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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Intermex Foods Improves Business Operations With Vision33

Intermex Foods is a wholesaler in San Diego, California - a subsidiary of PAGASA, a leading provider of pastas and cookies in Mexicali, Baja California. PAGASA has been in business for over 50 years and their products can be found in Mexico, the United States, and Canada.


The company has grown by double digits and was ready to take their business to the next level. Using manual business management tools including a combination of Quickbooks, Excel spreadsheets and binders made it harder to manage data and stay on top of daily operations as orders increased.


As Intermex Foods continued to grow, tracking profitability became a bigger challenge. Without a system in place to track key performance indicators and customer buying patterns, the staff did not have access to the business intelligence needed to expand with confidence. It became abundantly clear that Intermex Foods had outgrown their systems.


Intermex Foods decided on Vision33 to implement SAP Business One Cloud. “SAP Business One was the only solution that covered all of our requirements,” says Rafael Benavides, Project Manager at Intermex Foods. After implementing a single, enterprise resource planning (ERP) cloud-based solution, Intermex Foods put away the binders and began to realize the value of having all their business information in one, centralized location. Reports that used to take them months to compile are now available to them in a matter of minutes with data they can trust.


This comprehensive solution helped dramatically streamline operations to a point where the company experienced 34% in savings immediately upon implementation. By choosing to implement SAP Business One Cloud, the staff can access company data anytime, anywhere.



To learn more, visit the Vision33 NewsRoom.



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dutch Hollow Supplies Streamlines Workflow With DDI

Since 1984, Dutch Hollow Supplies has been a one-stop shop for janitorial, packaging, office, and safety supplies in the greater St. Louis, MO area.

Dutch Hollow Supplies took the leap into enterprise resource planning (ERP) incorporating DDI System’s Inform ERP Software into their daily operations when they realized they had outgrown their QuickBooks Enterprise software and the business needed something more to carry them into the future.

Thinking back to when they converted, Eric Cadell, Vice President of Operations at Dutch Hollow Supplies, remembers how accounts receivables and net pay averages decreased by 5 days - almost overnight. The auto watch and credit hold functionality was automated, saving time and highlighting outstanding bills to all team members. This transparency allowed sales and customer service reps to assist and make a notable impact with their customer accounts.

“DDI System is right on target,” says Eric. “Other companies say they have the answers to mobile and tablet trends, ecommerce and remote connectivity but from speaking with other distributors, I can honestly say DDI’s functionality is deeper and better developed. DDI has smart deployment methods that ensure new features are working “out of the box” and keeping up with the needs of wholesale distributors.”

Not only is technology ever changing, but the impact those changes have on customer buying methods and habits is significant. One of the ways Dutch Hollow has been able to keep up with customer expectations is through a fully integrated e-commerce website. “DDI’s Inform eCommerce has been a tremendous advantage for us. The integration within Inform is seamless. It pulls real-time inventory levels, unique customer pricing, customer account data and history. This live connection is a huge benefit! If we make a change in Inform, it’s instantly reflected on our website.”

Dutch Hollow still looks forward to screen updates, new upgrades and whatever technology is coming down the pike. DDI System has been and will remain their long-term technology partner.



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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dunlop Tyres Reaches New Heights With Infor

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres manufactures world-class aircraft tires — and it has done so for more than 100 years. Today, the company holds the unique status of being the world’s only specialist manufacturer and retreader of aircraft tires.


In a recent interview with Stuart Hawker — Dunlop’s Head of Marketing and Business Intelligence — made it clear that the company is equally committed to providing quality customer service of the highest standard as well. Stuart shared how Dunlop is avoiding common pitfalls through its investment in Infor CRM.


He started by outlining some of the challenges the company faces:
  • a globally dispersed sales team.
  • the company is growing, and
  • because of the global nature of its business, the company had dispersed data sources that made it difficult to create a single, accurate picture of the customer.


The company looked to Infor to help them deploy a CRM platform that would provide better control of their data and create a single version of the truth that would enforce a more consistent approach in sales and account management.


Stuart singled out the Infor CRM Xbar in particular for the way it allows sales personnel to perform key CRM tasks without leaving Outlook. Easier access simplifies the entry of clean, consistent customer data that is the foundation for richer and more relevant customer engagement. Other features such as intuitive, user-friendly screens and streamlined workflow also help improve utilization by sales teams that would otherwise continue to rely on paper-based or Excel-driven practices for recording and tracking customer interactions.


Dunlop’s experience with Infor CRM is compelling evidence that it’s possible for a global enterprise to create the consistent and extendable sales processes and develop a single, accurate, and up-to-date picture of customers and their evolving needs – despite the challenges of a globally dispersed workforce and client base.


To read more of the interview, watch webinars, and learn more, visit the Infor Customer Experience Suite blog.



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Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday Morning Expands Capacity With Interlink Technologies WMS

Tuesday Morning, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a close-out retailer with more than 850 stores across the United States. Tuesday Morning is a nationally recognized company that began in 1974, specializing in deeply discounted, upscale home furnishings, housewares, gifts and related items. Tuesday Morning's distribution center encompasses over one million square feet, 45 shipping docks, 300 storage trailers and 400 carrier haulers. Operations are spread over 4 warehouse locations with over 100,000 new SKUs each year.


Tuesday Morning used a paper-driven WMS developed internally which used spreadsheets to manage all warehouse activities. Tuesday Morning was experiencing data entry delays, lost paperwork and misplaced product which caused processing delays.


Tuesday Morning selected Interlink Technologies as their WMS provider based on Interlink's flexibility, integration and customization capabilities as well as excellent references and price fit. Interlink's WMS solution interfaced with the automated material handling systems.


Tuesday Morning recorded the following results one year after the successful implementation:

•Doubled product flow through the warehouse
•Achieved 50% labor reduction
•Reduced cycle count time by 93%
•Realized a 6 month return on investment •Increased productivity 400%
•Reduced physical inventory from 40 hours to 4 hours


WHSe-LINK® provides Tuesday Morning real-time tools to manage their inventory and perform critical-path functions: manage then receive inbound loads and product, schedule and run production processing with real-time price tickets and packaging for store distribution, and direct group-route product aggregation and consolidation for efficient outbound shipments. Additional implementations at Tuesday Morning have included integrations with a new ERP/accounting system, pack-to-Light system, pick-to-Light system, allocation system, and e-Commerce.




To learn more, visit the Interlink WMS website.


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Polyclinic Reduces Costs, Maintains Optimal Inventory Levels With Tribridge

The Polyclinic had a manual materials management process, and managing and minimizing supply chain costs was paramount. Access to the right supplies when and where they were needed was challenging, but essential to providing safe, high-quality healthcare. “We trusted the staff to order supplies based on perception versus actuality, and it was never precise,” explains Jeff Wall, Materials Manager at The Polyclinic. “Add to that seasonal illnesses such as cold or flu, and we would run out of supplies. It led to hoarding in some of the clinics, which meant we were overstocked for some materials.”


Leadership at The Polyclinic knew they had to make a change and improve medical supply replenishment. Additionally, The Polyclinic wanted to:
• Reduce involvement of clinical staff in logistical activities such as reordering, unpacking, and storing supplies to increase available time with patients
• Reduce stock-outs, the fear of which led clinical staff to hoard supplies, forage for supplies from other procedure rooms, and reorder in excessive quantities
• Reduce inventory levels to decrease costs, decrease likelihood of expired supplies, and reduce storage space requirements
• Rationalize the number of SKUs maintained by each practice to avoid tracking very infrequently used or obsolete supplies


Tribridge assisted The Polyclinic in deploying an innovative, lean manufacturing process commonly used outside the healthcare industry for its materials management.


Results: The Polyclinic streamlined its supply chain and reduced inventory turns, carrying cost, and waste from expired materials. By achieving a 99% fill-rate at the onset, end user confidence in the new replenishment approach was high from the start. “We have experienced savings on the clinical side of our business, and the new materials management system has improved morale in general,” says Wall.


Through the use of Tribridge’s Materials Management solution, “The Polyclinic was able to roll out a flexible medical supply chain that keeps inventory low while providing the right product at the right time in the right amount,” says Wall. “It’s a risk to operate in such a lean manner, but even if we run out of something, we now have meaningful data to review, determine why, and fix the problem.”


To learn more, visit the Tribridge Newsroom.




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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bennett Auto and Phocas Set New Business Metrics

Bennett Auto Supply is a 34-store retail and distribution business serving individual customers and service centers around Florida with 60,000+ automotive parts and supplies. Sharp data insights and up-to-date reports are helping it set new metrics and standards, says Justin Bennett, general counsel.


Q: What convinced you to go with Phocas?

Justin: We have a lot of reporting in our industry and it’s frustrating when you can’t take a report like payroll and cross it over to sales and see how it’s relating until accountants have handled it. Having something that’s up-to-date will be awesome. Phocas is going to greatly fill that void.

Q: Phocas lets you cross query your payroll and sales data. How is that useful?

Justin: For example, if a store has $100,000 in sales and 1000 man hours, they’re averaging $100 a man hour. Whereas another store might do $100,000 in sales but only have 400 man hours. Things start to jump off the page.

Q: How does Phocas help monitor recruitment costs?

Justin: We’re integrating our telephone usage database with our MAM software so we can relate directly back to store performance. We’re going to be able to ascertain the phone numbers calling in, find out how many times a customer calls and how that translates into sales and orders. Combining that with payroll, you’ll see a store’s sales are $120,000 a year, the phone calls they average, the number of people working there and work out how much they need to make to employ more or less people.

Q: How will Phocas help you improve operations costs?

Justin: We also want to bring in our fuel usage database to work out our fuel spend per delivery compared to revenue per customer.



To learn more about business intelligence for the automotive industry visit the Phocas Newsroom.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Food Logistics Magazine Recognizes SYSPRO for Innovative Technology Solutions

SYSPRO, a global provider of industry-built ERP software, has been placed on the Food Logistics Magazine FL100+ List, the publication’s annual listing of the “leading 100-plus software and technology providers to the food and beverage industry.”


SYSPRO has more than 15,000 licensed companies in over 60 countries across six continents and offers comprehensive, flexible and industry-specific functionalities that enable food companies to gain complete control over the planning and management of all facets of the organization. SYSPRO’s capabilities in end-to-end traceability, trade promotion management, specification management, quality assurance and control as well as change management, provides food and beverage manufacturers with the technology needed to detect and address exceptions at any stage in their operations.


In addition, SYSPRO ERP Software helps food and beverage companies to:
•Satisfy FDA compliance and regulatory responsibilities, including inspections and recalls
•Access real-time information, and gain full visibility throughout the entire supply chain
•Effectively track inventory levels and movements across physical or virtual locations
•Improve customer satisfaction by enhancing order accuracy and shortening lead time
•Increase profits with flexible unit-of-measure costing and monitoring of production
•Optimize inventory management and control raw materials for accurate scheduling and planning of production
•Maximize financial performance and control costs


Companies on this year’s 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list are profiled in the November/December 2017 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com. To learn more, visit the SYSPRO Newsroom.


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Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

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