Lauren writes about inventory for Sortly. Her favorite thing to organize? Her comically large collection of stuffed animals.Lauren
Poor inventory management is like a disease in the roots of a tree. You can see the impact in the leaves and branches, but the cause is deep below the surface. Here are six inventory questions frequently asked by small business owners like you—and how to answer them with a streamlined landscaping inventory management system.
Have you ever ordered a new part for a piece of equipment, only to find out later that you already had one sitting in one of your storage units? Have you run out of sprinkler pipe halfway through a job when you thought you had plenty in the trailer?
These may seem like somewhat small inconveniences, but the costs add up. An extra mower part requires putting money into something you may not need for a while. Running out of pipes mid-job requires a trip to the local hardware store to buy marked-up product. The good news is, these situations are totally preventable. Your landscaper inventory management software should do the following:
What started with a lawnmower and a lot of hard work has turned into a thriving business with equipment and materials spread around several locations. Just getting the right stuff to the right place at the right time can take up your entire day.
To coordinate so many locations, you’ll need a landscaper inventory management system that allows you to organize items by site and quickly, easily update the location of your stock as it moves from place to place.
Without a consistent inventory management system, you likely have minimal oversight as to who has your equipment. On one hand, you need to know which employee is using what. On the other hand, you don’t want to make it overly complicated for your crew to grab the tools and materials they need to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently.
To strike the right balance, you’ll need intuitive inventory management software that is hassle-free for your employees and requires no special technology or equipment. If your employees can easily check equipment in and out, you’ll know exactly when and why your inventory changes hands.
Picture this: you bulk-order a huge amount of plants at a great place. After keeping some in stock and using some of it for design projects, ALL the plants fall victim to a disease and die. Sounds like a disaster for your bank account AND your reputation, but if you have a great inventory management system in place, it doesn’t have to be so painful.
Your inventory management software should store details like where the plants were purchased and associated guarantee information. With a great inventory system, you can even find out which projects used the doomed vegetation and proactively remediate the situation for your clients.
Another useful benefit of implementing a landscaper inventory management system is that you’ll be able to set service schedule notifications for your equipment and machinery. Additionally, inventory management software will allow you to access service records without digging through your filing cabinet—or your trash can.
You didn’t get into landscaping because you just love sitting behind a desk staring at a computer all day. It’s a major bummer when inventory takes over your days and you barely step outside during working hours.
The solution is simple: an intuitive landscaping inventory management system. You’ll just need to lay the groundwork (pun intended!) by loading your inventory into the system… your software will do the rest.
Sortly is a super simple inventory and asset tracking system that enables you to visually track all your items and any of their details including quantity, price, and condition. Here are a few reasons that landscaping industry business owners choose Sortly:
You wouldn’t terrace a hill with a hand trowel. The right tools make all the difference between struggle and success. Discover the difference and give Sortly a try today for free!