Distributors need to be able to fulfil orders and deliver goods to customers in an efficient manner. Whether it is an off-the-shelf product or a custom-made product, being timely is key to gaining competitive advantage and customer satisfaction. This can be difficult with the increasing popularity of e-commerce both within consumer-facing and B2B environments. Speed and efficiency are now expected of all distribution systems at all times.Choosing the right distribution software can improve stock management, accuracy of data, time management, and customer and supplier relationships while still providing the scalability and flexibility needed for the company to grow.
Set special pricing for individual customer accounts, promotional pricing for every order, or special rebate rates. WinMan ERP can help distributors manage both external and internal sales commissions.
By providing real-time stock levels with visible data of both incoming and outgoing stock and where that stock is specifically located, WinMan can offer 'available to promise' information to the customer at the time of order.
Can automate and customize reports i.e. live sales figures, stock deliveries, inventory levels, stock defect rates and much, much more. The extendable 'cubes' provide real time queries of all sales and purchasing related data without the need for any specialist training.
Flexibly control different pick, pack and put away strategies supported by both traditional documents, as well as, real-time paperless PDA and surface devices. Integration to carrier systems eradicates double entry and provides live tracking to the end customer.
WinMan ERP facilitates forward replenishment using both managed forecasting and average usage data. Orders can be excluded from forecasting as required. MRP then manages order proposals. Specific landed cost and container planning functions enable management of the extended supply chain. The supplier portal and WinMan workflow enable suppliers to directly update WinMan with confirmation or status changes. All purchases can be tracked from the initial purchase order to the point of resale without losing traceability.
This allows end customers to manage their account details online, place orders, print invoices, track shipments, and log queries. This will help increase the level of self-service and potentially decrease the level of inbound telephone and email enquiries.
WinMan ERP can automate the exchange of documents such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notes. It can improve accuracy and eliminate the need for users to re-key in data.
WinMan will enable the management of pre-defined delivery routes, the allocation of orders within route planning, and the creation of packing lists, delivery notes, etc. The ERP system also integrates with a number of third party courier systems for efficient label printing.
For more than ten years, the highly functional and versatile WinMan ERP system has provided the cornerstone for our successful growth, and we are particularly proud to have grown to become no.1 in the UK marketplace by supplying our acclaimed steel access covers and grilles which are 100% British made. WinMan is as important to us as ever, now that we are aiming our innovative products not only at the home market but also at foreign countries planning serious investment in new infrastructure.
Fabweld Steel Products
Our WinMan ERP system allows me to directly and quickly access the management information I need to run the business – real-time reporting of key performance indicators such as operating efficiencies and deliveries. Vitally, more consistent pricing gives a truer margin on the work we perform. Meanwhile the system has supported our company’s strategy of investment for growth and its ability to meet delivery promises, hence strengthening its reputation in the marketplace as a reliable and trustworthy supplier. An accurate delivery date to the nearest day can now be assigned by our sales administration staff within half-an-hour of an order being placed. We proudly meet over 99% of those dates.
As a director of the business it was important to me that the system we implemented not only met our functional requirements, but also came from a supplier that was prepared to take on single source responsibility. Of all of the companies we evaluated, WinMan were the only one that ticked all the boxes.
The underlying advantage of WinMan for John Sankey was its flexibility and the ease with which it could be tailored to suit the company’s specific needs.
Our objective was to streamline data processing and substantially reduce keystrokes – a 50% reduction was the minimum target – and a lot of that keystroking was to do with assignment. The more non-value-adding activity we can take out the better.
Thomas Broadbent and Sons
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