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Needed – A Close Relationship between Manufacturing and Distribution ERPs

Needed – A Close Relationship between Manufacturing and Distribution ERPs

If you’ve reviewed the September 9 (2016) feature of Manufacturing Business Technology, you probably saw the article with this heading by Rootstock CEO Pat Garrehy. More than once, an interviewer has asked Pat why Rootstock created both a manufacturing and a distribution version of their cloud ERP. Pat typically responds with a real world example. Consider a company that produces RFID readers. In its manufacturing process, it orders printed circuit boards from one vendor, LEDs from another vendor and plastic housing or steel housing from yet another vendor(s). The various RFID readers – some potted; some not, different colors, various read ranges – are then boxed, the boxes put into skids with shipping instructions applied and sent to the customer. This process is classic discrete manufacturing. For this function, the organization would select a manufacturing ERP. However, this company doesn’t make long range read solutions because that’s an entirely different technology and the numbers don’t result in a profit by setting up manufacturing for these units. Yet, the company needs such units to fill out its line so prospects can buy all ID readers from one manufacturer, no matter the read range. So, the company buys long range readers from […]