Manufacturing organizations use supply chain management to move their finished goods from their factories, to their distribution centers, and then to their customers. Supply chain management is also used by organizations which supply raw materials, parts and components to the manufacturing firms. In this day and age it is important for organizations using supply chain management that materials are being moved through the system when needed in order to prevent outages and back orders. Web based inventory management software can provide assistance in ensuring inventories are never depleted.
Web based inventory management is different from other software solutions because it operates off a web based interface. Other software solutions require organizations to install the software onto servers which must be maintained with updates and upgrades. In addition each computer used to access the software must be licensed and may require software to be installed locally. Updates to available inventory in warehouses and distribution centers may happen only once a day which do not provide the most accurate data. Inventory shortages can arise causing production to cease on product lines or customers having to wait for back orders.
The organization which cannot fill the orders because raw materials or other products are on back order, end up spending more money and resources to fill these orders as quickly as possible. Expenses can include paying workers overtime pay to fulfill orders and expedited shipping charges. Web based inventory management can help prevent raw material and product shortages because the data is kept in real time, providing accurate data about current available inventory levels.
Organizations which use web based inventory management can customize the application to automatically reorder raw materials or other products when pre-established inventory levels are reached. This ability to have the application automatically submit orders eliminates the needs of having to have a person keep track of inventory levels and process orders manually, saving the company both time and money.
As companies continue to expand and grow globally, web based inventory management can provide better inventory control to allow people to quickly see product levels in any location around the world. Product lines can be better managed so that popular items in one location are stocked at higher levels while less popular items in that area are sent to other locations where they are needed instead. The proper management of warehouses by a company ensures that product is available in each market instead of products which are not desired.
Scout Software, www.scoutsft.com, provides web based inventory management solutions for organizations of any size. Their TopShelf inventory management product is a web based application which does not require dedicated servers, product updates or upgrades. All software maintenance, including updates and upgrades is handled by Scout Software. This web based product can be accessed from any computer, mobile web-enable cell phone or tablet device as well as through their own wireless bar code scanner.
Scout Software was founded in 2002 by Eric Luoma to provide software as service (SAAS) solutions for organizations. Since that time Scout Software has become a leading supply chain, inventory management, and warehousing software provider of web based inventory management solutions. For more information or to test drive one of their products, visit the website or call 651-964-3259.