When you are looking for a new software functionality is everything. Depending on what your needs are you may be able to pick and choose between different modules or access to certain tools, but there are some that every business can benefit from. Managing customer’s information and keeping track of the details of transactions is huge for any company for example. When searching out a new solution for your business keep an eye out for these key features that every program should have:
This one is pretty self-explanatory; without a convenient and efficient point of sale system, any business will struggle. Look for a POS that offers the best fit, if you have traveling salesmen mobile access is a must. If you are listing parts online then having an E-commerce integration makes it fast and easy for your customers to shop with you. Most importantly, a Point of Sale should be able to record transaction details and quickly share and store this information into a customer database as well as update inventory counts so that parts are tracked every step of the way.
Taking control of inventory is something both parts manufacturers and distributors constantly battle with. Having a thorough IMS helps to cut down on shrink by keeping track of parts when they enter and leave a location. Combine this with scanning technology to ensure the correct parts are pulled and stocked in the corresponding areas and part counts become far more accurate. Having a warehouse mapping program makes this aspect a cinch, as stock persons can easily find where parts should go so they don’t wind up stuck on an empty shelf in a “similar” aisle.
Customer data is used in everything from marketing to service. Such a useful tool requires proper protection, and a CRM worth its salt has the best to offer. Protect customer information from outside threats with the unrivaled defense offered by the cloud, and increase your team’s sales ability by having it integrate with point of sale features.
Knowing what is going on is simplified by seeing it as data on a table. Having proper reporting tools makes this easy if they can collect data from each department. Keep an eye on sales figures, return and purchasing rates, target goals for the month or quarter, or anything else you may want to be quantified. Being able to pull the data shouldn’t be all your looking for however, access to it is important as well. Having results delivered directly to an inbox or being able to access live updates are large advantages of cloud ERP’s.
Keeping track of costs needs to be done from day one. With that in mind having proper accounting software is an absolute must. From payroll to inventory purchasing your software needs to be able to track and account for every last cent that is spent and received. Rev Parts makes it easy by integrating directly with QuickBooks and has the ability to easily import and export data between programs. Information from other departments can be shared easily as well, allowing for faster processing and quick resolution when there are discrepancies.
Choosing an ERP is a big decision, make sure you identify everything you need before implementing it. Taking a demo of the software is a good way to see if they fit your business. To try out an all in one solution you can schedule a demo of the cloud-based Rev Parts Management Software here.
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