They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used to (Thank Goodness!)

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is an ambiguous phrase to me. It can mean two things: either the end products aren’t the same as they used to be, or the way those products are made isn’t the same. The evolution of the telephone from telegram to cell phone, Fishbowl Inventory BlogThis is usually a lament about how things are so much more complex or lower quality nowadays, but I have a different interpretation. To me, it means that companies are no longer doing things in an inefficient old manner. Instead, they are replacing outdated systems with innovative new ones that can do the job better than before. I touched on this in my last blog post about the state of manufacturing. Efficiency is a good thing! It lowers the cost of doing business and allows companies to produce more and higher-quality products in a shorter amount of time. Old habits die hard, however. Business leaders need to stick with new ideas and tools for a while to see how useful they truly are. For example, it can take a little while to learn how to use manufacturing inventory software and get the majority of your employees comfortable with using it in their daily routine. But once you’ve put forth the effort, you should see positive results for years to come. That’s because manufacturing inventory software saves time and money by helping manufacturers run their operations more smoothly and cut out waste. No more guesswork about which products are the top sellers, what parts they need to reorder or how many to keep on hand. Those tasks are taken care of automatically, so leaders can focus on other important parts of their businesses. So the next time someone says, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” you can enthusiastically respond, “I know. Thank goodness!”