Netstock, a leader in inventory management software, recently conducted a survey of small and mid-sized businesses. The survey was designed to illuminate inventory management challenges faced by wholesale, retail, and manufacturing companies. Some interesting results emerged. A critical insight gleaned was that 78% of US SMBs are not currently using purpose-built Inventory Management Software.
At Netstock, we see this statistic as an invitation for supply chain businesses to reevaluate their current strategy and consider investing in an inventory management solution. Netstock's Predictive Planning Suite™ can help optimize inventory visibility, automate data, and reduce operating costs. Inventory optimization software should integrate seamlessly with your other office systems, like your Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC solution. Netstock does that and more.
Top Takeaways from the Survey
1. Underuse of purpose-built inventory management software
Remarkably, 78% of our respondents acknowledged that they are not using purpose-built commercial inventory management software. That statistic indicates a significant technology gap that may account for some of the supply chain challenges today's small and mid-sized companies face.
2. Unbalanced inventory
92% of those surveyed acknowledged significant supply chain disruptions over the past few years. These disruptions led to either a lack of inventory or an unacceptable amount of overstocked items. Excess inventory ties up working capital and challenges operational efficiency.
3. Rising storage costs
80% of companies expressed concerns about the escalating inventory storage costs over the past two years. Again, excess inventory adds to the financial pressure exacerbated by supply-chain disruptions.
4. Evaluating ROI of inventory management solutions
A noteworthy finding is that 82% of businesses surveyed said they need help quantifying their current inventory management system's ROI (return on investment). There should be no question about whether your system meets your needs and saves you money.
5. Strategic decision-making capabilities
Companies believe that supply chain technology should do more than fix operational problems. However, the majority of respondents have not invested in strategic solutions to address their supply chain issues. An astonishing 48% of respondents continue to rely on spreadsheets or in-house systems that don't integrate with their other office systems, making it difficult to share information or coordinate their efforts.
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