Category Archives: Stock Science

SIMMS 2017…the Top Choice

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SIMMS 2017 is the #1 cloud-based inventory solution for small business owners in the world today.

Benefits

  • Coordinate billing and ordering smoothly
  • Exemplary customer support
  • Run your business in the cloud
  • Straightforward and simple to use

Features

  • Accept online payments with 13 payment gateways
  • Create, send and manage your inventory online
  • Stay informed with one-click reporting
  • Track time and expenses

Give SIMMS 2017 a free trial today here:
http://simmssoftware.com/inventory-software/Download-Trial.aspx

 

Track Serial Numbers with SIMMS 2017

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SIMMS 2017’s Serial Number Tracking system manages an unlimited amount of serial numbers from the time they are received into inventory until the time they are issued. This information is permanently recorded in the system, allowing inventory control personnel access to a wealth of historical and validation information.

The information maintained by the Serial Number Tracking system is extremely helpful when returning a defective item to your vendor or when verifying a returned item from your customer. There will be no more endless searching through filing cabinets when you have the SIMMS Inventory Management system. Instead, the information is right at your fingertips, saving you both time and money.

SIMMS Serial Number features:

  • Assign serial numbers to items during or immediately following receipt of goods.
  • Assign serial numbers to your finished kit builds.
  • Assign up to two unique serial numbers per item.
  • Automatically generate your serial numbers or secondary user serial numbers with ease.
  • Drill down and view serial numbers related to items received or transferred and/or sold.
  • Easily assign serial numbers for kit components during a kit build.
  • Easily assign/sell serial numbers during or following the invoice.
  • Easily integrate barcode reader for items with serial number barcodes.
  • Easily select serial numbers during an inventory transfer.
  • Report on serial number activity by date, location or serial number.
  • Serial numbers can be entered/sold randomly or sequentially.
  • Trace a serial number in the system in little time.
  • Track specific cost by serial number sold.

Give SIMMS a free trial today for your serial number needs: http://simmssoftware.com/inventory-software/Download-Trial.aspx

Reduce Overstocking with SIMMS

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SIMMS 2017 can help users reverse the trend of stocking their shelves with too much inventory. By facilitating more manageable stock counts, your overhead is reduced and your profits are increased. Stock counts should increase only to prepare for anticipated orders, a habit that leads to a more immediate return on your company’s investment. An enlarged warehouse staff becomes unnecessary when immediate movement of stock becomes an ongoing stream managed by an organized team of personnel. Eventually, orders get handled more quickly and the process is streamlined.

Too often companies can fall into the bad habit of investing too much capital in their stock, and thus feel the crunch at month-end in their revenues.

To learn how SIMMS 2017 can make your inventory processes more efficient and more cost effective, give SIMMS 2017 a free trial here: http://simmssoftware.com/inventory-software/Download-Trial.aspx

The Inventory Specialist

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The greatest single asset any business can have regarding its inventory management is nothing more technical than a human being dedicated to the tasks required by inventory. Many businesses rely on machines from data collectors to security cameras but somewhere in the system must be an individual whose thorough understanding and adherence to sound inventory management standards. Armed with the most complete and easy-to-use tools – such as SIMMS Inventory Management software – this devoted employee can make all the difference to a company’s stock accuracy and customer satisfaction.

Someone must thoroughly understand the importance of supply chain science as well as be the versatile and reliable coordinator of physical ins and outs of the business. Inventory Lead Hands are a saving grace and few others have more knowledge of specifics of what you need.

Contact KCSI today to learn more about how a single person can use SIMMS to keep on top of your stock requirements.

Email is Over-used These Days

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We fire up our mail program and suddenly are inundated by an Inbox chock-full of what is basically rubbish. A recent podcast from The Economist about wikis concludes that as a professional culture we use email for something for which it was not designed. Roughly 30% of employees’ emails are spam. Not the Viagra kind of spam, but what is called “occupational” spam: emails from colleagues or new and existing companies fishing for our business.

How did email go from being a model of efficiency to something that bottlenecks our inboxes, overwhelming us with volume, and ending up stalling our productivity?

Email got its start as asynchronous communication – talking to people not online at the same time as we are. But even now that we’re more connected than ever, we continue to employ email in the same way.

Analysts recommend we use either the phone or instant messaging for the people who are around at the same time as us. For those who are not, halt! Don’t send that Word document via email; use a wiki instead.

Ask yourself: do we need a written and timed record when we ask for information or provide materials? If either qualification is unnecessary, then use a more rapid (and disposable) form of communication.

KCSI’s Software Development

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KCSI combines technical excellence and business consulting experience to create technology solutions that achieve challenging business goals. Our clients benefit from our ability to bridge the gap between business vision and real-world technology implementation.

Contact our business development team to learn more about our results-driven custom technology solutions.

Our custom application solution expertise spans the following areas:

  • Database Design & Development – Our database design and development team has broad and deep experience with all of the major database technologies: MySQL, SQL Server, Analysis Server, LINQ and ORM. In addition, our team is well-versed in OLAP and cloud storage solutions.
  • Microsoft .Net Development – The Microsoft .NET Platform is the software development framework for Microsoft Windows operating systems, that allows for custom application development for many business functions or proprietary software.
  • Mobile Application Development – Due to a convergence of factors including a multitude of hardware devices, reduction in price and performance improvements, mobile devices are now a viable application platform. We have extensive experience with application development across a wide variety of mobile platforms and in developing Enterprise Mobile Applications for clients. We have developed applications for mobile devices, including the iPhone™, iPad™, BlackBerry®, and Windows Mobile®.
  • Rich Internet Application (RIA) Development – Presenting a rich user experience on the web is virtually a must-have for companies wanting to distinguish themselves from the competition. Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) are Web apps that embody most of the characteristics of a desktop application. This means RIAs have a rich user interface and user experience – the consistency of each being controlled across operating systems. RIAs can be complex and difficult to design, develop and deploy and requires a deep understanding of the technology and the Rich Internet application framework being used.
  • Systems Integration & Custom Software Extensions – In our 18 years of experience, we have found that integrating technology systems can be one of the most frustrating technical hurdles facing many organizations. Voids existing between sophisticated applications can mean tremendous productivity loss as well as untold opportunity costs. It is also one of the hardest things to fix – causing many organizations to limp along with systems that don’t talk to each other.

KCSI has years of experience integrating not only our client’s systems, but our own systems as well. Contact our business development team today to learn how we can integrate your organization’s systems for an immediate return on investment.

7 Tips to Become More Productive

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No matter how hard we wish to deny it or change it, life is short. And each of us has so many things we want to do. Yet, there never seems to be enough time.

In fact, there is more time than most of us realize; we just waste so much of it. Here are seven tips I have observed to make more of your time. Use these for business. Use these for daily life. Or use these for any specific project you want to accomplish.

Start with a plan

The chances of ending up where you want to increase dramatically when you have a plan. A plan is simply a start point, an end point and a list of steps to take to get from start to end.

Write it down. A plan in your head is fine, but it’s like mist drifting through the air. When you write the plan down, it takes on a solid state. You are more likely to follow it. That’s why to-do lists are effective.

That does not mean the plan can’t change. Sometimes, there is a good reason to change plans:

  • you get a brainstorm
  • your situation changes
  • you find out that one of your assumptions is wrong

But altering your plan for a good reason is not the same thing as letting it change due to drift.

Prioritize

You might have 50 things to do today. You might end up doing 35 of them. But will you do the 35 most important things? Or, at the end of the day, will you have still have a few important things to do?

Do the most important things first. Make sure they get done. If you don’t, you might “waste” time on less important things and run out of time to do what you most need to do.

The bigger the project, the more important it is to prioritize. As real estate agent Anita Clark puts it:

“If you take time to prioritize up front, you will not waste many hours chasing homes that are really not right for you.”

Then do the things you tend to procrastinate on. We all have those. If you do those early on, you’ll still be motivated to do the things you like at the end of the day.

So when you write it down, group items in such a way that you can tackle them most productively.

Block out time

Do one thing at a time. Sure, we can all multitask when we need to, but we are less efficient and less productive. Saying otherwise is pure bravado.

Focus and concentration on one project at a time will make you more productive. You will end up with more hours in the day.

Marginal gains on everything

Imagine if you could make very small improvements to everything you do. For instance, what if you could reduce your commuting time by five minutes every morning? That would save you 20 hours per year.

Let’s take this one step further. Let’s suppose you use those five minutes each morning to do exercise. That’s 20 hours of exercise. How many calories have you burned?

What would be the huge benefit of changing all the plates and bowls in your house to slightly smaller ones?

What would be the huge benefit of eating lunch while you worked or while you went for a walk?

What would be the benefit of increasing your freelance fee by just 25 cents per hour?

Many small changes can make a big difference in your life.

Move

If you sit all day, don’t expect to be productive. Especially in the afternoon, you are likely to lose energy. Too much and too little exercise have a similar effect on us: they tire us out.

The key is to make sure you move every now and then. Get up from your desk. Stand at your desk sometimes, if you can. Especially try to move when you feel the ebb of energy.

Harness your afternoons

Afternoons are the toughest for many people. It’s siesta time! Energy is low. Find out what you do best when your energy is low, and what you do worst.

For instance, I get easily distracted in afternoons. If I try to multi-task too much, I end up getting lost in social media and reading the Huffington Post. I do much better working on large writing projects in the afternoon.

Save for the afternoon those things that low energy effects the least. Here is the “ideal” daily schedule.

Keep track of your progress.

What you can’t measure, you can’t change. As long as progress is positive, keep going. When it stalls, look for more ways to become productive or revisit the steps above. Make whatever changes you need to keep growing more productive, or to avoid becoming less productive. Make sure you are moving toward your goals.

It’s your life. It’s your time. You can use it or waste it. You can do as much or as little with it as you wish. These seven tips are not the only ways to become more productive, but they should work for you if you apply them to your situation.

Or you could keep wasting time, but waste it more productively.

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Assessing Safety Stock

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Safety stock is helpful in order to avoid encountering ‘stock outs’ if rates of consumption increase and/or the lead times get extended from the values established for replenishment of your system.

The chief way to establish safety stock is to take into consideration the most common two variations that normally might occur over a period of time in regards to additional quantities of stock:

1) When consumption variation has increased dramatically:

Safety Stock = (maximum rate of consumption – normal rate of consumption) X Lead Time

2) When Lead Time variation has increased dramatically:

Safety Stock = normal rate of consumption X (maximum Lead Time – normal Lead Time)

These formulas should help greatly in adjusting for those times that safety stock becomes necessary.