Summer is here, and while some of us will have a well-deserved break, for many, the show must go on. Businesses such as retail and food manufacturing have to keep their doors open and functioning, sometimes with skeleton staffing rosters. By using the right tools, your business can continue to run smoothly, even while you’re sipping cocktails by the beach.

Organise staff and rostering

Make sure you meet with your staff to discuss availability and what leave they require over the festive season. Using workforce management software can help you organise your outlets and employees well in advance. It gives you the ability to view multiple locations and staff availability, which benefits both you and your staff. Your workforce management system can be cloud-based, which means all changes are updated in real-time. Staff can make leave requests and access any rostering updates from their mobile phones. This gives you and your staff peace of mind that shifts are covered and organised well in advance.

Set a check-in time

Do business owners really have a proper holiday? In an ideal world, yes, but normally their minds drift back to their business while on holiday. If you’re a business owner, it’s possible to access all your company data from your phone. Using a cloud-based ERP gives you total mobility, and it also means you don’t have to be on call 100% of the time. Set up reminders to check in with staff at certain times during the day, such as at the beginning or at the close of business. If problems arise, they can be monitored via the cloud ERP, which maximises your holiday time and minimises your time required at the office.

Automating Ordering Processes

Over the summer break, if your business is running on skeleton staffing, it’s a good idea to set up automated ordering, so staff can keep working without remembering to submit reorders of stock.  Whether you have a stand-alone business or a chain of franchises, if stores or warehouses are linked by a central ERP system, all stock is visible and quantities are updated in real-time. Automating reordering of stock with a high turnover rate saves you and your staff a lot of time. Rather than placing individual stock orders for each product, it’s possible to create a reorder report. With automation, you can create unique stock orders with relevant suppliers.

At Acacia, we are an MYOB Advanced Platinum Partner and industry leaders, helping businesses and franchises overcome issues, rebound and become more profitable. We help optimise, automate and improve the traceability of your business. Acacia has the knowledge and experience across a range of businesses to provide the most cost-effective solution for your business. If you are interested in finding out how Acacia can help you automate your business, please contact us to find out more.