Darkness falls across the theater, a hush falling over the gathered crowd. The spotlight now shines upon you, the emerging Maestro. This moment is the culmination of time, hard work, and even some risk.
You raise your baton, the lights go up… but your orchestra is in disarray. Half of the woodwind section is missing, several string section members arrived with faulty instruments, and your principal percussionist had a previous engagement.
What happened? You were ready to unveil your latest symphony, but a disordered orchestral supply brought your concert to a halt.
In our businesses, whether dealing with products or services, inadequate or disorganized supply can prevent our own symphonies of business. How do we seize control of our orchestra, and maintain a working harmony?
Know Your Sections
Just as each member of an orchestra is assigned parts of music to perform, so too must your supply be prepared to fill orders.
Make better use of your UPC or SKU system, organized according to need. Do customers often order a set of supplies together? Keep them immediately accessible for faster order fulfillment.
Are your supplies scattered about? Create an organizational structure to reflect your varying supplies. Remember, an orchestra is organized relative to instrument type, thereby creating more uniform delivery. Perhaps your business can benefit from its own orchestral divisions.
Time Your Movements
The Maestro sets the pace and control of his or her orchestra, but is not meant to personally play each note or every instrument. Such is the advantage of customizable inventory supply software, allowing for personalized settings related to tracking, shipping, re-ordering, even reports and settings. Set the bar where you decide, and watch the software keep to your desired tempo.
Allow for Interpretation
Over time, varying styles and influences affect how musical works are played, and the same should hold true for your business. Customer needs change, markets shift, but you can keep current by the strength of data. Don’t listen to the flat notes of hearsay and outdated anecdotes, but follow hard data in tracking supply uptrends or downshifts, and apply your own masterstroke befitting of Mozart.
This is your symphony, your long-awaited concert. Take charge of your orchestra, arranges your sections, and with these preparations, give them a show to remember. You are the Maestro.