Inventory Control Is a Big Part of Quality Control

Leaky mug, Fishbowl BlogTwitter is a great place to get ideas for blog posts. It’s not just the pages people link to but the ideas they share. Case in point, a while back ShawnaActually tweeted, “I should become a QA person for coffee cup manufacturers since I always seem to find the leaky ones.”

Do you want to be responsible for manufacturing leaky cups? Of course not! I should note, in all fairness, that after manufacturers create goods, they usually entrust them to wholesalers or retailers who must take good care of them before selling them to customers. So it’s probably not completely a manufacturer’s fault for those cups being leaky.

But what can manufacturers do on their end to maintain high quality? One of the best things they can do is use inventory tracking software to improve their operations. Here are three ways inventory tracking software helps manufacturers improve their quality control:

Have the right materials. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you need to keep the right resources on hand to produce high-quality products. The end product is the sum of its parts, so make sure those parts are as good as possible.

Streamline processes. Do you have unnecessary steps in your manufacturing process? If anything is slowing you down, you should take a close look at it and eliminate it. Inventory tracking software helps you discover problem spots. Reduce opportunities for products to get damaged in your warehouse by efficiently building them and then shipping them out.

Improve inventory storage. Idle inventory is bad for several reasons. It can become obsolete before it’s sold and it has a greater chance of being damaged the longer it stays in storage. It’s a good idea to use inventory tracking software to balance your inventory levels and optimize your warehouse’s setup to minimize risks.

Quality control should be a big deal for manufacturers. Make sure your products are in good shape by using inventory tracking software to keep the right products in stock, streamline manufacturing tasks and optimize warehouse organization. Sign up for an interactive inventory software demo so you can find the leaky cups in your inventory before your customers do.

By the way, this is the second blog post I’ve written based on a tweet. The first was entitled “What Is the Real Goal of Inventory Management?

About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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