My ERP Musings

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Keeping fashion flowing!

Fashion today is a huge business responsible for billions of pounds changing hands every year, filling the high streets with clothing as well as shifting large number online as well. All of this requires a massive amount of organisation which can often be overlooked; this is where ERP software or enterprise resource planning systems come into play.

On the top level both websites and shops need stock control systems to keep track of all the sizes of clothing colours and designs; something that can very quickly become complicated, this takes a lot of stress of management and greatly helps in planning out orders for new stock making things flow more easily.

The next level is keeping track of those orders and the logistics of the clothing. Order tracking these days is very common but ERP systems really show how far it can go; by tracking orders and tracking stock levels in warehouses and stores, you can ensure deliveries won’t arrive while there isn’t any space in the warehouse and it can warn you when such an event might take place such that you can reorganise. In a business where fashion trends can blow over in a matter of months, it can be critical to keep things flowing smoothly and not end up with stock sitting around wasting space, this can also help to get that stock out to stores and shifted.

Beyond the fashion logistics there is of course the manufacturing side of the fashion industry, something which really goes back to the roots of ERP. Modern ERP systems really started out as MRP systems or material resource planning designed for manufacturing companies; in a similar way to stock taking and logistics management, this part of the ERP system keeps track of material stocks, orders and the materials required to complete them, deliveries and even the timescales involved in getting those orders competed for deadlines.

Top level ERP software helps to tie all of this in together, something that otherwise would very quickly become ridiculously complex and unmanageable. Another benefit of having a system storing all of the information centrally is that it helps to keep everybody on the same page; when everybody is looking at the same data, delivery dates don’t get confused, changes in the orders don’t get missed and mistakes in general become a lot less common, something that could help your business save a lot of money!

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