The ERP solution

I consult with a supplier who offers a single, basic product. Nevertheless, while reviewing his strategic projects, I suggested he add finding an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) provider to his to-do list. His company uses apps for warehouse, accounting, and sales. But they are not coordinated through an ERP platform. The apps cannot talk to each other. So while the apps help him internally, they don’t add direct value to the customer. The solution to this digital dilemma is to synch your apps with an ERP.

Provide added values

Today, customers expect the best product quality and on-time delivery. These can be acquired through multiple supply channels with the same manufacturer’s tradename. The supplier’s challenge is to find a way to differentiate himself from his often larger competitors. In addition, with knowledge, experience, financing, and person-to-person availability, the supplier should trumpet his ability to provide these added values. To survive and thrive, these added values must be augmented and communicated using unified digitally transforming integrated software. To be a leader, the supplier must be involved on a digital basis.

Use your historical data

Moreover, to compete against evolving alternative marketplaces, suppliers must define value independently of traditional roles. Virtual marketplace alternatives exist —and are designed — to enable customers to acquire products. To maintain viability with its distributors, the supplier must offer services designed to improve a customer’s experience.

Having historic intimacy with distributors is the differentiator for the supplier. The supplier I consult with has years of stored information related to his distributor- customer spending patterns and other characteristics. Moreover, he realized that he needed to put this data into an enabling, actionable digital system (ERP). In that way, he could maintain and enhance his unique supply chain relationship going forward.

Affordable ERPs

The big virtual marketplace providers have made it easier to acquire products by investing in the initial expensive software development. As a result, today affordable ERP solutions are available to smaller suppliers. In addition, a good ERP provider can offer the supplier better communication channels. Furthermore, using the company’s historic data and connecting its existing apps. An ERP can bring added value to a supplier’s distributor customers.

Better customer relationships

Lastly, the internet has changed the way markets operate. Now is the time to capitalize on digital innovations. In conclusion, ERPs allow you to add value, at a favorable cost. And build better customer relationships.

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