According to the 2015 Manufacturing Report by Illinois-based accounting firm Sikich LLP, 53% of those polled are still using manual processes to measure key performance indicators (KPIs). Eleven percent of survey respondents reported using custom built/legacy applications to monitor their KPIs, and only 26% are using an ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. So, if you’re reading this and your company still isn’t too far down the automation spectrum, it may offer some consolation knowing you’re in good company.
If, however, you’re looking to take those next steps and invest in ERP, barcoding and other automation equipment, it can be a daunting task to take on yourself. To simplify the process and save time and money in the long run, working with a warehouse systems integrator is a smart way to go. Here are four specific ways an integrator can make your business automation experience better: