The recent economic downturn has created a volatile market that creates uneasiness for all businesses, especially within the supply chain. If customers aren’t buying, then manufacturers and distributors are out of luck. The economy may not be 100% today, but companies are preparing for the upswing. Things aren’t as dim as they once were and there is some life in the market again.
Companies are still a bit hesitant to jump in full-force, but they’re taking precautions to ensure success. One of which is creating a strong bond where needed. The bond between manufacturers and distributors can really make or break your supply chain and here are a few tips on how to strengthen that relationship:
- Teamwork– Working together as two different entities can be a bit tricky, but is crucial when supplying products to customers. The supply chain won’t work without manufacturers, just as it won’t work without distributors. So make sure you have a defined workflow that creates results for both of you.
- Timely Delivery– Manufacturers have to be prepared to deliver products so they can meet the time expectations of the customer. Late shipments can and will cost business. Distributors also have to work with the manufacturer to define these timelines to ensure timely delivery is completed.
- Communication– As with any relationship, communication is key. Take the time to discuss with one another what the market looks like, what your plans are for the future, and any concerns you may have about the relationship. As long as everyone is on the same page, you can continue business as usual, streamlining your supply chain.
Working together, delivering on time, and communicating effectively can take a lot of work on both parts. Epicor Manufacturing makes this a little easier by linking the trading partners, processes, and systems. By creating a virtually streamlined workflow, communications fall into place and your relationships remain strong.
For more information on how Epicor ERP can help you strengthen the bond between manufacturing and distribution, contact us at ComTec Solutions.
By Rob Moyer with ComTec Solutions, New York Epicor ERP Partner