As consumers we've become used to the way retail chain stores keep track of the type and number of products they have on hand at any time. They do it with barcodes and inventory control software running on a computer somewhere deep in the administration area of the business.
Contrast this with a typical small business where, for one reason or another, that same level of sophisticated inventory control is simply not in place. That may be because many small businesses do not carry enough product lines to justify such a system. But it may also be that the owners are not aware of the advances in inventory control software and systems that have taken place over the last few years.
The big question for every business is whether the outlay in money and resources required to install and implement an inventory control system is justified by the return. Can such a system be implemented for a reasonable cost? Will it be difficult to maintain? Will new staff be required to administer it? And will the efficiencies realized by such a system make it all worthwhile?
The simple answer to all these questions is that inventory control software is now available for a surprisingly low implementation and administration cost. And that puts sophisticated inventory control systems within the reach of virtually all small and medium sized businesses.
That is not surprising given the rapidly expanding impact of small businesses on virtually all sectors of the economy. The impact of computers continues to be felt on all aspects of our lives. And small business is no exception.
In fact this is where much of the growth for the foreseeable future is likely to take place. As software designers apply their skills to developing products for small business, we can expect costs to continue to go down and capabilities continue to go up. And that is exactly what has happened in the area of inventory control software.
Today's small business owners would be wise to take a fresh look at these new inventory control products.
There are low cost systems which will track inventory in a number of ways, including by serial number, lot, pallet, purchase order, or date code. The same software makes it possible to print inventory labels and custom labels for products with barcode label software that is included in the inventory control solution. And of course such a system will generate comprehensive reports and overviews to help the small business owner better manage company inventory.
The greatest advantage of this new generation of inventory software is its ease of use. Small business owners rarely have minutes so spend on implementing and maintaining a new inventory system. So it is absolutely crucial that the inventory control package they purchase be easy to install and implement, and even easier to maintain on a day-to-day basis.
An up-to-the-minute inventory control system, with all of its labor, time, and money-saving features, is no longer available only to large companies. Accurate and efficient inventory control is now within the reach of even the smallest of businesses.