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.