The Importance of Inventory Management

Posted by Emma Hill on 4 Jan


Inflation is on the rise; the prices of materials and components are skyrocketing affecting not only our personal lives but also our businesses too. In today’s volatile economic landscape, it is crucial to watch every penny and maintain a keen eye on your business’ inventory, now more than ever. To navigate these turbulent times successfully, you need to manage your inventory efficiently, ensuring that you only pay for items and components when necessary, plus keeping surplus stock to a minimum.

The impact of inflation on businesses

In recent years, inflation and price hikes have become the new norm. The cost of living has risen drastically meaning businesses are feeling the pinch more than ever. From manufacturing to retail, every sector is having to handle the consequences of increased expenses. This is where effective inventory management, steps in as a saving grace for businesses seeking to stay afloat amidst this economic turbulence.

The inventory conundrum

In this era of uncertainty, it is paramount for businesses to be aware of their inventory levels. Surplus stock can tie up capital, lead to increased storage costs, and ultimately erode profits. Conversely, inadequate stock levels can disrupt production, leading to missed sales opportunities and potentially harming your reputation with customers. Striking the right balance is the key.

Are your stock figures accurate and managed well?

You could be holding too much capital within your stock, or you could be running out of space to store goods coming in yet feel like you aren't gaining any space when goods are going back out the door.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can be the answer you have been looking for.

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How can ERP help?

ERP systems can revolutionise the way you manage your inventory. ERP systems provide full visibility into your inventory, offering a comprehensive solution to the challenges posed by rising costs and inflation.

Helping your business to thrive

  1. Real-time Inventory Updates: One of the most significant advantages of an ERP system is its ability to provide real-time updates on your inventory. When an item is picked off the shelf or enters the warehouse, the system can instantly reflect the change. This level of accuracy ensures that your sales and purchasing teams have access to live, accurate information enabling them to make informed decisions. Mobile devices are a great tool that could help support this efficiently by using barcode scanning and providing accurate shop floor data.

  2. Just in Time Inventory Management: With ERP Systems, you can implement a just-in-time inventory management strategy. This means you only reorder stock as and when you need it, reducing costs for holding stock, preventing overstocking situations, and reducing obsolete stock. This approach is particularly valuable when dealing with fluctuating prices, as you will not be stuck with expensive excess inventory.

  3. Optimised Labour Allocation: Efficient inventory management is not just about saving on inventory costs; it is also about optimising labour resources. An ERP system can help you allocate labour wisely on the shop floor reducing downtime and increasing overall productivity.

  4. Accurate Valuation: Knowing the value of the stock on your shelves is critical for financial reporting and decision-making. ERP systems provide precise valuation of each item in your inventory, allowing you to have a clear picture of your assets and liabilities.

In conclusion, one of the best ways to survive and thrive in your business is to manage your inventory expenses well. Ensuring you are not burdened with excess stock, capital tied up in stock sitting on the shelf and unnecessary expenses. By embracing the tools within an ERP System, you can help safeguard your business against the rising tide and set it on a pathway towards sustainable growth. Don’t watch your £’s, manage them wisely with the help of ERP.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Warehouse Management Systems, Cost saving

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