Businesses are complicated. You know where they really get complicated? When you have physical products and you have them being moved around. Take a shoe company for example. Lets say that the shoe company has a store in New York. And they manufacture in China. Well you are all of a sudden dealing with a dozen factors. Think about all the parts involved in you just traveling from China to America, there are a dozen steps right? And that is at the minimum:
You have to book a flight, get the best price, get to the airport, get through security, get to your gate, get to your seat, deplane, get out of the airport, get to your home, and unpack.
Well, that is also happening when a package comes over to America, not with the exact same details but similar steps and just like EVERYTHING, every step costs money. Are you getting each step at the right cost? Can you consolidate? Can you optimize. These are the questions that spur creations like supply chain management software. Supply chains can make or break companies. They can save millions of dollars a year if done right, and lose it if done wrong.
How much money do you lose every year due to mis-management? Don’t know? I don’t think there’s software for that so, you may be out of luck.