Building Materials

Dynamics 365 for Building Material Manufacturing, Distribution & Retail

To optimize profitability and compete with larger and more established players in the industry, building material manufacturers, distributors, and retailers need to possess the supply chain agility that can only be achieved with extreme and immediate visibility in their business. Gaining this visibility requires the leveraging of automation and integration across all critical business processes including those in finance, manufacturing, customer relationship management, purchasing, inventory management, point-of-sales, order management, and warehouse management — an integrated ERP, supply chain, and retail solution.

Arbela has extensive experience in serving this industry. Over time, we have tailored Microsoft Dynamics AX to fit the specific needs of building material retail and distribution businesses, which includes:

  • Multi-dimensional financial and analytical data to segment and report on products, product variations, geographic and industries
  • Advanced order management, purchasing and replenishment functions, including promotion management capabilities, deals management, and special project management capabilities for increased sales and forecasting
  • Demand planning and management
  • Multi-channel marketing and sales management support
  • Integrated warehouse management and POS retail solution

Arbela Customers

                 

Cut List and Raw Material Optimization

Optimizing raw material inventory to reduce waste and increase profitability is critical in the building materials industry. We work with companies to leverage capabilities within Dynamics 365 for Operations to ensure an optimal cut list and planning. From configure to order products to integration with CNC (computer numerical control) machines to streamline the process, Dynamics 365 for Operations automates your shop floor.

Traceability Requirements

With building material suppliers and manufacturers, lot and serial traceability are the norm. The ability to see the entire manufacturing and supply history of each part is required for compliance purposes. Dynamics 365 for Operations supports the tracking and the reporting off of any serialized or lot controlled product. Giving complete visibility into your product lifecycle. You can determine:

  • What products have shipped and to which customers
  • What products are currently in the manufacturing process
  • What products are sitting in your inventory
  • What products are about to be shipped

Configure to Order & Make to Order Manufacturing

Customers today are demanding shorter turnaround times from time of order to time of shipping.  Arbela has assisted an architectural lighting manufacturer configure to order and shipping within a timeframe of 24-48 hours. With the right level of sub-assembly planning, built-in product configurator to streamline order taking, reducing errors of creating manual BOM's, they are able to meet their clients demands and stay ahead of the competition. 

Operational Planning & Efficiency

Gain greater visibility into your supply chain and production planning. Get notified when jobs are deviating from schedule, which allow your production managers to reschedule and prioritize production orders quickly and efficiently. In addition, forecast raw material shortages that will impact your schedule production schedule.

Sales, Manufacturing & Product Insights

What if you knew the right configurations of products for each market, including the efficiency and output of manufacturing lines and specific resources, along with what products are selling in what markets with which features or options. Our Arbela Data Insights answers these questions and much more. By providing insights into your business for finance, manufacturing, sales, procurement and project modules, our Power BI visualizes all of your Dynamics 365 data.  It allows you to slice and dice your data by geographic region, by customer segmentation, by product variants and more -- giving you insights into what is selling, what is tapering off, and the ability to forecast trends before they leave you with inventory you can't use.

Advanced Forecasting

Advanced analytics through machine learning can provide insights into the trending of your products and product mixes. Knowing when to taper prodcuts off, sell off excess stock and which products are on the rise can allow you to properly plan and execute your supply chain. Arbela can configure the algorithm for your unique data points to give you a leg up over the competition.