Emergency Logistics Glossary

What does ERP mean?

Definition: What is Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. It describes the effort to plan ahead, so that resources are at hand in time and tailored to suit the needs of the company.

Here resources are everything that relates to the business:

  • capital
  • workforce
  • raw materials
  • means of production
  • communication- and information technology

Software assisted planning

Enterprise Resource Planning is for most companies only possible by using software systems. ERP systems assist the business over all areas of operation and in all business processes. Apart from the planning, these systems also have administrative, anticipating and monitoring functions.

Networking modules

Systems for Enterprise Resource Planning usually entail several modules that are cross-linked with each other. These systems are usually customizable to the specific needs of the company. While small and medium companies may not need high volume ERP systems, in big companies and multinational corporate enterprises should have their ERP systems cover all business units and represent their processes. Instead of having separate tools for the administration of materials management, human resources, research & development, and data administration, the ERP systems are designed to have all these functions incorporated.

When planning fails: On Board Couriers to the rescue

Even the best systems are not immune to mistakes and problems, and this can’t be planned for. It can always happen that a machine breaks down and a spare part is needed immediately. Here the airmates step up: our On Board Couriers are booked in less than a minute and will bring your spare part as fast as possible, and personally, to its destination.