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Business Optimization: How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Travel Agency



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Some smaller businesses rely on overall efficiency much more than others. There are some that can even find the eye of the storm in all the chaos and somehow become completely capable of getting the job done despite the clutter. However, no matter the size of your business, if you happen to be handling a travel agency you know that the slightest obstacle in efficiency can hurt your company as a whole. You need everything running like a well-oiled machine, and sometimes that can be very difficult especially if you happen to be starting out as a travel agency.

Fortunately, there are some solutions for the all-too-common problems that small agencies tend to face. As a matter of fact, these problems start to rear their ugly head specifically when your travel agency starts to grow in popularity. For these kinds of situations, it’s all about playing with the cards that you’ve been dealt to learn how to optimize inventory costs among other aspects of your business. Of course, while this is certainly easier said than done, this doesn’t change the fact that you can do something about it provided you’re willing to put in the effort.

Automation might be the best move for companies looking to evolve

While there are plenty of legitimate reasons why small businesses shouldn’t utilise completely automated transactions, even as a travel agency, there will come a time when the revenue starts to slow down due to missed opportunities. Things that could have been fixed if the agency wasn’t constantly overwhelmed by increasing demand. Yes, you can expect that as you continue to do a great job, your travel agency will grow in popularity – which means there’s a possibility that the demand might outstrip your current supply.

When this happens, you’ll find yourself with plenty of unhappy and disappointed clients as you do your best to try to contain the situation. Unfortunately, if you aren’t able to automate certain features then it’s very likely that the clients will simply go elsewhere. While this might make the work easier and return the business flow to manageable numbers that you and your agency can handle, there might be very little chance of your travel agency increasing in popularity again.

Optimizing certain aspects with an automated process

While it certainly costs a good deal of money to do so, being able to automate certain processes will ease the burden of constantly having to expend effort on every single aspect. For example, the activities that cover the issuance of tickets isn’t necessarily something that you and your staff constantly need to do. As a travel agency grows in popularity, this will increase in pace, which only makes things more difficult. The same thing can be said about tracking unused and lost tickets, or perhaps seat services. The last two in particular are things that don’t seem like much but tend to add up the more clients you get. You’ll be surprised at just how much time you can free up for your staff if you manage to effectively automate these features.

Learn how to optimize your inventory

This particular aspect isn’t necessarily about automation, or any other expensive solution. It’s simply being smart about how you go about optimizing your inventory. Have you ever heard of the Newsvendor Problem/Dilemma? It’s an issue that arose in the early 19th century regarding how many newspapers the vendor needs to stay afloat. After all, too many newspapers and they will have wasted money on the newspapers that no-one purchases. Too few newspapers and they will have wasted money because they sold out too early and there were plenty more clients that wanted to make a purchase.

This is a particularly fascinating dilemma because there is no clear answer that will solve this problem. No-one has the ability to see into the future, and these vendors could only estimate based on how many of the newspapers they had sold so far. These intelligent guesses often work well enough, but as a travel agency you need to be well aware of how much you are charging as much as how many products you’re selling.