Are you confused by the proliferation of inventory management solutions on the market today? It’s easy to see why. Warehouse management, warehouse control, inventory management, RFID technology, barcode technology—it’s starting to get crowded out there among the sea of solutions.
Let’s be clear. The right inventory management solution isn’t the latest or greatest technology, although it might be. The right inventory management solution is the one that helps your business achieve its goals.
So let’s start by clarifying those goals together:
What is the overall problem you’d like your inventory management solution to solve? Some common problems we’ve encountered among our clients include lack of updated information, slow time to update the main ERP system, cumbersome equipment, outdated equipment, and lack of transparent information.
Do you have a clear picture of your current inventory? You can’t fix what you can’t measure. Even if it takes time to conduct a manual visual inventory, it’s important to understand where you stand today as far as your inventory control goes.
Do you need software that is easy for people to learn? Some businesses, such as warehouses that hire plenty of temporary or seasonal workers, need software that is especially user-friendly because the time to train new employees during onboarding is very short. For these businesses, newer scanning software that runs through common handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones is a plus. People are used to using these devices to take pictures and scan barcodes and QR codes. Scanning inventory barcodes feels natural to them and the onboarding period can be shortened.
These are just a handful of questions to ask before looking at various inventory management solutions. We’d like to help you sort through the many questions you may have as you review inventory software solutions. Scanco advisors are here to help. Please contact us at (330) 645-9959 to speak with a Scanco Solutions Expert.
Isn’t it time you updated your warehouse and inventory control system? It’s easier than you think.