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How Inventory Control Software Can Help Your Auto Repair Business
Let’s face it. Customers hate waiting, especially when it comes to their vehicles.
When you are running a business such as an auto repair shop, there are enough moving parts to keep track of. Inventory control software can help by giving you the tools to manage your stock levels and improve your cost control process.
Trying to find a CV axle in the middle of a job should be the least of your worries. Let inventory control software keep track of your parts, so you can get back your customers.
A good inventory control software will allow you to:
- control inventory
- search and track items
- ensure adequate supplies
- increase warehouse/storage productivity
- reduce paper flow
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Once you start loading your stock into the system and develop a history, your software will let you know if you need to order a new part, where it is located, shipping times, and sales trends.
With inventory control software, you can keep track of the inventory you don’t own, but must pay for at the time of sale. This way you can generate reports on unsold inventory, and well as inventory sold on consignment, but not yet paid for.
Finding inventory quickly is essential in getting the job done. With the right software, you will be able to find parts via the supplier’s part number, product description, supplier name, main and sub category and via other means.
As part of an integrated system, inventory control software tracks inventory levels, orders, sales and deliveries all with a few clicks of the mouse on your computer.
You can avoid overstocking and outages better and organize inventory data without ever having to write it down as hard copy or on a spreadsheet. Your information will be easily traced, and you won’t have to worry about scraps of paper ever being lost again.
Investing in small business management software will not help you manage your inventory, but also with point of sale (POS) and accounting.
For more on how inventory control software can help your business, read our article on how to Keep Customers Happy with Good Stock Levels.
Windward Software is offering its next webinar on Reporting on Sales, May 2 at 1 p.m. PT. You can learn about the reporting side of Windward’s System Five with a concentrated look at sales reports. See what top items are, how to be prepared for seasonal sales, and how to determine your slow moving items. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Windward’s automotive repair software offers flexible point of sale, accounting and inventory control designed specifically for the automotive repair and parts sales industry. Our software works for both small and big businesses.