Collect everything in the same place
Having all the information in one place has gone from being “good” to being absolutely necessary, if you are to have a functional digital solution for trading. The digital trade changed the conditions for trade and now there are both suppliers and customers in several channels such as web, social media and EDI. It poses a challenge because it is both difficult and time-consuming to keep your business together with everything from purchasing, stockpiles in different places, delivery to door or pick-up point, part deliveries and much more.
The result is in many cases late nights with much duplication and manual copying of data from one system or Excel sheet to the other. It affects both profitability and the ability to focus on the customer and the products or services. With a time-consuming complicated administration, you risk that the company does not reach its potential growth.
How can we help?
The solution is to have everything in the same place for complete control and overview. Extend Commerce ERP Platform collects all information about purchase, suppliers, articles, orders and transport, which gives a total control in all channels.
Flow of orders
The order is the key to all business activities and the “bearer” of both the products/services that are ordered and sold, but also of financial information and the customer experience. The key to a digital trade and a sharp and good customer offering lies in being able to offer, and above all, handle different order types.
The normal order is usually linked to different cut offs and handles the majority of purchases and sales. It has an expected delivery date and price and quantity are important factors. A normal order should of course be able to handle when the customer wants to have his or her product but also when the customer can get it.
Several order types
Flexibility helps you become effective
If the order and order types are the key concept in the deal between suppliers and customers, lead time are what makes customer promises can be created and kept. Lead time are the basis for how the business flow, from ordering the goods to final customer delivery, is made and within which times. With the opportunity to set up lead times per process in the flow and allow the system to constantly count them, the seller can offer a number of unique functions and services such as “cross-docking” of direct delivery, shop-in-shop, customer-specific delivery dates, optimized warehouse pick, sourcing from different stock and more.
Lead time are also an important part of calculating and managing the purchasing function and that the right time in connection with capital tied up and security in the warehouse.
Advanced article management
Various products and articles are sold to different customer groups and partners. In order to meet all the different needs, the seller must be able to link different properties and attributes to each article. An article may be a so-called structural article with different colors and several different sizes or consist of several articles in a kit (bundled product). This and a number of other features, such as, replacement article, alternative article, documention, sales unit/packaging, are crucial to being able to support and manage if sales can work against different customer groups and different channels.
The Extend Commerce ERP Platform presents delivery times and opportunities for co-deleveries based on the customer’s needs and availibility regardless of the distribution method. This enables the handling of large quantities of goods, regardless of which warehouse they exist and optimization of the supply of products/services connected to stores, own warehouses and direct deliveries. Further supporting elements in the supply logic are that the supplier can integrate and interact in the process himself. Examples of this are:
- Suppliers will automatically receive balance and availibility reports on the status of goods they deliver
- Suppliers themselves decide on replenishment of stock, announce this to create an expected delivery on stock ie supplier-managed stock.
- Suppliers can log in and see forecasts on the consumption of the goods they deliver.
- Suppliers receive orders with designed documents for direct delivery via login to the supplier portal or e-mail.
Extend Commerce ERP Platform handles various forms of payments and distributes invoices in different ways; e-mail, electronic invioce, EDI, via printhouse or manually, ie prints and letters. Everything interacts and is controlled based on rules linked to customer, order types, payment methods and distribution methods.
Business rarely trade with creditcards. Financial regulation between companies usually takes place with some form of credit from the seller to the buyer, eg invoice 30 days. Since the purpose of efficient flows and e-commerce is to minimize administrative time on each order and delivery, normally no incoming orders are controlled. Therefore, control functions are needed in the system that decides whether the order is to be released for delivery. The platform has built-in credit limit management on all customers who are automatically calculated against the stated maximum values, deliveries and customer payments.
If a customer place an order in e-commerce without approved credit or if there are unpaid invoices, the order will be registered as usual but gets stuck in a review queue. At the same time, the responsible person will receive a notifaction that an order is stuck, and that a decision is needed if the order is to be released or not. In addition, we have the opportunity to create the invoice before or after the order is produced in stock, which means that it can, for example, be added, or created afterwards on the actually acknowledged volume and thereby adding the right shipping cost which then can also include eg EUR pallets.
Invoice management also means invoice EDI-wise or via e-mail. Of course, the user can also see his invoice in the webshop.