Industry Insights: Manufacturing…3 ways to become more efficient
For manufacturers, finding more ways to increase cost-savings continues to be a top priority. Looking at the rise in lean standards shows this trend. And while many are making great strides in maximizing their physical operations, administrative areas should be considered as well. Specifically, consider these time and money savers in your company’s financial processes:
1) Plan for large investments – Evaluate and properly plan for equipment guidance line needs. As technology continues to evolve, many manufacturers are purchasing more equipment to support their operations. As businesses expand their work, make repairs or replace units, they may find themselves making multiple purchases throughout the year. Rather than go through the process of taking out a separate loan for each investment, manufacturers should map out their anticipated needs for the year and take out a line that will cover all potential investments. Not only will this save time, but it also provides flexibility for manufacturers to buy new or used equipment and to proactively plan for capital expenditures they may want to make during the year.
2) Streamline purchasing processes – Purchasing cards are another item to consider from a processing standpoint. Not only does the right program provide valuable rewards, but it also cuts down on check writing, and provides increased flexibility in cash flow. Additionally, it creates a more streamlined tracking system for accounting departments. By allowing job numbers to be attached to specific expenses, companies can easily allocate costs to the appropriate projects, which results in more effective planning and budgeting.
3) Use payment technology – Remote deposit is a great service to incorporate into business operations as well. For manufacturers that have not yet made the jump, this is an easy, and extremely valuable, component to incorporate into the payments process. In addition to being very easy to use, it provides a safe and secure way to process incoming funds and also saves valuable time by eliminating the need for deposit trips to the bank.
As the saying goes, time is money, so implementing ways to become more efficient is a great way to positively affect the bottom line.
Mr. Nohavec is a SVP/Business Development Officer for UMB Bank Colorado. He is responsible for Colorado. He joined UMB in 2005 and has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.