There’s a good selection of digital tools you can use today to help save time and money.
This is the second instalment in a series of three articles designed to show you how to put digital tools to work in managing your business more effectively. (Read also the first article related to wood purchasing)
Doing inventory manually put limits on any plant’s development
Even in the short to medium term, any wood-processing operation that still does its inventory manually is at serious risk of being left behind. It really comes down to a question of survival to be able to reliably know in real time what you have in inventory at any time so you can organize your production and manage your sales more effectively.
Before EFFECTO, many users would tell us they would spend at least several days a month making the rounds trying to get an accurate count of the wood they had in stock…and never get it right anyway. Manually counting and tracking on paper with multiple Excel files takes an incredible amount of time and is a source of errors on a daily basis, and a true horror story when yearend inventory comes around. The most common problems encountered include:
- Costly administrative resources dedicated solely to entering endless production and consumption inputs and outputs
- Cannot reliably plan sales and production because data is never accurate in real time
- Production planning errors due to last-minute changes
- Sales errors and failure to meet deadlines
While the impact is primarily financial, errors and wasted time also affect efficiency and employee morale.