As ERPs become increasingly complex and flexible, thanks in large part to their growing integration with the cloud, specific industries now have access to ERPs designed specially to meet their needs. Manufacturers and retail companies each, for example, enjoy a robust selection of options tailored to meet the common requirements of their respective fields. Another such industry is wholesale and supply.

Many large-scale suppliers have started to take advantage of ERP platforms. Propelled by a desire for their operation to be better, faster and cheaper, they’ve taken ERP by the horns to achieve a competitive edge. Through ERP, many of these businesses benefit from an increased ability to deliver quality products and services in a fraction of the time it would have previously taken.

            With more and more tech-savvy suppliers responding to the expanding use of business technology and cloud platforms, many supply companies (be they electrical, office, industrial or otherwise) are moving rapidly to adopt newly accessible platforms such as ERP. With real-time access to this data, businesses benefit from company-wide visibility.

Warehouses are constantly changing environments; between the constant movement of products in and out of the system and the human capacity for error, the situation in any given warehouse is in a state of constant flux. By ensuring that your warehouse has real-time data that is integrated with the data generated from your front office staff, a supplier can easily track critical performance indicators throughout their operation.

With real-time visibility of both your warehousing and front office environments provided by an automated ERP system, much of the need for redundant manual data tracking is eliminated, reducing the number of potential errors, and further providing the organization with the information critical to its success. Using the key performance indicators provided by ERP platforms, suppliers can examine the condition of their operation and make adjustments where necessary. Configurable ERP platforms provide businesses with the ability to drill down into each of these performance indicators, identify problems and resolve them at their source.

            ERP data in real time is not only an integral part of any supplier ERP, it's an essential aspect of remaining competitive in the modern marketplace. With sophisticated data, ERP systems have become more powerful than ever while simultaneously benefiting from new purchasing options through cloud and subscription based models. Benefiting from greater flexibility, visibility and control, suppliers making the most of ERP can cut down on costly waste, schedule more effectively, improve workflow and manage inventory more effectively.

Ultimately, possessing the real-time data of your inventory and top floor in tandem is a critical asset in the constant struggle to keep up with the market and customer expectations. So, with the issue of accessibility largely eliminated by the advent of subscription and cloud-based ERP systems, why shouldn’t your supply business be empowered by the same benefits of your larger, more well-established competitors? Whether your a small or medium sized company, an ERP can make a massive difference. Even startups will benefit drastically.