Chicago Tube & Iron was at a technology dead-end: Its 30-year-old, Unix-based operations management system was heavily customized and difficult to maintain and update. While it served the distribution and fabrication company well for many years through changing business models, it was (past) time for an ERP upgrade. But COVID pandemic restrictions and complex customizations presented challenges.
To accelerate core processes, maximize efficiency and have an up-to-the-minute view of operations, distributors need the right ERP solution – one that meets the unique needs of the industry and their organization. What is the best ERP software for your company? Get the detailed knowledge you need to make an informed and intelligent choice when you read the 2021 ERP Vendor Update: Distribution.
For distributors, metrics can point the way to profits. Up-to-the-minute, detailed and accurate key performance indicators (KPIs) – driven by data provided by your ERP solution – can tell you which processes are working well, which are broken, which can be improved and which offer the greatest opportunity to improve your bottom line.
In today’s new now, it’s important for distributors to do everything they can to shave costs, increase revenue and boost profitability. The question – and challenge – is identifying the processes and functions where efficiencies, pennies and a tenth of a percentage point in margin improvement can be found. The right metrics will make the answer clear.
With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, distributors still are challenged like never before: Supply chain networks remain exceptionally complex, customer demands continue to escalate and disruptions are near-constant. What can forward-thinking distributors do to optimize operations today and enable success tomorrow?
Like many mid-sized distributors, Pacific Plumbing Supply Company chafed against the limitations of its legacy management platform and scraped by with a number of time-consuming manual workaround processes. Owners and managers knew it was well past time to implement a modern ERP solution and gain the advantages it would offer.
Pacific Plumbing Supply is a 71-year-old, family-owned and operated company, with 14 branch locations and 200 employees. We weren’t looking to spend the kind of money it would take to implement a modern ERP solution,” Stafford continued, “but we understood that the ROI is in new capabilities and new tools we can use to operate more efficiently.”