Ryonet's Visual Inventory Management System
We know that the day to day hustle and bustle of a screen printing shop can make production a priority and the keeping track of your inventory difficult. Sometimes things go amiss, and when you go to grab an item for your job, you don’t have it. This leaves you either waiting to print or causes you to spend more money on expedited shipping.
In an effort to save you time and money, we want to introduce you to Ryonet’s Visual Inventory Management system. It uses trigger times and super simple visual cues to alert you and your team about critical inventory needs. This blog is to serve as an introduction to the inventory management system and is intended to help teach you the basic principles. The following blogs will show you how to adapt this system to each part of your screen printing shop.
One of the first things you need to do to make this inventory hack work is to establish a trigger time. A trigger time is defined as “the most efficient time to re-order essential products.” Products can include ink, adhesive, cleaning wipes, and more. So, if you do your ordering every week, your trigger time is 7 days and this will be the timeframe in which you set up and use the Visual Inventory Management system.
In order to properly use this hack, you also need to establish a double minimum system. This means that it is based on the principle that your shop needs to always have at least double the amount of the needed product for your trigger time. So, for example, if your shop needs at least one container of ink wipes for your trigger time of one week, you must have no less than two containers of ink wipes in your shop at all times. Always double your minimum.
The last element necessity of this inventory hack is a two-part shelf system. This shelf system keeps everyone in the shop aware of what is in stock and what needs to be ordered. This system is extremely helpful and efficient because it alerts you and your team about inventory needs using simple visual cues in real time. Every shop is a little different in it’s layout and workflow, we encourage printers to adapt this system to best suit their needs.
Using the Inventory Management System
Because every shop is unique, this blog series is set up for you to take the information that you have learned and mold it into a best practice that works for your shop. Our next blog will feature how to adapt this inventory management system for your ink supply.
Book a Consultation
Are you ready to get the inventory management system set up in your shop? Follow this link to set up a consultation with one of our print pros. We’ll dig in to discover your specific business needs and create a customized Visual Inventory Management solution to help lean out your business. A 10% discount on your backup row of supplies will be included in this consultation.
About the Quick Order App
The all new Quick Order App is the fastest way to order your consumables without taking you away from production. To learn more about the quick order app check out the videos here and here. The app is available in the Apple App Store as well as Google Play!