Supplier Relationship Management

Managing relationships with ERP software

One of the ways to maintain competitive advantage and healthy profit margins is to build quality supplier relationships, but supply chains are becoming increasingly complex.

Supplier Relationship Management ERP Software

Within WinMan, supplier details and documents such as contracts, payment terms, remittance advices, areas of expertise, approvals, pricing, quantity breaks and lead times can all be saved and accessed with a few clicks. Supplier shutdown calendars can also be logged within the MRP feature.

Automated workflows can be created such as emailing purchase order requests or updating delivery statuses. Paper usage can be minimized by using the web-based portal functionality. Here suppliers can log in to view or update outstanding orders, invoices, queries etc. This same data can then be immediately relayed to customers where appropriate.

For those with overseas suppliers, currency and cost management can be carried out in the WinMan system improving costing accuracy.

Supplier contract quantities, consignment stock information, delivery lead times and stock levels can all be uploaded onto the system. This information is then linked with the MRP and production management functions making just-in-time and Kanban purchasing methods easy to maintain.

Continuous supplier performance reviews are easily conducted because detail such as timeliness, full deliveries, complaints, returns and defect rates can be logged for full reporting. The WinMan support case and integral supplier returns management features enable automation and complex product support processes. Any returns created will be linked to inventory statistics so you will always work with the most up-to-date stock numbers.

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.

John Sankey

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

If you would like to know more about the range of features available within the WinMan ERP system contact us for more information. 

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