The Tangled Web of Distribution Supply Chains

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Supply Chain RopesIf the quickest way to get from point A to point B is a straight line, how did today’s supply chain get so knotted up?  Thanks to the introduction of the Internet and adding end-users into our distribution models, we are changing the way products are shuffled from one place to another.  The more variables that are added to our distribution channel, the more data we need to keep organized.

As you build up your customer base, the volume and variety of products that you offer, as well as your growing list of suppliers, it becomes increasingly difficult to get products from Point A to Point B in the quickest, most cost effective manner.  You need to consider how you purchase inventory, whether it’s in bulk or smaller quantities, as well as how you manufacturer or pack and ship them to your customers.  Optimizing pallets to get the best value from freight costs and drop-shipping from suppliers to your customer are additional variables in this complicated supply chain web.  Notebooks, spreadsheets, and good intentions can only get you so far.  Before things get too confusing, it may be time to implement a powerful distribution software solution like NAV-X powered by Microsoft Dynamics® NAV.

Managing all of this critical business data in the right software solution will provide the control and insight needed to boost your profits, as well as strengthen the relationships with your suppliers and your customers.  Starting with inventory control, NAV-X will make it easier to manage inventory whether you have one warehouse or several.  You can find any part or product using Lot and Serial number tracking and at any warehouse location or ship products between facilities to complete manufacturing needed for a customer order or ship inventory directly to the customer.  Maintaining lean inventory levels will protect your cash flow, minimize waste, and keep the warehouses clean and ready for other inventory.

The more variables you have within your distribution operations, the more challenging it can be to make the right decisions.  Getting the right products to the right customers, in a timely and cost-effective manner, is sometimes easier said than done.  Contact NAV-X Distribution Software for the technology that can help untangle the knots in your supply chain.

By Sheldon Kralstein of NAV-X, LLC, Advanced Distribution Solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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