At the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread industry shut downs that resulted in a sharp decline of production and efficiency levels in manufacturing triggered fears that the supply chain might suffer collapse. While those fears haven’t come to fruition, manufacturers are still struggling to adjust through a constantly shifting landscape, and the worst fallout might be a continually strained supply chain.
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It’s almost hard to believe that 2020 is coming to a close. But Finance and Accounting professionals are already looking toward to the end of the year. For some, preparing for year-end close won’t start until the end of December. But that can involve a mad dash to review data stored in accounting software, contacting vendors to verify information, and then closing the books.
A request for a quote is a key step in closing a sale, especially for manufacturers. But if your manufacturing quotation process involves checking multiple spreadsheets and an email chain for price information, or using an old quote as a template to manually create (or populate!) a new one, or obtaining information that is only accessible so long as the right person is in the office and available to chat, you run the risk of creating inaccurate quotes that could lose business, or worse: profit.
Topics: manufacturing quotations
The coronavirus crisis is a stress test for businesses across every industry and in every geography. In a very short period of time, it has changed the way we do business. What hasn’t changed because of COVID-19? The accounting calendar, for one.
Technology has proven essential to many for getting on with daily lives during this pandemic. COVID-19 has proved the ultimate catalyst for the digital transformation of many companies, accelerating major trends that were already underway prior to March 2020. Supporting digitization and updating to the latest technology for business process improvements are going to prove not only useful but essential for businesses who wish to remain competitive in the post-COVID world.
Topics: business process improvement
It’s no secret or surprise that the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed how businesses run, consumers shop, and suppliers deliver. What had seemed like a fairly balanced system of supply and demand has experienced significant ripple effects. Businesses who had previously relied on global sourcing are now working on supply chain optimization during these disruptions. Is it time to broaden supplier choices, or source more locally? How much inventory—from raw materials to finished products—should they stock? Supply chains are in crisis.
Topics: supply chain optimization
Throughout these past few months, many companies have shown amazing resiliency and agility, pivoting to make different products that can stem from current processes and have a positive impact on current needs: car manufacturers creating ventilators, distilleries creating hand sanitizer, textile and clothing companies making masks and PPE. The list goes on.
Topics: business agility
While many front office business functions look to continue operating remotely until the end of 2020, many manufacturers have been open since May, with others having continued the entire time as essential businesses. For the most part, businesses were able to respond to manufacturing challenges and disruptions caused by COVID-19 quickly and responsibly, putting them as leaders in responding to issues and setting examples for other industries to follow. However, that does not mean that manufacturers are above facing challenges as the economy continues to roll out reopening.
Topics: manufacturing challenges
ERPs already deliver process automation across industries, organizations, even departments. These systems are designed to depend on recurring events, static rules, and structured data. Because of this setup, often unstructured data cannot be automatically processed and must be manually entered.
Over the past several months of the first waves of disruption due to COVID-19, CFOs and finance teams have worked nonstop to lead organizations through the immediate crisis. But while we’ve flown through the initial turbulence, there are indications that more dips and bumps are coming.
Topics: accounting management