Yesterday, we had one of our biggest turnouts yet for the Midwest Epicor Users Group (MEUG) meeting in St. Louis. The MEUG consists of Epicor users in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Periodically, they come together for meetings to share ERP tips, watch demos and presentations and learn how to maximize the value of their Epicor solutions.
In one of our recent posts about distribution challenges, we highlighted increasing shortages in skilled labor. A 2018 survey found that the labor crunch was the number one concern for distribution centers (DC) and warehouses. As 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age each day, distributors are struggling to find employees to fill the gaps. To make matters worse, distributors must handle the pressures of growing customer demands as their workforce shrinks.
While you’re constructing aircraft and military equipment to defend the country, what will you be using to defend your bottom line? Managing the increasingly complex needs of defense manufacturing requires seamless coordination of every facet of your business. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software consists of the necessary tools for streamlining processes and keeping up with growing demands. ERP brings together your enterprise data and operations to give you full control over your business performance.
Epicor knows that a growing, cutting-edge enterprise can’t stick with the same old ERP software. Every day, there’s a new development in artificial intelligence, process automation or IoT technology that’s waiting to make an impact on your company’s success. That’s why Epicor unleashes new capabilities with each release. The vendor knows how to leverage the latest technological advancements to solve real issues for manufacturers and distributors.
Let’s be honest, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the deluge of acronyms and jargon in the world of high tech. Several businesses don't understand the point of ERP systems simply because the term was buried in the alphabet soup of enterprise software whenever they did research. Even when ERP is spelled out as enterprise resource planning, it’s still unclear what the software is supposed to do.
Central and South America have a strong history in automotive manufacturing, and countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are major players in the industry. Though prospects look good for automotive manufacturers in the region, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some major challenges and sources of instability. Mexico, in particular, is grappling with the possibility of heavy tariffs and new regulations from the United States.