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The UK has one of the most advanced e-commerce markets in the world, with over 80% of the population making online purchases. Whilst online shopping has steadily been growing for the past decade, the pandemic fueled the e-commerce boom of 2020 and 2021. This means distribution warehouses have had to adapt to a surge in demand and update their processes to accommodate a rise in consumer delivery expectations.  

With the ‘want it now’ culture in full swing, many distributors are under pressure to deliver on growing consumer demands.  62% of consumers expect to see next-day delivery options at the checkout, and same-day delivery options are becoming increasingly popular.  To meet this rise in demand, distributors have turned to ERP software to manage their inventory and delivery processes. 

Creating a connected warehouse 

As a distributor, you may often find yourself operating multiple systems that perform individual tasks within the distribution process. These inefficient systems create a problem of poor visibility, which often leads to a breakdown in data communication. This lack of cohesion ultimately disrupts operational flow as the margin for error is much greater.  

ERP software allows distributors to connect each aspect of your organisation to create a truly connected warehouse environment. Key warehouse operations such as inventory, delivery, sales, ordering, picking and returns can be unified to effectively manage each stage of the distribution process all in one place. This eliminates possible information inaccuracies and ensures that each stage of the process is completed within an efficient timeframe.