The freight and logistics industry is one of the fastest growing and most competitive industries in the world. In light of increased competition, companies are trying to outpace their competitors to thrive in this increasingly cutthroat market. In a recent survey we found that 84% of organizations implement ERP to improve efficiency within their supply chain management processes. The right freight ERP system like Logi-Sys can improve business productivity and efficiency by automating processes and providing a centralized source of data for all stakeholders involved.
It helps your company streamline all your shipping process, save time and money, and increase visibility into all aspects of the shipping process. But implementing an ERP system is complex and sometimes challenging, largely because it impacts the people and business processes across the entire organization. And to realize the benefits of the new system, organizations often find hard convincing their employees to change the way they work replacing the longstanding manual processes with a new automated ERP.
Each organization faces unique challenges when adopting a new software system throughout their business operations. In this blog post we’ll cover some of the most common freight ERP implementation issues you might face as well as potential solutions for overcoming them.
Finding the right software provider
As a company, you’ll spend a lot of time researching and evaluating different providers of freight software. You’ll have to decide which providers fit your company’s unique requirements, as well as assess if the providers are a good fit for your business. Some important factors to keep in mind when choosing a provider include: - Does the provider have experience in the industry that you operate in? Does their solution fit your industry’s unique requirements? - How does the provider’s customer support work? Is there any hidden costs?
Installation Planning and Management
Installing a new ERP come with a range of challenges, including discovery and planning, design, development, data migration, testing, deployment, support, post implementation training, updates and a range of other issues. These issues can, in some cases, lead to project delays, schedule overruns, and other problems. To make sure your project stays on track, you’ll need participation from all the groups involved in developing and using the system.
A strong project plan includes, setting realistic expectations, time frames and milestones, along with timely two-way communication, and keep everyone on the project team informed of their role and responsibilities.
Migration of Business Data: When you start working on an ERP solution you get the advantage of storing all data on a single integrated platform. Well-planned data migration can help you move data from multiple sources across departments and keep the entire ERP implementation project on time and on budget. It is also an opportunity to get rid of out-dated and redundant data. And if not properly planned data migration can cause issues like migration of inaccurate or duplicate data.
Managing change in your organization
ERP implementations involve more than just switching or start working on a new system. Resistance to change can be a formidable roadblock to take advantage of the efficiency and productivity improvements possible with the new solution. Gaining the confidence not only from the leadership team but also from all the stakeholders across departments is crucial to a successful implementation. Especially end users should be well aware of the advantage of the new ERP solution throughout the implementation process, and how it going to ease their work and reduce errors. Thus it is important to make sure all the users receive comprehensive training and support to get accustomed with the newly implemented ERP.
Define Implementation Phases
When the decision to implement ERP is in place, you mustn't rush into implementation. Proper implementation needs a detailed planning and discovery phase. The entire implementation process should be on a strong foundation by ensuring that it based on a a clear plan and backed with adequate budget and personnel. Logi-Sys 'Four Grid Implementation Strategy' is a well-defined phase-wise implementation process that ensures seamless implementation and transition within two weeks.
Your implementation remains incomplete until your team starts working on the ERP and receives the desired results. So end-user training is the most significant part of ERP implementation. Employees need to be comfortable using the new system and get familiar with the new workflow.
The Logi-Sys team ensures that the end-users start working on the newly implemented ERP within two weeks and handholds the users whenever they need it. Logi-Sys has been the most preferred digital ERP of the logistics and freight forwarders for being the best support provider.
Final Words: Don’t hesitate to ask questions to team Logi-Sys
The benefits and challenges associated with ERP implementation vary from organization to organization. With the right ERP solutions provider, you can seamlessly manage your unique requirements and overcome risks. Finally, it is crucial to ask a few questions before beginning the freight ERP implementation process.
What are the potential risks and issues associated with implementing an ERP system?
How soon you start reaping the benefits of ERP solutions?
What are the potential benefits of implementing ERP for your business?
To get the answers to these questions and more, schedule a consultation with the Logi-Sys team of domain experts.