Should You Be Going Mobile? Inventory Software for The Next Generation
Inventory management plays a vital role in the success of any organization. Taking control of inventory levels means making diligent use of your organization’s inventory management software — software that enhances procedures and processes as well as providing superior tools to utilize the results of a physical inventory.
Mobile inventory software — that is to say, inventory software that runs on or is accessible from a mobile device like an iPad or other tablet — it places your organization in a better position to gain control over physical inventory processes. How?
Placing Orders From the Field
When your inventory can be accessed from a mobile device — i.e. anywhere you have cell reception — your field staff can read stocks on the move. That means that they can order supplies the moment they reach the appropriate levels without having to wait until they’re in the warehouse or other relevant facility to do so.
Enhancing Field Service
Many organizations benefit from having strong mobile field service capacity — but in many instances, field service is limited by the information they have about their own supplies. When mobile inventory software is accessible from anywhere in the field, your agents that are out servicing customers or communicating with vendors always have the most accurate, up-to-date numbers available.
Processing Unusual Transfers
Warehouse-to-warehouse transfers have significant procedures in place to ensure that the inventory in each warehouse is correctly marked as leaving or arriving — but when you’re moving goods to a new place, or putting it in an unusual facility temporarily, those procedures can become a nightmare of paperwork. Mobile inventory software allows you to generate a new “warehouse” ID and transfer items to it on the fly, even if all you’re doing is putting an asset in the building’s hallway while it waits for the vendor to take it away for repairs.
These are just a small sampling of the benefits that your company can get by switching out their existing, server-based inventory management system for a modern, mobile, cloud-based system that can be accessed from anywhere — but reading about it doesn’t do it justice. Give it a try and you’ll see just how impressive the change can be.