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Many smaller manufacturers and warehousing facilities
believe (mistakenly) that automated systems are too expensive. Others fear that
software solutions like ERP and automated warehouse management software just
take away jobs from hardworking people.
1. Automate, Automate, AutomateAutomation does a number of things. First, it lowers inventory costs by improving the organization and management of the warehouse and inventory. Automation reduces the chances of human errors, some of which are costly, dangerous, or both. Automation makes employees more efficient and effective, keeping labor costs down. Finally, automation allows for better customer service because order processing and tracking is much more accurate. Automate as many systems as possible, beginning with inventory, orders, and purchasing, which can all be handled by ERP.
2. Determine the Best Tracking System for Your EnvironmentThere are several ways to track inventory within the system, including bar codes/UPC, RFID, QR codes, etc. Choose which way you will use to track inventory, and then your ERP system will be consistent and streamlined. This makes training easier, managing inventory easier, and helps you through an audit, if you have to undergo one of those.
3. Track Inventory in Real TimeThe beauty of ERP is that you can know exactly where everything in the facility is at any given moment. Paper systems come with a natural delay between the time an order is pulled and when the worker manually enters those items into the system. ERP scans the item's codes and instantly tracks it as its shelved, pulled, packaged, shipped, etc.
4. Know What Suppliers Your Various Stock Comes FromWith ERP, not only can you track when items are added to stock and removed from your inventory, you can also track raw materials and other supplies as they come in. This gives you incredible visibility into your suppliers. Which are gradually raising prices on you? Which are fastest to deliver on a rush order? Which are typically delayed in delivering during adverse weather or other circumstances? Once you can track the performance of your suppliers, you can better negotiate your prices and determine which suppliers to keep and which likely need to be replaced.
5. Be Prepared to Respond Quickly to a Product RecallFortunately, product recalls don't happen often. But when they do, it can be a nightmare without an automated ERP system to help you identify products included by the recall and get those off shelves and isolated. Just be sure that the system you've chosen to track your inventory is the same method used to identify products affected by a recall. Then, all workers need to do is enter the affected UPC, SKU number, etc. and indicate which products are to be pulled.
ERP will revolutionize the way you manage your inventory. The Attivo Group specializes in getting manufacturers and warehousing facilities fitted with the right ERP solution and getting the software system up and running right. For more information you can call us at 877-428-8486 or contact us here.
The holiday shopping season is almost upon us, which means e-commerce sales are about to spike. Even manufacturers and distributors see a surge in sales activity around the holidays. But so few small to midsized businesses have e-commerce platforms that integrate with their ERP system. While it’s great that more and more companies are taking advantage of online storefronts, the fact that so few of these are integrated solutions creates extra work and really fails to help you take advantage of potential revenue streams.
Reasons to Integrate Your E-Commerce and ERP software
Order fulfillment– One great thing about integrating platforms is that your inventory management software can automatically update your e-commerce website, ensuring that any out of stock items are easily identified by potential customers, preventing customer service issues and cancelled orders. You can also set up alerts to notify purchasing when inventory drops to specified thresholds, to avoid out of stock issues all together.
Automatic order entry – In non-integrated systems, order information is pulled from one system and manually entered into the accounting module of the ERP system. Not only is this time consuming, but it opens the door for human error in the data entry process. An integrated solution will pull financial data and enter it directly into the accounting system, saving time and money.
Customer Targeting – Just like an integrated system can pull financial data from the e-commerce engine and enter it into the accounting software, it can also integrate with the CRM system and remember vital data. For a distributor, this might mean automatically recognizing a large client’s order volume and pricing, allowing accurate pricing to be displayed in real time. For a B2C retailer, it could mean remembering a past customer’s order and presenting special deals and related merchandise to promote additional sales.
One of the benefits of being a small to midsized organization is being agile enough to take advantage of technology. Too many of these organizations are settling on disparate systems because they don’t realize that there are options out there that are both affordable and designed to integrate with Tier 2 ERP software.
For more information on finding an e-commerce platform that integrates with your existing ERP software you can call The Attivo Group at 877-428-8486 or contact us here.
There are a few very real and impactful truths about an ERP implementation. They are time consuming, they require a full investment of both human and financial capital, and there are going to be speed bumps along the way. It’s a daunting proposition that often times can scare a business away from the process all together. I don’t have time for that is a common reason we hear from companies we consult. Despite the fact that many businesses have stretched their current software systems to the point where there are obvious holes in their processes, surviving as is seems like the lesser evil when compared to a full scale ERP project.
There are ways to lessen the impact of an implementation though. While there will still be some inevitable hiccups along the way, if you do either (or both) of these things, you should be able to keep the migraine pills in the medicine cabinet and realize a more immediate return on an ERP investment.
Do a Business Process Assessment
Before you embark on any ERP project you should conduct abusiness process assessment (BPA). This is a full audit of all of your day to day processes. This will allow you to identify any areas of weakness and inefficiency that need to be addressed. But more importantly than that, once completed, it can be used as a checklist to determine which software package is going to best suit your specific needs. This in and of itself can eliminate a number of potential headaches down the road. Take it one step further, however, and you can use your BPA to prioritize specific projects. You can implement in stages, reducing the initial implementation time and allowing users to get familiar with a new software package before adding addition modules and features.
Consider the Cloud
There are a lot of advantages in moving to cloud hosted ERP. It’s the same software license as a
traditional on-premise solution, but you’ve taken all of the IT infrastructure
overhead and maintenance off of your plate.
As far an implementations are concerned, moving into the cloud allows
your implementation partner to create your new system in the cloud while you
are operating as usual. Test
environments can be set up to train on and data can be migrated to the cloud,
presenting much less disruption to your business operations. When it’s time to go live you just need to
move the most recent copy of your data into the new system and hit the ground
running. In the cloud, those same test
environments are still available for software updates and 3rd party
add-ons that may come into play down the line.
For more help on choosing an ERP system or if you have any questions about cloud hosted ERP, you can call The Attivo Group at 877-428-8486 or contact us here.
Manufacturers that use Macola have a choice as to which method they should use, but I often see clients using POP where Shop Floor is required and vice versa. It gives you plenty of flexibility in managing production. So what’s the right answer? First, a few facts of interest:
When should you use Shop Floor Control?
So when should you use Production Order Processing?
How is Manufacturing Method = Order Entry Used, and what are the differences?
For more information on whether or not you should be using Shop Floor or POP you can contact The Attivo Group at 877-428-8486 or contact us here.
Exact Macola 10 (EM10) isn’t even two years old yet and it’s already being recognized as one of the leading ERP software platforms available to the mid-market. Frost & Sullivan, a leading business growth and consulting firm, recently awarded EM10 with their prestigious Product Leadership award. The award was specifically given for EM10’s expertise as a food and beverage manufacturing ERP software solution.
The Methodology behind the Award
Frost & Sullivan looked at several tier 2 ERP solutions designed specifically for mid-sized food and beverage manufacturers. They identified 10 core attributes that the various software products were judged on.
After all of the scores were tallied, EM10 stood out as the top option amongst its peers for the food and beverage industry. You can read the full report here.
Why EM10 Stood Out
While EM10 received high marks in all categories, two
specific features really seemed to stand out to Frost & Sullivan. The first
was the amount of bang EM10 provided for the buck. Not only was EM10 priced very competitively
in the market, but it included several modules right out of the box that are
often charged as add-ons with other solutions. EM10 also comes with Synergy CRM
and Exact Event Manager, which makes the software a completely integrate ERP
and CRM package for one low price.
If you are in the food and beverage industry and would like to learn more about Exact Macola 10 and how it can transform your business you can call The Attivo Group at 877-428-8486 or contact us here.