If you’re a distributor considering replacing or implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, there are a lot of questions you should ask yourself, such as:
- How will the system help our business execute its strategies?
- How will current and future changes in the industry reshape our company?
- How will the ERP system fit into those changes?
The last thing you want to do is select a system that will need to be replaced in the foreseeable future, or will require constant—and costly—customization to adapt to changing industry and business dynamics. Instead, look for a solution that’s designed to fit your distribution business and has the functionality to support your industry needs. Finding a solution that can perform 100 percent of what you need right out of the box is nearly impossible, especially as businesses become more specialized. In other words, there’s probably no perfect fit for your unique distribution business.