There is a famous business quote by Gordon B. Hinckley that “You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation.” Similarly, this applies to business owners who want continuity for their companies, good ERP systems provide the foundation upon which you build your business. Choosing a weak foundation compromises the quality of your business. This is especially so when it comes to last mile technology. The phenomenal growth in internet sales – generally called “Etail” by the business world and omni-channel in the world of supply chain and distribution – has offered great opportunities and similarly striking challenges as companies look for ways to efficiently handle new and different ordering and delivery challenges. The biggest challenge is definitely the last mile delivery.
A complete software suite to run last mile delivery typically consists of a mobile app for drivers, a fleet management system for dispatchers, and a tracking and notification mechanism (usually, a free mobile app) for customers.
We’ve put together five simple ways that business operators can follow to ensure financial stability with ERP as a last mile technology.
Customer service and financial management go hand in hand. If your customers aren’t happy, they leave and this affects the company’s finances.
As an operator, you have to understand and anticipate your customers’ needs, keep contact, while being transparent. An ERP system helps companies; deliver goods to customers faster, improve productivity, and implement inventory control. A modern system also fosters better customer communication through reliable lead, opportunity and quote tracking. A good ERP system will also help you build an optimal customer experience as this creates a mutually beneficial relationship between your business and its customers.
Acquire Loyal Customers with Recurring Payment Systems
Research shows that a customer is less likely to cancel a membership or switch to a different provider if they are set up with recurring payments.
Recurring payment systems are the most reliable way to provide your customers with reliable services. Furthermore, they provide businesses with the potential to drive far more revenue than one time billing and payments.
Without a gap between billing cycles, customers are alerted as to when they will be charged, making their purchase decision simple and easy.
A good ERP system can be very effective as it helps implement to streamline the company’s operations.
Payment Solutions for SYSPRO offers real-time credit card processing for the sales order entry and invoicing functions within SYSPRO. This solution helps SYSPRO customers improve cash flow and reduce debts by conveniently collecting payments for open invoices via credit cards. This feature works seamlessly with internet sales, sales order processing, as well as the Counter Sales modules. Payment Solutions for SYSPRO preauthorizes a customer’s purchases against a credit card during the order entry process and bills the credit card at the time of invoicing, including one-time payments or scheduled installments against an account.
Understand How Data is Shared Across the Company
Many companies have outdated and inefficient business processes and legacy systems. New ERP software can often fix these problems, but only if you define and improve your processes before ERP selection.
Defining your future state – along with performance metrics and transition plans – will ensure you realize ERP benefits related to operational efficiency.
If the sales and marketing departments are “out of the loop,” they are missing key metrics that can be used to engage customers and drive sales.
Standardization of Processes
A company with different locations will have different business processes, some of which will need to be standardized. Other processes should be localized to fit the needs of each separate entity.
A good ERP system can help in standardizing processes especially when a company wants to maintain its competitive advantage.
Standardization can be beneficial for many business processes, especially financial processes.
Employees are more likely to adopt processes that eliminate silos when they understand how these processes benefit them personally and the company overall.
It is important to note that last mile delivery software brings a lot of benefits to businesses. It allows them to automate route planning, provide quick and transparent delivery services, and improve delivery productivity. All these contribute to better customer experience and reduced operational costs. Therefore, it is important to choose a good ERP system and communicate to employees the value of cross-departmental collaboration.