A strong supply chain is a critical element for successful manufacturers and distributors. Scheduling production requires inventory control and satisfying customers requires insight into production and warehouse operations. Disconnected systems create delays, introduces the risk of mistakes, and can lead to frustrated customers. Tighten these important connections with the right management solutions and improve customer satisfaction while improving your bottom line.
There are many moving parts within a manufacturing and distribution operation and many of those elements rely on other parts to be successful. You rely on suppliers and vendors to provide the inventory needed for production and you also need retailers or other customers to purchase your products. When any one of these aspects weakens or fails, it can throw your entire business out of whack. Legacy systems can present an opportunity for these problems. Data is locked in disparate software programs, difficult to reach, and by the time you have current data in your hands, it can be too late to make the right decisions. To monitor core business processes effectively, you need quick access to reliable data, and the ability to notice those sometimes subtle signs that could indicate a problem or let you know what to do when more glaring changes occur.
An integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, can be used to monitor each of the moving parts of your business with greater efficiency and provide the ability to respond faster to changes. Connecting financial transactions, inventory management, supplier and vendor relationships, order processing, and other core operations puts the very data that you need at your fingertips. You can also communicate and collaborate with suppliers using a vendor portal within Microsoft Dynamics GP. They can confirm and update purchase orders and shipment data necessary for planning and scheduling production. Strengthening these relationships can improve inventory control, ensuring you have the materials needed for customer orders. You can also identify trends within your data using business intelligence features. Monitoring what customers are buying, or not buying, can provide valuable insight about your product lines. Armed with this insight, you can make sure you have the products your customers want when they want it.
Reliable data is necessary in today’s fast-paced and competitive marketplace. Contact MIBAR.net for more information about using ERP to tighten the connections between the moving parts of your business to strengthen your business and improve customer satisfaction.