The benefits of a distributed order management system.
Distributed Order Management is an application that enables organizations to accurately and efficiently manage customer orders across multiple order capture and fulfillment systems. It is designed to orchestrate orders across a distributed omnichannel environment including many silo legacy systems. It enables you to accurately and efficiently manage customer orders across multiple channels and determine the best inventory stocking location or production facility where the order will be filled and shipped.
Cloud Order Management serves as a single repository of information. It consolidates customer information and acts as the central hub for order information across all touchpoints, including online, points of sales, and field sales staff. It also leverages real-time visibility into inventory availability, automatically aggregates items across locations, and sends them to the optimal shipping point to complete the order and deliver on time.
When demand surges, Cloud Order Management easily captures large volumes of orders from different channels (online, retail stores, call center, etc.), manages product configurations and pricing, fulfills orders from the best sources, and ensures on-time delivery.
Cloud Order Management's order capturing capability allows orders to be entered directly, imported from external systems, and then modified. It performs order information validation for data completeness and business rule compliance, including trade compliance checks. Order fulfillment capability then orchestrates the orders across multiple capture systems, receiving fulfillment status updates, and reports status updates back to the capture systems. Cloud Order Management orchestrates orders on top of a mixture of cloud or on-premises order capture and fulfillment systems/applications. It serves as an order hub across the order-to-cash processes to centralize managing ordering, fulfillment, policies, and exceptions.
Manage order exceptions effectively
Cloud Order Management allows users to search for orders, view statuses, see a summary of exceptions by customer, product, or supplier, and deep dive into additional details. Jeopardy alerts proactively identify orders at risk to meet promise dates, which helps merchants identify issues in time to take corrective actions. The embedded analytics and what-if analysis provide users with insights to make the best possible decision.
Execute against predictable order orchestration policies
The unique application architecture unifies the processes across multiple order sources and diverse fulfillment modes. Using a robust set of prebuilt application capabilities, business users can define, implement, and maintain their own fulfillment orchestration policies without relying on technical programming. The scalable and flexible cloud solution enables businesses to develop, implement, and adjust policies as needed, resulting in faster deployments and reduced costs. For example, when an order fulfillment process involves schedule/ship/bill steps, and the customer changes order during shipping, the order logic will cancel the original shipping request and go back to the scheduling process. Approval workflows ensure that order creation and changes meet policies. And when an order is processed, users can define the length each step would take. So when order promise dates to customers may be delayed, proactive alerts are created.
Channel revenue management
To expand market share and stay competitive, manufacturers and suppliers often offer pricing rebates to customers to promote specific products and drive revenue through distribution channels. These rebate programs managed by wholesale distributors are often complex. If distributors failed to effectively manage their supplier programs and process rebate claims, they could lose profit margins due to unclaimed rebate revenue and missed sales.
Channel Revenue Management, a component of Order Management in Supply Chain Management, enables wholesale distribution companies to define promotional programs and rebates, and effectively manage claims processing and accounting against supplier ship and debit agreements. Wholesale distributors secure better profit margins and spend less time on program management as Channel Revenue Management streamlines the process of managing supplier rebate programs. Distributors deploying channel revenue management also experience a greater level of trust from their supply chain partners due to the confidence in the trade program execution and fewer rebate claim disputes. Perhaps equally valuable: Time-saving automation is lifting the burden of manual trade program administration and giving managers more capacity to tackle higher-value tasks.