Inventory management is seen as a simple task by many entrepreneurs as most often they have a storekeeper or inventory manager to deal with it. But when they are suddenly made responsible for the inventory under unavoidable circumstances, only then do they realize the importance of having a proper inventory management system in place.
Here are some very important pointers that you need to keep in mind!
Identifying best sellers
You need to first identify the best-selling items in your firm. Some firms have over a 100 best sellers while some have just 5! Whatever the case you need to ensure that you are aware of all the best sellers. If your different products have different seasonal demands then you need to identify them as well. Identifying the best sellers will help you understand what needs to be stocked and more importantly, when! Keep in mind that losing an order is endurable but if you lose the customer, you will be unable to recover them!
Accurate tracking system
Next, you need to have an excellent tracking system in place. You need to know what the exact quantity of stock is available in the warehouse, any items that have been given out on loan and the count of damages and etc. you need to have the exact figures and a good idea of the all the stock. Only then will you be able to manage everything properly. Keep in mind that it is very important to have the proper delivery notes, credit notes and return notes as well. It will be instrumental in managing your business finance in Hong Kong properly!
You also need to have a proper software system in place. The software system should not be just a spreadsheet software to enter the items, the quantities and their values. It should be an automated system that is able to make complex calculations as well. You can get a tailor made software to accommodate all your inventory needs. Even the reliable invoice discounting can be calculated with such a system. Investing in a good software will definitely be worth your money!
A very important aspect that most small and medium scale entrepreneurs miss out on is, to get a backup of the entire system. It is very important that you make a backup of all the inventory data. You can have it remotely backed up in a cloud or you could have a manual system of making the backup every day in storage tapes. You have many options today that you can easily find one that is suitable for you!