In general, enterprise resource planning software provides advances in terms of data organization, financial efficiency and time savings for businesses that use such programs.

Warehouses implementing even a basic solution for physical inventory management can gain some significant positives in terms of reducing wasted money and effort. However, a customizable and adaptable platform can provide benefits that focus on the specific type of goods stored in such a location, like high-value or perishable goods.

WorksManagement recently highlighted the case of a United Kingdom-based potato chip manufacturer that has realized notable cost savings since implementing an ERP solution. In just one specific instance – the real-time tracking of inventory – the company is saving almost $20,000 a year by no longer having to manually take stock of available product.

Instead of dedicating time and resources to such operations and only having an accurate picture 12 times a year, consistently current information about supply levels is available through ERP.

The flexible nature of ERP solutions like Microsoft Dynamics NAV means that a NAV module focused on inventory tracking of perishables can be added more simply than with a one-size-fits-all ERP platform.

Best-in-class ERP providers are much more likely to have pathways that provide notifications about the completion or non-completion of activities and similar information about other work conditions, according to a report from Aberdeen Group. These notifications can inform decision making about a variety of concerns related to inventory management. Knowing how long a perishable item has been in stock can help determine if a price reduction or increase is necessary or beneficial, while data about total inventory and output is also very useful.

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