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Four Crystal Clear Signs Your Business is Ready for Inventory Management

By Demetrius Newton Subscribe to RSS | May 16th 2012 | Views:
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As a business owner you've likely worked hard to see growth within your company. There are a few sure signs indicating business growth, besides more sales, that demonstrate your efforts are paying off. One of those signs is expanding inventory.

During the early days of business, most business owners can easily keep track of inventory on a spreadsheet. But there comes a point in business growth where better inventory management techniques are warranted because your time and focus are needed elsewhere or the inventory is getting too big to track on your spreadsheet. These four crystal clear signs let you know it's time to find a better way to manage your inventory.

Too Much Product Was Purchased. It's hard to keep track of an inventory that's grown exponentially. Once your numbers are off it's easy to lose sight of what's needed, resulting in too much product being purchased. Sometimes it's possible to recover from this if the product is a popular one. But if you have too much of a seasonal or occasionally-purchased product in your inventory it can translate to lost dollars.

Inventory Inaccuracies Have Cost You Money. Inaccurate inventory totals can cost you money in two ways; you can lose money due to unnecessary purchase and you can lose money by running out of a popular product you didn't realize you were low on. An effective program for managing inventory ensures your numbers are always accurate and current.

Order Fulfillment Has Slowed Down. Excellent customer service is the cornerstone of a successful business. When order fulfillment slows down you can end up with dissatisfied customers and negative customer feedback. The ability to track your inventory and find it easily can prevent this scenario from ever occurring.

You've Lost Track of What's Coming & Going. Losing track of inventory affects more aspects of your business than you can imagine. It causes you to have shrinkage you can't account for and prevents you from accurately projecting your inventory needs. Continual inventory problems can damage your business in a way that takes a lot of time and money to recover from.

Inventory management is an important part of your business and your bottom line, but it shouldn't be all-encompassing. An effective tool to help you manage your inventory can increase your accuracy and customer satisfaction, while decreasing error and cost. When you streamline this area of your business, you'll have more time to focus on creating growth throughout the company.

Demetrius Newton - About Author:

Demetrius Newton wanted to streamline his business so he researched a QuickBooks inventory management system. Rapid Inventory can get your business on track with QuickBooks inventory software and more.

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