According to a Statista report from 2018, as many as 21 percent of supply chain professionals say their biggest organization challenge is visibility. Emerging markets are complex, boasting millions of outlets, thousands of distributors, and billions of potential transactions. This leaves manufacturers managing a vast network of small and big distributors while also managing the sometimes-conflicting needs of channel partners.
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Topics: distribution management software
According to a global survey conducted by SYSPRO to understand how manufacturers and distributors handled the operational shifts brought on by COVID-19, more than half were impacted by supply chain disruptions. In addition, 47 percent of businesses were unable to function due to reliance on their on-premises operational staff. And nearly a third felt that their business systems did not provide them with the availability and accessibility to manage the changes the pandemic introduced.
Topics: manufacturing systems
Did you know that the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million USD? While that’s a 1.5 percent decrease over 2019, it’s still a hefty price tag. Lest you think that smaller businesses aren’t as much at risk, think about all the data that is in your ERP system. If the wrong person were to gain access through hacking or ransomware it could spell disaster for your business. Attackers could steal financials, manufacturing secrets, and other sensitive information. Cybercrime can even go so far as halting critical infrastructure, effectively crippling your business.
Topics: ERP security
The popularity and availability of online purchasing continues to rise. With so much competition, businesses may also rise—or fall—based on their customer service. Customer service is crucial to survival, and manufacturers can provide an excellent customer experience by ensuring customers get accurate information about their orders in a timely fashion.
Topics: CRM for manufacturing
It seems as though, in the last year, there has hardly been one company that has not tried to figure out a way to go digital and run business over the internet. Ecommerce is a familiar model for most business-to-consumer (B2C) organizations. In 2020, it became rapidly familiar to many business-to-business (B2B) enterprises as well, and many entered the ecommerce space for the very first time.
Topics: B2B ecommerce
There are multiple plusses to having a recurring revenue model, such as having predictable revenue that remains largely stable into the future. Businesses with recurring revenue models experience less risk and more revenue predictability, while customers enjoy regular delivery for things such as standing pet food orders or box subscriptions.
Profit is the lifeline of many businesses, and predictable profit can be the difference between growing, or not. The last thing you want are surprises, such as finding major gaps that are draining your bottom line, especially if those gaps aren’t discovered until it’s too late.
Topics: food and beverage ERP
Like many areas of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) gained more attention and interest with the rapid and drastic changes to work environments that 2020 experienced. Still, mid-sized manufacturers may relegate AI usage to the bigger players in the marketplace. In reality, AI is for many different types and sizes of businesses, and with manufacturers of all sizes needing to adapt to new realities, AI could be a major player for them:
Topics: AI in manufacturing
It’s no secret that 2020 challenged businesses in many new and unexpected ways. From deeply interrupted supply chains to a near overnight switch to remote work, 2020 made organizations take a critical look at processes to uncover where they were more resilient than expected—and where significant work was still needed.
Topics: business intelligence trends
The manufacturing response to the disruption of 2020 was found by one study to be largely reactive and uncoordinated, with many firms’ crisis communication plans not including management of an infectious disease outbreak. Certainly, there are challenges for manufacturing when dealing with such an abrupt, massive disruption, from supply chain disruptions to shortage of business system accessibility, to a lack of worker availability.