Supply Chain Problems Are Unfortunate, But Not Entirely Unavoidable

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It may seem as though a supply chain disruption is one of those costs of doing business or just another problem faced by manufacturers.  Supplier problems can be lead to production delays, unhappy customers, and can put an unexpected dent in profit margins.  However, you can gain control over supplier-related challenges and reduce the chance for future disruptions.

There are many reasons why suppliers may be unable to deliver the raw materials or inventory that you need to satisfy customer orders.  There could be extreme weather events or logistical problems that keep their trucks from reaching your warehouse on time.  Certain materials may fall under new or changing regulations and become harder to find or require new safety and handling practices.  Instead of dealing with supply chain disruptions as they may occur, you can be more proactive with your suppliers and reduce the risk for future disruptions.

A robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that offers strong supply chain and inventory management functionality can strengthen supply chain management.  You can organize your inventory and supplier data within a single, easy to use business solution such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP.  With all of your data in one database, your people can enter and access data faster and with greater efficiency.  RoleTailored interfaces, business intelligence, and detailed reporting features will also make it easier to monitor inventory in real-time.  With an eye on accurate inventory levels, supported with Advanced Distribution and Available To Promise functions, you can ensure that you have what you need to satisfy customer orders without needlessly overstocking the warehouse.

You can also use Microsoft Dynamics GP to improve communication and collaboration with your suppliers.  You can easily share reports or trending data such as products that are increasing or decreasing in popularity, or specific strategic plans to add or eliminate product lines which can provide insight that your suppliers can use to keep up with your plans or goals. Added lead time can make it easier for suppliers to deliver the products you need, on time, and within your budgetary requirements.

Turning complicated, manual processes into streamlined, automated ones can strengthen your supply chain and reduce the risk for disruptions. Contact MIBAR.net for more information about using ERP to tame supply chain challenges and avoid (or at least anticipate) common disruptions.

By MIBAR.net, Long Island, New York, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner

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