By Mary Motzko | September 29th, 2020 | | 0 Comments

It might seem early to be thinking about year-end inventory, but as we get set to begin the fourth quarter, the end of the year is quickly approaching.

Instead of scrambling in late December to take inventory in the middle of employees’ holiday vacations, get organized now to make year-end inventory a breeze later.

Prepare Now

The end of the year is always a crazy time. Between holidays, vacations, inclement weather and trying to perform end-of-year services on vehicles, finding time to perform inventory can be difficult. Instead of waiting for December to arrive and scrambling to fit inventory in between other tasks – or find a day when your staffing levels are adequate – put time on the calendar now. This will allow employees to plan vacation time around inventory and lets you plan service appointments accordingly.

Organize Your Parts Room Now

Be honest, how organized is your parts room? If your staff were to take inventory today, how long would it take them to sort through the shelves and parts? If you are hesitating to answer this, then put aside time now to organize your parts room. Establishing shelves and bins for each type of part will help make inventory a lot easier, and it will help your shop perform daily tasks much quicker. Stop wasting time trying to locate parts – start organizing the parts room and label your shelves, rows, and bins.

Read How Island Transit Improved its Inventory Process with Barcoding Tools

Purchase Barcoding Tools

Using barcoding tools can help take hours – and even days – off performing inventory. Before it is time to perform year-end inventory, make the investment now and purchase barcoding tools so you can label each part with a barcode and easily scan them into inventory. Using barcodes and scanners will reduce the number of staff needed to perform inventory, and it decreases the amount of errors. When connected to your operation’s fleet management software solution, you can quickly check the inventory for accuracy and correct mistakes during the inventory process instead of having to go back later.

To learn about RTA Fleet Management Software’s barcoding solutions, contact our Sales team!