The food manufacturing sector in the United States encompasses a massive range of small and large businesses, employing millions and pumping billions of dollars into the economy. Despite this, food manufacturing presents an equally large challenge to the welfare of the environment.
The process of manufacturing food involves toxic chemicals, which companies release into the environment through several pathways. The food manufacturing industry is the sixth largest contributor to release, after metal mining, electric utilities, chemical manufacturing, primary metals and paper manufacturing.
This articles provides insight into how owners of food and beverage companies might be able to reduce their environmental impact with inventory management software.
Many food and beverage companies have large amounts of wastage after production processes because of simple errors in inventory management. Manually counting inventory and basing predicted stock requirements on this is error-prone and often leads to over-ordering. By downloading inventory management software, you will be able to digitise this process and thereby circumvent many of the issues involved with conducting these tasks manually.
Inventory management software will allow you to keep an accurate record of what’s in stock, and will also allow you to view sales trends. In so doing, you will be better equipped to accurately predict changes in supply and demand needs, and this way you will avoid over-producing and inevitable wastage that can be devastating to the environment over time.
In a similar vein, inventory management software will help improve your company’s efficiency and productivity. While tracking and counting inventory manually is error-prone and time-consuming, digitising this process with inventory management software will speed up the process and prevent errors.
By reducing the time spent on such processes, food manufacturers will be able to dedicate more time to reducing the impact of production processes on the environment.
Moreover, inventory management software can also allow you to identify areas of resource wastage. By giving you full oversight of the production process from start to finish, you can spot opportunities to improve your company’s resourcefulness and thereby reduce the impact on the environment.
Similarly, inventory management software can reduce the complexity of your company’s production processes. By giving you full oversight of the production process, you will be able to identify the systems that work, and those that don’t.
Inventory management software will allow you to assess the extent to which current processes are getting the job done, or whether you need to rethink the system. By helping you identify these issues, you can create a simpler and more efficient production system, again helping to prevent wastage and the overall impact of the environment.
Downloading inventory management software is an excellent way to start reducing your food and beverage company’s impact on the environment. Additionally, working to reduce your impact on the environment can also have positive effects for your company as a whole.
By reducing wastage, processes and the complexity of your production systems, your company will be more productive and more efficient, improving your prospects for success.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.