Give Your Manufacturing Business a Competitive Advantage with The Right Software 37

Give Your Manufacturing Business a Competitive Advantage with The Right Software

This post was written by Nidhi Mahajan.

If you are a successful manufacturing company, then odds are that you’re producing quality products for an in-demand market.

Manufacturing is what you do best but in the modern, complex and highly competitive global economy, there is so much more to business than just producing quality products.

Having to deal with all the other aspects of the business can slow you down and take you away from what you do best. It is, however, essential that all the details are properly managed and controlled.

Fortunately, technology can assist you in streamlining your business systems as well as freeing yourself and staff to focus more on those aspects of the business that actually make the money.

One of the most effective solutions available is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Good ERP software will seamlessly connect all aspects of your business, speeding up processes, reducing or eliminating human error and providing valuable reporting. The information provided by the reporting will give you additional, up-to-the-minute control as well as a number of insights that can be gleaned from the data.

It will streamline your business, improve customer satisfaction and give your company a competitive advantage.

Let’s look at some of these benefits in more detail.

Process Streamlining.

As in most businesses, manufacturing companies have complex operational requirements. As the company expands, these requirements grow and become extremely time-consuming. They are also prone to inevitable human error when managed manually.

The smooth running of these operational issues is critical to the success of your business as proper management and control are necessary. However, as these demands expand, the time spent on these issues means less time driving the factory or the sales team.

An ERP for manufacturing will dramatically enhance and improve efficiencies. The centralized data and automation will minimize errors and delays. It will also provide you with powerful, insightful reporting.

This reporting has many benefits and will help reduce costs, speed up cash flow, minimize delays and help you identify inefficiencies as well as opportunities.

Cost Reductions.

As ERP integrates all departments, it is working from only one uniform data source. This results in real-time data that is accurate, which lowers operational, administrative and staff costs.

It also provides information that will allow you to manage operations more effectively, reducing errors, bottlenecks and delays which can cost money. It also aids in more accurate forecasting which will further reduce costs and improve profitability.

Manufacturing ERP systems also reduce production errors and improve quality control. This saves on time, staff costs and materials. The improved control over inventory and finished products, and better planning from timely, accurate data, will reduce unnecessary inventory costs and streamline the production process.

The insightful reporting will also allow for faster and better decision making.

Better Collaboration.

Most manufacturing ERP systems allow the company to share production-related information internally as well as with external parties such as suppliers, distributors and vendors.

This happens in real-time and improves efficiencies and reduces delays. It can have a very positive effect on productivity as well as improving customer satisfaction.

Flexibility.

Some of the main advantages current ERP systems offer is flexibility and the ability to tailor them to your specific requirements. As the business grows and evolves, the ERP system is able to adapt to your changing needs. It can also be customized in relation to changes in the market or third parties with whom your company interacts.

Improved Product Quality.

The ERP software systems will allow you to identify production issues immediately and often even predict them before they occur. They will determine where in the processes the issues originate, making solving the problem easier and quicker.

The benefits of this are pretty obvious and it will improve productivity and quality which in turn will improve sales and ultimately profits.

Competition.

If your competitors are investing in ERP and you do not, you run the risk of putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage on a number of fronts. Although a quality system is a considerable investment, the advantages it provides means it will pay for itself over time.

Final thoughts

Manufacturing companies are generally late adopters of technology, particularly for internal systems. Often the factory has the very latest, state-of-the-art technology and the internal technology is neglected. This will slow you down and cause unnecessary delays and compromise customer service.

Those manufacturing companies that have adopted and embraced the technology are starting to reap the rewards.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.