While it is true that every company can be called “complicated” in one way or another this is particularly true for the fuel distribution industry. Energy firms face difficult obstacles every day, many of which are specific to this field. Luckily, the age of technology has made the industry as complicated as the distribution of fuel much simpler.
Today, with the assistance of ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, organizations can streamline and automate many of their day-to-day activities that used to be extremely time-consuming and human error-prone.
Designed for use on company PCs in the 1980s, the Erp system has come a very long way over the last three decades. Today’s products are capable of managing the operations of practically every organization within a corporation and even of various departments within the same organization. From finance and accounting to process records, to sales and customer support, to human relations, to product delivery to the supplier and customer-client relations, and more, ERP fuel distribution software has proved to be the ultimate solution to the challenges facing the oil industry.
A variety of attributes have made petroleum software so important to the success of fuel distribution companies. These include:
The modular nature of the program enables businesses to buy either a complete ERP product or individual modules specifically tailored for various departments within a company. This gives management the possibility of slowly integrating the ERP product into the company, one department at a time, thereby mitigating disruption and uncertainty on the part of employees.
ERP’s financial and accounting capabilities usually include a general ledger module that produces reports and spreadsheets; a receivable account module that analyzes account balances; and a payable account module that monitors new payables, changes, credit memos, etc.
The Customer Order Processing Module, usually part of the petroleum program enables company management to monitor customer transactions and to provide a reliable historical record of such purchases.
Inventory modules, a critical component of ERP software for this industry, allow management to maintain accurate inventory monitoring to keep up with customer demand.
Some ERP software products provide a bank account module, which allows businesses the option to merge multiple accounts into a single cash management system.
Purchase order modules are used to standardize the company’s buying processes. Many ERP software applications promote better relationships with their customers and sellers through more efficient contact monitoring.
Indeed the technology age has brought many changes to the modern-day business. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the gas supply sector, where efficient software has simplified and standardized what was once an incredibly complicated sector.