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5 Industries That Benefit Most From Inventory Control Software

 No matter what size a company is, keeping track of inventory can be a daunting task.  However, an efficient inventory tracking system is key when it comes to solidifying your company’s long-term success.  When you have an established system to track purchasing trends and see how they compare to product volume; you will be able to better serve your customer’s needs.  Every business owner knows that without customers a business exists without a purpose.  Catering to client needs with professionalism and efficiency is essential whether you have ten regular customers, or thousands of them knocking on the door.

Inventory control software gives you a digital advantage when it comes to updating inventory.  It also saves you time by eliminating the need for manual inventory tracking.  The software automatically keeps you up-to-date on where your inventory is located, areas that need to be replenished and product availability.  At the touch of a button, these programs can also perform product assessments and pricing calculations.  Here are five industries that have a lot to gain by utilizing inventory control software:

1.)   Small businesses-While bookkeeping and inventory within a small company may not be necessarily complex, it can be costly.  Inventory control software eliminates the need for start-up businesses to hire an employee to count inventory manually.  It can also save business owners time by avoiding the need for longhand calculations and fines that are associated with errors on IRS forms during tax season.

2.)   Retail-Inventory control software not only tracks individual store inventory, but can provide a comprehensive assessment of multiple store locations.  This greatly benefits companies that host nation-wide locations.

3.)   Transportation-As an industry whose foundation lies almost entirely on logistics; incorporating a system that is able to track inventory movement as well as warehouse statistics, is imperative to successful management and profits.

4.)   Distribution Centers- Expecting centers within the distribution industry to provide manual inventory efforts is a nearly impossible task.  When dealing with potentially hundreds upon thousands of orders on a weekly basis, the distribution industry would benefit greatly from an automated inventory system that allows for quick access to product availability and shipment statistics without the hassle of manual tracking.

5.)   Online Businesses-virtual businesses and contractors tend to have a higher volume of potential clients as their services can be accessed digitally, and do not require proximity to headquarters.  Inventory control software allows online companies to manage a high quantity of orders and keeps owners on track with product availability. This leads to greater customer satisfaction overall.

The benefits for online companies and freelance contractors

Where small business and online companies collide, inventory control software may be even more helpful.  Many individuals are striking out on their own to create personal online businesses as a way to combat a struggling economy.  Websites like ebay.com and etsy.com have created business portals where those looking to support themselves, their families or earn supplemental income can try their hand at online trading, auctions and sales.  Ebay sellers and auctioneers who are successful will find themselves inevitably faced with a substantial amount of inventory and hopefully, a competitive number of buyers or bidders.

In these cases, inventory control software may be the answer to keeping track of when to purchase more inventory and keep track of what has already been shipped out to customers.  It’s software that works for the single man or woman running a rather large, but independent online company. Similarly, those who are buying and selling on etsy.com are dealing with vintage inventory.  When working with a clientele base that values history and authenticity, knowing what is available and making sure you can guarantee delivery and quality is of the upmost importance.  Inventory control software can take the worry out of negotiations by virtually tracking product availability for you in advance.  This can avoid a great amount of hassle that could arise post-delivery if issues are not addresses beforehand.

Additionally, online freelance contractors are also dealing with a similar scenario. Often, a single person is attempting to manage multiple contracts simultaneously.  Individuals in this situation may want to utilize inventory control software as a way to save time on projects by not having to do each and every calculation and inventory count by hand.  More time for working on a contract means more deadlines met and ultimately, greater profit in the end.  Inventory control software mimics bringing an accountant on board for a freelance contractor and can ease some of the statistical worries that often plague a newly established online company. Whether you are a freelance writer, project manager, artist or other type of service provider, this software may be an investment worth the price in peace of mind.

Whether it’s being utilized industry wide, or integrated into a private business, inventory control software aims for quality and efficiency when it comes to keeping a company’s statistics in line with their big-picture goals.

Helpful Sources:

http://findaccountingsoftware.com/guide/application/inventory-control/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5089095_benefits-inventory-management-software.html

http://launchgrowjoy.com/how-inventory-management-software-can-benefit-your-small-business/#

 

Caitlyn Knuth is an Iowa native who was in love with writing before she could even spell. She published her first poem at age 13 and from there, decided she wanted to see the world and capture it on paper.  From 2006 until 2010, she lived and studied in Paris, France as she worked towards a graduate degree in Global Communications at The American University of Paris. Opportunities to work at The International Herald Tribune and train at the CNN Paris Bureau allowed her to develop a diverse and flexible style of writing across multiple genres. 

An Interesting Look At Software Copy Protection

Software developers walk a fine line between satisfying their customers and fighting piracy. If you are a developer, there is no question that you need software copy protection. Yet the wrong type of protection can make it difficult for customers to access what they rightfully purchased. That leaves many developers wondering about the future of software copy protection.

While you should expect to see varying degrees of protection into the future, there are several features to watch for when narrowing down your choices. This is especially applicable in today’s world, where individuals and freelance companies are stepping into software development more and more, and where the risk of having date stolen or reproduced continues to grow as well.

Ease of Use

Developers of software copy protection programs understand that there are a wide range of applications to protect. They realize that software developers are looking for a sense of ease when integrating protection with their applications. Copy protection should set up quickly, yet be fully customizable. Watch for protection programs that let you install them without changing any lines of source code, whether it is software or hardware-based.

This ease of use is precisely what makes the future of software copy protection so bright. People want things to work quickly and as effortlessly as possible, which is why easily-adaptable protection programs are a must for all companies.

Both Hardware and Software Protection

The future of software copy protection should allow you to protect your software whether it is hardware-based or software-based. Although the highest amount of security is achieved with a hardware-based solution, your customers’ firewall can prevent USB devices from working.

Backwards Compatibility

If you developed your software in, say, the early 90’s, you should not have to worry whether or not any new software copy protection will be compatible with older copy. Expect to see complete backwards compatibility, without the need to make any changes, no matter when your software was originally protected. This means that the future holds nothing but ease of use, the ability to transition seamlessly to new products and technology, and more.

Service

What good is software copy protection if you do not know how to use it? Look for a provider that offers free integration support and user support. If you are a software vendor, you may want to share your protection amongst other vendors, splitting the cost. Look for protection that provides this service. Providers are becoming more aware of what developers are looking for when choosing protection, making it easier for you to protect your copy in the future.

Angie Friedel is a freelance writer living in Milwaukee, WI. She enjoys dividing her time between writing, reading, and spending time with her three year-old-daughter.

Creating A Content Marketing Culture

Content management is usually associated with the concept of customers, which makes sense.  However, it is important to understand that customers are not your only stakeholders, and it is even more important to provide appropriate content for all your readers.  In order to create a content marketing culture that is successful, you need to follow a few simple rules.

First, it is important to “understand and respect the current culture.”  The focus of this concept is continual innovation in respect to your current audience. This will, of course, change as society changes.  While it is important to remember your past, you need to continue inventing new content marketing that will remain relevant to your readers.
It is also important to have clear communication goals that will direct the focus of your marketing efforts no matter what your target audience or message vehicle may be.  You can get everyone on the same page by inviting your contributors, both internal and external, to discuss your company’s goals. Getting everyone on the same page will not only improve the content they are creating, but it will help present a focused marketing outreach that spreads a unified message throughout all channels.

According to an article that appeared on www.mashable.com, the Content Marketing Institute discovered that approximately 93% of professionals in the marketing field intend to create content marketing programs within the next year.  Whether you are blogging, tweeting, or simply posting articles on your social media pages, you are most likely creating brand awareness and buzz about your company, your products, or your services.
Brand awareness acts as a social SEO tool that pairs the online search rankings of your content with the verbiage, images, or other content that a potential customer calls to mind when they hear your name or remember something from your brand. When you think about laundry detergent, does Tide come to mind? When you think about online shopping, do you recall sites such as Etsy or Amazon?
Content marketing helps you attract your target audience and then keeps them coming back for more.

Some of the most simple ways to start a content marketing campaign include how-to articles, photos and videos that showcase your work, or even interviews with ley players in your organization.  All can create buzz about your business, resulting in an effective content marketing strategy.

The author, Stephanie, is a freelance writer that specializes in writing medical and business-related content. topics.  She draws inspiration from her life experiences and her vast work history in fields ranging from small business, corporate America, and freelance writing.

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