Manufacturers hold the most critical position at the symbolic heart of almost any tangible good: if they hadn’t made it, you wouldn’t have it. Even with such an apparent thought – and so much importance given to manufacturers generally – many of these companies still operate at a fraction of their full potential, owing mainly to manufacturer problems that are in their control but not always so easy to sit down and tackle.
Here are 4 Common Manufacturer Problems 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. However, many businesses still need to work on outdated production methods, multiple exchanges of inventory, too-large lots, and below-average build quality. Many of these manufacturer problems stem from a simple need for a system to help manage production correctly. Implementing a system that accounts for leaner manufacturing can help turn a struggling business around – or even help boost sales and improve productivity. Zoho Inventory can help manage inventory in multiple warehouses. 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 fewer data inputs. Insights into customer trends and demands provide valuable feedback into your optimal reorder point 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 of 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 be stifled by insufficient data or inaccurate lead times, and your customers can be disappointed by the slow turnaround. At times, products are even sent to market without proper development because of manufacturer problems somewhere else in the supply chain, and you’re left to pick up the slack. Maybe you have a supplier that doesn’t suit your operation anymore. These are all common issues that can contribute to a less-than-stellar customer experience. However, a tool like Zoho CRM can give you the visibility you need to gauge the overall health of your manufacturing or distribution business. It 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
Changing the way your business operates to adapt to the technological environment may seem daunting if you’re not already ahead of the curve, and using a streamlined ERP solution to manage your inventory and orders ERP solution to manage your inventory and orders, changing the way your business operates to adapt technological environment may seem daunting. Why bother if resistance from your team or adaptation to new technology will only take away from the primary goal of delivering a product? 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. Are you interested in learning more? Reach out to a member of our team today! Call us at (888) 207-4111 or click the button below, and we’ll contact you.