Having worked in a warehouse as a student, managing stock and order fulfilment with a clip board, I always thought there was a more efficient, digital way. Fast forward a number of years and Entreprise Resource Planning (‘ERP’), is the buzz phrase in manufacturing and other sectors.
ERP automates and integrates a number of business applications involved in operational end-to-end processes found in finance, HR, distribution, manufacturing, service and supply-chain management. Increasingly these systems can often be SaaS-like in nature, so don’t require a large capital expenditure day one.
Outlined in the article below is how pet food and snack manufacturer, KLN Family Brands, used ERP to their enormous advantage.
Due to the number of different products needing to be manufactured at any one time, food producers like KLN will often see a large proportion of their resources being spent on production management, shaving previous time away from other equally important tasks such as forecasting and planning.
On top of this, ERP systems can provide a centralised and comprehensive review of business costs, allowing companies to improve efficiencies on a micro level.
If your business sees a lot of complex scheduling work taking place within a spreadsheet or older database solutions, perhaps it’s time for you too to consider investing in or upgrading your ERP system of your own. The automation and digitalisation of your business should increase its marketability and overall value as well increase your medium term profits. A well integrated system may even reduce your stress.
After implementing a new ERP system we have transformed our scheduling capacity, production efficiency, cost control and traceability.