CIS/319: University of Phoenix
April 2, 2008
Vending Machine Inventory Control System Proposal
The ever rapidly advancing technology of this day and age causes many changes throughout the world. Businesses are no exception; the introduction of new technology within a company effects numerous departments. The purpose of our business is to discover ways of saving our company money, time and resources. By implementing a Vending Machine Inventory Control System, the Maintenance department will experience the greatest impact by implementing new hardware and software. By utilizing reusable tracking devices for each vending machine, we can have an accurate, up-to-date inventory. This will allow for us to track each item sold and know when to schedule service for each machine owned. With the rising costs of fuel and manpower, we need to find ways to more effectively service all of our machines. With an updated tracking system we will be able to more effectively coordinate deliveries and ensure that all machines are fully stocked. Let’s examine our decision in implementing this new system with regards business to be resolved, purpose of the project, constraints and assumptions, which options will best suit the needs of the company and why, we will also include the effects cost wise of implementing the system and the expected Return on Investment (ROI). Business to be resolved and purpose of the project
The vending machine supply industry has traditionally been a labor intensive effort considering the large number of machines, the remote locations of these machines, and the wide variety of product stored within each of the machines. Vending companies generally own the vending machines which they service and employ personnel to retrieve monies collected and replenish the stock of merchandise in the machines on a regular basis. In order to properly balance the amount of money retrieved against the amount of merchandise sold, it is critical that the number of each type of item sold be easily ascertainable by the service person. When considering that particular types of vending machines contain different types and quantities of merchandise, it becomes apparent that to accurately track the inventory for a single machine can be time consuming and difficult. When further considering the large number of machines that each service person is responsible for, it is readily apparent that an inventory tracking system must be employed in order to assure accurate tracking of the merchandise, and efficient utilization of the service person's time. Assumptions and Constraints
There are many things we foresee happening by implementing a vending machine inventory control system. It is appropriate to assume that by utilizing this type of system there would by an obvious increase in revenue. By keeping a close track on inventory, our company would see a decrease in loss of product. Every item would be tracked in a system until delivered to the consumer. When a vending machine runs low or empty on products, there is a loss of revenue for the company. A vending machine inventory control system would be capable of notifying a vendor and prevent this. This would decrease the amount of time the products are low, therefore increasing revenue. We would also be able to monitor the most popular items according to the consumers. This would allow for more of the product in demand to be stocked into the machines and replace the products that are not wanted. The constraints that we foresee by implementing this system include a relatively expensive upfront cost that will be spent on the necessary hardware and software to be installed. Bt installing this system we will need to have individuals trained in how to properly utilize the tracking system and monitoring devices which will take time and money to be paid in order to train them. The last constraint includes the implementation of a central inventory...