the use of company resources and to lower costs, without hindering customers by slowing down order processing.
Challenges for Retailers and Distributors
Optimizing inventory for retailers and distributors of durable goods should always be top of mind. To take a page from the Amazon play book, companies should be automating these processes in a fashion that requires little to no maintenance. This includes the ability to manage inventory across multiple locations and systems including e-Commerce and POS systems, drop-shipping, paperless receiving, and easy cycle counting.
Some of the challenges companies face that don’t have optimized inventory:
- Products going out of stock which results in back-orders, lost sales, and unhappy customers
- Overstocking products resulting in higher inventory costs and inefficient use of company resources; including warehouse space and management
- Incorrect or out-of-date inventory data requiring constant manual stock checks
- Poor inventory tracking systems resulting in improper accounting of inventory
Overcoming Inventory Challenges
Optimizing inventory should involve automating your entire supply chain. This cradle-to-grave approach promote the proper handling of stock on the shelf, and ensuring that demand forecast and replenishment schedule match in an effective way.
Three ways to help optimize your supply chain:
- Categorize your inventory based on value and speed of turnover. First of all consider restructuring how your warehouse is set up to improve processing and receiving order. Also, making adjustments to your forecast to prevent overstocking high cost items with lower demand.
- Automate and connect demand forecasting and replenishment schedule. External conditions and market trends add complications to forecasting and replenishment; these are unavoidable. However, modern systems, such as VersAccounts, can tie your historical demand data to your forecasting schedule to ensure stock is ordered based on prior demand. This not only optimizes inventory for regular demand, but offers a dynamic approach at making adjustments to dampen the effects of external causes.
- Invest into modern optimization technology. Older ERP system (most often on-premise solutions) rely on antiquated technology and/or expensive add-on systems to drive inventory optimization. These systems can easily break down, or worse, provide inaccurate information due their incompatibility with modern business practices. All-in-one systems like VersAccounts offer a comprehensive solution that provides your business with on-demand inventory insights to drive better business decisions and lower costs.
ERP systems that enable this automation used to be cost prohibited for most SMBs. However, in recent years cloud-based, modern solutions like VersAccounts have become more affordable. Not only is VersAccounts capable of optimizing inventory management but also comes with core features such as: Advanced Inventory, Multi-Entity Accounting, Purchase and Order Management, Distribution, Production, CRM, E-Commerce (connectivity), Projects, and more.
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