Tradies taking to the cloud

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Earlier this week, our founder, Greg Murphy, attended the Tradies’ Tech Toolbox put on by Astill Hawke and Associates. It’s always really great to see our Partners getting proactive and hosting events!

Hosted at the BNZ Partners’ centre in East Tamaki, Greg relished the opportunity to speak to a room of tradespeople curious about taking to the cloud. The benefits of taking business processes online, streamlining and reducing admin is something we are incredibly passionate about. It’s always great speaking to people who are curious about adapting their businesses for the future; in the current climate, those who are hesitant may be hard-pressed to keep up with forward-thinking competitors.

It was also a great opportunity to catch up with Receipt Bank and GeoOP. Receipt Bank takes the data entry out of expenses, and GeoOP are all about mobile job management. One of the big pluses of moving to the cloud is that businesses are able to select from a range of component solutions to meet their specific needs.

Greg spoke about the benefits of good inventory management practices, and how Unleashed’s integration with GeoOP is particularly useful for tradespeople. Often businesses with mobile staff using stock will write off a lot of stock, and implementing an Inventory Management system such as Unleashed really helps to counter this. When stock accuracy and transparency becomes a priority (as it should be), the system you use is incredibly important.

Another strength of using Unleashed and GeoOP is the live feed of product information from Plumbing World for NZPM members. This means that on-the-job costing is much more accurate as this list is updated daily. Another efficiency add is through bulk product feeds; if someone uploads product data to Unleashed, it’s immediately available in GeoOP. This means that you can have someone updating product data, and that up-to-date information is easily accessible by staff out on the road. This is a massive help for accurate costing based on margins.

There’s also process improvement because Unleashed is set up in a way that makes you do things properly. Transactions are completed then and there and aren’t left idling in a system waiting to be updated, by which time people may not remember the sale details. This keeps accountants happy, too as it removes a lot of the guesswork. Moving to the cloud offers a lot of business advantages for many industries and tradespeople are no exception.

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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.

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