The good news for logistics companies across the U.S. these days is that proliferating technology gives them plenty of options when it comes to upgrading and adopting the latest ERP platforms. However, this industry evolution also means that doing so requires firms to carefully examine everything from their various options to the proper ways to implement and get the most out of these platforms on an ongoing basis.

One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to adopting ERP is just making the choice about the best kind of platforms to put into place based on any individual logistic firm's unique needs, according to Diginomica. With this in mind, it's vital that any companies which resolve to adopt new ERP platforms look at their options quickly but thoroughly, and avoid any kind of delays in the decision-making process that could hamper their operations.

What's the issue?
When companies drag their feet on adopting the latest ERP solutions, it typically happens because they're worried about the investment they may have to make, or because they're concerned about the steps needed to get the new system up to speed or properly train workers on how to operate it {incomplete thought}, the report said. But the cost of such a decision paralysis only grows the longer the delay lasts, because while things may take a little while to get to full capacity, once they do the added efficiency tends to provide a significant return on investment.

Another type of concern that could hold back a quicker adoption process is perfectly legitimate as well: Many companies may be concerned about the security issues that arise with a new, cloud-based ERP platform, according to the Forbes Technology Council. This is a serious issue given how much sensitive data is now stored in the cloud, and there are certainly steps individual logistics firms can take to make sure all their potential vulnerabilities are being addressed to the best of the company's abilities. However, it's important to note that the need for high ERP security standards exists long-term, rather than just at implementation, and companies therefore need to adequately prepare themselves with a proper ongoing security strategy.

After the fact
Once ERP platforms have been upgraded to the latest offerings, companies may also be wise to take some time on a regular basis and examine how well they're meeting expectations, according to Search IT Channel. Having the opportunity to revisit these issues may provide valuable insight about the return on investment ERP provides, but also highlight areas where other changes could be made to further boost the efficacy of a system.

The ability of any company to continually examine how effective their operations – whether related to ERP or not – have been and identify whatever areas they can improve above and beyond other recent changes may help to unlock new levels of efficiency that might not have been possible before. That, in turn, allows companies to improve their bottom lines on an ongoing basis.