If you’re looking for a savvy way to scale your business and to increase turnover and profits without increasing your overheads, then looking at force multipliers and automation like casepacking systems is a great way to do this. Here we will look at what these terms mean in a business context and at why they are so important.
A force multiplier is essentially any tool that takes the effort of a member of staff and ‘multiplies’ it or ‘amplifies’ it. The most basic example of this would be a hammer which takes the physical force that the construction worker inputs and then outputs an amplified amount of force. A forklift truck is another example of a force multiplier, as is a computer or a spreadsheet. In any case, these can drastically decrease the amount of time and effort you put in while resulting in larger output and productivity.
Automation meanwhile takes this one step further and entirely automates a process, removing the need for any input at all. An assembly line can be automated for instance as can a casepacking or cartoning system.
The Benefits and Risks
When using either automation or force multipliers, you are essentially increasing your output allowing you to get more turnover by producing more products or serving more clients. At the same time though, you are doing this without having to hire more staff which saves you money. The more efficient the system, the greater the profits, so always be careful when choosing cartoning, casepacking or other systems.
There is a danger when using theses systems however. That’s because they will automate and multiply any input. This means that mistakes are also amplified – so whenever you use any kind of automated system you also need to run checks and ensure they are closely monitored and maintained.