Autumn Cleaning: Why Wait Until Spring To Make Things Tidy?

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We all make jokes about spring cleaning: We throw open the shutters to air out the musty air of winter and breathe in renewal. Funny how that carries over to our businesses as well. Out with the old, in with the new, and glad we only do this once a year!

Spring becomes the optimal time to go through and get business affairs in order, or at least so we tell ourselves. Budgets become finalized before the fiscal year’s end. Last year’s stock goes on sale to make room for the coming year’s goods and trends.

And, much like spring cleaning, this behavior tends to overlook a simple fact: One good scrub a year doesn’t cut it. Wasp’s Inventory Management system helps make the change in seasonal behavior easier to incorporate into your annual practices.

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Whereas spring is a time of renewal, autumn is one of transitions. Changes abound during the season to make ready for rebirth. Take the start of the new school year, which makes young minds ready for future challenges, or the change of the weather, which sees Mother Nature rest up to bloom again in a few months. These times also mean you should likely stock up on certain supplies and new fashions, right? Do you find yourself in crunch to do that? Why?

Chances are you spend part of winter in preparation for spring and then focus intently on summer sales, but September’s school sales then give way to Christmas! A quick tidy up job to keep headaches below migraine levels but the nagging feeling remains. It’s a busy time of year, no argument, and an inventory management system can help. Consider it extra-strength aspirin.

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Preset alerts remind you when your back-to-school items need to be ordered and when your first-half year’s stock should be reduced. Jumpers and sweaters to the racks, polos to the discount section. Perhaps you could combine your end of season and start of school sales of a single major endeavor?

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Wasp’s Inventory Management system would make your audits easier to conduct, record, and to make a regular (more frequent) habit. Your spring version might remind you of opening the house; autumn could be your final check before your close up against the cold. Why not conduct your major inventory checks along the same cycle? Make certain you provisioned enough supplies to carry you through the off-season without overload.

Much like spring cleaning knocks away the dust of the months and reduces your redundancies, autumn cleaning helps to prevent cold-storage clutter. You might hold onto such-and-such items for an off-season novelty, one that never happens or fails to move the odd merchandise that you now eat for a loss,

Instead, review your audit and face the report’s truths: Move these goods while you can or run the risk of losses in profit and space! Eliminate – or, at the very least, reduce – your end-of-year write-offs with a scheduled (and less stressful) autumn inventory. Get a leg up on the competition with detailed reports of trends upon which you can forecast your future orders. Cut back the clutter with instant updates to your stockroom holdings. Inventory Control can help keep winter’s dust from settling so come spring, your waiting scrub will require less elbow grease.

Brian Sutter

Brian Sutter

Director of Marketing at Wasp Barcode
Brian Sutter is the Director of Marketing at Wasp, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy. His role encompasses brand management, direct and channel marketing, public relations, advertising, and social media. He also writes and speaks on topics related to helping small business owners grow their business and improve operational efficiency.
Brian Sutter
Brian Sutter
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