Most tenured wholesale distributors tend to have their own on-premise proprietary enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is severely outdated. Their solutions were built for the company they were in the 1980s, not the mega-corporation they had become in the 2010s.
Due to their commitment to their in-house solution, they kept trying to expand the system with integrating disparate applications to tend to their updated workflow. This lead to hundreds of spreadsheets stacked on top of each other in a fragmented data base with a staggering amount of information being collated but never manipulated into any sort of valuable insight – not to mention all of the unnecessary dollars spent on the integrations.
Truly one of the toughest parts of running your business in today’s world is improving it without slowing down. Even when we’re aware that making changes can improve our process and cut down on your expenses, we still drag our feet at the thought of change; more content with the tried and true.
The good news is that we don’t have to suddenly make a giant change in your workflow to something new and complicated. Every software developer worth its microchips will be happy to set you up with a free demonstration or give you a free trial of its software to make sure it works for you. It’s literally like test driving a car. You don’t just walk onto the lot and say “I’ll take the red one because it’s shiny.” Rather you take a test drive, talk safety ratings, read reviews from other buyers and so on. The same holds true here.
The fact of the matter is that no two businesses, let alone no two wholesale distributors are exactly alike, so no two are going to use all the same configurations. If you make all your deliveries by truck locally, you’ve got no need for software that calculates the best shipping rates. If you sell to end consumers you’ll need your back-end to update real-time in response to purchases made on your point-of-sale eCommerce system, which would require an open API.
A few years ago I was buzzing to redesign my company’s website. I had the image of how it should be clearly done in my head, but translating that to the screen was proving difficult due to the limitations of the solution that was hosting my website, and my requirements were past the scope of the system.
The list of solutions out there is vast, even for the wholesale distribution industry as a niche. Instead of randomly browsing titles, you can pilot a cloud-based ERP like Kloudville that values configuration over adaptation providing a business centric solution
ERP implementations can be intimidating from the outset, but trying them out with a workflow tailored to your business and gathering contextualized data in parallel can be the key to growing your business, outpacing the competition and keeping everything running smoothly with lower operating costs.