Today’s business environment brings challenges beyond the traditional line of simple operational, financial and IT risks. Product recalls, compliance violations and missed deliveries have the potential to cause long-term damage to the reputations of manufacturers and distributors.
Failure to deliver can destroy not just your public brand, but your entire company. COOs and operations directors need true end-to-end visibility of everything happening across both demand and supply chains.
Investing in business solutions software is a significant decision for most organisations, requiring input from multiple stakeholders. However, the investment pays off as no business decision is left to chance, thereby removing unnecessary risks within day-to-day operations.
So how does the right ERP solution reduce business risks within organisations and lead to improved efficiencies?
Supply Chain Management
For businesses involved in moving and distributing goods around the country, the pandemic of 2020 has shown how important it is to have digital technologies to support planning, managing, and executing distribution operations.
Supply chain automation means using technology to centrally manage and automate part or all of the supply chain. In the ‘new normal’ of 2020, it has several benefits, such as reducing manual effort while increasing productivity, efficiency, and accuracy.
ERP Software enables you to virtually represent all of your key processes, and then once you have visibility into your operations, you can identify ways to streamline and increase throughput of information automatically. This not only drives efficiency, but it also gives you a complete audit trail on what actions happened, when.
Automating Manual Tasks
ERP Systems can be leveraged to reduce many of the lapses, slips, rule-based and knowledge-based mistakes that occur in the work environment. Many manual tasks are automated as the system also helps to boost collaboration between employees.
Automation enables continuous monitoring of processes and data in real time and across processes and transactions, reducing the potential for human error.
Manual tasks that are repetitive can be eliminated with the automated features. This strategy can reduce errors and enable employees to focus their time on more productive tasks to please your customers. Automation can apply to many different departments in the company, including sales, accounting, warehouse management and more.
Enhancing Efficiency and Better Communication
Delivery delays are one of the biggest issues that result in negative customer responses. Whether you provide services to businesses or to consumers, a missed deadline can destroy your credibility.
When everyone involved in a project is updated, immediately, there are more opportunities to correct errors as they happen. Better internal communications result in better service for the customer.
The ability to look at things from an overall perspective and dive to the day-to-day operations gives you unprecedented access to information. In the era of data as an asset, few corporate resources offer as much insight as an ERP platform.
Successful organisations will be defined by their decision to invest in the technology, data, processes, and people to improve efficiency, reduce costs, modernize processes, and speed up decision-making thereby reducing business risks.