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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Del Monte Acquires a Taste for Kenandy Cloud ERP

Del Monte Foods is one of the country’s largest consumer food and pet products companies—including iconic brands such as Del Monte®, Contadina®, Milk-Bone®, and Kibbles ‘n Bits®.

While having a powerful and growing brand portfolio has enabled the company to significantly expand its market share, the company’s own on-premises corporate ERP was not only costly, it was increasingly difficult to deploy to new lines of business, and was nearing the end of its support life. The company’s recent acquisition of Natural Balance Pet Foods presented the perfect opportunity to begin the rollout of Del Monte’s new Kenandy cloud ERP system. “We decided to put Natural Balance on our chosen ERP system—Kenandy—from day one, so they would be up and running quickly, using Del Monte’s enterprise standards,” explains David McLain, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Procurement Officer at Del Monte Foods.

Inheriting the benefits of the Salesforce Platform on which it was built, Kenandy ERP not only provides flexibility and extensibility, it’s also extremely fast to deploy. Deployment is so fast, in fact, that Kenandy CEO and Chairman Sandra Kurtzig made a commitment to Del Monte to go live with Kenandy at Natural Balance just 90 minutes after the acquisition was complete. The system was up and running even faster than that.

Del Monte is realizing a number of benefits from its deployment of Kenandy at Natural Balance, including better visibility through a “single source of truth” and the elimination of many manual processes. Kenandy also enhances productivity in production, quality management, shipping, and receiving, while seamlessly integrating Del Monte’s best practices—an all around win-win.

To learn more, visit Kenandy's Newsroom.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Century Metal Recycling Reduces Costs, Gains Operational Efficiency With Infor

Century Metal Recycling (CMR) is the largest producer of aluminum-based die cast alloys and zinc alloys in India. The company has a 20 percent market share with facilities in Palwal, Haridwar, Gurgaon, Bhiwadi and Manesar. The state-of-the-art technology plant at Tatarpur, near New Delhi, was imported from Europe and is the first and only aluminum recycling plant in India to deploy many high-end technical features, such as a shredder, an eddy current separator, a de-coater, metal circulation pumps, and high capacity melting furnaces.

CMR selected Infor® LN, Infor Ming.le™ and Infor BI to enhance their operational efficiency and reduce costs. Why Infor? Infor delivers:

■ An integrated system that replaces all previously distributed systems.
■ Real-time visibility into data, so management can make better, more timely decisions.
■ Achieve greater operational efficiency.
■ Reduce costs with process integration.
■ Attain a more competitive position in a tough market with better managed inventory levels.

To read more about the CMR Infor implementation, and to learn about the products and services Infor offers, visit the Infor Industrial Manufacturing Newsroom.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Emma & Tom’s Gains Scalability To Support Growth With NetSuite

Emma & Tom’s, an Australian producer of healthy drinks and snacks, has replaced its previous MYOB system and implemented the JCurve edition of NetSuite to manage its mission critical business operations across its entire distribution supply chain, financials, financial reporting, customer relationship management (CRM), sales and marketing, order management and warehouse and inventory management. The JCurve edition of NetSuite allows businesses to run their entire business on an all-in-one cloud ERP, bringing together inventory management, financials, CRM, sales and more. Since going live on NetSuite, Emma and Tom’s has achieved 30 percent revenue growth year-over-year and has been able to gain the scalability needed to manage its fast growing business, which today has 40 distribution vans delivering to more than 3,000 cafĂ© and retail customers around Australia.

Emma & Tom’s chose NetSuite based on its breadth of functionality and scalability—both of which exceeded those of other platforms while remaining extremely affordable. Emma Welsh, CEO of Emma & Tom’s, said, “The platform not only gives us extremely high flexibility in how we optimize, integrate, and expand our operations nationally, but does so with a finesse that ensures the quality of our personal customer service. We have gone from small start-up to now having 60 people—and we’re excited to fuel further growth through NetSuite.”

NetSuite delivers the features and benefits to Emma and Tom’s:
◾Track sales and inventory in real-time, minimizing delays and ensuring customers receive the freshest products available.
◾Expand product range without increasing operational complexity. NetSuite tracks multiple inventory locations and stock lines through a single, integrated viewpoint for Emma & Tom’s  staff.
◾Multiple warehouse management.
◾Real-time financial reporting speeds up the financial close.
◾Built-in business intelligence that provides real-time insights into key business performance indicators for a unified view of the organization.
◾A flexible and agile platform that can easily capturing data from new resources like vans and warehouses as and when these are added to the distribution network.

To read more, and learn about the JCurve edition of NetSuite, visit the NetSuite Newsroom.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

M&B Products Increases Profits, Customer Satisfaction With Interlink's WMS

M&B Products, Inc. is a supplier of juice and milk related products to the food service industry including schools, nursing homes, hospitals and prisons. Located in Temple Terrace, Florida the business was founded in 1987 and has grown into a distribution network throughout 33 states.

M&B's warehouse operations used a paper driven system that could not offer real-time information and therefore forecasting decisions were based on best guesses and hoping that product would be available. The lack of real-time knowledge did not allow efficient use of space and required M&B to use additional outside storage with limited knowledge of what was actually in outside storage. Physical inventory was performed every month. It was a very time consuming process that did not yield real-time or accurate numbers.

As the business grew, the paper system was unable to provide a guarantee that they were shipping the oldest product first. M&B's requirements for a WMS included interfacing smoothly with the existing accounting solution on the IBM iSeries platform, as well as address the top three business priorities: 1.Customers were getting properly dated product
2.They were shipping the oldest product first
3.They were using real, live, actual inventory information of what was on hand to manage inventory levels

Since implementing Interlink Technologies' Warehouse-LINK® WMS system, M&B has accurate, live inventory that is traceable and designed to provide the best possible customer experience. Another important benefit achieved by implementing Warehouse-LINK® WMS is efficient space utilization and the ability to conduct inventory cycle counts. M&B uses the cycle count feature to confirm physical inventory, which makes the process a lot faster. Through the Warehouse-LINK® system staff are able to confirm inventory count with a might higher degree of accuracy than before.

To learn more about Warehouse-LINK® WMS and the services Interlink Technologies can provide to you business, visit the Interlink website.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MA Ford Gets Cutting-Edge Quality & Services With Phocas

MA Ford, headquartered in Davenport, Iowa manufactures high quality precision cutting tools and employs over 300 globally.

MA Ford needed a reporting tool that gave them insight into their sales figures as well as a better understanding of their customer base of over 900 distributors across the globe, selling their products to a variety of industries.

Prior to implementing Phocas, MA Ford generated reports from their Global Shop ERP system. As well as consuming IT resources, it could take up to 40 days from a Sales Manager requesting a report to when they received it. By the time the report was delivered, it was already out of date.

Impressed with the speed of Phocas and the ease of generating reports, MA Ford decided to implement Phocas business intelligence software to run their sales reporting. Rather than static reports that would come from a standard system, Phocas allows their data comes to life and gives them a clear picture of what’s happening in the business. MA Ford believes that over time and as they understand the product better, Phocas will deliver even greater benefits to their business.

At present Phocas is used primarily for sales data and analysis. In the future, MA Ford plans to extend the product to other areas of the business including inventory as well financial data.

To learn more about the role Phocas can have in your business, visit the Phocas Newsrom.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lasko Manages Mother Nature’s Unpredictability With QAD’s Enterprise Edition

Lasko Products, Inc., a family-owned business based in West Chester, PA has been manufacturing and distributing electric fans and ceramic heaters for over 100 years. Due to the unpredictability of the seasons, Lasko depends on their high-quality inventory management system to keep their customers cool — and warm, during the right time of the year.

One of the biggest challenges Lasko faces is the unreliability of the seasons and how that can affect inventory. This means it’s imperative they have an inventory management system in place. Lasko sells to all the major, big-box retailers and these retailers are very price-sensitive. Lasko has to differentiate themselves from their competitors with changes in style and functionality, all while keeping the price low and never sacrificing on quality. Another reason for careful planning, scheduling and a strong inventory management system.

Lasko has been a QAD customer for almost 20 years and took advantage of the long-standing relationship to upgrade to QAD’s Enterprise Edition (EE). The EE upgrade provided enhanced inventory management, financial and reporting capabilities — all of which improved Lasko’s planning and scheduling capabilities.

With the help of QAD's consultants, Lasko was able to upgrade to EE with no down time and immediately experienced great benefits including:
• The elimination of at least 50 percent of the previous customizations
• Robust general ledger reporting capabilities
• Multiple databases consolidated into one master database
• Twenty years of data have been cleansed and realigned
• Finance has better capabilities and report generation has improved in ease of creation, content, accuracy and timing.

To read more, and learn about QAD's Enterprise Edition (EE), as well as other products and services, visit the QAD Newsroom.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Millcraft Finds Success With Hitachi Solutions Ecommerce

The Millcraft Paper Company is an independently-owned business serving the professional paper, packaging and graphic art industries. Millcraft currently has sales and distribution centers in 14 cities, covering seven states and Canada and processes more than 8,000 stocked items in more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space, resulting in $15 million in inventory annually.

Millcraft’s previous ecommerce software simply could not keep up with the changing needs of the growing business, and the interests of the customer base. As a result, Millcraft sought an ecommerce platform powerful enough to process thousands of items, while providing scalability for changing business processes and flexibility to meet continuously evolving customer needs.

With Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamics, Millcraft was able to create a polished, user-friendly ecommerce platform for its customers. By incorporating customer feedback into the design of MyMillcraft, the web store front became a top choice for placing paper orders online.

With Hitachi Solutions, Millcraft is able to achieve:

•Quick Order Entry
•Custom Search Functionality
•Integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX

In addition to providing a rich customer portal and web ordering platform, Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamic’s integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX ensures that everything is running smoothly on the back end as well. Inventory information is updated real time via an automated flow of information between Microsoft Dynamics AX and Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamics. This ensures that accurate pricing and availability is displayed on MyMillcraft, and orders are fulfilled more quickly.

To read more, and learn about the services provided by Hitachi Solutions, visit their Customer Profiles page.

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