Manufacturing, assembly and distribution companies: how ERP can improve your processes

​According to a McKinsey Global Survey of executives, “companies have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and their internal operations by three to four years.” We’ve seen this first-hand with our clients, particularly those working with disparate systems that require duplicate or manual data entry, which offers endless frustration. So, what are companies asking us about modern ERP to help them improve processes in this ever-changing business environment?  They are asking about ease of use, role-based customization, rapid access to information, automation, API’s and more.

Usability & Customization 

Give your users the ability to jump into their favorite screens, from any device, anywhere that has a web browser and an intuitive interface that allows for excellent presentation and navigation across your whole business. Ease the restrictiveness of old systems with a solution that includes unlimited users, so that everyone who needs access can have it. Protect sensitive data easily with role-based security, and screens that can be configured to streamline daily activities.

Empower users with insight through predefined dashboards that can be easily changed by the user, and which include KPI’s (key performance indicators) that fit their role. Dashboards offer drill down capabilities, allowing management the ability to determine what needs to be done and make decisions quickly. For example, a purchasing manager will be able to see stock levels, purchasing trends, and days late.

Favorite time-savers:

  • Drag and drop files
  • Sort on fields and categories
  • Copy and paste orders, vouchers, GL entries, and so on
  • Large data Excel Imports
  • Universal search
  • Robust user help screens

Access to Information

No one wants to have to click through multiple screens and back again to do their daily tasks. Acumatica allows you to move directly from the sales order to the customer account, saving steps and frustration. Notes can be added at the account level or can be added at the line item level. Side panels allow users to reference additional screens, while maintaining their workspace, simplifying data and saving time.

During order entry, inventory quantities appear at the bottom of the screen, and shows on hand, available and allocated for shipment. Quickly determine what a customer has purchased in a defined period and give your salesperson the opportunity for suggestive selling.

Arm your team with tools they can use to turn data into insight:

  • Predefined reports
  • Acumatica Report Writer 
  • Generic Inquiry – these reports are interactive – you can sort, filter, create tabs, use parameters, drill down to other screens, etc. These can be used in dashboards and made available to BI tools


Keeping up with customer demands is tough. Simplify your shipping operation. Acumatica offers native integration for everything from small parcel to B2B & EDI, supporting LTL with pallet labels, and 3PL (third party logistics).

Shipping made easy:

  • Quote shipping
  • Rate shopping
  • Create automatic paperwork & bills
  • Print labels
  • Capture carrier data
  • Warehouse options


Countless hours are lost on repetitive tasks. Modern ERP software offers great visibility across departments, allowing you to look at processes and identify bottlenecks.

Acumatica includes Automation Scheduling, which is an excellent tool for repetitive tasks. This feature allows you to schedule tasks ahead of time. You will reduce costs by automating processes and eliminate errors that arise when a task is forgotten.

Automation Benefits:

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved accuracy
  • Cost Efficient
  • ​Scalable for growth

Open API

An API is an Application Programming Interface which allows for the integration of your ERP to external systems and applications. These may include everything from credit card processing to EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and WMS (Warehouse Management Systems).

What is great about this is that open API combined with minimal developer effort produces easy communication and integration with other software programs. Open APIs use a universal language allowing unparalleled access to multiple software services and data. The data and information silos of both the past and the present no longer exist, and developer workloads are significantly decreased.

Benefits of API:

  • Enhanced efficiency
  • Streamlined data
  • Easy collaboration with customers, partners, and third-party applications
  • Streamlined integrations

It is impossible to mention all the great features that Acumatica has to offer. If there is something that you are interested in that is not mentioned here, please do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to answer your questions.

What sets Acumatica apart:

This is what Jim Brightbill, IT Manager at Polycase has to say about Parallel Solutions, “”Parallel Solutions has provided great value to our business. They are very knowledgeable and have been extremely helpful with many projects related to our ERP software. They are easy to work with and very proficient at customizing the software to align with our business practices. They take the time to understand our needs and listen to our questions and then provide technical solutions to fit our requirements. I feel that the Parallel Solutions team cares about our organization and have been great partners in our success.”

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