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How to Stop Small Supply Chain Errors That Add Up to Big Headaches

January 24, 2017 by Patrick Haley

How to Stop Small Supply Chain Errors That Add Up to Big Headaches

By |2018-10-16T15:40:23-05:00|Categories: Manufacturing & Distribution, NetSuite, Sage 100 (MAS 90/200), Sage MAS 500|

Have you ever seen one simple data error multiply in magnitude until it creates major headaches? Most supply chain managers will probably say “yes” to that question. One mistake may mean that a shipment is late, an order is wrong, or you don’t meet your margins. Eliminating data error is the one thing you can do next year to take back control of your operations.

What if you had access to manufacturing and warehouse automation tools that could eliminate operational errors, streamline your supply chain and maximize profitability?

Real-Time information Is Key to Better Supply Chain Management

Having accurate information from all points along the supply chain can provide timely data for decision-making. Managing costs, reducing downtime and inventory excess, as well as demand forecasting, requires access to data from throughout the entire supply chain. Without it, you may miss something important, leading to bad forecasts and poor judgment.

Real-time visibility, along with collaboration from all points of the supply chain, provides you with the information that you need to stay on top of the daily changes in your business. Information is power, and with the right system at work for your manufacturing operation, you can use that power to grow your revenues.

Better Business Decisions From Accurate Data

Data, not guesswork, undergirds important business decisions. When your entire supply chain receives real-time data, you’ve got the information you need that eliminates guesswork.

Better business decisions are based on accurate, timely data. With such data, you can:

  • Manage inventory better
  • Optimize turns
  • Reduce overhead
  • Control the order process
  • Communicate order status
  • Procure materials quickly
  • Reduce excess production and related costs
  • Identify and correct inefficiencies
  • Improve staffing by moving workers to key demand spots

All of these benefits are like separate roads leading to one goal: revenue growth.  By reducing costs, selling more, and better managing inventory and shipments, you’ll improve inventory management, order fulfillment, and customer satisfaction. This can lead to repeat business, lowered costs, and higher profits. It’s a winning proposition.

Help Your Managers Get the Right Data

Data by itself, however, is just raw information. It requires interpretation and evaluation before action can be taken. First you need to get that information into the hands of the right people in your organization. Managers who are empowered with data can act quickly and make decisions that can positively impact operations and productivity.

Managing with Confidence

Another benefit from investing in supply chain automation and ERP software is the ability to manage and respond to potential problems with confidence. Recall notice? Not a problem. A centralized system can alert all parts of the supply chain that products must be pulled from inventory and replaced. The same with issues such as product defects, mistakes in packaging, and other typical manufacturing problems.

There is no question that problems will occur, but it’s what you do when they occur.  This is hard to do when you don’t even know that there is a problem.  Finding the right tools—like Scanco’s manufacturing automation and warehouse management solutions—to communicate throughout your supply chain, can alert you to problems as or before they occur.  Putting this information into your manager and key employees’ hands will allow them to respond to problems quickly and efficiently.

Complete, Integrated Manufacturing and Warehouse Management

BCS ProSoft’s network of partners offers manufacturing and warehouse automation solutions that integrate with Sage 100Sage 500 and NetSuite ERP. Our professional consulting services and technology partners can help you eliminate data error and provide real-time, synchronized information for all of your operations. That’s a lot fewer headaches for you!  Contact us to have a discussion about automating your warehouse and manufacturing operations.