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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vanns Spices Optimizes Inventory With Syspro USA

Vanns Spices Ltd., a family-owned company based in Baltimore, Maryland, manufactures spices, spice blends, heirloom beans, grains and rice, and flavorings. The majority of the firm’s business is directed at developing and producing private label spice lines for markets, restaurants and web sites. Vanns acquires spices from around the globe and then processes and blends at the firm’s Baltimore manufacturing facility where strict quality controls are enforced.

The Challenge
Vanns was using outdated software and many new clients were requiring lot tracking functionality. Vanns also needed to improve their inventory tracking and integrate their manufacturing and customer service software.

The Solution
Vanns selected SYSPRO as it easily enabled the customization their business required. “In addition to various spices and spice blends, some customers want glass bottles with red caps, some want glass bottles with green caps and there are others that want plastic bottles with green caps. However, using the SYSPRO inventory future free report and trial-kitting functionalities, we can easily determine if we have the inventory on hand sufficient to full the orders and, if not, what we must order,” said Mick Whitlock, President, Vanns Spices.


Whitlock also mentions the other reasons why SYSPRO was Vanns’ choice. While the easy path would have been to upgrade the firm’s incumbent software, the realization was that it would still fail to fulfill all the company’s software requirements. “We wanted to tie our manufacturing software into customer service software, so the SYSPRO Customer Relationship Management software was as attractive as the other SYSPRO features, such as lot tracking. SYSPRO seemed a perfect fit all the way around from Accounting to Manufacturing to Traceability features.”

The Results
The company’s choice of SYSPRO has been validated many times over, says Whitlock. “The software’s reporting functionality, linked into Crystal reports, is phenomenal,” he says. “I can now show our board what products we sell the most of, which products are our most profitable and so on. The reports give us an in-depth picture of our company at any point in time.”

Additional benefits include:
  • Accurate lot tracking and costing
  • Custom-shop type manufacturing
  • Stringent inventory controls
  • Greater competitive edge
  • Enhanced procurement capability





Read more about SYSPRO and the Vanns implementation at the SYSPRO Newsroom.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Emirates Metallic Industries Selects Epicor To Improve Manufacturing

Emirates Metallic Industries Company Limited (EMIC), a manufacturer of metal packaging solutions in the UAE, has selected its global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP. Epicor ERP will allow EMIC to increase visibility, transparency and information exchange across the organization, automate manufacturing processes, improve inventory control and minimize human error in reporting.


The functionality offered in Epicor ERP will also enable the organization to meet the requirements of the international quality management standard, ISO 9001:2015, and the soon to be introduced VAT regulations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. With Epicor ERP serving as the backbone of the business, EMIC now also has the confidence to update its ISO certification from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.


“As more and more small-to-medium size manufacturing organizations in the UAE look to grow their businesses and expand into new regions, they are choosing to replace their legacy systems with modern ERP solutions. EMIC is the perfect example of this,” said Monzer Tohme, regional vice president, Middle East and Africa, Epicor Software. “With over 27 years of experience providing solutions to metal packaging companies across the world, I am confident that Epicor ERP will enable EMIC to reap operational benefits, respond to continual pressures to keep up with strict quality standards, and ensure they meet the demands of their customers on time, every time.”


For more information, visit the Epicor Newsroom.



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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Impact Products Boosts Warehouse Potential With Interlink

Impact Products, LLC, based in Toledo, Ohio, is an international marketer of branded and private-label non-chemical commercial cleaning, maintenance and safety products. Impact's products includes a full line of microfiber, cleaning/dusting/mopping equipment, receptacles, washroom, dispensing, material handling, gloves, and safety products. Impact utilizes multiple channels of distribution to reach the end user in the sanitary maintenance, food service, safety and industrial markets.


Impact's distribution facility operated in a paper driven environment. Warehouse transactions were not real-time, labor intensive, prone to error and inhibited multi-shift operations. Impact decided improving and automating the warehouse processes with a Warehouse Management System (WMS) would allow for continued growth in the existing facility. Interlink's software, Warehouse-LINK®, offered Impact a warehouse operations solution through the use of desktop applications and Radio Frequency (RF) devices. 


Interlink also developed an order planning function, which enables the user to quickly organize order information in a user customized format. This process affords the user the ability to plan over a future time horizon, direct pick location replenishment and release order processing by individual pick modules - all at the click of a mouse.


The most immediate improvement Impact experienced was the real time processing of transactions within Warehouse-LINK®. The visibility to the entire operation by the management staff has significantly reduced decision making time. The management team is now in more control of the order process and shipping. The shipping team can now see all order details and status of each item throughout the picking process. The ability to seamlessly transition to a multiple shift operation is another significant key feature. Warehouse-LINK® software has eliminated non-value added activities from the legacy system. This resulted in a 17% reduction in warehouse labor. Recent order processing volumes have increased 13% over the same period in the previous year. Said Brian Paul, Vice President of Operations at Impact Products, "Our partnership with Interlink has enabled growth and efficiency that we would not have otherwise been able to accomplish."


To learn more about the Impact Products implementation, visit the Interlink NewsRoom.




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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Four Star Salon Services Grows With VAI

In 1989, Jeffrey Cohen founded Four Star Salon Services to help service the beauty industry by distributing professional salon products. Since its inception, Four Star Salon Services has grown to 38 locations across the country.


In its search for a new ERP solution, Four Star Salon Services’ main goal was to find a solution that brought all locations under one system that had a solid support structure in place. The company also sought to invest in a solution that would allow it to continue its growth path.


As soon as Four Star Salon Services learned of VAI’s unlimited user licensing and support offerings throughout the implementation process and beyond, selecting VAI’s S2K ERP software suite became the obvious choice. “Nobody was able to meet the needs that we had from an accounting, manufacturing and distribution standpoint. VAI’s on-site support was beyond anything we could have imagined,” said Herb Chow, IT Director, Four Star Salon Services.


VAI’s ERP solutions have dramatically improved Four Star Salon Services’ operations and reporting. The company was able to leverage VAI’s unlimited user licensing to add an additional four locations and will continue to utilize it for additional growth.


Four Star Salon Services’ work with VAI’s unlimited user licensing and S2K suite has allowed it to streamline all accounting, manufacturing and distribution processes on one central system. Through the use of VAI’s S2K ERP software suite, Four Star Salon Services’ team is now able to better service its customers and locations to help expand its business.






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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wholesale Electric Gains Valuable Insights With Savance

Wholesale Electric Supply is a Michigan-based supplier of residential and commercial lighting solutions. Their 1800 sq.ft. Bay City showroom displays indoor/outdoor light fixtures from a number of manufacturers. In addition, Wholesale Electric is a full line electrical distributor of commercial lighting and parts.


Says Richard Dodick, CEO of Wholesale Electric Supply of the company's decision to use Savance for their enterprise system, "The system has paid for itself in our efficiency increase alone. We have uncovered pricing issues, exposed purchasing problems (due to minimum penalties and over buying), and finally knew exactly what was in our warehouse. We have gone from paper forms to wireless handhelds that allow us to know almost anything. The Savance staff always went above and beyond to make sure this project was successful. They were attentive to our needs, adapted the solution to our process, and went at our pace. Savance's thorough training and patience was the key to this transition. Everyone here at Wholesale Electric would personally and professionally recommend Savance for any future relationship."


To read more, visit the Savance Enterprise Newsroom.




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lubker Distribution Gains System Efficiencies With Computer Insights

When Lubker Distribution, a fastener company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania went looking for a software system that would help them with multi-lot inventory control, reporting and traceability, wand seamless integration through all business financial systems, Lubker Distribution chose The Business Edge by Computer Insights.


With The Business Edge, Lubker Distribution selected a software package exclusively designed for fastener and industrial suppliers.  Through exclusive partnerships with Brighton-Best International, Kanebridge Corporation and FCH Sourcing Network, Computer Insights is able to give The Business Edge users unparalleled access to these companies’ inventory systems.


“The Business Edge has improved all aspects of business relations,” reports Rick Lubker, President of Lubker Distribution. “Whether the requirement is for Excel formatted custom reporting, ‘WIN’ (when it’s needed) integration (including product requirement scanning and direct sales order download), or ‘to the minute’ financial reporting, The Business Edge  has the solution.”


Rounding out the total supply offering, Lubker Distribution provides its customers with customization, packaging, and kitting. “The Business Edge  software provides an extremely easy to use and flexible solution to the often difficult outside processing task,” Rick reported. “Whether you are cutting several studs from a single threaded rod, reworking a standard into a special, or assembling/kitting multiple items into a single SKU, The Business Edge has the capability to process the requirement, including complete financial ‘work’ cost tracking."




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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Zeltiq Coolsculpting Streamlines Operations With Vision33

Zeltiq Coolsculpting is a medical device manufacturer based in Pleasanton, CA with 750 employees worldwide.  

Zeltiq was experiencing the following business challenges due to growth and expansion:
• Existing accounting system could no longer support their global growth
• Duplicated work and manual processes that disrupted each other
• Lack of insight and visibility into their global operations  


Zeltiq SAP Business One through Vision33 as their solution for the following reasons:
• Affordable and easy-to-deploy solution
• Scalable ERP foundation that supports their entire business operations
• Flexible system that allows them to adapt to an ever-changing market  


Since the implementation, Zeltiq has experienced the following benefits:
• Single, transparent view of operations and inventory across multiple locations
• Streamlined business operations and sustainable growth
• Ability to support increasing number of sales orders worldwide


"SAP Business One brought a lot of sophistication to our business. Because the way it’s built, we get the immediate benefits of the system without having to rely on a team of programmers and developers." Carrie Branam Rutherford, Director of Information Technology


To learn more about Vision33, and read additional case studies, visit the Vision33 Newsroom.


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