Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Inventory Optimization

This year is one of the strangest that I can recall living through. It has simultaneously flown by at lightning speed and dragged on at an excruciatingly slow pace. While that seems contradictory, and it obviously is, I think that comes from the fact that so many things have happened, while at the same time we are "missing" all the normal things we would experience.

One thing is for sure, this year will be one that defines our decade. At least unless the following years have something even worse in mind. Now, I am not saying it will define us in a negative. In fact, I think it can be quite the opposite. Of course this virus is a tragedy, so many lives have been lost, and most or it was preventable with proper precautions from the start.

Still, we as individuals can learn from this. We can take this time of unrest and use it to implement positive changes. We can be more adaptive in our social interactions, taking this example to be conscientious that there are always those with immune deficiencies among us, even when pandemics are not rampant.

We can focus on the fact that the jobs that are considered "unskilled labor" are the same ones deemed "essential" now. And we can make sure we remember that when we vote on things that impact those jobs. We should all care about raising wages for workers that do so much for us all.

In addition to changing our attitude and social behaviors, we can also take this time to refocus our own lives at home and restructure our businesses as well. Now is the perfect time to start on inventory optimization. Not only can optimization help reduce overstocking and reduce materials and costs, if you choose the right tools, it can also help predict future demands.

The harmonization is probably my favorite aspect, though. Things run so much more smoothly when everything is in sync. And the Artificial Intelligence run operating system, plus the use of a Cloud platform, makes the accuracy impeccable (99% reliability). 

Since my own endeavors have been a little slow, as of late, I have been working closely with my cousin in law in my mother-in-law's care and the management of my late father-in-laws business and estate handling. Cloud based services make it so much easier for us to stay connected and well informed.

We have recently brought in a few new people into the fold, so the easy, seamless operation of the cloud is so helpful. I love knowing that we are always on the same page, even though they are across the country. I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we have the best support available. Capable hands make all the difference.

Aside from that, I am just trying to remember that perfection is important in some areas (as in, no mistakes with inventory and such) but that having a "perfect" year or life, being the perfect mom, etc, is just not attainable. I am learning to find acceptance in the fact that not only are flaws normal, the uniqueness is what makes life truly special and beautiful. So instead of wishing for perfection, I am just enjoying another day in this beautiful disaster. I hope you are enjoying yours as well. Stay safe, friends.  

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