Move Away from Spreadsheets

Move Away from Spreadsheets

When is it Time to Move Away from Spreadsheets?

When importers are first starting out, the most critical thing is selling product and
getting it for a good price. When you are only moving a container or two a
month, keeping track of your warehouse and/or in transit inventory is fairly
simple and a few spreadsheets will do the trick and take very little set up or
training to get started.

As long as the importer is using QuickBooks or a similar accounting application, these are
generally all the tools that are required to operate. However, as the importer grows, they
quickly recognize the down side to this system:

• Wasting time due to entering the same information over and over
again into multiple systems

• Costly human error related to entering the same information
over and over

• Lost time and revenue because employees are not sharing data
through one central system This is typically referred to as the
“Hodge Podge” method

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