The Top Three Challenges to Achieving Visibility in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry

Manufacturers and distributors know that operations can make or break a business, so streamlining is the goal. Streamlining the view across the supply chain is of equal importance, so the business intelligence and enterprise reporting capabilities available need to be fully integrated and optimized to see better profit margins.

Here are the top three challenges to total visibility that may be affecting you:

1. Manual processes:

Managing operations with paper-based processes or elaborate spreadsheets is labor-intensive and risky. Pushing paper is not only a waste of time, it distracts employees from other important tasks. Manual processes slow down the pace of work throughout your enterprise and create risks that can lead to bigger problems.

2. No access to real-time data:

As manual processes slow down data-entry and data-sharing, managers are stuck with using aging data to make business decisions. Old data doesn’t present a reliable representation of your current business needs, and basing decisions on old data can have unfavorable consequences for both your business and your customers.

3. Disparate applications with no integration:

Multiple, disparate business systems make it difficult to enter and access reliable, real-time data. Frustrated with inefficiency, employees create workarounds, such as elaborate spreadsheets, that further isolate data, putting needed data further out of reach.

A flexible, scalable and powerful solution

As noted in a company case study for ShockDoctor, a leader in mouth guard technology and other sports protection had grown from a developer of mouth guards into a global provider of sport products. Expanding product lines into new markets put a strain on legacy accounting and reporting systems. Manual processes became burdensome and impacted productivity, while also making reliable, real-time data difficult to reach. Partnering with Tribridge, ShockDoctor chose to replace their outdated systems with a Microsoft solution based on flexibility, scalability, and powerful business intelligence and reporting features.

Replacing disparate systems with a Microsoft Dynamics integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution was a game-changing decision for ShockDoctor. The new, more efficient business management solution was able to streamline operations, improve productivity and put real-time data into the hands of decision-makers.

Download the case study and contact Tribridge to learn how you can gain the visibility you need to drive growth by replacing inefficient software with more modern technology.

Matt McNulty is the Senior Director for Consumer & Industrial Products at Tribridge, Microsoft Dynamics Partner for the Distribution Industry.

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