Lean and Mean Manufacturing Machine

To keep your business running at peak performance, you have to keep it healthy. To get your business into top shape you have to keep it lean by cutting any unnecessary overheads, while keeping it maintained with incoming capital, new products and a great team behind it.

A great strategy to keep your business moving in the right direction is lean manufacturing, The idea behind lean manufacturing is to give a monetary value to everything related to the manufacturing process. This will allow any inefficiency and unneeded spending to be quickly found and quashed, allowing the business more room for productivity.

If you want to have a more in-depth look at making your business work smarter, not harder you can have a look at this Forbes article by Fishbowl Inventory CEO David K. Williams, “The Question You Wish You Had Asked Yourself At Age 20.”

Now that you want to look at implementing this lean manufacturing process into your business, where do you start? Here are 5 tips to get  your business on its way to being a healthier and more productive entity.

  1. Start using Fishbowl Inventory for your everyday business processes
  2. Software training for your employees
  3. Use the you manufacturing software to automate a lot of business needs by setting production schedules, improve inventory levels, and reorder points
  4. Stay on top of trends in sales, and any other outside influences that can affect your business.
  5. Ask your employees what they believe needs improvement in the warehouse and business overall


Melbourne Cup Track(ing) Day

The race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup is once again upon us and this got me thinking about tracking. You might be watching the fillies on and off the track tomorrow, but for the other 364 days of the year you may need to keep track of your inventory.

While it may not be able to give you the winner of the Melbourne Cup, you can still backmelbourne cup and fishbowl inventory a sure thing with Fishbowl Inventory tracking options. Using serial, batch and expiry date tracking with powerful reporting tools Fishbowl will allow you to track where and the status of all the products you have on your shelves. This will allow you to easily and efficiently find the product when you need it, plus you will be able to see what is on backorder, how items are performing and other essential information to keep your business running optimally with the report options from Fishbowl Inventory. Go to our main website here to find out more about Fishbowl Inventory tracking options, or click the image above.

If you are interested in finding out how Fishbowl Inventory can help you keep track of your inventory, or you know how to pick a winner for the Melbourne Cup, do not hesitate to contact the office and speak with one of our Inventory Specialists on 1300 785 755 or send an email to sales@fishbowlaustralia.com.au. Have a great day and good luck with your betting!

7 Non-Negotiables of Winning

David K. Williams is the CEO of Fishbowl Inventory in the United States and has authored a book called the 7-Non-Negotiables of Winning, Tying Soft Traits to Hard Results. It is a great read for anyone interested in the mindset of a CEO that runs a highly successful company and winner of Amazon’s Business and Leadership Best Books of the Month for July 2013.

This is an extract from the 7NNs.com website:

When the leaders trust their employees and allow them creative freedom to try new things and nurture a caring, supportive culture, employees consistently achieve positive results. This book is for individuals who don’t feel like they fit the standard corporate mould and want to learn how to break the common maxim that a person’s worth is measured purely by their monetary value.

The 7 Non-Negotiables—Respect, Belief, Trust, Loyalty, Commitment, Courage, and Gratitude—were developed by the team at Fishbowl as they built a successful company, learning from their mistakes and embracing their failures as opportunities to learn. When incorporated into an organization or adopted on a personal level these valuable principles will change lives.

If you want to learn more about this amazing book from one of the most successful companies on the face of the planet right now, head over to the 7NN website here.


Inventory Management Software Tricks and Treats

inventory_tricksThis Halloween avoid ghoulish inventory and manufacturing process pratfalls by following a few tips from our Inventory Specialists here at Fishbowl Australia. Hopefully this list will make it easier to manage your stock and warehouse more efficiently.

The first tip is to ensure that all stock that arrives to your warehouse is placed into your system in a timely matter, trying not leave stock on your warehouse floor for too long. This will avoid any unnecessary re-ordering of stock and will make sure that when a customer wants an item you will have it on the shelf.

Another great tip is if you find that the warehouse is placing the wrong products in the system, it might be time to invest in a barcode scanner. This will improve accuracy in the stock placed on the shelves, as well as being able to track items and will make it easier when stocktake time rolls around.

For a full range on tips, tricks and how to get the most out of your inventory visit the wiki here. If you have any other questions or want to see Fishbowl Inventory in action, do not hesitate to call the office on 1300 785 755 and speak with one of our inventory specialists or visit our full site at http://www.fishbowlinventory.com.au.

Keeping up with Appearances (and New Features)

Every new Fishbowl Inventory release comes with a slew of new features and this might make it hard to keep up to date with them all. However, there is a way to keep your finger on the pulse so you do not skip a beat.

All the relevant information can be found in the New Features section.

Here you will find links to detailed information on any new feature that is relevant to you and your business.new_features

Any time a new version of Fishbowl Inventory is released the new features page will be updated with the newest version and features. The New Features page can be found at the main Wiki under News & Tips.

If you have any questions about the information found on the Wiki or to set up a demonstration of Fishbowl Inventory in action,  email sales@fishbowlinventory.com.au or call our office and speak to an Inventory Specialist on 1300 785 755.