By Linda Bryan
Chief Executive Officer
Maintaining quality is a challenge (and yes, quite often a serious problem) for every manufacturing company. But when food production and processing are involved, the situation can be far more perilous. So are the consequences of tainted food products.
That’s why top manufacturing companies adhere to universally recognized certification standards—from ISO to HACCP to GFSI and many, many more—just to prove their products meet rigid quality and safety standards.
But when it comes to distribution, the situation can get muddier. No matter how good the quality of your management may be on the shop floor itself, it’s much harder to manage quality and profitability once products are no longer in your premises—and under your immediate control.
The distribution benefits (and profits) of integrated ERP systems
When most people think of ERP systems, shop-floor and accounting functions are usually the first things that come to mind. But the benefits of ERP during the distribution process are equally important—and just as critical.
Here are 5 reasons why:
- Productivity and error reduction. Integrated ERP systems don’t just lower non-productive staff and overhead, they also reduce errors on pick, pack and shipping.
- Increased competitiveness. Faster order turnaround times, real-time order status, better due-date delivery performance, and better pricing transparency can set you apart from the competition. And, of course, make you far more attractive to potential buyers.
- Improved process and inventory control. Real-time information accuracy allows for more just-in-time inventory, whether it’s component and kitted inventory, or whether it’s owned or consigned. It’s a great way to alleviate customer concern while lowering your inventory costs.
- Grow more rapidly. Non-integrated manual systems aren’t just more cumbersome, they’re much slower than customized ERP solutions. And what customer doesn’t prefer speed over delay?
- Better bottom-line decisions. When your information is better, your decisions are too. So is your capacity to make smarter financial choices under shorter time frames.
With real-time data at your fingertips, you no longer have to chase the data you need to make an informed decision—regardless of where your distribution network takes you.