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ERP for inventory management: the extenders to look for

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As important as sales and marketing may be, your customer relationships can easily come to nothing if you don’t have a quality ERP inventory management system in place. Inventory management covers what may ultimately be the most important task required of any business: ensuring that products and materials are readily available for customer delivery or warehouse use.

After all, without the right items in the right place at the right time, all other aspects of your business can collapse. An ERP inventory management system helps you stay on top of essential tasks such as managing customer orders and deliveries, or maintaining an adequate supply of a particular material for your company’s manufacturing requirements.

Of course, with every business’s unique needs, most users of ERP inventory management software find that their platform could benefit from the use of an extender. These add-on features seamlessly integrate with your ERP software to provide even greater functionality. Without further ado, here are some of the top extenders that can deliver results for your business.

Slackbot for NetSuite

This extension combines the productivity qualities specific to Slack and Netsuite in order to simplify internal communication for businesses.

Indeed, Slack ensures instantaneous communication with other members of your company, even allowing you to create dedicated channels where you can communicate with a set group of team members. The synchronization of information between the Big Bang ERP SlackBot and Netsuite enables your teams to be more efficient and proactive: no crucial inventory management task gets lost in someone’s email inbox, for example.

In addition, specific commands allow you to quickly extract specific processes from NetSuite to Slackbot and then do the same work in reverse. This bidirectional communication tool is built  with an easy-to-use design that can be used on any smartphone.

Avalara

To say that sales tax can be confusing is a bit of an understatement — especially if your company ships orders to multiple states, provinces, or even countries! Avalara uses a cloud based system that seamlessly connects with your ERP inventory management software to automatically calculate sales tax surcharges for a wide range of locations.

This extender takes into account the many factors that can affect your orders and shipments, including local rates and regulations, tax exemptions and holidays, and even governmental filing deadlines. All of this takes the stress and confusion associated with calculating sales taxes out of your hands, giving you more time to focus on fulfilling orders and improving customer satisfaction.

OzLINK

OzLINK has played a crucial role in helping many companies fine tune their ability to fulfill customer orders and decrease warehouse costs. This ERP inventory management extender is specifically designed to help businesses deal with the unique challenges presented by today’s e-commerce environment.

For example, OzLINK can be integrated with Amazon, eBay, and other online sellers, while also connecting with major carriers such as UPS and FedEx. When combined with barcode scanning and wireless receiving, OzLINK ensures that orders are fulfilled quickly, while also improving your internal accuracy in tracking inventory levels for back order management.

RF-Smart

RF-Smart goes a long way in eliminating much of the paperwork associated with warehouse management. Designed to fulfill inventory management needs for a wide variety of industries (including manufacturing and retail), this extender ensures that you’ll know exactly which products you have at your facility, where they’re located, and even who put them in their current location.

The use of barcoding, Warehouse Intelligence, and RFID ensures that companies can improve accuracy in their order picking and inventory management, which leads to higher quality customer service and increased profitability.

Conclusion

These helpful extenders are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to customizing your ERP inventory management solution — there are many other great options to choose from, as well! By finding the extenders that work best to fulfill your company’s needs, you’ll be in top position to improve your efficiency and bottom line.

Bob Paulson