fbpx [vc_row][vc_column 0=””][vc_column_text]Training for a marathon or any kind of race takes preparation. You need to know the date of the race and work backward to develop your training schedule. You will determine running milestones before the race to prepare your body, schedule conditioning and rest days to improve endurance and speed and develop a nutrition plan to properly fuel your body. The more you prepare in advance, the more successful you will be at completing the marathon and setting a new personal record. The same is true when onboarding to a new Inventory Management and POS system. It is not an overnight decision or switch; it should be a thought out and planned process to give you the tools you need to successfully use the new system. The transition plan should include milestones, schedules, and training along the way. Once in the onboarding process at RICS, Vicki, Casey, and our Onboarding team will help: After you are ringing sales on RICS, there is a dedicated Support Team to answer questions, educate you on various aspects of the system and continue to guide you on the system. They are available 12 hours a day, every day. Using an Inventory Management system is not a sprint – it is a marathon. It takes preparation, thought and dedication in order to use the system most effectively and be able to increase profits while reducing inventory. If you would like to learn more about the RICS team contact us at sales@ricssoftware.com or click here to schedule a meeting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] When you own or manage a small business you have to be on your toes at all times. It’s go-time from the time you get in, to the time you leave (and sometimes at home after you thought you were done for the day). Orders coming in, sales coming up, employees with questions, and bills to be paid. Being “on” can be exhausting, and though it may be counter-intuitive, slowing down can really grow your business. Take a breath, take a step back, and look at your store(s) from a new perspective… Run a report you haven’t run in a while. RICS has some great reports to run when you’re in the analytical mood. What’s the old saying? “Retail is detail?” Well, you know where the detail is: Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. Let’s run a report on Product:
The Best Sellers Report includes the best or worst selling SKUs ranked by quantity sold, dollars sold, dollars profit, ROI%, Turns, On Hand Inventory Value, or sell-thru percentage. Run this report zeroing in on Worst Sellers and you may see a product that’s marked up too high, not featured enough in it’s section, or has aged out of style.
What about Price?
Pick a class to filter by in your Price List Report and take a closer look. Are there items that you can create signage to demonstrate value to potential customers? Your price versus the competition perhaps? Or, your price combined with a Frequent Buyer Program = Value!
If you have more than one store you can really get into the nitty gritty and make some strategic moves. You see on the Bestseller Report that Shoe A is flying off the shelves at Store 100, but at Store 200, they’re not moving the product. Is it worth Transfer some stock from one Place to another? Maybe you have a salesperson who is really good at promoting and selling that particular shoe. Find out with the Salesperson Summary and filter by that SKU. Find out how that employee is promoting the shoe and get others to do the same. RICS is a data powerhouse, and the reports available can really help you make good business decisions. So, slow down! Grab a glass of lemonade, sit back and explore RICS Reports. Want to learn more about how you can use RICS to grow your business? Click here to schedule a demo.