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Things often heat up at the scrapyard. So it’s good if you can rely on your software in the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day business!

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Excel vs Software

“Why do I need software? I have Excel.”

When it comes to recording business data of any kind, many small and medium-sized entrepreneurs rely on Excel. Scrap metal dealers and recyclers are no exception here either. Why would they be? Excel is easy, familiar in every respect, and inexpensive since it is already installed on most PCs. Tables are quickly and easily created without much effort – whether it is a matter of creating a list of all orders or of creating an overview of warehouse volumes.

What happens, however, if the company grows? More orders mean more data and this data has to be maintained. This takes time. A company at this point quickly reaches its limits with Excel. Manually maintained Excel lists are not only prone to error, but can also quickly result in an unmanageable jungle of data.

A piece of software which is tailored specifically to the day-to-day business in a scrap yard can remedy the situation and offer you a number of benefits:

  1. Always get an up-to-date overview
    Excel gives you the option of recording data – but this has to be done manually and requires a certain amount of time. With a piece of software for comprehensive mapping of all business processes, your data is automatically maintained and kept up-to-date in the day-to-day business.
  2. Be more efficient: How much time do you think you spend each week sitting in front of your PC maintaining tables and writing invoices? 1-2 hours a day? How about a solution with which you quickly and easily record orders, weigh items, update warehouse volumes and can create and send invoices with just a few extra clicks? This saves effective working time which you could use otherwise and, above all, more productively.
  3. Save costs: a piece of software with coordinated functions saves time and time is money. However, that is not the only reason why you can save money by using business software. A piece of software that covers all functions for your day-to-day business in the scrap metal trade also saves you the cost of additional weighing software and associated maintenance and update costs.
  4. Promote your growth: to make the right decisions and generate growth, control over business data and efficient workflows are key factors. A piece of software tailored to the day-to-day business of the scrap metal trade with coordinated functions increases your efficiency and always gives you an up-to-date overview of the most important data.

Undisputed: Excel is and remains a popular tool for recording more or less everything. However: Excel’s options are limited.

The question is not: Do I need a piece of software for my scrap metal trade? It is in fact: Do I need a tool with which I can quickly and easily create overviews? Then surely Excel is sufficient? If, however, I want a tool that assists me in making processes more efficient, saving time and generating growth, then a piece of software tailored to my industry is the better choice.

Bürokratiesierung in der Schrottbranche

No sign of reduced bureaucracy in the scrap metal industry!

Last summer, the Federal Government decided to limit the increase in additional burdens and regulations for medium-sized businesses by using the “bureaucracy brake”. However, there are still no major signs of reduced bureaucracy in the scrap metal trade industry. On the contrary: instead of being able to concentrate on their business, scrap metal dealers are constantly confronted with new environmental regulations and numerous documentation requirements in addition to the significant price and competitive pressure.

Although the bureaucracy brake, which has been in force since mid-2015, should provide financial and temporal relief in the recycling and disposal industry, the ever emerging bureaucratic regulations cause an increased workload and additional costs. This is expenditure which small and medium-sized scrap dealers could easily do without.

The desire is thus clear: dealers want fewer regulations and more time to be able to take care of their core business. This desire has an existential importance in times when there is a continually growing concern, especially among smaller companies, about being pushed out of the market by the larger companies.

Exploiting digitization opportunities

What can you do as a scrap metal dealer? Keep waiting for bureaucracy to be reduced? This would appear to be of no use in view of the fact that the desire for less bureaucracy is probably as old as the modern state itself.

How about staging a digital offensive instead? Rigorously exploit the opportunities of digitization in their own right. Here, we don’t mean the creation of numerous Excel lists which end up in a confusing jumble of files on the Desktop, but rather modern programs and apps that offer you the exact functions that you need to organise your work more efficiently in the scrap yard and increase your productivity.

Move, for example, the management and planning of your vehicles and containers away from paper and on to the screen and collect all orders directly in one place: in the software. With good software which is tailored exactly to your day-to-day business and has interfaces that are directly interlinked, you swiftly optimise your processes significantly and also save money.

One thing is clear: even the best computer program does not prevent new legal regulations at the end of the day. Digitization does not mean reduced bureaucracy.

However: with good software, you don’t have to worry at least about implementing new requirements in your system – at least not if you have a solution from a system provider, which directly integrates all legal amendments in your software, especially at no extra cost to you, so that you can focus again on what is essential: your core business.