Small businesses often have challenges when they grow and expand their market. What worked effectively for managing a smaller, single outlet retail location become more challenging as inventory grows and multiple locations are added on.
To address these issues, small businesses turn to retail inventory management software. Choosing a software provider with the ability to customize the system to meet the unique requirements of the business will add three important benefits over the current inventory management process in place.
Transparency of Movement
It is relatively easy to track product from the manufacturer or vendor to the main location in any small business, but internal tracking can be vague or even completely unmonitored.
By using retail inventory management software, all internal transfers of inventory are recorded and tracked, allowing for more effectively plan deliveries, cost reductions of handling inventory multiple times and even prevention of lost inventory within a multi-location business.
Central Control and Automated Ordering
Having the ability to set pricing on inventory from a central control panel is critical. This allows responsiveness to market trends, which can help companies avoid being left with excess merchandise which will need to be sold for a loss.
At the same time, automated ordering can be set up through retail inventory management. This allows the system to track inventory across all locations, ordering when a specific low inventory level is reached based on real-time sales.
Preventing Costly Inventory Mistakes
With the automated ordering, there is the ability to avoid over and under ordering of a particular product. With the ability to also order when the business purchase price reaches a particular point, it is also easier to keep inventory costs low and take advantage of the manufacturer’s need to offload excess production.