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The essential role of stocktaking in warehouse management

In the world of Elovate warehouse management, stocktaking is not just a routine task, it’s a vital process that underpins the efficiency and effectiveness of our entire operation.

The process of stocktaking can take anywhere from a few hours to a week, depending on the size of your inventory. It’s important to get your stock take booked in with your account manager as far in advance as you can as it requires careful scheduling to ensure that the team can manage your inventory and count quickly and accurately with minimal downtime for your customers’ orders

Here’s some reasons why stocktaking is important – for us, and for you, our valued clients.

Inventory accuracy: At the heart of the stocktaking process is the goal of inventory accuracy – it’s about ensuring that what’s on the books reflects what’s physically present in the warehouse. This alignment is crucial for maintaining operational integrity as discrepancies – whether it’s overstocking or under-stocking – can lead to financial losses or missed sales opportunities.

Cost savings: Stocktaking is a financial safeguard for our clients. It prevents the unnecessary tie-up of capital in excess stock and avoids the pitfalls of over-ordering. By having a precise understanding of inventory levels, businesses can make informed procurement decisions, optimising inventory costs and enhancing profitability.

Meeting customer demand: A business that knows its stock can better serve its customers. Stocktaking ensures that we can meet your customer’s demands promptly, maintaining satisfaction and loyalty. It’s a proactive measure to prevent delays and disappointments, which can be costly to a business’ reputation.

Efficient procurement: With accurate stock data, businesses can streamline their procurement process. This efficiency not only saves time, but also ensures that the inflow of new products or materials is well-coordinated with the outflow of orders, maintaining a balanced inventory.

Control of old stock: Stocktaking helps in managing the lifecycle of stock. It ensures that older stock is moved through the system and cleared out, making way for fresh inventory. This control is vital for product quality and relevance in the market.

Implementing and checking barcoding: The implementation of barcoding systems has revolutionised stocktaking. It speeds up the process, reduces errors, and enhances data collection, contributing to better overall warehouse management.

With extensive knowledge and experience – alongside our significant resources, warehouse space and investment in technology – Elovate is perfectly placed to support your online business. Please click here to find out more about our eFulfilment solutions.

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