At this point, most logistics companies have already relied upon some sort of ERP platform for many years, but are now starting to wonder if it's time to upgrade their legacy systems to the cutting-edge options available today. Doing so is often a smart move, simply because of the myriad advantages modern technology provides. However, it's also vital to ensure any new ERP software works well within existing operations.
The clear benefit ERP provides is that it helps to make almost every aspect of a logistics company's operations more efficient, but that can be achieved in a number of ways, according to Tech Story. For instance, the more aspects of the supply chain that can be digitized – and therefore turned into actionable information – the better off companies will be when it comes to identifying potential weak points and implementing whatever changes may be needed.
More options available
Simply put, the era of "hyper-connectivity" gives logistics firms a lot of power to maximize the benefits of ERP, the report said. For instance, using wearables throughout the warehouse – and beyond – could give workers real-time information about the best and most efficient ways possible to completing any given task, and continually improve upon those day-to-day procedures as well. This also provides real-time access to a wealth of information about things like inventory, worker movements, and the progress of any given order.
However, when implementing any new options in this regard, it's important that employees understand how to use them, or the data the platforms begin to collect may not be as useful as it should be, according to CXO Today. The simpler it is for workers to understand and use these systems properly, the better off all involved will be. To that end, before putting a new ERP platform into broad use across the company, it may be wise to test it out with a relatively smaller number of more tenured employees, and lay out specific goals for what the company wants to accomplish when it comes to hitting the ground running.
"Our time-tested implementation methodology consists of preliminary analysis and strategy formulation followed by series of awareness programs to facilitate the change management," Kabilan Sokkalingam, managing director of Roadmap IT Solutions, told the site. "Our foundation for implementation is our as-is process study and documentation."
Take the first step
With all this in mind, it might also be important for logistics companies to put in some time researching how much support they will get from an ERP vendor, especially if this is their first platform upgrade in a while, according to Fresh Plaza. The extent to which ERP has changed may be staggering for some, and the occasional snag may be inevitable even with careful preparation. Moreover, finding out just how scalable a given platform will be can help companies determine the best path forward for the long term.
The more companies can do to look before they leap when it comes to next-gen ERP adoption, the more successful that adoption is likely to be for everyone from the warehouse floor to the boardroom.