Stock control Software - What is it? and why do you need it?
Managing stock effectively is important for any business, because without enough stock, production and sales will grind to a halt. Stock control involves careful planning to ensure that the business has sufficient stock of the right quality available at the right time.
Stock can mean different things and depends on the industry the firm operates in. It includes:
In order to meet customer orders, a product has to be available from stock!
If a business does not have the necessary stock to meet orders, this can lead to a loss of sales and a damaged business reputation. This is sometimes called a ‘stock-out’.
It is important therefore that a business either holds sufficient stocks to meet actual and anticipated orders, or can get stocks quickly enough to meet those orders. For a high street retailer, in practice this means having the right amount of the right products on the shelves.
However, poor stock control can lead to problems associated with overstocking as well. There are many costs of holding stock, so a business does not wish to hold too much stock either.
If a business holds too much buffer stock (stock held in reserve) or overestimates the level of demand for its products, then it will overstock. This increase costs for businesses as holding stocks are an expense for firms for several reasons.
The costs of holding stock include:
This is where Blue-Logic can help!
With the extensive range of features in our stock control, warehouse management and order processing software system you can set minimum order levels so you will never overstock or run out of essential goods from suppliers. This in turn will ensure that your customers are satisfied and potential customers then have plenty of goods in your portfolio to choose from! This will ensure good stock management. By ensuring careful planning and good decisions regarding stock quality and accessibility, you will be safeguarding your business future
Stock management - Why do we really need it?
Good stock management will lower costs, improve efficiency and ensure production can meet fluctuations in customer demand. It will give you a competitive advantage as more efficient production can feed through to lower prices and also customers should always be satisfied as products will be available on demand.
Many accounts packages also boast that they have "Stock Control Software" features, but they lack in many areas in comparison to Blue-Logic. They just don’t have the flexibility and control that an efficient stock control software system should have, as they were not designed to deal with the complexities of stock management that Blue-Logic does.