Wood industry urged to embrace automation

Phi Anh Tuan, deputy chairman of the HCM City Computer Association and CEO of PAT Consulting, said ERP could be used to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities. The challenge facing wood processing firms is to meet the increasing requirements of buyers in terms of quality, delivery time, and traceability, and cutting costs to improve competitiveness, according to Tuan. The more orders a company gets, the busier its managers are and they do not have time for planning strategy, considering measures to improve productivity and optimise production. With ERP, data is easily available and routinely updated and the management can make the best decisions for the company. They can also get a better overall picture of how the business is operating, which is vital when it comes to responding to changes and improving overall financial planning of the business. Le Duc Nghia, general director of An Cuong Wood Working JSC, said at a time it had 700-800 workers the company had difficulties in managing things. Then its payroll grew to over 1,000 staff and revenues to VND1 trillion, and the company did not know how to manage, and restructuring became the only option, he said. But then it adopted SAP’s ERP, and management had become smooth, he said. Now it had more than 5,000 workers and revenues of over VND3 trillion, but management was no longer difficult, he said. “Since applying SAP’s ERP in January last year, our revenues went up by 40%, and I just… [Read full story]


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