Title

Easy to use supply chain software applications for small businesses

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Many sole proprietorships that contain few employees, defined for purposes of this project as boutique businesses, are run by individuals who do not care to involve themselves in the administrative end of the business. Instead, such individuals would rather spend their time on core business activities, such as servicing customers or manufacturing the items themselves. These individuals can benefit financially from some of the business tools provided in business school, including supply chain tools, except such tools that are too complex for many sole proprietors, who have little-to-no training in business methods. These tools will enable these proprietors to run their business more efficiently and create higher profit margins. The project will involve identifying the suppliers of business software to find out if they have applications that permits supply chain capacities, including Quickbooks, Quickbase, Lightspeed, Oracle and SAP. Concurrently, we will discern through research a supply chain framework that is appropriate for small businesses to determine which tools are most important. Finally, the project would involve creating and inputting these tools on a database such a Quickbase, and testing the program for functionality.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Kun Liao

Additional Mentoring Department

Operations and Supply Chain Management

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Easy to use supply chain software applications for small businesses

Many sole proprietorships that contain few employees, defined for purposes of this project as boutique businesses, are run by individuals who do not care to involve themselves in the administrative end of the business. Instead, such individuals would rather spend their time on core business activities, such as servicing customers or manufacturing the items themselves. These individuals can benefit financially from some of the business tools provided in business school, including supply chain tools, except such tools that are too complex for many sole proprietors, who have little-to-no training in business methods. These tools will enable these proprietors to run their business more efficiently and create higher profit margins. The project will involve identifying the suppliers of business software to find out if they have applications that permits supply chain capacities, including Quickbooks, Quickbase, Lightspeed, Oracle and SAP. Concurrently, we will discern through research a supply chain framework that is appropriate for small businesses to determine which tools are most important. Finally, the project would involve creating and inputting these tools on a database such a Quickbase, and testing the program for functionality.