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Manufacturing inventory management with Excel is great for getting started — but not the best

An Excel inventory template is a low-cost solution for getting your inventory under control. But, as soon as you start scaling production and sales, keeping your inventory tracking spreadsheets up to date will cost you more than you think.
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Raw materials inventory management with Excel cannot be done in real time

Raw material inventory management Excel templates are static, but your inventory constantly moves. The more products you manufacture, the more efficient you need to be. At some stage, the time you originally saved will be lost as it will take more and more time to update the free manufacturing Excel template.

Katana’s cloud manufacturing software tracks the movement of materials and goods from production to sales, giving you the live insights you need to manage your inventory without the risk of a corrupted inventory spreadsheet. Katana helps thousands of manufacturers track their inventory. Try it for 14 days free.

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Replace Excel inventory templates with a real-time master planner

While an inventory template can support your product recipes and bill of materials (BOM), an Excel inventory template won’t get you very far when creating complex products that require subassembly BOMs. The same applies in an industry where batch tracking is essential.

Real-time master production planning software like Katana streamlines your manufacturing processes as they become more complex. Instead of manually updating a raw material Excel sheet, Katana automatically allocates available raw materials and finished products to fulfill orders and prioritizes your production schedule accordingly.

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Aligning your team with inventory spreadsheets is a challenge

With production stock management Excel templates, getting total task-level control of your production line and sales teams is tricky. While an inventory spreadsheet is great for a team of one or two, the more people making edits and updates to your file, the higher the possibility of mistakes occurring — not to mention all the administrative work.

Inventory tracking spreadsheets are not a scalable management system. In terms of the time it takes to keep them up to date and the degree of complexity, they can only help you so much as a manufacturer. Moving away from inventory spreadsheets is a must, and cloud manufacturing software can help.

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Why Peace Collective switched to Katana from inventory spreadsheets

Katana Customer Peace Collective's Merch
When we were managing our on-demand manufacturing with inventory spreadsheets it led to a lot of internal and external issues with our customers. A lot of miscommunication and it was an inaccurate way to track the usage of all our different materials.

Lisa Diep, Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Peace Collective


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