Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Jan-Feb 2015 Contents Change is something that will inevitably
happen for any logistics and warehous-
ing company, but making sure you have
the right provisions to deal with it can make a
It doesn't matter whether you're a large or
small logistics or warehousing firm; change is
something that will affect you at some point
or another. Change can also take a number of
different forms, but as anyone who is a leader
in their field will tell you, it's not about what the
obstacles are but rather how they are overcome.
Logistics industries face change all the time.
Whether you're introducing a new product line,
making adjustments to an existing item, or
introducing a different step to a supply chain,
shying away from change simply isn't an option.
Finding ways to deal with change and ensure
it doesn't cause disruption to your day-to-day
operations is imperative, which is why so many
logistics firms decide to invest in ERP software.
The right ERP software can not only stream-
line any amendments that are made to your
operation, but also ensure all members of staff
know what is required of them. Any good ERP
software can be configured to meet the specific
needs of your industry, so you can be safe in
the knowledge that it's working in your favour.
in your business
The element of surprise is something most
business owners dread, and this is certainly the
case for logistics companies. Knowing every-
thing is moving smoothly within your organisa-
tion not only gives peace of mind, but ensures
your attention can be diverted elsewhere.
ERP software reduces your reliance on human
input, which in turn helps restrict the amount of
unpredictability in your business. So, it doesn't
matter what changes you decide to make within
your organisation, the software will take control
and ensure standards continue to be met.
When you've taken on an ERP system, you
can help reduce the element of trial and error
within your warehousing operations. Simply let
the software do its job and deliver the results
you expect, this way you can continue to offer
the same quality your customers have come to
know and rely on.
Overcoming barriers when
rolling out ERP software
Bringing ERP software into your operations
might not always be easy; after all, you have
the challenge of ensuring it is accepted by
your workforce. Once you've demonstrated
the benefits, it's highly possible they'll see the
software as complementary to their jobs, rather
than trying to replace them.
It's also good to know you have the support
of your ERP provider whenever you need it.
Implementing a whole new system into your
company can be a daunting prospect and as
you get to know the software, it's highly likely
that issues and queries will arise. Change
doesn't happen straight away, it needs to be
brought in step by step to ensure it doesn't
overwhelm your workforce.
There's also the question of cost - how much
are you willing to pay to ensure changes run
smoothly in your business? ERP software will
soon prove its value, especially as you realise
just how quickly your organisation will be able to
adapt to change.
No business owner can afford to spend
days or even weeks putting new strategies and
processes into place, which is why whatever
help that can be received should be embraced
with both hands.
ERP solutions have already helped change
the face of logistics companies and as they're
developed further, it's only likely that their
popularity will continue to thrive.
Mike Lorge is the managing director of Sage
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