Why the food industry needs inventory visibility

22nd February 2017


For management in the food industry, exercising control over stock and inventory can be an ongoing challenge without the right systems in place. Due to the fluctuations in stock caused by customer variables and perishable or wasted inventory, optimising your stock can prove an arduous task.

This is why many large food businesses deploy costly, yet rigid, inventory management systems to meet their warehouse and stock control needs. However, even for big businesses, this is still an expensive and overly complicated solution, often forcing the organisation to fit into the framework of the system and not the other way around. 

In 2015, the total loss of revenue due to overstocked or out-of-stock items reached over US$1 trillion.

Software that can be tailored for your business

The right structured stock software should be one that is tailored to suit the needs and requirements of your business - not just in its current state, but as it evolves. Control over your inventory encourages growth, ensures that you consistently meet the needs of your customers, and boosts profitability and productivity. In short, a customisable inventory management system is the key to taking your business in the right direction. 

A large element of success in the food industry depends on visibility throughout the supply chain. When working with perishable gods or those with a short-shelf life, it's critical management are able to account for all goods at all times. Visibility, in this instance, leads to fewer stock losses due to mishandled or misplaced inventory. 

Ensuring your stock is kept at the required level is also crucial to the growth of your business. Meeting the demands of customers isn't exactly easy, and without a detailed and understandable overview of your inventory and supply, it can be difficult to project the ongoing needs of your business. 

Warehousing software can help avoid stock wastage.Warehousing software can help avoid stock wastage.

According to RetailWire, in 2015 the total loss of revenue due to overstocked or out-of-stock items reached over US$1 trillion, with internal processes accounting for $284.9 billion of this - personnel issues were responsible for $259.1 billion.

Take control of your stock with Advanced Business Manager

At ABM, we believe control over your business is the first step to success. That's why we'd love to talk with you about how our software can fit into your business, and not the other way around. 

If you'd like to see what our powerful core accounting software and additional modules can offer you in providing control of your inventory, get in touch with our team today for a free demo.