Production and Distribution


Production and distribution are either both performed within an organization, or else one of the functions is outsourced to reduce the overall cost and allow organizations to focus on core competencies. Production is defined as an operation of work performed on goods to make them available for consumption. Distribution encompasses the activities involved in delivering products or services to customers. Every company that handles production or distribution processes faces specific challenges, such as the following:
Read More...
  • Business operations within the production and distribution areas are under intense competitive pressures, in terms of product availability and the necessity of offering multiple services.
  • Lead times for production and distribution of products must be lowered to adapt to constant changes in demand and to meet customer delivery expectations.
  • Business flexibility is crucial to the ability to provide an enhanced customer experience as pressure rises to deliver high-quality products at lower prices, and to deliver the right product at the right place, time, and quantity.
  • Globalization makes end-to-end visibility vital for fulfilling customer demand, and critical for understanding what needs to happen in the planning/forecasting stages of production. As demand fluctuates, production must consider materials on the move, in order to lessen the impact of excess/obsolete materials or of products moving upstream and downstream of the supply chain.
  • Regulations vary across industries, geographical locations, and countries; staying in compliance is business-critical for production and distribution operations.
  • As competitive pressures increase, maximizing production output and minimizing waste are becoming more and more crucial for production and distribution facilities.
To optimize operations, ensure end-to-end visibility, and collaborate with customers and suppliers without creating gaps in the value chain, it is necessary to implement the appropriate solutions and business processes. The following business solutions are designed with functionalities and features to help production and distribution operations achieve business objectives by using the applicable subset of these applications: enterprise resource planning (ERP); maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO); product lifecycle management (PLM); manufacturing process management (MPM); supply chain management (SCM); demand management; warehouse management systems (WMSs); and transportation management systems (TMSs).

Related Companies

Related RFP Templates


Product Data Management (PDM), Engineering Change Order and Technology Transfer, De...

Product Data Management (PDM), Engineering Change Order and Technology Transfer, De...

Promotion Planning, Pricing and Profit Optimization, Forecasting, Merchandise Planning,...

Related Software Evaluation Reports


The EAM Software Evaluation Report is geared toward groups that need to analyze require...

Core PLM and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foun...

Core PLM, Product Specification and Recipe Management (PDM and RM) for Process Industri...

Related White Papers

While there is no doubt that the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) presents chall...

Many medium-size businesses are considering flexible enterprise resource planning (ERP)...

Forward and backward traceability, and determining the data attributes required to crea...

Reimagining your business involves looking at it as if you’ve never seen it before, and...

Even in the best of economic times, those in the transportation industry face daily obs...

Related TEC Reports

DEACOM ERP's single system and code model is unique in the ERP marketplace, and has all...

Infor VISUAL by Infor is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource...

Infor VISUAL is an ERP system primarily focused on discrete order–driven manufacturing—...

Zavanti offers an end-to-end suite of solutions for the real estate, construction (prop...

With industry savviness and a long history of 'industry firsts" such as the first compa...

Related Research Articles

TEC senior analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close look at FPX, formerly known as Firepo...

SAP SE has announced the general availability of the BILT mobile app, which provides in...

IBM announces IBM Verse, a different approach to enterprise e-mail that considers the m...

The Financial Times reports that Facebook is secretly developing a social Web site for ...

Ramco, provider of cloud-based offerings, launches ERP on wearable devices such as Goog...