Today’s manufacturer must consider whether it has the resources to scale its operations and keep pace with demand. If you are running your RV business on Excel and QuickBooks (which is more common than you think), you will start to feel like you are stuck in quicksand, if you haven’t already. There’s a better way, and it is within reach of the small-to-medium sized business (SMB).
Read on for a blueprint of what you can expect from today’s buyer and how you can benefit from an integrated, cloud solution with unlimited licensing.
How Will You Compete?
Does your business run on a combination of separate, outdated or homegrown systems that are loosely or poorly integrated? Do these systems require duplicate data entry and reporting?
Frustration with inaccurate information, inability to find the details you need when you need them, and trying to scale your operation without busting the bank are just a few hurdles you are probably facing.
In addition to requiring more time to use and maintain, running systems like this put you at a higher risk for mistakes, which can result in delayed orders and customer dissatisfaction. Worse yet, you have no single version of the truth that you can rely on to make better business decisions in a timely manner.
The good news is that you don’t have to rely on old or primitive solutions anymore. A flexible, robust, configurable system that includes the functionality of your existing systems and allows you to scale and respond to changes in the market quickly is within your reach.
How Will You Supply?
Supply chain optimization is more important than ever. Lacking clear insight into the activities and processes that make up your supply chain can leave you unable to offer a sustainable competitive advantage. Your ERP plays a critical role in fighting inefficiency; reducing waste and ensuring that workers are better able direct their efforts when interacting with numerous suppliers and partners to obtain the raw materials and resources to bring finished goods to market.
Recent shortages of materials have resulted in product delays and disappointment. Knowing where to find back up supplies from can be the difference between staying afloat and going under. A strong ERP solution will make you resilient.
Supply chain optimization is a marathon, not a sprint. If you are just getting by with your current solution, the time is NOW to find a solution that will serve your needs now and well into the future.
How Will You Delight?
Customer expectations are higher than ever. Your sales process must be a frictionless, positive, user-focused, seamless experience.
The most effective sales approach is both analytics-driven and consumer-focused. Many companies have one piece of this puzzle, but lack the other. A new ERP system not only reduces the total amount of sales admin required, it also accelerates sales processes. Salespeople will have immediate access to real-time inventory information to confirm availability before confirming delivery dates. Sales orders will now be more complete, including custom shipping requirements and product customizations that can be retrieved by scanning a bar code.
On the other end of the process, you will retain profitable customer relationships by better management of project resources in a collaborative ERP environment that synchronizes all customer requirements.
How Will You Pivot?
If the last six months have taught us anything, it is that resilience, scalability and adaptability are critical for any manufacturer, but even more so for the complex, custom specialty and recreational vehicle manufacturers.
With a modern, award-winning cloud-based ERP, and experts like IntelRise, you can manage the entire design-to-service lifecycle. It provides the transparency to manage complex manufacturing with:
- Real-time project monitoring
- Supply chain planning and execution
- Lot serial tracking
- Revision control
- Service management
- Advanced planning and scheduling
With Acumatica and IntelRise, you will realize productivity and efficiency gains, happier customers and employees, and better overall go-to-market success.
IntelRise, a Texas-based Acumatica Partner, has helped manufacturing companies optimize their processes and streamline operations. Reach out to us today to learn how our expertise can transform your business.