The distribution industry has seen a surge in business recently, and distributors are scrambling to keep up with customer demand. For many distributors, this means they have less time to make important decisions and, as a result, need to rely on quickly-obtained data to guide their decision-making. This poses more of a challenge than you’d think. Gathering real-time information without a capable solution is tough, especially for fast-paced, high-volume warehouses. Best-case scenario, distributors are operating on data that is a few hours or days old, leading them to make decisions based on “cloudy data.”
“Cloudy data,” or a limited view of your distribution operation, can affect your company more than you think. Without inside knowledge about what is happening on the distribution floor, your managers and executives do not have the information they need to make the best decisions for the companies. Identifying inefficiencies that hinder the productivity of your operation can be a challenge if you don’t have access to real-time operational data, leaving your company scrambling to solve a problem that’s already affected your business rather than preventing the problem before it occurs.
Evaluating your distribution center for inefficiencies should be a top priority for your business. After all, even one extra step can be a huge time and money waster, leading to an overall smaller profit margin. In order to do this, however, you need to have visibility into your distribution center and back-office systems so you can see where your problems lie and where you need to implement solutions to fix them. This will help you address problems and inefficiencies as they occur, rather than waiting until after they’ve affected your supply chain.
Clear Your Vision with Infor CloudSuite Industrial
Infor CloudSuite Industrial is designed to provide your distribution operation with maximum visibility into your distribution center so you can make the right decisions and prevent inefficiencies from eating away your profits. You can maintain global visibility around the facets of your business you can influence – suppliers, customers and product innovation – all within a secure technology infrastructure. Discover how Infor CloudSuite Industrial can clear your vision and provide you with the visibility you need to improve inefficiencies and make decisions that carry your business well into the future.