Posted at 23-Jan-2020

Buy Time, Save Money with the ERIKS Webshop

Paul Skade
By Russell Williams
E-Commerce Manager

I am Russell Williams the E-Commerce Manager for ERIKS UK & Ireland. I have been working at ERIKS for 18 years and held various positions within a number of d...

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Managing your supply chain is a time-consuming and critical process, which can positively or negatively affect your whole production operation. The latest enhancements to the ERIKS Webshop are designed to help you be even more efficient and even more effective in your parts purchasing, by making it far more than a place to buy parts.

 

The ERIKS Webshop is not just "Amazon for industry." Like Amazon it does have vast stock (over 250,000 different products at the last count) and it does deliver quickly and efficiently to your door. But unlike Amazon, it also offers support and advice to help you select precisely the right product. Even if you're not 100% sure what you're looking for.

 

Good on paper

Not everyone's ordering system is fully geared-up for online purchasing. For example, there may be worries about a perceived loss of purchasing or budgetary control if everything happens online.

If any of those concerns are holding you back from using the ERIKS Webshop, then there are several options that offer a convenient half-way house.

The ERIKS ePDF system, for example, works with your existing ERP and paper-based processes. Simply send your PO's as a PDF to ERIKS, and they'll be converted to an electronic order placed directly into the ERIKS system for fulfilment. This eliminates keyring errors and increases the speed and efficiency of the whole ordering process.

A step further is the new Quote to Order (Q2O) feature. Any quotes raised by your local Service Centre team will be added to your new quotations section of the Webshop. From there you can view, select and order any item quoted by ERIKS.

Your processes won't change, but the amount of time you waste managing your supply chain will reduce.

 

Can we quote you on that?

If you're ready to save even more time, there's the ERIKS Webshop Request for Quote facility. Because even with 250,000 products in the Webshop, sometimes you'll want one that isn't.

However there's no need to waste your valuable time trying to track it down. ERIKS will do it for you.

Make an online Request for Quote (RFQ) and ERIKS will quickly locate the part your want, from a reliable, cost-competitive source. The quote will be uploaded to your Webshop portal, and if you're happy with it you can place your order online in the usual way.

If you don't have a product reference or part number for the item you want, simply upload a photograph or CAD drawing with your RFQ, and ERIKS' technical specialists will use their know-how to identify the part and find the replacement you need. If they find equivalent or better options available which could save you money or improve energy-efficiency or productivity, they'll present those to you as well, so you can make an informed choice.

The same wealth of expertise, depth of information and breadth of choice will also soon be available to help you make more effective electric motor decisions.

Now you're motoring

When a motor breaks down you can often be faced with the choice of repair or replacement. Choose the replacement option and there are more decisions to make. For example, do you make a like-for-like swap or do you take the opportunity to upgrade?

The Motor Calculator - part of the assisted selection functionality coming soon to the ERIKS Webshop - guides you through the selection process by asking the right questions to help you make the right choice.

You fill in your motor's spec. and your operational parameters, and the calculator presents you with fully-costed options for repair, replacement, or an upgrade to a more efficient motor (if available), with relevent energy-saving statistics. What in the past could have taken hours of your time for phone calls or query emails can be completed in minutes.

 

The Motor Calculator doesn't make the decision for you, but it does give you all the information you need to make the correct decision for your particular circumstances. And because ERIKS can repair or replace, the information will be entirely solution-neutral.

If you're battling with a stalled production line, or simply optimising the managment of your supply chain, then ERIKS Webshop is much more than an online shop. It's your online portal to greater efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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