Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Inventory Talk


Eight months have passed since I wrote about inventory management and I am pleased to announce that we are finally putting our thoughts into action.

This process represents a huge challenge for me, because it is all new information and so it requires my complete attention. But the past few months have brought me a series of tough business dilemmas, one after the other, and I've finally realized that I will keep having such dilemmas until I knuckle down and get organized.

Coming very soon (because its the only thing I'm working on): a new website (the one we have now is about ten years old and very clunky), with newly-created SKU's for our products so that we can pick and pack more quickly, and with integration to our accounting software so that we know what we have and when to order!

I remember when I first learned accounting. My poor supervisor kept explaining double entry and whatnot to me and I swear every day I looked at the numbers they looked like a big plate of tangled spaghetti. Nothing made sense.

That's how I feel right now as I try to shepard all my non-existent systems together into a system. But we'll get there, and on the other side of this effort will be a much improved company and true freedom to be creative again, without the nagging feeling that things are out of control.

(p.s., the reason I'm posting here now is because I will be moving my blog over to the new site, and I needed to come over and check it out. I was surprised to see that there were over 30 page views of the blog just today. I guess it never occurred to me that people read it)!

8 comments:

Karrie Welch MUA said...

Of course we read it Kaila! I'm always interested in what's going on with you and TKB! let me know if I can help you in any way!

Cynoria Reed Cosmetics said...

Your company is awesome and your employees are " AWESOMER" . Always showing concern when the customer has a problem(which i have rarely had,but when i do,they come through)
Keep us updated.

Lynda said...

You are so funny and yes I read it. I always look to see if there is something new.
Your dilemma's are just part of business but don't forget to ask for help. I know I have my sister who is very organized and an accountant. she is a great help to me. It was hard to ask but she is willing to do it as long as I keep paying her. It makes life easier to delegate thing to others. I don't even need to know any of it I just need her to put it where it belongs so I can look to see what I need or don't need.
I have been ordering from you for about 3 years now and find your company to be the best of all I order from. Even though you are the farthest away... Fastest shipping of anyone. That part I love!!
I know you will get it all together and I look forward to seeing the new site. Hang in there we will all wait.

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration to a lot of people. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I imagine it will be a breath of fresh air once it's all done: big sighhhh; enjoy the moment! S.

Emmi Berggren said...

Hi Kaila! I really enjoy your blog :) I've been looking around for a way topress matte eyeshadows and blushes. I can press shimmery shadows and they turn out amazing, but the matte ones dry rock solid. Tey become very hard and dark, completely unusable. Do you have any tips and tricks for me? Maybe you already have a guide for this, but I couldn't find one. Thank you!

Tia said...

I placed my first order with TKB Trading a couple weeks ago. I have to say, I'm quite impressed with the samples I received! There is a good amount of pigment there for me to experiment with. I will definitely be doing business with you again! :)

Patricia Westervelt said...

I am so proud of you as a woman owned business. It's nice to see a loved product (soap) supplier grow. I was an order picker with Plaid, the Fold Art people when I was into tole painting. Your system is awesome. Love CA. Tired of Hotlanta. Are you hiring? Patricia at agsoap@aol.com