Inventory tracking is one of the most complex and vexingissues for pool, spa & hearth retailers and wholesalers. Virtually everything that happens in your business conspires to degrade inventory accuracy. Service employees don’t write things down, sales staff give items away, operations people forget or don’t have time to process RGA’s…the list goes on.
Welcome to the final installment in our series on how to select the right POS & Business Management Software for your business! Today we’ll be discussing the implementation process and what you should consider before selecting a software provider.
The Implementation process of a new software program is not a small undertaking. There can be many challenges; however, with proper preparation you can limit any confusion or frustration. Knowing the common challenges implementation clients experience may help you better prepare for your implementation. There are five main things you need to be aware of in order to create a solid project plan and realistic goals.
Research and Deduction
This post is part two of a three part series on how to select the right POS & Business Management Software for your business. The second step is selecting the right software vendor for your company and considerations for hardware which we will be discussing today.
After you’ve thoroughly analyzed your business processes, made your wants and needs list, and thought about where your company will be in 5-10 years, it’s time to start looking at potential software programs. Here are some steps to guide you through researching solutions, and the process of elimination:
Evaluation & Preparation
This post is part one of a three part series on how to select POS & Business Management Software for your business. The first stage is preparation which we will be discussing today.
Choosing a major software package is not a decision that should be made lightly. A smart shopper evaluates the item they are interested in before ever putting money down. Think of it this way, you wouldn’t buy a new pair of shoes without checking the size, trying them on to see how they fit and asking questions. Choosing a software program should be no different.
Every year, pool, spa and hearth retailers and business owners alike, come face-to-face with the task of having to conduct physical counts. Conducting a physical count can be a long, pain-staking process if you and your team are not prepared. Below are some best practice techniques that can help you conduct a speedy and efficient physical count.
No, not those drawers (that’s none of my business). I’m talking about the ones with all the cash! Over the years, I’ve been surprised at the stories I’ve heard from business owners that experienced employee fraud or embezzlement. Many times, the situation was preventable with a little oversight and tight process control. Believe it or not, the easiest place to start is your cash drawers.