A craft spirits distillery owner wears many hats from head distiller, to chief mechanic, to head of HR to sales manager. Oh, and don’t forget bookkeeper for without keeping track of all your grains, fruits, spirits, barrels, bottles, yields, tours and prepping for your next TTB audit you won’t have a clue what’s really going on. If you are still keeping track of all your reporting needs in Excel, you are wasting a lot of time that you could be doing other things like making whiskey and creating sales. Whiskey Resources recently sat down with the John Little, Co-Owner and Master Distiller for Smooth Ambler Spirits to talk about the benefits of implementing and using distillery management software system.
“I want to be in business with people that improve our business and Whiskey Systems does that.”
~ John Little Co-Owner, Master Distiller and Vice President of Smooth Ambler Spirits
“Everybody thinks that the whiskey business is so romantic and that its nothing but fun and you sit around and drink whiskey all day. But the reality is it’s a tremendous amount of work. I think the majority of the craft distillers make a huge mistake where they think the major part of their business is making a quality distillate and their job is over. The reality of it is that making a quality distillate is just a small part of the business. You’re worrying about sales and finances and HR and a variety of compliance issues. And so, there are just so many hours in the day that you have available to run your business. If we are worrying about tracking our production or worrying about compliance issues, it means we’re not growing our business.”
“Life was miserable before Whiskey Systems. We were tracking things on a variety of spreadsheets and it was essentially too much to track for any one person and a nightmare to do for a team of people. That’s time consuming and to be able to do that now in Whiskey Systems, it must save us an hour or two every day. And then at the end of the month, I’ll bet it saves me, 8 to 10 hours doing monthly reports.”
I Now Know What’s Going on When I’m on the Road
“I never really knew what was going at the distillery when I was on the road prior to Whiskey Systems. Now I can see what’s been mashed, what the status of all of our fermenters are, what’s been distilled today, how many barrels have been dumped today, how many barrels have been filled, what has been bottled. It enables us to track our sales and to control our inventory so much easier than we used to do. It’s probably the single most useful tool we have on a daily basis.”
Easy to Operate, Learn and Transition into the Software
Watch the video below to hear the story in John’s own words.
“The beauty of Whiskey Systems is that it’s so easy to operate. It’s easy to learn and to transition into the software. It’s easy to teach your staff how to use the software. The guys that built this, they understand the challenges that we have in the distilling business all the time. These aren’t just software developers; these are guys that have experience in the distilling business.”
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