Thanks to all the emerging technology in the logistics industry, executives and workers alike have a lot of power at the tips of their fingers. However, that also means that companies must empower everyone from the boardroom to the shop floor to be able to tap all the necessary information and make it actionable. Fortunately, there are now multiple ways to achieve that goal through modern ERP.
One of the biggest benefits of implementing a good ERP system is that it will help streamline existing processes, but then continue to help companies find ways to streamline the new processes as well, continually improving how companies operate over a period of years, according to TechTarget. However, that kind of long-term improvement will likely require companies to look at a variety of issues and examine how well their ERP works and areas where they may need to focus to maximize their own potential.
Where to begin
There are a few places where common issues tend to crop up when it comes to ERP implementation and ongoing use, and companies may be able to get ahead by focusing on these areas as it relates to the ERP platform itself, the report said. Perhaps the most important of these is the user interface that anyone making use of the system will encounter, because if it's not always going to be intuitive or tailored to the needs of every individual company. For example, changing the language settings might be helpful for logistics firms with a lot of Spanish-speaking employees, while others may find the default information displayed isn't as helpful as other data in the system.
After all, adopting ERP is a crucial step when it comes to getting up to speed with the logistics field as a whole, and perhaps getting ahead of local competitors in particular, according to IndustryWeek. With that in mind, the ability of any firm to adopt and adapt to the latest ERP platforms and technology – such as portable devices that connect through the internet of things – is critical not only to getting ahead, but staying there.
Improving the supply chain
Another way ERP really helps businesses is that it allows them to better assess every step of the supply chain when it comes to items going into or coming out of a warehouse, IndustryWeek noted. That means with a little streamlining, they're far less likely to hit snags when it comes to having too much or too little of a given item they need to ship, ensuring everything is in the building for just as long as it needs to be.
Implementing new ERP systems with the IoT in mind, in particular, can go a long way as well, because it helps employees find the best possible ways to work, while they're working, TechTarget further noted. Giving workers actionable information about their jobs in real time is typically a huge boost for any logistics firm.
With all this in mind, it's vital for decision-makers to look before they leap on ERP adoption, and find the platform that works best for their companies' specific needs both now and in the future.