Manufacturers hold the most important position of all at the figurative heart of most any tangible good: if they hadn’t made it, you wouldn’t have it. Even with such an obvious thought – and so much importance given to manufacturers generally – many of these companies still operate at a fraction of their full potential, owing largely to problems that are in their control but not always so easy to really sit down and tackle.
Here are 4 common issues in the manufacturing industry that Zoho and ZBrains can help improve.
Lack of Lean Manufacturing Methodology
Lean may be the way to go for some, but many businesses still struggle with outdated production methods, multiple exchanges of inventory, too-large lots, and below-average build quality as a result. Many of these issues stem from a simple lack of a system to help manage production correctly, and implementing a system that accounts for leaner manufacturing can quite literally help turn a struggling business around – or even just help boost sales and improve productivity. Zoho Inventory can help manage inventory in multiple warehouses, and the more robust Zoho Creator ERP can help you order your raw materials more effectively, manage your picking, and even optimize your production routing, all ultimately helping to reduce wasted product and time.
If you don’t know who’s buying what, and when they’re buying it, you’re left with too much or too little to move your product at the correct pace. Future forecasting in Zoho Inventory gives you better visibility into what is needed with custom dashboards and less data input. Insights into customer trends and demands gives valuable feedback into what your optimal reorder point is and can help you use older inventory as needed. Data-driven insights help you understand your customers on a whole new level, allowing for more accurate forecasting into the material needs for production.
Bad Customer Experience, Leading to Worse Business Experience
Are you getting your customers what they want, when they want? With the advent of online reviews and the popularity of the instant gratification mentality, consumers have more input than ever before. Sales can definitely be stifled by bad data or inaccurate lead times, and your customers can definitely be disappointed by the slow turnaround. At times, products are even sent to market without proper development because somewhere else in the supply chain, someone dropped the ball, and you’re left to pick up the slack. Maybe you just have a supplier that simply doesn’t suit your operation anymore. These are all common issues that can contribute to a less-than-stellar customer experience. However, using a tool like Zoho CRM can give you not only the visibility you need to gauge the overall health of your manufacturing or distribution business, but can directly help your sales staff engage your customers and vendors – and, in the process help you see where to improve things.
Resistance to R&D
If you’re not already ahead of the curve and using a streamlined ERP solution to manage your inventory and orders, changing the way your business operates to adapt to the technological environment may seem daunting. Why bother if resistance from your team or adaption to new technology will only take away from the main goal of delivering a product, right? Adopting new technology to fuel your business isn’t just a set-it-and-forget-it phase; it requires continuous input and adaptability. But, when done correctly, you’ll find your business flows like never before, with less waste, and even less money spent!
At ZBrains, we’re here to help you face all these problems head-on with the help of our Zoho certified consultants and our slew of software solutions. Interested in learning more? Reach out to a member of our team today! Give us a call at (888) 207-4111 or click the button below and we’ll reach out to you. You can also join one of our upcoming Live Zoho Q&A webinars on Feb. 9th at 9 am, or Feb. 22nd at 10 am.