When entrepreneurs face the pressure of keeping bottom line under control, every process gets analyzed. Reduction of wastage and enhancement of process efficiency result in significant cost control. Among widespread business processes, inventory distribution is one of the resource-centric ones. Particularly, when the logistics landscape is complex, it puts further financial burden.
Moreover, it is quite tough to keep control over several sub-processes of the main distribution process. Certainly, it is practically impossible to keep it in order by using old-fashioned, outdated programs. Smart and structured ERP system is a good choice. It is a comprehensive system that can keep track of inventory levels, delivery, accounting, and costing.
ERP, the helping hand for business process maintenance
ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning is a set of modules that make a comprehensive data management tool. With its amazing power of handling the bulk of data loads effectively, you can control and streamline the entire distribution process. Due to effective integration and centralization, it offers a single-point access to the data and reports. Entrepreneurs feel it extremely user-friendly because it is a single portal system. With simplified reports and data tracking, it helps in managing a distribution system well.
Three imperative benefits of ERP in maximizing inventory distribution
Though ERP implementation comprehensively benefits an organization, there are three major ways it can enhance inventory distribution system:
- Inventory tracking: Experts say that tracking is the toughest part of an inventory distribution system. In the conventional system, a holistic view of total material in the warehouse, in transit and ordered is not possible. Though the information is available in bits and pieces, it needs efforts to integrate and convert into meaningful information. ER system, on the other hand, offers a comprehensive inventory tracking mechanism with an integrated reporting system. As an entrepreneur, you can have a bird’s eye view of the total stock. With bar coding and RFID tags that are the modern methods, reporting and tracking are available over a few clicks. Each item in the system whether a screw or a DG system is traceable and accountable.
- Reporting: Impressive reporting and MIS are two unmatched qualities that make is a supreme system. Since it is a system designed with an objective of providing an Information Management System, reporting has been emphasized quite a lot. There is an array of reports that give at a glance view of the system. Managing inventory level, generating stock report, and revenue analysis, profit and productivity are possible by pressing a few clicks. Not only tailor-made reports but also there are several customized reports that are useful for operational and strategic managers. Since the reports are real-time, accurate and precise; there is no chance of incorrect business decisions.
- Operational efficiency: Inventory management, in particular, a mundane and boring business function. The team members are supposed to deal with loads of data, and there are high pressures for accuracy and flawless operations. ERP is fresh breeze for the business with incredibly accurate and precise workflows that make dull and boring tasks interesting. It has the capability of optimizing and streamlining processes to make the things simple and swift. With an in-depth tracking mechanism, it enhances the level of Inventory management in an organization.
Other than these three prominent benefits, it uplifts the accounting and clerical processes, automate several processes, and help an organization in achieving business goals in the long run. No wonder, ERP becomes the first choice of entrepreneurs that own high inventory-centric businesses. It enhances productivity by maximizing inventory distribution and helps in achieving reduction of operational cost. High business benefits compensate the cost incurred for implementing an ERP system in the organization.
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