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ERP Solution in the Construction Materials Sector

Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be an industry solution. We improve companies in the building materials industry with our standards-based approach.

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ERP Standard Solution instead of Rigid Industry Solution

We are not limited to specific industries. Nevertheless, we have several clients from the building materials industry and are well aware of the challenges in this field. What is our approach to ERP software for the building materials industry? In a nutshell: We always align ourselves with the standard ERP solution Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly Dynamics NAV/Navision) and incorporate other technologies such as Microsoft Office 365, the Microsoft Power Platform, and industry-specific add-ons. If necessary, we also program custom adaptations for you. This significantly distinguishes us from our competitors. Your system remains upgradable, and you stay independent from the partner company.

Standard ERP Solution

Experience has shown that we can map the majority of our projects in the Dynamics 365 Business Central standard. The system standard includes all processes (e.g., finance, warehouse).

Add-Ons

If the standard solution is not sufficient, we can easily solve some challenges with add-ons and Microsoft products (e.g., Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power Platform).

Adjustments

If you require further special functionalities, we can solve your challenges with individual adaptations. Contact us and we will be happy to advise you on your request.

ERP Software for the Building Materials Industry:

Functions for ERP Software in the Building Materials Trade

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Order Processing

Dynamics 365 Business Central connects all sales and purchasing processes, taking inventory data into account. This makes the movement of goods within the company – From receipt, through transfer and picking, to dispatch – Always transparent. The processes are intuitively operable and accessible on mobile devices.

In the system standard, you can manually record your orders or automatically via Outlook. All data is captured (e.g., contact data, item data, shipping data, communication). It is also possible to work with different units (e.g., hours, kilograms, packages).

The following adjustments are also possible and popular:

  • Electronic data interchange (add-on)

    With Anveo EDI, you can easily exchange data

    • with your customers (e.g., orders, invoices, credits, shipping notices, item data, availability, prices),
    • with partner companies (better business relationships through automated processes),
    • with suppliers (e.g., order processing, confirmations, availability, or delivery notes), or
    • between locations/clients (e.g., financial data and item information).
  • Label printing (customization)

    If needed, we provide a custom solution for label printing, such as for shipping and/or item labels (printer language ZPL).

  • Mobile sales app (add-on)

    With the Anveo Mobile App, your employees can easily access Dynamics 365 Business Central (formerly NAV/Navision) on the go. And this independently of network coverage and even offline. This module is ideal for field staff and service technicians.

  • Pallet account or load carrier management (customization)

    If necessary, we program a customization for the overview of pallet movements:

    • How many pallets do we owe the customer?
    • Have we delivered the pallets to the customer?
    • How many pallets does the customer owe us?
    • Have we received the pallets from the customer?
  • Conversion factors (customization)

    If you, for example, maintain your items (e.g., floor coverings) in pieces but sell them in square meters, this requires a customization in the system. We program a custom solution that allows the system to round up to full package units automatically when making inquiries.

  • Variant configurator (add-on)

    With our anaptis Configuration App, you can easily build your own product variants with individual assembly BOMs.

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Planning and Controlling (Intelligent and Automated)

In the building materials industry, demand fluctuations and supply bottlenecks are not uncommon nowadays. Flexible and rapid planning and control of the company are therefore all the more important. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can plan your production based on demand forecasts. For material requirements planning, you receive intelligent recommendations for reorder points.

For control, the system standard includes a clear, role-based dashboard and standard reports with easy-to-understand charts and tables. The data is based on connected sales, purchasing, inventory, and CRM transactions. Excel exports are available at the push of a button. This allows you to easily get an overview (e.g., order statuses, sales, material consumption), initiate measures to minimize time and costs, and identify patterns and trends early on.

The following adjustments are also possible and popular:

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Connecting Truck Scales

In the building materials industry, the weight of goods plays a significant role. As previously mentioned, it is possible to work with different units in Dynamics 365 Business Central (e.g., hours, kilograms, packages) and automatically convert units (e.g., one pallet equals 1,200 pieces).

The following adjustments are also possible and popular:

  • Truck scales connection (customization)

    For determining the weight of goods such as sand, we offer the connection of a truck scale to your ERP system. This way, the weight is displayed in the sales order.

  • Overdelivery (customization)

    For goods like sand and foils, delivery quantities sometimes vary. With our customization, it is possible to vary the delivery quantities in your ERP system within certain limits (e.g., 10 %). A conceivable example would be if, instead of 1.5 tons of sand, 1.55 tons of sand are delivered.

    This feature is included in purchase orders starting with Dynamics 365 Business Central 17 as standard, but not in sales. This exemplary customization applies to the latter.

  • Underdelivery (customization)

    It is possible that a company orders 10 tons of a raw material but only receives 9 tons.

    As a result, one ton would remain in the order, and the order would stay open. Employees would need to manually reduce the quantity in the order and close the order.

    We program a customization that allows you to simply indicate that it is an underdelivery. Then the order is automatically closed, and the purchase order is deleted.

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Planning Routes and Tours

The number one challenge in the building materials industry is still the efficient design of logistics processes. In other words, the optimal route planning and maximum utilization of transport vehicles.

In the Dynamics 365 Business Central standard, you can network the supply chain and thus map the flow of goods. Returns can be easily processed, and freight costs can be easily determined.

The following adjustments are also possible and popular:

  • Route planning (interface)

    For optimal route planning, we implement an interface to a software of your choice (e.g., Wanko). This allows you to optimize your routes – even across personnel.

  • Shipping processing and label creation including hazardous goods (add-on)

    For optimal shipping processing and label printing, we offer an interface to the Comsol Multiship Add-On.

    The add-on also helps to meet all EU transport regulations for the transport of hazardous goods. In the context of shipping processing, the necessary information and documents are provided to the carrier.

  • Shipping tracking (interface)

    For shipping tracking, we program an interface to a system of your choice (e.g., DPD).

  • Customs declaration (add-on)

    With the Comsol Exposys Zoll Atlas AES Add-On, exporting companies can report their exports directly from Dynamics 365 Business Central to the Atlas procedure of the German customs administration. The entire registration (MRN), approval process, export accompanying document (ABD), and proof of export are transparently available digitally to all sales and shipping clerks.

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Writing Invoices

In the system standard, Dynamics 365 Business Central offers extensive functions in the areas of invoicing, financial accounting, and cost accounting, as well as reports to accelerate financial closings. As mentioned earlier, the system also automatically sends recommendations, such as taking advantage of discounts or avoiding late fees.

The following adjustments are also possible and popular:

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Your Dynamics 365 Business Central Benefits

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Standard Solution

It is our top priority to implement your requirements as closely as possible to the standard. Your system should be updatable and you should remain independent.

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Scalability

With Dynamics 365 Business Central, you are always flexible and free. Whether it’s storage, users, or add-ons from AppSource – The system scales with you.

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Provision

You can currently run Dynamics 365 Business Central on servers in your own company (On-Premise), online (from the Cloud), or in a hybrid environment.

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Transparency

By using interconnected data, you can easily create reports and analyses in real time, identify trends and forecasts, and make well-informed decisions.

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Microsoft Tools

You can seamlessly integrate the ERP system with Microsoft tools (e.g., Microsoft 365, Power Platform) and experience the unified Microsoft look and feel.

ERP Software in the Building Materials Industry:

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