Making the move to paperless shipping

////Making the move to paperless shipping
Behind every great manufacturing company lies a high volume of sales that breathe life into the enterprise and keeping operations sustainable. As warehouse employees diligently work to procure, complete and ship orders, they may find themselves buried in a mountain of paperwork and encountering slip-ups. This complicated process could potentially be made easier through the implementation of an ERP system. ERP systems assist companies in automating and, more importantly, optimizing their entire shipping process. Companies that use these systems will likely see the following results within their organizations: Increase in speed According to, a website that specializes in consumer and enterprise technology markets, one of the advantages of an ERP system is the real-time generation of information as the shipping department updates records. This feature makes it easier for customer service personnel to track down orders or see what remains in stock without delay. Furthermore, unexpected setbacks that stem from lost paperwork or inaccurate data can push back shipping and result in unhappy customers and even a loss of revenue. An ERP system removes these lapses and enables companies to fulfill orders faster – all the way from the point in which the initial quote is given to the customer to the time the order leaves the warehouse. Reduction in errors Manual processes mean greater risk for human error; even the most careful of employees are privy to a slip up every now and then. Automated bar code systems remove this variable, taking sloppy handwriting, lack of training or general human oversights out of the equation. As decision-makers weigh in on the advantages and disadvantages that may accompany a new or upgraded ERP system, it’s important they bear in mind that going paperless is not an immediate solution, but rather a process that will develop over time. In the end, however, these systems are designed to complement existing warehouse processes. Tools such as NAV barcoding can be put into place to automate the collection and reporting of information and ease the shipping process from beginning to end. Though such systems will come with minimal upfront costs, they also simplify company infrastructure and, ultimately, lead to a higher payback and short return on investment. Companies interested in streamlining their shipping process through the use of an ERP system can click to download the “Keeping the Physical World and the Virtual World in Sync” white paper.