When a small company first starts keeping stock on hand, it’s often the beginning of a problem. At first, it’s a small one because it’s not as if nobody’s keeping track of the items that comprise cash flow. Whether in a ledger or a spreadsheet, everyone keeps track somehow and knows to order before they run out of a given item. The problem starts with recordkeeping that does not allow for growth, delivery times, or adequately use the data generated to improve ordering protocols. For this reason, the sooner that barcoding and live inventory systems can be put in place, the better. Logistics – the science of moving things from place to place – starts small and in the best case scenario grows with and helps to grow a company.