Hart, Douglas I.
College for Professional Studies
MS Computer and Information Technology
School of Computer & Information Science
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
This project proposes a technical solution that will improve the inventory management for a small business company. The project envisions a situation where a company currently uses a client server based inventory management system in each store. The current system depends upon the store managers for inventory control functions like purchase order creation and inventory usage recording. Currently, each store sends the inventory consumption and ordering information to the corporate office on a weekly basis. As a result, the corporate office doesn't get up-to-date information on inventory level in the stores on a daily basis. Also, there is no established process to transfer items from one store to another. To improve the inventory management process, this project aims to analyze the current inventory management processes and determine the possible areas of improvement. The project would also analyze whether the current system should be migrated to a different architecture like web-based system or ERP based system or Vendor Managed System etc. At the end, the project would pick an architecture that would suit the needs of the small-business company and demonstrate its implementation. After project discovery and analysis phase it was established that a web based inventory management application would be a suitable solution for the project. The web based solution would allow multiple users to access the system from varied locations and perform the business functions. This system would allow the corporate office to easily gain access to the up-to-date store information as well as perform maintenance functions on the system. The system would allow the corporate office to easily implement business rules and update business data through the application. The inventory management system would be a tremendous boost to the store managers since the system would help the store managers to find items that should be ordered first. Thus store managers would spend much less time on inventory management functions and spend more time on managing the daily business activities of the store. To satisfy urgent requirement, the store managers could also request to transfer items from neighboring stores. As a result, the customer service and customer satisfaction would also increase, resulting in increased revenue for the company.
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Sanyal, Chiranjib, "Development of a Web Based Inventory Management System for a Small Retail Business" (2005). Student Publications. 369.