ERP To Automate Sales & Operations Of A Car Shipping Company | FPLogistics

ERP To Automate Sales & Operations Of A Car Shipping Company | FPLogistics AristekSystems

Client

A family-owned car shipping company. They buy vehicles at auctions and ship to clients worldwide.

  • Location: USA
  • Industry: Logistics & Transportation
  • Client since: 2020

Challenge

The client reached out to us to automate their sales and operations. They needed a system that would process order data and create reports showing how profitable their deals are.

On top of that, without an ERP (Enterprise resource planning) the employees had to manually work on routine tasks:

  • Bookkeepers had to manually write and send out invoices;
  • Logistics managers had to plan routes in spreadsheets. To check delivery statuses, they had to call the drivers;
  • Sales managers had to notify customers about the order status.

The company wasted time and resources. They wanted to fix that.

Requirements

  • Keep track of incoming and outgoing payments
  • Make detailed reports that show how profitable the deals are
  • Automatically send invoices and notifications to clients
  • Keep track of all paperwork: from buying the vehicles on auctions to negotiating delivery with clients
  • Generate delivery routes
  • Keep track of the delivery status

Solution

To build the most effective ERP, we analyzed all of our client’s business processes. We also checked their previous system to understand the current workflow.

Here are the features we’ve developed to tackle the business challenges:

  • Access permissions

    The client had around 10 employees, everyone busy with their own challenges. That’s why we created access permissions based on the employee’s role.
  • Search

    The employees can find vehicles in the database using VIN, client, container number, or other parameters.
  • Automatic reports

    The ERP takes all the financial data about deals and shipments to generate detailed reports. With such reports managers can make informed business decisions.
  • Create routes

    The ERP automatically creates several route options. The logistics managers will pick the most appropriate one based on fuel efficiency, speed, road type, etc.
  • Order vehicles

    Logistics managers can order vehicles right from the ERP.
  • Optimize cargo

    The ERP monitors the load of containers and suggests a way to fit as many vehicles in a container as possible. This makes shipping faster and cheaper.
  • Process orders

    Business development representatives can process orders in the ERP.
  • Automatic invoices

    The accountants can create templates for invoices. When needed, the invoices will automatically go to the clients.
  • Automatic notifications

    To keep the clients updated about the shipping status, the ERP will send out automatic notifications. This way they can retrieve vehicles before storage fees start to accumulate.
  • Accounts payable/receivable

    Keeps track of cashflow, both income and expenses

Technologies Used

Back-End

Front-End

Team

Our Team Structure for ERP System for a Car Shipping Company.

x1

Front-End Engineer

x1

QA Engineer

x1

Business Analyst

x2

Back-End Engineers

x1

Project Manager

Results

The new ERP freed the employees from creating countless invoices, notifying clients, manually tracking vehicles, etc. Spending less time on mundane tasks made them more productive.

On top of that, with the ERP our client learned more about their business. They can pull up detailed reports about their deals in a few clicks. The system calculates profit margins automatically, so it’s easy for the managers to know what they can improve.

We’re still enhancing the ERP with more features, but the system already makes our client’s business more organized.

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