Sometimes “change” can feel like the most horrific word someone can use (when you aren’t referring to money). As humans, we like what we know. It is comforting to know how things are going to be, and it makes us nervous to think about that familiarity being gone. However, in today’s day and age, the traditional way of completing a task may end up being the least efficient way to get it done.
A great example of being afraid of change is the camera company Kodak. In 1976, Kodak had a 90% market share of film sold in the United States and an 85% market share on cameras. Perhaps a little lesser known fact is that the year before that, in 1975, it was an engineer with Kodak who developed the world’s first digital camera. However, it wasn’t released until 1994 because Kodak was afraid to adapt its product line. And although Kodak manufactured the first digital camera, they manufactured it to be released by Apple Computers. Another twenty years later, I think it’s pretty obvious which of those two companies you would want to own stock in.
Change is inevitable whether it comes from within your organization or the market demands it. If your company cannot match that demand, then your customers will go to your competitor who can. In fact, our company was founded on an idea that came from a process change that had never been done before. For years, grocery stores used a rotation schedule as they stocked shelves or used some type of spot-checking method to manage their expired products. Being fed up with that situation our CEO developed our original software: Date Check Pro. Now there are grocers all over the country that are using a software solution to manage their expired products instead of relying on old-fashioned methods that are a lot less accurate.
In terms of paper task list checklists – they can still get the job done. Then again, so can film cameras. However, the additional insights and benefits offered from a configurable store audit software that will quickly compile your store audit results are quickly becoming something that you need to be competitive. If you really want to see how much benefit there is to taking your store audits to a digital platform, try it out. The best mobile management tools are going to be configurable to you and will come with a free trial. Businesses all over the world are adapting to software solutions; are you?