Managing supply chain complexities with a ERP system

Posted by Jonathan Davies on 19 Nov

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Staying at the top of the competitive business world requires much more than just knowledge, skills, and technologies. At every moment, competitors are looking for gaps that could make them get ahead of each other.

Supply chain management (SCM) is the most crucial part that they focus on. It involves several tasks that may prove hectic to manage manually. An ERP system exists for this reason; to thoroughly simplify the SCM by integrating all your management applications into one and automating back-office functions. For any business looking to improve efficiency, speed, and customer satisfaction in the distribution-manufacturing process, investing in ERP could be the answer.

And what's even better with an ERP? It grants you global visibility. This means you can manage various supply chain points at the same time so that you can have a better overview of the supply situation at the ground.

Let's take a look at how it can be used:

Meeting supply chain complexities

Various challenges may come up in the supply chain, including low productivity, operational inefficiencies, and excessive waste. By using a supply chain management function within ERP software, these challenges can be met.

The function allows you to automate operations and decrease operational errors. This saves you in terms of operational costs and overheads. Business flexibility is improved so that you can quickly and efficiently adapt to the trends in the market without so much paperwork. Moreover, manufacturers can account for their business expansion and scalability.

ERP systems can simplify the monitoring of quality and performance using both qualitative and quantitative measures. It will allow the tracking of the quality of goods from the supplier as well as information on the number of returns from buyers.

The gap between supply chain partners is also narrowed with ERP software. Partners can share vital information and statistics concerning product demand, production status, delivery plans, and forecasts in real-time. These include suppliers and managers of plants, warehouses, stores, among others. An ERP enables you to monitor and manage suppliers and distributors at all times, knowing where they are and what operations they are carrying out.

Security profiles can be set within ERP systems to restrict access and certain privileges such as data modification in specific areas to be limited. It will also help keep all your business data within one system rather than having it in multiple locations.

Introducing more efficient stock control methodologies

ERP systems enable you to take note of where your product is and how it is selling. With such information, you can make an informed plan on production rates and amounts and where precisely to deliver produce.

Additionally, it aids in stock control and inventory balancing. With an ERP, you can control stock to ensure that there are proper marketing channels, well-regulated stock amounts, and promotion deals.

It also enables you to give a prompt response to changing customer needs or market demands. This promotes a good business relationship between the producer and the customers. Quick deliveries in high demand areas also improve the confidence purchasers have in your business.

Overall, supply chain functionality significantly improves business efficiency. In this way, businesses set up an excellent reputation, which results in increased customer traffic and customer retention — consequently, productivity and sales hike. Manufacturers also have a good grip on what is really happening in the supply chain process. Such information improves the accuracy and effectiveness of decision making.

>> See WinMan's ERP software functions here

Topics: ERP Software, Distribution, Business Management Software, Business Efficiency, supply chain, Warehouse Management Systems

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