Why You Need to Digitise Your Stocktake Now
There has been lots of discussion over the last year about the importance of going digital with your processes. It makes complete sense based on what we have seen and experienced during the ongoing pandemic. You might be a business owner who has been putting off digitising your food inventory management system. Or perhaps even waiting until anything external is over. We’d like to explore today why you shouldn’t wait until then to get the ball rolling on it. Let’s start by looking at why a digital stocktaking process is the way forward during this time
- It supports staffing issues.
From needing to stagger shifts to the dreaded, sudden close contact message as well as cases of the coronavirus itself, the staff rota can change in a nanosecond. Having food stocktaking software means that you can still monitor this situation even if there are unexpected changes to your staffing system.
- It allows for flexibility of location.
Digitising your stocktaking means you are not reliant on someone being on the ground or in the office to get the information needed. You can access the data from your device, and that’s wherever you are. Choosing a platform that allows for multi-site inventory management makes this even better..
- It lets you respond to your customers.
We’ve witnessed sudden changes to customers’ needs as well as their trends. And we’ve especially seen this in food with the advent of panic buying and certain products in higher demand than others. Food inventory management software allows you to keep a close eye and respond to your customers’ wants and needs.
These are all solid reasons to implement a digital stocktaking system now, one that addresses these needs. But why not wait until a later date? There are a few reasons that go beyond the impact of the pandemic.
- You’ll be left behind.
This is as straightforward as it sounds because you will. Companies were going digital with their processes before the pandemic, and its arrival only served to force more businesses to opt for it. Don’t wait and find yourself in a situation where business operations have moved with the times, but your business hasn’t.
- It overrides change.
Having a digital food inventory management system is a great way to tackle changing patterns and, as we’ve seen, even global obstacles.
Technology can quickly adapt, so a digital stocktaking platform is the most pandemic or change-proof type of system you can have.
- Anything can change
Most importantly, if we have learned anything from the pandemic, don’t put something off you can do now. Improving your food stocktaking system should be no different.
Another benefit of digitising the process, either side of this time, is that it improves engagement. Manual stocktaking isn’t exactly every staff member’s idea of an enjoyable day at work. Going digital immediately makes it more engaging, which is especially helpful during this time when everyone’s lives have been disrupted. It also does the heavy lifting for your staff and gives them more time to focus on other areas of their job. It also empowers your team to come up with solutions to reduce food waste and improve food margins. This makes the whole process more operationally efficient.
It’s important to remember that you can start this process today. The onboarding is straightforward meaning you can avail of the support this software gives businesses during the pandemic and beyond. We believe in the power of having a digital food inventory management system that gives you the flexibility, visibility and the type of sustainable accuracy you need in your stocktaking process. Don’t wait, and Go DigiTally today.