In this technology article, we are going to take a look at some of the technologies that are uniquely required by companies in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. We will also look at the software solutions that address those requirements. Lastly, because we are in the throes of a deadly pandemic, it seems appropriate as well to look at how COVID-19 is impacting these key industries.

We’ll cover:

Who are we, and what qualifies us to write about the above topics?

Unique Technology Needs of Manufacturers
Unique Technology Needs of Distributors
The Impact of COVID-19 on Your Business

How to CONTACT US FOR HELP

Who are we, and what qualifies us to write about the above topics?

We are Strategic Systems Group (SSG), a leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) application and information systems consulting firm specializing exclusively in the manufacturing and distribution sectors since 1991. At that time, many legacy ERP software packages lacked the functionality and reporting capabilities that manufacturers and distributors require, which led SSG to develop custom solutions to fulfill those clients’ business needs.

That was then. Now, while SSG continues to service clients that utilize legacy ERP software, we have also developed expertise in ERP software packages that are industry-leading solutions in the market today. SSG specializes in migrating companies from legacy ERP applications to these modern ERP applications, which provide increased functionality and efficiencies.

SSG has continually evolved as an organization to meet changing market and client demands. We provide clients with a wide range of ERP solutions, consulting, implementation, data migration, and training services. Through changing economic trends and changing market conditions, SSG has maintained its passion for providing quality solutions and services.

Clients benefit from the longevity of SSG. With nearly 30 years of ERP industry experience and business partner relationships, the SSG team is intimately familiar with the business processes of manufacturers and distributors, their ERP environment, and their organizational goals and objectives.

SSG’s clients range in size from small companies to large multi-national and publicly traded organizations. Our clients are a representative sample of manufacturing and distribution companies across a wide range of sub-industries and vertical markets, such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and medical device, high tech, engineering, environmental, packaging, and more.

Unique Technology Needs of Manufacturers

How deep is your BOM? How complex is your shop floor routing? How many variations of your “recipes” do you need to produce? Do you need to integrate IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) data into your manufacturing processes? Do you require heating and/or cooling systems? Do you deploy an extrusion process? Are your products made for stock, made to order, or a hybrid of both? Are you a discrete or process manufacturer, or does your product require capabilities for both types of manufacturing?

However, you answer these questions, SSG has identified the best Microsoft and Infor ERP software solutions for your manufacturing processes. But if an out-of-the-box ERP software system cannot meet all your needs, we can and will develop a solution that does.

Unique Technology Needs of Distributors

How secure is your supply chain? Are you using supply chain management (SCM) software? Does your inventory management solution provide timely alerts? How are you dealing with backorders? Does FIFO or LIFO work best for you? Is your shipping process optimized? Have you deployed warehouse management software (WMS)? Have your trucking routes been optimized? What about RMAs and return management in general? How are you handling compliance issues regarding lot and serial number tracking? Does your business have to comply with GDPR and/or CCR?

However, you answer these questions, SSG has identified the best Infor and Microsoft Dynamics ERP software solutions for your manufacturing processes. But if an out-of-the-box ERP software system cannot meet all your needs, we can and will develop a solution that does.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Your Business

COVID-19 has caused supply chain disruptions, such as border and port closures, that are impacting consumers and businesses alike. The pandemic has also depleted the workforce. In round numbers, as of this writing, 800,000 people have been infected in the United States, and 43,000 have been lost forever.

Non-essential manufacturing facilities have been shut down. Others have re-engineered their plants to produce much-needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). In plants that are still operating, shop floor workers are attempting social distancing, which is no easy task while the administrative staff is working remotely. But the lines of communication must remain open. And in some cases, remote training is needed to bring replacement workers on board.

Technology can help! WE can help!

How to CONTACT US FOR HELP

Call SSG at 310.539.4645 or email us at info@ssgnet.com.

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