Being in Indonesia for almost 4 months now, I have enough stuff in my head to write a book. The culture, the village life, the people, the good, bad and the ugly. It’s all part of this diverse and lively country.
As promised in our last post we wanted to show you around in our everyday office, the family business store (store in Indonesian is “
When we decided to move to Indonesia we committed ourselves in modernizing this business to 2018 standards. Therefore, four months later this is where we stand statistics wise:
- ERP system reviewed and selected (open source software)
- 1700 different articles inventoried: these are not quantities but only different types of articles. Every type has its own quantity. We estimate these 1700 articles are about 10-15% of the total stock. so we are not there yet…
- We keep everything updated in
a mainExcel as a global reference
- We made our own barcode system based on EAN-13
- Relocated many articles together so they are not so spread around
Because there has never been a system before we have spent most of our time counting and reorganizing. And this will not change until everything is inventoried.
Let’s take a little walk through our office!
In Asia food is everywhere almost 24/7. We don’t really have that culture in Belgium where places do have fixed hours and close pretty early.
The first floor also has 2 bedrooms intended for family or guests that stay over. These are not shown
The warehouse upstairs is the first warehouse we counted and inventoried. It took us 2 full weeks working every day. In the villages, people don’t really have weekends. They work every day. We work six and a half days out of seven with half a day off on Friday afternoon.
Back on the ground floor, when you advance from the lunch table area to the front of the store you will first pass this brainstorm area (see whiteboard) where the car tires are stored. Here you can do some resting if you are “tire-ed” 🙂
It must sound very confusing if you are not physically there but for
I haven’t mentioned there are also 6 employees working there every day. So 11 people running around, serving customers, relocating goods and making a mess. Trying to keep order in that disorder, is and will be the biggest challenge of all…
PS: Actually, I am writing this post from Belgium. Yes, I arrived yesterday and will stay until the 9th of January. So if you have some spare time, let’s meet up and sing Christmas songs together!