Build Connections Within Manufacturing Operations

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Manufacturers can build better processes along with their products by introducing cutting-edge business technology.  An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can streamline manufacturing activities, as well as improve productivity, which can lead to a more profitable bottom line and happier customers.

Disparate specialty software programs and manual processes are inefficient and lead to expensive problems down the line.  Employees often need to manually enter data and email it to other departments.  For example, warehouse teams may be tasked to perform physical inventory counts, enter data into spreadsheets, then send data to procurement teams.  Data may be transcribed into other spreadsheets or specialty software, which takes additional time and can lead to errors, and sent to production scheduling or other management teams.  Aging and inaccurate data can lead to bad decisions and wreak havoc with production and customer service.

An ERP solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP, can provide control and insight throughout your manufacturing operations from the front office to the back warehouse.  You can manage finances, inventory and supply chain, manufacturing and distribution operations, human resources and payroll activities, and other core business processes within this single, integrated solution.  Time-saving automations such as barcoding, can save time by reducing the need for regular physical inventory counts.  Inventory counts can be updated automatically as items come in the warehouse from suppliers or as they are shipped to customers or sent to the production floor.  You can also maintain counts as inventory is transferred to distribution centers or other warehouses or is re-stocked if not used during production.

Today’s ERP solutions also provide a centralized database for each of your teams to reference as needed.  A centralized database reduces the need for redundant data entry or the delays associated with sharing information throughout the office.  Each user can customize their RoleTailored interfaces, putting the data and features they need within quick reference, and hiding extraneous data or features that they may not use.  Managers can track real-time figures, including inventory counts, sales by region or sales representative, invoices outstanding, and other key metrics.

An integrated ERP solution can connect your business operations and provide the visibility you need throughout your enterprise.  Contact Sherwood Systems for more information about using ERP to improve productivity and profitability in your warehouse.

By Sherwood Systems, Arizona Microsoft ERP and CRM Partner

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