Automated Inventory System for a Small Business
January 15, 2015
Budget Plan for Automated Inventory System
Inventory systems can be a challenging and costly part of running a small business. Many businesses today are heavily reliant on automated inventory systems to alleviate the frustrations of manually tracking and reordering items. Automating the inventory system to a small business may seem costly, but it is really cost efficient and reduces the time consuming tasks involved with inventory. A key advantage of having an automated inventory system is producing an accurate count which can prevent costly issues. Several programs are available to keep track of ...view middle of the document...
The program in-Flow not only tracks barcodes, but it allows the user to track the inventory from various locations. The features in the program proves to be essential in doing inventory, which includes graphing, cost tracking, invoicing and purchase orders. The software is available for free and performs the essential functions but is limited to the amount of products and customers. The regular package of in-Flow would probably be more suitable offering unlimited services for products and customers. In addition, there is a premium package which allows more reports to be produced.
Another program that comes highly recommended is from Alexandria Computers LLC. Alexandria’s Point of Sale software or POS Maid serves as a complete tool which offers a quick inventory setup and includes alerts when items are running low. POS Maid also tracks items in multiple locations and includes invoicing, pricing, and reporting as well. In addition, the software imports and exports Excel data and uses an SQL structure to speed purposes. For an additional fee, customer support is included with POS Maid.
Emperium Retail’s Point of Sale software or EPOS proves to be efficient as well. The database for this software can be used in a storefront or a centralized location networked to individual stores. EPOS features includes financial analysis, bar code scanning and printing, purchase solutions, and enables the user to assist with promotional pricing for customers. This program is perfectly suited for inventory for a small business and comes at a low price.
Skyware Inventory is another recommended software that is well matched for flexibility and simplicity. The Skyware program is a web-based interface which features outbound item tickets, incoming inventory receipts, filters for item location, export files, and transaction histories. If any issues with the software come about, the page includes a help tap and a direct number for support. Skyware has received praises from numerous small businesses including various clothing stores.
Few issues may arise using a software for inventory. For instance, if installing or launching the program is an issue, the best solution is to do a full cleanup and reinstall. This entails removing...