Installing an ERP system is a big undertaking and strong commitment on all sides will ensure a successful journey. Embrace the potential of positive change in working practices – and see how ERP’s many benefits and efficiencies far outweigh any setup challenges.
A batch manufacturing record (BMR) is an important document for chemical and process manufacturers: It tells users how to produce a batch of a given product, then records the entire production process, from start to finish. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies to create BMRs to ensure the quality and safety of food, drug and personal care products, so it’s crucial to complete them correctly.
Your business has a lot of moving parts: from accounting and payroll to production and distribution. Every activity within the company and each piece of data gathered externally from customers, suppliers and business partners must be recorded. To make informed decisions, your entire company needs access to that data — but how can you manage it all while still handling day-to-day tasks?
Today, customers and businesses across industry sectors want to support the circular economy: a “green” economy that prioritizes sustainability, conservation and efficiency initiatives. The chemical industry is committed to promoting these efforts, and Datacor ERP can help customers establish best practices and business processes that reduce their footprint and maximize the lifetime of key resources. In this post, we’ll show you how.
Chemical and process manufacturers need to purchase chemicals to produce products for nearly every industry sector worldwide — from agriculture to automotive to pharmaceuticals and cannabis. Establishing a clear chemical procurement procedure can help your company stay compliant, streamline operations and better serve customers. But where do you start?
Have you heard of the term “ERP”? Not exactly sure what it is or why it’s important to process manufacturers and chemical distributors? Maybe you’ve done some research and found it overwhelming and a little confusing.
Janitorial and sanitation chemical manufacturers and distributors have unique needs when it comes to managing customer relationships. On top of keeping clients happy, there are strict standards and specifications to follow, and orders and pricing are highly complex. Tracking sales and communications requires the right software, but how do you know which system to choose?
Chemical and process manufacturing is a complex industry, and companies in this market have unique needs. MRP software — short for “material requirements planning,” “material resource planning” or “manufacturing resource planning” software — is a valuable tool for managing the complex processes of planning, scheduling and controlling the production, purchasing and distribution of manufactured goods.
Over the last few years, there has been increasing buzz around the digitization of supplier-customer relationships in the process manufacturing and chemical distribution industries. We wouldn't say that this trend comes as a total surprise to anyone – when you think about your personal life as a consumer, how do you prefer to interact with brands?
The Problem: "We accept credit cards today but we do it through an online portal or with a physical card reader."
Most process manufacturers and chemical distributors accept credit cards for some portion of their sales. Customers with poor or declining credit, slow payers, or small customers account for many of those charges. When these cases come up you find yourself jumping between your ERP system and an online processing portal or a physical card reader. You might not have a great way to save card numbers and associate them with the right customer profile in your ERP so you end up writing down or saving sensitive credit card information in non-secure locations. You then have the headache of having to reconcile payments between your bank, your merchant processing statements and your ERP. It can be a messy process and is ripe for errors and security issues.
Technology plays an enormous role for many process manufacturers and other organizations wanting to grow their business. A vast majority already have CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions implemented in their business today. CRM solutions help companies manage the front-end of the business by handling sales, marketing and customer service information. While ERP solutions help the back-end processes and internal information like accounting, inventory, shipping, etc. Although both solutions are unique and do very different things, there is a critical crossover of information between the two solutions. Here are 3 major benefits to integrating your CRM and ERP solutions together:
It's the beginning of spring, which means it is a great time to evaluate and improve upon some of your business processes. Your company's inventory is something that should always be tracked closely, and the tools and techniques you use to track it should be efficient and relatively easy to manage.
For U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated industries, software validation is required to ensure that the operation of software will consistently produce results meeting predetermined specifications. Additionally, software validation is a good business practice for organizations that want to improve GxP (good practice) procedures and documentation.
Chemical companies have to comply with stringent regulations in many areas, including shipping, inventory, production and distribution. The costs associated with these requirements can be steep, especially if your company is caught failing to abide. However, companies in all sectors of the chemical industry can alleviate some of the pressures of regulatory compliance by incorporating software technology to keep compliance risk and costs relatively low, while reducing the time requirements that come with regulatory compliance. Some examples of how your business can use software to improve its compliance processes follow:
Many companies today rely on their software, specifically ERP solutions, to run their business. It is also one of the biggest IT expenditures that you have, yet it seems most users only use a small portion of the software’s functionality. So how do you know and how can you ensure you are getting the most out of your ERP software? Here are some tactics to consider when it comes to maximizing the return on your ERP software investment:
Choosing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solution that meets your specific chemical industry business requirements and needs is only half the battle. The other half of the battle consist of implementing that new system, which can be very tricky. Below is an infographic highlighting 5 steps to a successful ERP implementation:
Datacor offers products and services designed specifically for process manufacturers and chemical distributors. Contact us to learn more about our products and services. Call us now at (973) 822-1551 or fill out the form to the right.