Happy Holidays from KCSI

To all of our customers and clients:

We extend a sincere thank-you to you for helping us make 2016 such a great year for our software and our business. Here’s to even better things in 2017, and we look forward to working with you in future.

Happy Holidays and have a great and prosperous New Year.

Time Management Tips

1) Realize that time management is a myth.

No matter how organized we are, there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn’t change. All we can actually manage is ourselves and what we do with the time that we have.

2) Find out where you’re wasting time.

Many of us are prey to time-wasters that steal time we could be using much more productively. What are your time bandits? Do you spend too much time ‘Net surfing, reading email, Facebook posting, texting, or making personal calls?

 

In a survey by salary.com 89 percent of respondents admitted to wasting time every day at work:

31 percent waste roughly 30 minutes daily

31 percent waste roughly one hour daily

16 percent waste roughly two hours daily

6 percent waste roughly three hours daily

2 percent waste roughly four hours daily

2 percent waste five or more hours daily

3) Create time management goals.

Remember, the focus of time management is actually changing your behaviors, not changing time. A good place to start is by eliminating your personal time-wasters. For one week, for example, set a goal that you’re not going to take personal phone calls or respond to non-work related text messages while you’re working.

4) Implement a time management plan.

Think of this as an extension of the third tip. The objective is to change your behaviors over time to achieve whatever general goal you’ve set for yourself, such as increasing your productivity or decreasing your stress. So you need to not only set your specific goals, but track them over time to see whether or not you’re accomplishing them.

5) Use time management tools.

Whether it’s a Day-Timer or a software program, the first step to physically managing your time is to know where it’s going now and planning how you’re going to spend your time in the future. A software program such as Outlook, for instance, lets you schedule events easily and can be set to remind you of events in advance, making your time management easier.

6) Prioritize ruthlessly.

You should start each day with a session prioritizing the tasks for that day and setting your performance benchmark. If you have 20 tasks for a given day, how many of them do you truly need to accomplish?

7) Learn to delegate and/or outsource.

In my experience, delegation is one of the hardest things to learn how to do for many business owners, but no matter how small your business is, there’s no need for you to be a one-person show — you need to let other people carry some of the load.

8) Establish routines and stick to them as much as possible.

While crises will arise, you’ll be much more productive if you can follow routines most of the time.

9) Get in the habit of setting time limits for tasks.

For instance, reading and answering email can consume your whole day if you let it. Instead, set a limit of one hour a day for this task and stick to it.

10) Be sure your systems are organized.

Are you wasting a lot of time looking for files on your computer? Take the time to organize a file management system. Is your filing system slowing you down? Redo it, so it’s organized to the point that you can quickly lay your hands on what you need.

11) Don’t waste time waiting.

From client meetings to dentist appointments, it’s impossible to avoid waiting for someone or something. But you don’t need to just sit there and twiddle your thumbs. Technology makes it easy to work wherever you are; your tablet or smartphone will help you stay connected. You can be reading a report, checking a spreadsheet, or planning your next marketing campaign.

Your Time Belongs to You

You can be in control and accomplish what you want to accomplish — once you’ve come to grips with the time management myth and taken control of your time.

 

SIMMS 2016’s Automotive Industry Features

Auto-Repair That Costs Less

If you operate a normal auto repair shop, labor and stock soon become your two biggest sources of overhead. To improve your profits, it quickly becomes crucial that you keep overhead under control.

SIMMS Automotive Inventory software is the prime way of reducing the expenses in any model of cost center, and automotive is a time-worn type of business that has numerous indicators that formal attention can help to improve.

SIMMS’ goal is to help you take care of each customer’s vehicle in a dedicated and better way. We look forward to developing a long-lasting relationship with you, and our team of specialists are ready to take care of you, and thus you are able to care for your customers to the best of your abilities.

SIMMS Inventory Management software specifically provides you with the expert-designed technology to reduce any strain on your automotive supply chains and result in an integrated solution for:

  • Global distribution of spare parts
  • Made-to-Order assemblies
  • Finished vehicle logistics
  • Sequencing/line feeding
  • Supplier collaborations
  • Supply Chain visibility
  • Transportation Management
  • Warehouse Management

SIMMS Inventory Software has built substantial expertise in the development and implementation of automotive manufacturing and logistics systems to help customers meet increasing consumer demands for customization and personalization.

JIT Inventory Practices

SIMMS assists the automotive industry with real-time visibility to inventory, assets, orders, and shipments across the supply chain, and drive maximum throughput, productivity and cost savings through system-directed labor tasks, process optimization, and collaborative commerce.

Avoid Wasting Money on Huge Quantities of Stock

With Just-In-Time inventory practices, small quantities of parts are stocked and replenished as necessary usually on a frequent basis. In order to ensure that you have adequate stock it is important accurate records are kept. SIMMS Automotive inventory software is the most efficient way to do this.

Reduce the Strain on Your Supply Chain

The automotive industry must continuously handle customization in order to satisfy consumer demands, stock market pressures to increase financial performance, and the complexities of increased globalization. This is reflected in your automotive manufacturing and logistics process. With SIMMS you can:

  • Create mission critical processes to minimize the impact of shorter lead time requirements
  • Manage the assembly and distribution complexities of made to order vehicles
  • Redistribute responsibility up the supply chain
  • Reduce inventory throughout the supply chain
  • Respond to rapid changes in actual time
  • Synchronize late customization and in-sequence delivery with the increasing number of options

SIMMS Shortens Time-To Discovery and Improves Responsiveness

The quicker and easier you see a problem coming, the faster you can respond to it. Customizable, pro-active system alerts and timely data access enable you to more rapidly — and therefore less expensively — discover inventory issues. Problems are remedied in minutes, instead of hours or days, giving you exactly the right inventory, in the right place, at the right time.

For automotive suppliers, this puts tremendous strain on their manufacturing strategies and supply chains to deliver quality products on-time, made-to-order, and in some cases, in sequential order, so manufacturing brand owners can quickly respond to consumers´ unique requests. Only companies with the most agile and integrated manufacturing and logistics strategies and technology will succeed in adapting to customized production and delivery, meeting the demands of mass customization.

What if…

  • you were able to gain real-time visibility to assets, inventory, orders and shipments throughout your supply network?
  • you were able to produce optimum cost savings, productivity and throughput in your manufacturing and logistics operations?
  • you were able to improve worker productivity throughout your operations system?

What If You Could Build Cars Better?

Take SIMMS Inventory Software for a test drive. It helps eliminate the strain from your supply chain. Try SIMMS for free here: https://www.freshvu2go.com/start-here/

SIMMS 2016’s Winning Features

Using SIMMS 2016 Inventory/Accounting software, you gain a remarkable number of features that will make your stock management easier and faster. Here are just a few of the time-tested, intuitive features available in SIMMS:

– Add, receive and remove inventory, and do cycle counts at any moment

– Be notified of low inventory levels, expiring items, check-out items past due and more

– Employ integrated barcode labeling to design your own inventory & shipping labels

– Immediately access the information you need to manage your inventory and suppliers

– Instantly perform audits on mobile devices to ensure you know what you have and where you have it

– Mobile computers allow you to go to your inventory instead of lugging it all to your information server

– Monitor and track inventory by date, location, serial number, lot, pallet or warehouse

– Optimize detailed supplier information and establish a supplier code

– Utilize the quick check-in and check-out of assets to employees, vendors, or customers to ensure none of your  assets get misplaced

SIMMS can make conducting your business better aneasier than ever before. Its possibilities are endless, so give it a free trial today here: https://www.freshvu2go.com/start-here/

KCSI’s Custom Software Advantage

KCSI helps you define your ideal customized software solution by:

  • Advice of ways to implement your audit trail
  • Consolidation and automation of workflows
  • Encouragement of upfront communication and assessment
  • Identification of the strengths and weaknesses of your business workflow
  • Reduction of (or elimination of) inefficient manual processes
  • Review of the load on your business team

KCSI uses a collaborative, customer-centric approach to provide the best solution for your unique application. The result will be an easy-to-use software solution that boosts your profitability and your company’s productivity.

Contact KCSI today to learn today that your custom programming needs are closer to reality than you think: www.kcsi.ca