The Right Enterprise Resource Planning and Ecommerce System Can Help Manufacturers and Distributors Identify New Markets and Expand Product Lines
For many people that do not like going to crowded malls to shop for items, or would like to make purchases at off hours, shopping online via ecommerce sites is a great solution. For many business owners with ecommerce stores, having a site online allows them to compete successfully with the larger retail chains. Many distributors have success selling their goods online. Now, manufacturers are finding they too can benefit from having an ecommerce website.
In a 2013 Baird-MDM study, 70 percent of distributor respondents said they plan to invest in ecommerce in 2014. The large percentage of distributors who plan to invest in an ecommerce system seems to indicate that utilizing the web for streamlining the ordering process is now being considered an extremely important component of enterprise growth. In addition, 18 percent of manufacturers said that they would spend more with traditional distributors based on the rise of ecommerce. As the ordering process can be automated via ecommerce, manufacturers plan to implement such online systems to save usable employee time as well as reduce costs.
As creating an online store requires having a great strategy, many things should be taken into consideration before the ecommerce system is implemented. For instance, it might be good to know how the system will affect your retail partners who probably also sell online. Here are some guidelines for manufacturers and distributors to consider before implementing an ecommerce system:
1. Create an omnichannel customer experience. Manufacturers and distributors should make it easy to research, return, or purchase products online.
2. Integrate Systems.
3. Prevent potential channel conflict.
4. Leverage sales data. Analysis of sales data can give the manufacturer or distributor better understanding of buyer purchases and sales trends.
5. Map out a multi-year plan.
Ecommerce can help you find and identify new customers. As ecommerce systems streamline the ordering process and saves your business countless hours of usable employee time, it can provide you with the freedom necessary to expand your product lines. When you understand your customer and partner needs, and have the right ecommerce solution in place, it can be a tremendous opportunity for rapid growth.
Manufacturers and Distributors Rely on SAP Gold Partner, Cornerstone Consulting, for Automated Enterprise and Integrated Ecommerce Business Software
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