Your “trunk stock” is mobile, so your consignment inventory management should be too. In this post, we’ll review the challenges medical device manufacturers face when managing their inventory of trunk stock, and introduce a solution to painlessly simplify the whole process.
“Trunk stock” refers to the inventory that sales representatives carry with them for on-the-spot sales or demonstrations. It’s normally transported in rolling cases in the trunk of a car. For medical device manufacturers, managing this type of trunk stock inventory can be complicated and costly. For instance, during implant surgeries, only a portion of the products in the implant surgical kit are typically utilized. While these other items are on hand to ensure preparedness, it poses a challenge for the manufacturer when they need to return the unused items to active inventory. This is where efficient consignment inventory management plays a crucial role.
To ensure proper sanitation, any unused surgical kit items must be sent to a centralized facility for cleansing, reassembly as needed, repackaging, and eventual restocking. This kind of trunk stock is actually a time intensive consignment inventory management exercise with plenty of opportunity for errors.
Poor management of trunk stock consignment inventory results in higher costs for both suppliers and customers:
To address these challenges, Strategic Information Group offers a mobile-enabled QAD ERP bolt-on application that makes trunk stock and consignment processes automatic, simple and accurate—from anywhere, on any device.
Strategic’s proprietary “Mobile Trunk Stock App” automates all the tedious, error-prone manual processes associated with ordering, transferring, shipping, and replenishing consignment inventory. The module is designed for mobility, ensuring users high performance and real-time data access anywhere on any device. The Mobile Trunk Stock App can be deployed in the field on mobile devices, or in the office in a client/server model.
The Mobile Trunk Stock App provides visibility into and management of all consignment inventory, including leased and loaner inventory. The application seamlessly moves inventory from warehouse to consignment trunk stock location and creates neutral financial transactions for trunk stock sales orders.
Automate consignment replenishment:
Easily customize trunk stock shipment processing:
Strategic’s Mobile Trunk Stock App is quick to implement, so you’ll be up and running, making the most of consignment inventory management in just days.
If you’re interested in Strategic’s smart approach to consignment inventory management using our proprietary Mobile Trunk Stock App, connect with us today!