Warehouse and distribution companies can reach a tipping point where their current ERP systems are no longer positioned for managing future growth and neither does it have the infrastructure needed to aid this growth. This may call for an upgrade.
Traditionally, ERP systems that focused on warehouse and distribution operations included basic inventory, shipping and receiving, bookkeeping, and reporting capabilities.
Although the system may very well integrate these functionalities, companies should look beyond the basics and cover different scenarios in the eventuality of growth, sudden operational and market changes, and increasing customer expectations.
Consider the following warning signs indicating it is time to reconsider your ERP options:
- Your Business Cannot Scale its Operations to Meet Future Growth
The first question to ask is whether your current ERP system can perform at its best when faced with increased stock capacity and shipments, additional warehousing centres, and fast-growing product sales.
Think about the scalability factor and provide for business development through your choice of warehousing and distribution management systems.
An ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics NAV can further aid in scaling and streamlining warehouse and distribution operations while reducing wastage and transaction times.
It works the way you want! Microsoft Dynamics NAV looks and works like Microsoft Office which means that you can get to work immediately with no change-over delays. It is also role-tailored to give employees relevant insights for their day-to-day work with accurate and instantaneous information. Data that is so readily available can solve not only today’s problems but also plan for tomorrow. With its cloud and on-premise deployment, you also have the flexibility to choose to work when and where you want – at the office, at home, or on the road.
- Your Business Cannot Meet Customer Expectations
Can your system quickly respond and process orders in line with your customers’ sales orders and various requirements, from rush orders to modifications in the orders status?
Look at whether your ERP solution can improve and maximise customer service, which will give your business a great competitive advantage in the market.
With a system like Dynamics NAV, companies can increase the accuracy and speed of sales orders and provide fast updates to demanding customers at any point in the transaction process.
- Your Business Cannot Support a Mobile Workforce
Can your system quickly address inaccuracies in warehouse transactions, item tracking, and product shipments?
A mobile workforce can help your distribution business to manage better warehouse data and inventory control.
Dynamics NAV increases productivity through enabling a mobile workforce for the warehousing and shipment floors, resulting in lower overheads and reduced risks with inventory, transactions, and shipment.