Print Solutions Packaging Solutions
Antalis has launched easystock – a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) system specifically developed for printing professionals and industrial packagers.
Utilising leading digital technology, the innovative stock management application is tailored for each customer to optimise inventory levels and automate repetitive orders, to save time and money, while reducing the risk of wastage and errors.
easystock works by automating inventory management of frequently used items – typically a product a customer would usually order at least twice a month. A list of the most frequently used products is created, as well as maximum and minimum thresholds for each item, according to the specific needs of the client. Once these variables are set, easystock can go live. Each inventory is stocked personally by the client but the stock ultimately belongs to Antalis and is managed by the easystock online software. The amount used is recorded and the inventory is updated in real time. When the inventory of a given item drops below the minimum threshold determined by the customer, easystock automatically triggers a shipment to replenish the stock to its maximum level. This all happens systematically without delay, risk of error or intervention by employees and the customer is only billed when the actual inventory is used.
Jim Whittington, digital sales manager at Antalis, explained: ‘The easystock system has been created for clients who wish to benefit from better stock management. It is the highly anticipated result of a long term process which strives to make customers’ day to day life easier and once again demonstrates Antalis’ aim to consistently improve its range of services.
‘easystock simplifies the ordering process significantly by automating stock replenishment. Clients can therefore skip time consuming recurring tasks necessary to review their inventories and place orders. The inventory optimisation also means that there is less risk of running out of certain products and allows real-time visibility of stock levels to everyone, including sales teams, leading to an even faster response time. What is more, invoices are based on recorded stock use, so customers can work on a ‘pay as you use’ basis.
‘Several customers have already tried and been impressed with easystock and it has proven itself to be a real asset for professionals looking to boost productivity and focus on more strategic tasks for their business.’