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Christmas Deliveries This Holiday Season Courtesy Of HGV Drivers

Santa Claus is checking his naughty or nice list and preparing to deliver Christmas presents again this holiday season, his reindeer leading the way in the night sky, but he can’t do it all. It takes the hard work of HGV delivery drivers to get those presents delivered to homes in Britain, and unfortunately, they don’t have access to a sleigh. The HGV drivers still have everything it takes, however, and they will be seeing you shortly.

All the chocolate and other Christmas goodies are fully stocked in stores and supermarkets, ready for all the people to clear the shelves during the holiday season rushing around buying presents for their loved ones. Of course, these precious presents don’t get magically delivered to the shelves. Think about all that Christmas turkey and ham that is prepared, all those joyful treats you eat and imagine what it takes to get all of those things on the shelves for everyone to enjoy during the Christmas season.

“Those turkeys aren’t going to package themselves and find the supermarket or your kitchen for that matter” says Gareth Mill from HGV training costs specialist HGVTrainingCost.com.

Chocolates don’t sprout legs, climb in a box and make their way to your Christmas stocking.

Post WWII, British families have consumed turkeys in full fashion during the holidays, as it’s a staple to most traditional Christmas dinners.

Would you believe that British people take care of over ten million turkeys during the holidays?

This means the lorries all stocked full of Christmas turkeys making their way to dining tables. HGV has a hand in taking those turkeys to many different stops along the way, not just the supermarkets. The turkeys are the centerpiece of the Christmas dinner, and they are ready to accompany all your favorite dishes. Companies like Bernard Matthews are getting even more trucks ready to serve as turkey transport trollies so that everyone is guaranteed to have that Christmas turkey ready for the big feast.

Additional Christmas Traditions

Don’t Forget The Christmas Tree!

Christmas trees are going to be found in all the right places, assistants on standby ready to get your tree loaded for you from the first of December on up until Christmas Day.

How many Christmas trees would you think that people in the UK purchase for the holiday season every year? The number is a whopping 8 million! Turkeys outsell them, but just wait to see what’s next on the list.

Traditional Puddings

HGV drivers have to really work hard to get enough traditional Christmas puddings on the shelves for the holiday season. Turkey sales just don’t quite compare.

What if you were told that people in the UK buy approximately 25 million traditional Christmas puddings every year? Now you can start to imagine why people make those New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym.

Brussels Sprouts

While they may not be everyone’s favourite side dish, Brussels Sprouts are a traditional staple of British Christmas dinners, and people in the UK consume more than 8,500 tons during the Christmas season.

Alcohol & Other Items

You can just imagine what else those HGV drivers are preparing to deliver this Christmas season.

How about all that wine, 35 million bottles yearly to be exact.

How many pints of beer do you think people in the UK consume during Christmas? Try 250 million!

As for liquor, Bailey’s is the top choice, and there are more than 82 million bottles sold.

Don’t Forget The Crackers!

Every Christmas dinner must have the crackers that people pull to find hidden treasures that no one ever uses.

This British tradition requires that there be more than 300 million of those crackers ready for people to use during the holidays.

HGV drivers truly do work hard during the Christmas season, but they do as well throughout the entire year. Without their dedication to deliveries, Christmas might not be as big of a blast.

HGV Delivering Our Christmas

As Kriss Kringle double checks his naughty or nice list, prepares his sleigh and readies his reindeer in preparation for their annual quest to deliver Christmas gifts to all the children of the world. That being said the rest of us must depend on a good old fashioned HGV driver to ensure that every home is stocked full of all the delicious treats and goodies that are an absolute must in British homes for a traditional Merrry Christmas.

As we all know once the season to be jolly approaches every supermarket fills up as people frantically rush around stocking up shelves and cupboards with a large supply and variety of chocolate, mince pie, and Baileys. These items do not magically appear, every slice of turkey, After Eight, chocolate, mince pie you consume have at some point or another been in the back of a lorry. The amount that is transported during the season is quite impressive.

A Turkey does not Merely Walk into Your Kitchen Now Does It?

Dating back to the Second World War when rations were declined and the Native Americans kindly introduced the turkey to the dinner table it then became the star of Christmas dinner for families all over the British Nation. In the UK over ten million turkeys are consumed during the Christmas Holidays.

“This demand requires a large amount of turkey transportation and the lorries that it takes to do so” explains Kat Tingle from HGV training cost specialist, HGVTrainingCost.com. Most of the route (or plight) from turkey farm to dinner table is largely thanks to HGV transporting them in bulk to butchers, wholesalers and supermarkets nationwide. Towards the end of November HGV reported that Bernard `Bootiful Matthews had ordered as many as six new refrigerated HGVs to add onto their already existing thirty five in order to transport their turkey fleet and meet the turkey demand.

All Time Favorites

Trees

At the beginning of December you will see a rosy cheeked assistant in a Santa hat and body warmer standing round the Christmas tree stock at the Garden Centre, supermarket or even your local grocers waiting to assist you in your Christmas tree purchase.

Fun Fact: During the Christmas Holidays eight million natural Christmas trees are purchased in the UK to bring cheer to homes, offices and premises.

Puddings

If you think our turkey consumption is large it pales in comparison to the amount of Christmas Puddings delivered by HGV drivers to stock the shelves yearly all over the UK reaches a whopping 25 million Christmas Pudding over the Christmas season. Must be the reason behind the sudden rise in gym memberships come January.

Sprouts

Whether you love or hate them come Christmas these small green vegetables make their presence known. During the holidays over eight thousand five hundred tons of sprouts are timely delivered to shops then to the dinner plate just in time for the Queen’s speech.

Booze

The UK is fond of its drink so in a nation of tipplers this is the booze that is consumed during the holidays:

Two hundred and fifty million pints of beer
Thirty five million bottles of wine
Eighty two million bottles of Bailey’s

Crackers

From nail clippers that may never be used, paper hats and naff jokes, crackers are a staple for a British traditional Christmas dinner. This is why our freight industry must be equipped to transport the three hundred million crackers that are demanded for the season.

Christmas is a time in which the role of HGV deliveries is truly highlighted and important for our community and of course the economy. Without all our traditions delivered by HGV it may not be as bright and cheery as we´d like.

HGV Driver Help to Deliver Xmas

Every single year, Santa prepares his reindeer, throws on his coat and loads up his sleigh with toys and then he heads out to deliver those goods to kids who live all around the world. Just remember that it is HGV drivers who make sure that you have what you need to make a traditional British Christmas. This includes plenty of treasures and treats that many people keep in their homes during the holiday season.

As Xmas approaches, the general public head out to their nearest supermarkets to get what they need to keep their shelves and cupboards fully stocked with foods such as mince pies, Baileys and some chocolate. However, these items don’t magically make their way to your homes on their own. In fact, every single piece of turkey you eat was in the back of a lorry at some point during the process, and this goes for many other types of foods too, not just turkey, which is consumed in massive amounts around Xmas time.

Turkey dinners have always been huge in England, especially after the Second World War, when rations were on the decline, and this is when a lot of people started to bring turkeys into their homes. As previously mentioned, people around the UK consume a lot of turkeys. In fact, Xmas time is when they consume around 10 million turkeys, which is an impressive number.

What this means is that a lot of lorries keep turkeys in containers. When it comes to getting turkeys from the farm to your fork, HGV takes no small part in it. In fact, they are transported in large numbers to butchers, as well as supermarkets and wholesalers in order for them to be prepared with foods such as sprouts or pig in blankets. It’s worth pointing out that Bernard Matthews ordered 6 HGVs at the end of November, and these HGVs were in addition to the 35 that they already had in their fleet, and they did this to meet the demand.

There are other favourites too. Do you want to know what these are? If so, then below are a few other Xmas favourites.

1. Xmas Trees – You can see Xmas trees being stocked in many places. This includes supermarkets, garden centres and many local grocery stores. Most of the time, you can see them being stocked by people dressed in a Santa hat, and each year, millions of natural Xmas trees are bought by people in the UK and they place these trees in their homes and offices.

2. Xmas Puddings – It’s no secret that a lot of turkeys is consumed during Xmas time. However, that is really nothing compared to the number of puddings HGV drivers deliver to stores across the nation. In fact, people in the UK consume around 25 million puddings throughout the holiday season, and this may very well be one of the reasons for an increase in memberships at gyms across the country.

3. Sprouts – Some people like them, some don’t. Regardless of that, people consume a whole lot of sprouts, which are shipped to shops in very large volumes. They are delivered to you just in time to catch the big speech by the Queen.

4. Alcohol – There is a lot of different types of booze out there, and people in the UK go through a lot of it. In the UK, people go through millions of bottles of wines and millions of pints of beer. Baileys is also popular, as 82 million bottles are consumed annually.

5. Crackers – Crackers are huge too. In fact, people just cannot get enough of them. This is why they are a major dinner tradition at Xmas, and more than 200 million crackers are purchased throughout the holiday season.

As you can see, HGV deliveries are huge. They play a huge part. Without HGV drivers, Xmas may very well be less merry.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: 5 Advantages And Disadvantages

hydrogen fuel cell carThe world’s dependency on non-renewable fossil fuels is almost coming to an end. Mankind is faced with an energy crisis that needs immediately alternative solutions. In fact, there is a massive effort put forward by the scientific community in the world to find sustainable and alternative energy sources for the future. Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the alternative energy sources that are drawing the attention of the scientific community.

Hydrogen and oxygen are mixed to create heat and electricity, and the energy is then stored in fuel cells to be used for power. Hydrogen energy is thought to be one of the most viable options available as an alternative energy source. This is simply because of the abundance of hydrogen on the planet. But like all other energy sources, there are some disadvantages also to it.

Advantages Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Abundant And Renewable – The abundance of hydrogen has made it one of the most viable alternative energy sources today. You need not worry about running out of hydrogen similar to non-renewable fossil fuels.

2. Non Toxic – Most of the present energy sources are toxic and harmful. They are harmful to humans, animals, and for the environment as a whole. On the other hand, hydrogen cells are 100% non-toxic and do not pose any threat to the environment.

3. Very Powerful – These cells are quite powerful. They are so powerful that hydrogen is used as fuel in rockets that go into space.

4. Doesn’t Contribute To Climate Change – Hydrogen fuel cells don’t emit greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases are released by non-renewable resources, and they contribute to global warming as well as a massive climate change.

5. Cheap Maintenance – Although the initial costs are high, once installed hydrogen cells are quite affordable to maintain. If we operated cars on hydrogen fuel, costly car repairs would be a thing of the past.

Disadvantages Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Fossil Fuels Are Still Needed – Fossil fuels are still required to separate the atoms of hydrogen and oxygen. In fact, if we run out of fossil fuels some day, we will not be able to produce hydrogen fuel. This completely defeats the purpose of hydrogen fuel.

2. Costly To Produce – Hydrogen energy is quite expensive to produce right now. We cannot produce hydrogen energy in a cost-effective way right now.

3. Flammable – Although hydrogen fuel is non-toxic, it surely is flammable. The hazard comes from the hydrogen itself. Hydrogen is more prone to catching fire than any other alternative fuel source. It may even explode at any time. This brings unnecessary and new risks into society. This is another disadvantage of hydrogen fuel as an alternative energy source.

4. Much Work To Be Done – There is much work to be done before using hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative energy source. It is still in the experiment stage. The plausibility of using hydrogen as an alternative energy source isn’t even fully known yet. In fact, many experts believe it to be another fairy tale.

5. Cells Can’t Hold Much – Another disadvantage of using hydrogen cells as an alternative fuel source is that the cell can store only a small amount of power. Maintaining a reliable power supply with hydrogen fuel cells is a very unlikely thing as it is right now.

“This is why we need more research to find the necessary technology to accommodate hydrogen as an alternative fuel source” says Powerstax, a custom power supplies specialist.

The aforementioned article provides an overview of important advantages and disadvantages of using hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative energy source.

The Advantages And Disadvantages of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

fuel cell refuellingIf there’s one problem the world is facing today is the ever-looming energy crisis. And our over-dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels is undoubtedly coming back to haunt us. It is for this reason that there has been a significant shift towards finding an amicable, efficient, and sustainable energy source alternative. On such option that has been getting lots of attention in recent days, and that option is the use of hydrogen fuel cells.

But what are hydrogen fuel cells? These fuel cells are a combination of oxygen and hydrogen, which when mixed, create electricity and heat. The energy created is then stored in cells that can be used to power different things. This rather new form of energy is being considered as one of the most applicable and plausible alternative energy options simply because of the fact that hydrogen and oxygen are in abundance on our planet. But like everything else, there are some drawbacks that come with the use of this option.

The Benefits Of Using Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Renewable and Available

“One of the main reasons why hydrogen is an excellent way to create power is the fact that it is quite abundant” says power supply specialists Powerstax. As such, we can never worry about running out of it any time soon, which is not the case with most non-renewable and fossil fuel resources.

2. Hydrogen is Non-Toxic

Of all energy sources we utilize to produce energy, not a single one is non-toxic and harmless. And that is not only for us humans and animals but also to our environment. Hydrogen fuel cells, on the other hand, are non-toxic and pose no danger to the climate.

3. Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are Very Powerful

Apart from being non-toxic and renewable, this energy source option is also incredibly powerful. As a matter of fact, hydrogen fuel cells are so powerful, that they’re used to fuel space rockets.

4. This Option Does Not Contribute to Climate Changes

Unlike other energy sources, hydrogen fuel cells do not produce any greenhouse gas emissions. It is the gases released by non-renewable resources that are linked to the massive climate changes we are experiencing and are the main cause of global warming.

5. Cheap To Manage and Maintain

While the initial cost to set-up hydrogen fuel cells might be a bit high, the great thing is that once installed these cells are very easy to maintain. And the same would apply to cars if they were made to run on hydrogen energy – greenhouse gas emissions would considerably go down, and car repairs would no longer be so costly.

The Disadvantage of Using Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Fossil Fuels Still Play A Part

For hydrogen and oxygen atoms to be separated so that hydrogen fuel can be generated, fossil fuels will be required. As such, this completely downplays its role as an alternative energy source considering that if we were to run out of fossil fuels, then we no longer would be able to create hydrogen energy.

2. It Is Rather Costly To Produce

One of the main drawbacks of using hydrogen fuel cells to create energy is the fact that it’s very expensive to produce. As at the moment, the energy produced isn’t sufficient enough to warrant the production of hydrogen energy in a cost-effective way.

3. Highly Flammable

While hydrogen energy is not toxic, it is highly flammable. This hazard is presented by the hydrogen itself, which is highly prone to catching fire and exploding. At the end of the day, this presents new and unnecessary risks to the society.

4. Much Still Needs To Be Done

The use of hydrogen fuel cells is still very new, and more research and advancement is still required before this energy source alternative can be used on a large scale basis. The likelihood of it being used on such a scale is not yet known, and many believe it to be just a fairy tale.

5. The Fuel Cells Cannot Hold Much Energy At One Go

Currently, the cells used to store the hydrogen energy are only able to hold minuscule amounts of power at a go. As such, holding sustainable and reliable amounts of energy using hydrogen fuel cells is very unlikely at the moment.

Learn More About the Pros and Cons Associated with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

bmw 5 hydrogen cell carThere are a number of issues in the world today. However, one problem that carries a lot of weight is that of the world-wide energy crisis. We use fossil fuels that are a non-renewable resource, and our dependency on them is a problem. As a result, people are attempting to find renewable energy sources to take their place.

Hydrogen fuel cells have been getting a lot of press of late. Hydrogen fuel cells contain both hydrogen and oxygen. When these are put together, the result is electricity and heat. That energy is put in fuel cells and can be converted into power. Hydrogen energy, therefore, is being discussed as one possible solution to our problem, particularly because there is a lot of it. Of course, hydrogen fuel cells are not perfect.

The Benefits of Using Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. There is a Lot of It

Many people are turning to hydrogen because there is so much of it. Running out of fossil fuels is a serious concern. However, that concern does not apply to hydrogen because of the sheer amount of it.

2. It’s Not Poisonous

The energy sources that we deal with right now are not good for us or for the environment. Hydrogen fuel cells, on the other hand, will not harm us and they will not harm the Earth.

3. Strong

Hydrogen fuel cells are a renewable resource. As was mentioned above, they are also not poisonous. Another reason, however, that this alternative fuel source is so popular is because it is strong. Rockets that head out into space even have hydrogen fueling them!

4. The Climate is Not Impacted

This form of energy does not emit green house gasses like a number of other non-renewable resources do. Green house gasses play a role in global warming. They alter the Earth’s climate in ways that we can’t truly predict.

5. Inexpensive to Care For

It can be pricey to install hydrogen fuel cells. However, once they are in, it does not cost a lot to care for them. This also applies to vehicles; should hydrogen energy be utilized to power cars, it would not be that expensive to then fix those cars.

The Negatives Associated with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Fossil Fuels Are Necessary

To create hydrogen fuel, the oxygen and hydrogen atoms have to be separated. In order to do this, fossil fuels are currently required. Custom power supply specialists, Powerstax, explain: “Obviously, if the point is to move away from fossil fuel dependence, this does not help. Currently, you can’t make hydrogen energy without fossil fuels”

2. Production is Expensive

This is likely the biggest argument against hydrogen energy right now. It is very costly to produce. At least at this time, there is no way to make the process cost-effective.

3. It’s a Fire Hazard

Hydrogen energy isn’t poisonous to the environment, but it can catch fire. There could also be explosions. Clearly, that is a problem and could harm people, animals and property.

4. More Research is Needed

This is a relatively new technology. As a result, before it can be used to help a lot of people, there has to be more research. We aren’t even sure if it is a good option or not; some people think that it is just a good “story” that will never pan out.

5. Cells are Limited

The cells that hold the hydrogen energy do not have a very large capacity. As a result, it would be difficult to constantly have enough hydrogen energy on hand. That almost excludes its use entirely, because any power source used needs to be reliable.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells as an Alternative Energy Source: What You Need to Know

benefits of fuel cell busesThere is an energy crisis facing our world. We rely heavily on non renewable energy derived from fossil fuels. Those fossil fuels are quickly becoming obsolete. As a result, many people are trying to find energy from other sources, preferably from those that are considered “renewable.” There is talk about using hydrogen fuel cells to power our cars, homes and businesses.

Hydrogen fuel cells contain both hydrogen and oxygen. When mixed, both electricity and heat are created. That energy is put in fuel cells and later used. Hydrogen energy is a great option when it comes to alternative energy, particularly because there is a lot of it available. However, in addition to the advantages of using hydrogen energy, there are also some negatives associated with it that need to be considered.

The Positives Associated with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Plentiful Supply

“Hydrogen is being discussed as a source of power because there is so much of it” reasons custom power specialists Powerstax. We can use it and not have to worry about depleting its reserves in the near future. The same cannot be said for fossil fuels and other resources that are considered non-renewable.

2. Toxicity

Our current energy supply comes from sources that are both bad for the environment and bad for our health. Hydrogen fuel cells, however, are not toxic and will not hurt the planet.

3. Strong

Hydrogen fuel cells pack a huge punch. They are incredibly powerful; because of this, they are used to give rockets the fuel they need to travel into space!

4. Global Warming

Hydrogen fuel cells do not emit any green house gases. Certain non-renewable resources, however, do release these gases. They contribute to both climate change and global warming.

5. Easy to Maintain

There is a huge cost associated with hydrogen fuel cells when they are first set up. However, once they are ready to go, they are quite simple to maintain. For example, if cars started to use hydrogen energy, they would not cost as much to repair them.

The Negatives Associated with Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Fossil Fuels

The oxygen and hydrogen have to undergo a process during which the atoms are separated; in order for this to happen, fossil fuels have to be used. As a result, if there are no fossil fuels left, we can’t create hydrogen energy (at this time) either.

2. Expensive

Producing hydrogen fuel cells is quite expensive; that is probably its largest downfall. We have not yet figured out how to produce hydrogen energy in a way that makes sense. Therefore, it does not seem like we will be able to harness this energy source any time soon.

3. Fire Hazard

Hydrogen is not toxic. It will not hurt the environment. However, it can catch on fire! There is a chance that it could explode as well. Therefore, using hydrogen energy may be dangerous, and extreme caution must be exercised if we decide to move forward with this energy source.

4. Research is Necessary

Fuel cells are a new technology. They are not quite ready to be introduced on a wide scale. Therefore, there is quote a bit of research that needs to take place going forward. Scientists are not even sure if it CAN be used the way we want to use it. Therefore, there are a lot of unknowns.

5. Small Capacity

Hydrogen energy is stored in cells. However, those cells cannot hold very much. As a result, it does not seem plausible to use hydrogen energy because we would not have access to much of it at any given time.

5 Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

hydrogen fuel cellToday, one of the biggest issues that the world faces is a global energy crisis. Humanity’s dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels is now coming back to haunt us. This is the main reason why there have been sustained efforts to find efficient and sustainable alternative sources of energy.

Hydrogen fuel cells are some of the options being presented and that are garnering quite a bit of attention. Hydrogen fuel cells are simply a combination of hydrogen and fuel, which when combined lead to the creation of electricity and heat. The resultant energy is then stored in fuel cells and subsequently used for power.

Hydrogen energy is being presented as one of the most applicable and plausible sources of alternative energy simply due to the abundance of its components we have on planet earth. However, even though it might seem like the miracle we have been waiting for, some drawbacks are associated with its use.

Benefits Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Renewable And Available

One of the topmost reasons why hydrogen is such a wonderful choice for power is the fact that it is available in abundance. Unlike other non-renewable resources including fossil fuels, we do not have to worry about running out of hydrogen any time soon.

2. Not Toxic

All of the energy sources that humanity currently uses are toxic and harmful to both the environment as well as to humans and animals. Hydrogen fuel cells are not toxic and they pose zero risk to our environment.

3. Quite Powerful

Besides being non-toxic and renewable, hydrogen fuel cells are also quite powerful. “Hydrogen fuel cells are so powerful that they are used to fuel rockets that go into space” explains custom power solutions specialists Powerstax.

4. The Do Not Contribute To Climate Change

Hydrogen fuel cells are not associated with the emission of any greenhouse gases. The greenhouse gases that other kinds of non-renewable fuel sources release cause global warming as well as a massive change in the climate.

5. Cheap To Maintain

Even though the initial costs are a bit high, once fully installed, hydrogen fuel cells are quite affordable to maintain. A similar idea would apply if cars started running on hydrogen energy. Expensive car repairs would be a thing of the past.

Drawbacks Associated With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

1. Fossil Fuels Still Necessary

To separate the atoms of oxygen and hydrogen and actually create hydrogen fuel, fossil fuels are still necessary. This totally defeats the purpose of having an alternative energy source. If we were to run out of fossil fuels, we would not be able to produce hydrogen energy any more.

2. Expensive To Produce

One of the greatest drawbacks associated with hydrogen fuel energy is the fact that it is quite expensive to produce. Currently, the energy is not efficient enough to produce hydrogen energy cost effectively.

3. Flammable

Even though hydrogen fuel is not toxic, it certainly is flammable. The main source of the hazard emanates from the hydrogen itself, which is quite prone to catching fire or even exploding. This can add some new and unnecessary risks into society.

4. Much Needs To Be Done

Use of hydrogen fuel cells is quite new. Research and advancements are still necessary before using this energy source on a large-scale basis. The extent of the plausibility of its use is not even known yet fully and many people believe that it might just be another fairy tale.

5. Cells Cannot Hold Much

The cells in which the hydrogen energy is stored in are seriously limited in terms of the amount of power they can hold. This means that it is unlikely to maintain reliable power sources by using hydrogen fuel cells.

A Beginner’s Guide To 5 Common ERP Mistakes And How To Avoid Making Them

Integrating a new ERP system into an existing network is one of the most complicated, tiresome, and costly tasks any IT department can undertake. In addition to costly expenses, there is a persistent potential for delays which can contribute to a reduction in overall income. In order to avoid these errors, CIO.com asked IT executives, ERP technology professionals, and ERP vendors to provide some advice on avoiding mistakes regarding this matter; this article will relay their information.

Despite the fact that successful implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can be money-saving tools; the implementation does require an excessive amount of initial finance to purchase the ERP system and manpower to implement it. It should also be noted that in addition to saving money, an ERP system can increase workflow and productivity; however, poorly planned procedures can actually result in lost productivity and low profitability.

To ensure that your implementation is successful, or to at least reduce potential errors, CIO.com surveyed ERP experts enquiring about the most common ERP-related mistakes and how to fix them:

1. Not Vetting The ERP Venders Correctly

Many clients are often ‘sold’ by a company’s marketing team and promised a service greater than the one received. Once implementations have been completed, clients will often be prepared for exciting systems; however, they will receive restricted functions, a lack of capabilities, and poor practice. According to Shawn Casemore, president of Casemore & Co., it is important to vet the vendors correctly beforehand by requesting the names of at least three companies who can act as references. The references must be within the business sector, must be contactable, and can discuss the features, functions and challenges of the system. Casemore believes that if the vendor won’t provide at least three names you should “walk away”, unless you want to be a guinea pig.

2. Not Using An Active Load Testing Environment

A great disadvantage to ERP system implementation is that a small amount of test users will utilize the system; thus, it is impossible to determine true results regarding the system’s full abilities. In order to see the full, real-world effect, it is necessary to use an active user load with full stimulation. It may be questioned why this is necessary; however, if this is not completed the system will not be created to combat potential difficulties in the real world (Microsoft Dynamics AX testing is essential), which will lead to downtime if experienced.

3. Avoiding Third-Party Support

Jon Winsett – CEO of the IT consultancy company NCI – points out that the majority of businesses will insist on premium ERP vender support in order to achieve the highest quality service; irrespective of the fact that all third-part support organizations provide the same type of service. It is found that psychological factors play a role in believing that a higher level support provider will present higher quality support, but Winsett argues that it may be worthwhile exploring alternate options ranging from hybrid support who work directly with the vendor to independent providers. This can be highly beneficial in not only the interaction, but also as a reduction in overall expenditure.

4. Not Decommissioning Legacy Applications

John Picciotto – a principal of Application, Modernization & Optimization at Accenture – points out applications that are not actively decommissioned during implementation will more often than not result in an ERP with an original legacy application. This means that you will be paying for not only the ERP implemented system but also the additional application hardware, including maintenance and support, upgrades, and interfaces. This is a drawback as the primary aim of ERP implementation is to reduce costs and increase productivity without waste.

5. Ignoring A Maintenance Strategy

Maintenance is an important aspect of business management and development, and ERP system implementation is a manner of promoting maintenance strategies. The vice president of North America & Latin America SAP America Inc. stated that ERP systems are investments that assist as preventative maintenance for customers and their dollars. By not applying this maintenance, Marco Valencia (the vice president) pointed out that systems will become technically obsolete and the business will face difficulties in software improvements; which will ultimately lead to a loss in productivity and profitability.

ERP System: How To Avoid Making These 5 Common Mistakes

Getting an ERP system implemented is one of the most complicated, time-consuming and expensive tasks that can be undertaken by an IT department. Around every corner lurks the potential for unexpected delays and expenses. We wanted to help you avoid making these expensive mistakes, so we asked technology consultants, ERP vendors and IT executives to offer some advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to ERP systems.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can cost several hundred to millions of dollars to implement, along with hundreds of man hours. These systems are a substantial investment of time, resources and money. When an ERP implementation is successful, it can really help to cut costs and streamline your organization’s workflow. On the other hand, an ERP roll-out that is planned and implemented poorly can be very costly for an organization, both in terms of delays and lost productivity.

To help ensure that your ERP implementation is successful, or minimize possible problems at least, we sent out surveys to dozens of ERP experts (ERP vendors, consultants and IT executives) to ask them to detail the most common mistakes made by organizations that relate to ERP systems, and how they can be solved or avoided. The 5 most common ERP mistakes are detailed below.

1. Not vetting ERP vendors properly. Shawn Casemore, Casemore & Co. president, states that many of his top clients are ‘sold’ by a vendor’s marketing team. Then after the implementation has been completed, they are caught by surprise by lack of capabilities, system functionality and the impact that it has on the organization’s internal best practices. His recommendation is to make sure to ask for references. Get names of three companies at least from your business sector, along with a contact person that you can talk to about the software. Call them and ask about the challenges, functionality and features. If the vendor won’t or can’t provide you with three names at least, find another vendor.

2. Failing to decommission legacy applications. According to John Picciotto from Accenture’s Application Modernization and Optimization, if organizations don’t work on decommissioning applications as part of the implementation process, it will result in an ERP system with the original legacy applications all hanging from it. This results in having extra software that you have support and maintenance costs for, paying for upgrades and hardware, as well as pay for interfaces back to the core ERP, despite the fact that the main point of acquiring an ERP system in the first place was to reduce waste and cost and streamline workflow.

3. Failing to have an active load testing environment. The true results of the changes that you have made can’t see seen from just a few test users. You need to simulate your specific user load to be able to see what the real-world effects of the changes you are making will be to avoid unplanned downtime, which can be very costly.

4. Ignoring third-party support options. According to Jon Winsett, who is CEO of NPI, many companies insist on having premium vendor support, even though maintenance rates have reached all-time highs and the same service levels can be obtained from third-party support providers. All support options should be explored by companies, including hybrid support providers who work with their vendor directly to provide service (like Starbase who provide Microsoft Dynamics AX testing services), in addition to vendors who work independently from the vendor partner program. Using a third-party support alternative can reduce overall support costs by as much as 30-50 percent.

5. Failing to have a maintenance strategy. According to Upgrade Office vice president Marco Valencia, customers who fail to have preventative maintenance performed are not fully taking advantage of their maintenance dollars and ERP investment. When maintenance is not applied, their systems become obsolete very quickly in addition to their business processes. He adds that keeping the kernel up-to-date is very important, with the correct legal changes applied in order to prevent any potential problems from occurring. In addition, installation technology improvements means that customers currently experience only limited amounts of disruptions whenever support packs are implemented.