Books open a world of possibilities. New places, ideas, cultures, and more. The printed word remains vital in our ever-changing world, but how does your business remain current while delivering the goods and services that your customers expect? After all, this is the Digital Age, and consumers’ expectations are constantly changing and growing beyond what previous generations could have even conceived of.
But don’t worry too much about that fact. The truth is that just as demands have been going up, technology and the means of providing for those demands have also been steadily increasing while also becoming more readily available to a greater number of businesses. Even small and medium-sized businesses now have access to the same inventory software and other tools that large organizations do. And that is welcome news as we turn the page on history and enter a new world of book inventory software.
For your book manufacturing, distribution, or retail business, streamlining processes and reducing downtime through inventory management software may be the key to your next great chapter. We mean that both literarily and literally.
Like any good book, let’s begin with a table of contents. We will address the following topics as we uncover the inner workings of book inventory software and its effects on these important parts of doing business:
Let's start sifting through each of these important points.
Ensure greater customer service by maintaining a reliable amount of inventory always in stock to meet demand and avoid sending away willing customers empty handed.
- Point of Sale: Sell products directly to customers and receive payment.
- Reports: Customer histories offer insight and opportunity.
- Work Orders: From simple to complex, purchase to delivery, stage your entire process.
Access clear information that is up to date in order to make informed decisions on purchasing more of certain items and less of others.
- Barcoding: Create integrated SKU or incorporate existing book call numbers.
- Wireless Device: Eliminate manual audits and second-guessing.
- Part Tracking: Know what is coming or going, with landing costs already factored in.
Put materials, contacts, and availability at your immediate disposal so that you will stay in control of your supply chains.
- Order Management: Develop vendor histories and auto-ship what you need.
- Purchasing: Track all associated costs of a product and stay on-budget.
- Multi-location: Monitor all assets and supplies regardless of geography.
Know all the when's, where's, and what's involved in the shipping process to make sure packages are picked up and delivered on time.
- Tracking: Follow your purchases and shipments from beginning to end.
- UPS Integration: Reap the benefits of cost-to-time options.
- Drop ship: Connect your customers directly while building your brand.
Books and the printed word date back centuries, and their introduction heralded the beginning of the Renaissance and the end of the Middle Ages. They democratized knowledge and allowed ideas to spread like wildfire to the masses. And now, with the addition of inventory software, your business can stay up to date and be ready to deliver the next great page-turner.
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As a postscript, we’ll reiterate that inventory software helps book sellers manage the following areas of their business: