When running a successful pharmacy, proper inventory management is critical. Without efficient inventory management, pharmacies risk suffering from customer frustration and poor productivity. So, what does proper inventory management entail, and where should you start?
A pharmacy is a healthcare facility or retail establishment that sells prescription drugs to consumers. To operate efficiently and effectively, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to ensure they have enough medications to meet their customers' demands. When it comes time to order new supplies or replenish existing stocks, pharmacists rely heavily on professional pharmacy software.
A well-managed supply chain is critical for keeping costs low and ensuring quality service. The three areas of a pharmacy’s supply chain that require special attention include ordering, restocking, and managing inventory. Pharmacy managers should also pay close attention to issues like regulatory compliance, billing accuracy, employee satisfaction, and patient safety.
As some drugs expire faster than other medicines, it is imperative to store them correctly. Here are some tips to improve your pharmaceutical processes and inventory management.
Keep Communication Lines Open
Maintain transparent communication with distributors by letting them know about your inventory needs. Aim to build rapport, establish trust, develop mutual respect and promote positive working relationships. Additionally, communicating appropriately with hospitals, healthcare facilities, and staff within your health system also helps to keep your inventory up to date.
Automate Inventory Management
Inventory management is the process of tracking and managing items or stock within an organization. The automation of this process has become increasingly important due to the ever changing nature of supply chains and the increasing complexity of supply chain operations.
Many industries are leveraging digital technologies to automate and track inventories and manage them effectively. For instance, some retailers now use bar codes or RFID tags to identify and track goods at every stage of production and distribution. These types of systems allow employees to scan and identify each item, then track its movement through production and distribution channels.
Do Not Overstock
Only order what you need to avoid overstocking. You can do so by forecasting using the data generated from your inventory management system. Proper planning helps you avoid overstocking and stockout.
Conduct Regular Inventory Stock Take
Conducting regular inventory stock take ensures your inventory data is always up to date and accurate, eliminating any discrepancies that can hurt your decision-making process. It also helps identify any inventory management issues and saves you from losses.
Advanced Stocktaking Services offers pharmacy stocktaking solutions by utilising cutting-edge technologies. We are a quality stocktaking service provider with years of experience serving businesses in the retail, wholesale, and hospitality industries in Australia. We were the first to introduce barcode scanners into the Australian market for retail stocktaking services, making Advanced Stocktaking Services the leader of barcode stocktaking.