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Business Management with SIMMS

Very often administrators must coordinate their staff to handle seasonal maladies that affect production teams. A bout of flu can quickly decimate an office, and departmental control can be seriously challenged.

With SIMMS Inventory Management system, users can rotate in and out the workers with ease. Administrators can choose which features and details each user can have, thus increasing security of your information.

Also, Kitting and Project Management are easily handled and shortages in manpower allow for easy addition of short-term workers. In addition, when some employees take vacation time in the fall and their days are booked off, the administration of the change in personnel for the period(s) in question can be handled with ease and accuracy.

Contact KCSI today to discover more about how SIMMS can help your business achieve even greater productivity.

EarlY ACHIEVEMENTS

3500 BC to 2900 BC: The Phoenicians develop an alphabet. The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing-pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets. The Egyptians develop
hieroglyphic writing.

1775 BC – The Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left to right.

1400 BC – Oldest record of writing in China, on bones.

1270 BC – The first encyclopedia is written in Syria.

900 BC – The very first postal service, for government use, in China.

776 BC – First recorded use of homing pigeons used to send a message the winners of the Olympic Games to Athenians.

530 BC – The Greeks start the very first library.

– 170 BC: Papyrus rolls and early parchments made of dried reeds-first portable and light writing surfaces.

– 100 BC: Human messengers on foot or horseback common in Egypt and China with messenger relay stations built. Sometimes fire messages used instead of humans.

14 AD- The Romans establish postal services.

37 – Heliographs – Roman Emperor Tiberius uses mirrors to send messages.

105 – Tsai Lun of China invents paper as we know it. Many say that this, along with the invention of the wheel, where what changed the world most.

305 – First wooden printing press invented in China, which used symbols carved on a wooden block.

1049 – First movable type, clay, invented in China by Pi Sheng.

Data Integrity with SIMMS

The SIMMS Inventory Management system enables users to keep confident of their data and system.

Firstly, backups of SIMMS Installer files should be made each time a service pack or full version is released. This always guarantees you have the tools available to re-establish your installation in case any update to your operating system or its features.

Secondly, your company files (databases) can be backed up as often as one’s in-house IT Department schedules them. If each week sees dozens of transactions occurring then weekly backups are advised and can be performed manually by any administrative user. If your established backup protocol is either more often or less often than weekly, then you can conduct the backup process any time.

Regular backups guarantee the integrity of your data at all times and make for easy restoration at whatever time you want or need to perform one.

Contact KCSI today to learn the simple steps to accomplish true security of your SIMMS system.

Improve Your Turnover Rate with SIMMS

Often we wonder how to improve our turnover rates, which are the true mark of inventory management success. Having the stock on hand to easily fill any orders made by customers is the ideal, because inventory is only worthwhile if it is available when it is needed, so that the goal of converting it back into capital as soon – and as often – as possible can be met. The most robust and complete collection of features and functions available from any inventory and accounting software package in the world today awaits your use when you choose SIMMS.

Sales precision, purchasing reliability, scheduling, optimized manpower, shipping, receiving – all aspects of commerce are under your complete control, and with a comprehensive collection of reports on all aspects of your business, you can make the adjustments you need to keep the lead in your industry or business quarter.

SIMMS Inventory Management software helps you track the items that sell, as well as the ones that don’t, and then make quick improvements to your bottom line. Contact KCSI today to learn more about the advantages that SIMMS can bring to your company. ?

Choosing the Right Inventory Person

Far too often companies wait and wait before realizing the importance of having someone serve as their inventory specialist. Inventory is too often handed to someone unfamiliar and unprepared. There is always someone who has the natural skill set to do well in such an important position. Never choose just anybody. Give the inventory tasks to several within your organization and you’ll soon discover which person has the natural talent. The ones with ideas for improvement and the ability to both voice and implement the ideas are a valued asset to your company.

Don’t waste people where they will not excel — put the best people into every department if you truly wish to succeed. Once your inventory person is chosen, everyone else must know it, and further know that he or she will be using THE state-of-the-art inventory management solution: SIMMS.

Don’t waste either time or talent: contact KCSI today to help us help you improve your business with the right software in the hands of the right person.

Item Naming with SIMMS

Often your customers have a name or number for items that they require for them to do what they do. Equally, your own vendors have an in-house reference for stock pieces that they sell to you.

In both cases, these names and references are often different than the ones you use. SIMMS Inventory Management software takes these into consideration by allowing you to assign aliases — in unlimited amounts — to the items you stock and designate these aliases to specific vendors and/or customers. Therefore, when your order arrives at a vendor, they see not only your names and numbers, but they also can see their own, which leads to greater accuracy from their shipping department. Similarly, your shipments to your customers arrive with invoices and packing slips bearing item references instantly familiar to their receiving departments.

Contact KCSI today to learn more about the use of aliases to contribute to greater accuracy and satisfaction at all steps of your stock management.

Inventory Valuation with SIMMS

The calculation of landed costs for your stock items can require a slide rule, an abacus and a compass at times. Lacking familiarity with the correct formulas needed to calculate the numbers you need before your markup goes on top can make this a challenge to the best of your inventory personnel.

SIMMS Inventory Management automatically calculates landed costing for you, assuring the accuracy of your projected profits and letting you focus more time on other matters. Contact KCSI today to learn how SIMMS can take care of this task automatically for you.

ITEM VALUATION IN SIMMS

SIMMS Inventory Management software’s Item Valuation features permit users to implement within the system the valuation method that best suits their company’s needs. A choice of six leading-edge valuation methods makes SIMMS the most comprehensive package on the market today. Whether your business is in the service industry, providing products or goods, or wanting to be a greater competitor in your local or national economy, valuation is an important decision to help you keep on top of your market.

Overall FIFO (First-in, First-Out), Local FIFO, LIFO (Last-In, First-Out), Average, Weighted Average and Standard Valuation provide different advantages, depending on the needs of your company. The first principal of inventory management is to stock only the goods that you have a demand for. The second principal is convert stock items back into cash as soon as possible. SIMMS can help you achieve those two important goals.

In today’s economy, inventory turnover is of utmost importance. While dealing with rising prices for raw materials and a demand for a wide array of goods required by your customers, the wise choice is to plan for tax savings and the avoidance of debt — companies need to invest money only in stock that is selling, and not base their payments for stock on future sales: they win by owning the items in their warehouse outright, and organizing themselves to most efficiently move the stock out the door. Maximizing your cash flow and minimizing your tax burden and debt load should be the goal, and SIMMS Item Valuation features allow you to employ the best method to help you succeed.

Vendor Costing with SIMMS

SIMMS Inventory Management software provides a dynamic feature for controlling the numerous aspects of the process of Vendor Costing. Businesses often receive the same items from various vendors based upon their availability and best costs. With SIMMS, each item can be set with particular aliases (vendor-specific names or numbers) and separate costs for each vendor; this enables the user to choose at any time the vendor he/she wants following quick phone calls to the various vendors to ascertain if the item is in stock.

Users can combine multiple items needed from one particular vendor onto one particular purchase order, thus providing the fluidity of purchasing most companies require. The aliases allow for the accurate selection of items with their vendor-specific details, assuring that the items you need are clearly listed for your suppliers. Users can easily access references to the vendors used and edits needed can be performed quickly and easily.

As costs change and/or items pass from usage to be replaced by different or newer pieces, old costs and items can be amended or replaced smoothly, and lists of the new items can be produced in various report forms so your sales department can keep up with the pieces your company now offers. When combined with the seamless link between SIMMS’ inventory information and industry-standard accounting features, the addition or removal of stock pieces within the system give you count control and accurate financial information so you know where the bottom line is at all times. SIMMS’ Vendor Costing feature is just one more tool that will help you keep ahead of your competition.

The Wisdom of Backup with SIMMS 2018

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SIMMS 2018 Inventory Management system enables users to keep confident control of the security of their data and system.

  • Backing-up SIMMS Installer files should be made each time a service pack or full version is released;
  • Your company files (SIMMS databases) should be backed-up based on the standard backup schedule of your IT Department. If dozens of transactions occur each week then weekly backups are advised and can be performed manually by any administrative user.

Contact us today to learn the simple step to accomplish true security of your SIMMS system. We take great pride in continuing to build the evolving and practical software package you need to help your business grow.

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