As a business scales, it becomes crucial to handle inventory management and warehousing in tandem to achieve the optimal efficiency needed for growth. Inventory-driven businesses typically only function as well as their warehouse and vice versa. To obtain optimal results as a growing business, consider a software that not only helps provide structure, organization, and speed to the warehouse but that also allows 24/7 visibility into inventory operations.
Inventory Management and Warehousing: Layout & Picklists
With one or more warehouses, the first concern should be warehouse layout. If warehouse teams are constantly zig-zagging around, picking one item at one end of the warehouse to go pick the second item at the opposite end and so on, time is being wasted and energy spent unnecessarily. An inventory management and warehousing software equipped with a warehouse layout creator can be the answer to many organizational challenges.
The second step to improved warehouse operations are smart picklists created to ensure warehouse teams are picking orders in the most efficient and structured way possible. Smart picklists should be generated by an inventory management and warehousing software based on order fulfillment priorities, in turn, leaving no room for questions or confusion when pickers work to fulfill.
- Optimized warehouse layouts are a necessary condition for improved productivity
- Generated picklists are the key to time and cost savings
Inventory Management and Warehousing: Real-Time Control & Order Alerts
As stated above, inventory management and warehousing are not separate operations, they are a pair and should treated as such. Manual inventory processes clearly lack the visibility offered by technology solutions and make scaling a product-selling business immensely difficult. An inventory management and warehousing software should be designed to eliminate blind spots, over/under-stocking, and stock outs. Real-time visibility is not just a buzzword, it is a powerful tool for keeping operations in and out of the warehouse running smoothly, and expecting customers satisfied. With real-time control, a business is able to monitor over time high-demand period for certain items, what items are not selling, what is being overpurchased, and so on. The result – a real-time inventory and warehousing system should significantly reduce misplaced inventory investments.
Order alerts – as the word says – alert teams when a product’s stock dips below the levels necessary to fulfill the orders coming in. When an item is running low, an order alert will suggest a re-order quantity and automate the reorder. Order alerts are in sync with inventory across any and all active warehouses. This sync allows for a 360 view of inventory operations, preventing being caught off guard by out-of-stocks.
- Real-time visibility into inventory is necessary to scale operations
- Order alerts prevent unwelcome surprises
Inventory Management and Warehousing: Barcode & Mobile
No optimized warehouse would be complete without the introduction of barcoding and mobile devices. As they say, time is money, and nothing is more time-consuming as it is error-prone than picking, receiving, transferring, and counting inventory manually. Inventory management and warehousing teams only stand to benefit through the introduction of barcoding and mobile devices. This technology takes what is rightfully a complex, tiring process and turns it into simple, swift actions. No matter the action being performed, all it takes is a scan of the barcode with its paired device. That’s it. Warehouse teams no longer need to count, re-count, double check, triple check to ensure the numbers are accurate.
- Barcode and mobile tools make accuracy and efficiency a priority
- Barcode and mobile tools alleviate unnecessary labor spent for warehouse teams
Inventory Management and Warehousing: Acctivate
Acctivate is an advanced inventory management and warehousing system designed to provide your growing business the tools required for optimizing and scaling operations. Acctivate also offers a bi-directional integration with QuickBooks, allowing you to continue to work with QuickBooks while introducing the advanced tools you are seeking. With Acctivate, growth is easy, and operational disorder is a thing of the past.
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