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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Brigade Electronics 'Keeps it Simple' With Phocas BI

Brigade Electronics is a UK based company specializing in automotive safety products including sensors, alarms and visual aids for industrial and commercial vehicles. Brigade operates predominantly through distributors – both in the UK and abroad.


Tom Brett, Brigade’s Deputy Managing Director, talks about the impact Phocas business intelligence has had on their business. “We had been crying out for something like this”, says Brett, and “it suited our needs perfectly. The low-risk rental model meant we made a quick decision, and decided to implement Phocas.”


Highlights of the key aspects of what the Phocas implementation has done for Brigade to date:
  • Monitoring Sales Activity
  • Key Metrics at a Glance with Dashboards
  • Loyalty Schemes
  • Stock and Purchasing Analysis
  • Using it Live in Front of Customers
  • International Roll-Out
To sum up, Phocas has made management information and sales data much more accessible at Brigade. Brett concludes that “this sort of data is what helps drive you on as a business, and I have no doubt it will help drive our business forward. Perhaps the best part is that you don’t need to play with it much to be an expert. It makes everyone’s life easier. Our business is a little complex, and I’m trying to simplify it, and I think Phocas does that really well.”


To learn more about Phocas BI, visit the Phocas Newsroom




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reinders Enhances Sales Performance With MITS Reporting

Reinders, Inc. is a family-owned distribution company established in 1866 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin and serving the commercial green industry—such as golf courses, municipalities, schools, parks and other outdoor recreational facilities.


As Reinders grew, its needs evolved. Reinders’ business, however, presented a range of complexities. “Our organization includes a matrix of sales reps, product categories and regions,” explains Reinders IT director Robin McGuire. “Also, our Reinders IT resources are extremely limited.” These challenges meant sales reps and managers had to wait for monthly reports to be printed and transported to their locations. For these reasons, Reinders began looking for a reporting and analysis solution better matched to its need for enhanced, self-service decisions support, and automated, easily distributed reporting.


Early in its search, the Reinders team learned of the MITS Distributor Analytics solution. “Our company president saw a MITS demo, and immediately liked its ability to present snapshots of the business— with the added analytic facility for drilling down into the details when problems or opportunities become apparent,” says McGuire. The MITS solution offered other important advantages: instant, automated report distribution via the Web and email, data export to PDF or Excel for further investigation as well as dashboarding and reporting for use at appropriate levels within the organization. The Reinders team decided to begin using MITS Distributor Analytics, and MITS Report (for operational reporting) to make the wealth of data held within the Infor SX.enterprise system accessible on a selfserve basis. Implementation was rapid and rewarding.


Reinders will expand its use of MITS Discover and MITS Report in the near future, adding a number of standardized reports and a second analysis application focused on inventory. “Now, we’ll get answers in the hands of decision-makers much more quickly,” says McGuire. “So decisions can be made more quickly. Our company will be able to take advantage of more opportunities, and address issues before they become larger problems.”


To learn more about the Reinders implementation, visit the MITS Newsroom.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dowi Hosiery Mills Modernize Key Business Processes With NetSuite

Dowi Hosiery Mills, a leading manufacturer of socks and other hosiery products in the Philippines, implemented NetSuite to streamline key business processes. Dowi Hosiery Mills is using NetSuite for financials, order management, invoicing, billing, purchasing, receiving, shipping, RMA management, multi-location inventory, reporting and analytics.


Dowi had operated its business for years on homegrown, custom software and databases, but the system had severe limitations. The company felt these software limitations harmed the company’s ability to strengthen its retail relationships, and made it difficult to accurately match manufacturing output with demand.


With NetSuite cloud ERP, Dowi has improved operational efficiency and productivity as well as gain the scalability needed to grow its business. The company also observed that it is able to deliver much better service to its retail partners.


NetSuite delivers the following features and benefits to Dowi Hosiery Mills’ success:
◾Efficient order management.
◾Multi-location inventory management.
◾Native cloud solution.
◾Rapid implementation.
◾Data-driven decisions.
◾Customization capabilities.
◾Efficient user interface.
◾A scalable platform.
◾Real-time business visibility and business intelligence.


With NetSuite, Dowi Hosiery Mills has gained real-time insights into key business performance indicators for a unified view across the head office and its subsidiaries.




To learn more, visit the NetSuite 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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

D’Addario Canada Increases Sales With Blue Link

Established in 1988, D’Addario Canada is an importer and distributor of musical accessories and instruments, with products sold exclusively to retail outlets across Canada.


The company wanted a comprehensive on-line ordering system, to place and receive orders 24/7. D’Addario also wanted to enhance its services by providing a different way to market, and promote items, track purchases, and check on buyer profiles. In considering the company’s needs, the following elements were deemed necessary:


•Fast, efficient reporting/tracking orders and inventory: the company needed a system which would minimize the time between a price change, discount, or special offers in-house, and the reps (and customers online) receiving that amended information.
•Flexibility: The system had to allow for temporary special pricing to assess sales changes, and volume discounts to increase sales.
•Ease of use: with minimal in-house technical staff, D’Addario needed a system that would be easy to set up and administer.


The Solution D’Addario’s existing software package, Blue Link Elite – an integrated accounting, business management and inventory management solution – was originally installed at D’Addario in 1999. Once D’Addario examined Blue Link’s Web.Venture e-commerce solution they realized it served their needs.


The Web.Venture site could be configured to D’Addario’s specific visual and text ‘look’, including layout, colours, labels, and language, without expert web design knowledge. D’Addario product could easily be displayed on the site, together with video and links.


Web.Venture also met the company’s specified needs on a wide range of fronts:
•reps can order online, and get pricing, and specials almost as instantaneously as changes are made on the central database;
•customers have more options – some continue to order by telephone, or through their rep, but they can access product information online prior to making an order;
•information is accessible 24/7 Results •Increases sales: To date 10% of total sales come through Web.Venture, and it is seen as having potential to create extra sales, outside the ones directly generated by the reps or company staff.
•Better tracking: Orders can be tracked in real-time, and customer information is immediately accessible.
•Improved customer service.
•Order tracking: for efficient ordering.


To learn more, visit the Blue Link Newsroom.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Conveyer & Caster Implements Tour de Force, Improves Communication

Conveyer & Caster, is a distributor of material handling solutions with locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. The company is known for its expertise in providing casters, wheels and conveyer systems solutions, as well as a full-line of general material handling products, to a full range of manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution companies.


Conveyer & Caster realized they were outgrowing their current CRM system, which they had been using since the early 1990s. The system was limited in its ability to set permissions and user based rules and didn’t offer any integration with the Infor TakeStock ERP system. These limitations meant that customer information was being duplicated between the two systems.


Conveyer & Caster main criteria for a new CRM solution was that it offered integration to their Infor TakeStock ERP system, integration to Active Directory, and mobile and desktop functionality that would be easy and convenient for their sales team to use.  After researching multiple CRM solutions, Tour de Force was the only solution that was able to meet all of their requirements.


Tour de Force integrates with Infor TakeStock ERP system through the use of the Business System Integration (BSI) Connector, which allowed them to eliminate the disconnect between the CRM and ERP systems. This integration provides quick and easy access to a wide range of business intelligence, reporting, and analysis, allowing an organization to analyze sales performance and trends that occur at multiple levels across the organization. A salesperson can easily view their customer’s sales history and open and closed orders, giving them the key information they need to approach every customer interaction.




Brian Harrington, IT Manager at Conveyer & Caster, recalled that “The implementation process was solid and we had a great team. They were on the ball and kept us in the loop at all times. The great thing about Tour de Force was that they understood our business model as a distributor, which really contributed to a smooth implementation.”


To learn more about the Conveyer & Caster implementation, visit the Tour de Force 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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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seattle Chocolate Chooses SYSPRO ERP To Support Growth

The Seattle Chocolate Company, an award-winning producer of premium chocolates, has recently chosen SYSPRO ERP Software to support its business growth. Seattle Chocolate Company is a manufacturer of all-natural chocolate bars and truffles. A certified Women’s Business Enterprise, the company also supports neighborhood food banks and nonprofit organizations focused on the fight against hunger.


The business has quadrupled in size since its founding 1991 and an ERP system was needed to support continued growth and profitability. After an extensive search, it was determined that the functionality of SYSPRO would fit the needs of their rapidly growing company. SYSPRO is a global, independent provider of industry-built ERP software designed to simplify business complexity for manufacturers and distributors. Focused on delivering optimized performance and complete business visibility, the SYSPRO solution is highly scalable, and can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or accessed via a mobile device. SYSPRO’s strengths lie in a simplified approach to technology, expertise in a range of industries, and a commitment to future-proofing customer and partner success.

“We choose SYSPRO as our ERP provider because it is scalable, reliable and easy to use,” said Jean Thompson, Owner and CEO, Seattle Chocolate Company. “We are very pleased to have Seattle Chocolates join the long list of specialty food and confections manufacturers that use SYSPRO to help optimize business operations. We look forward to watching them grow and expand their business,” said Joey Benadretti, president, SYSPRO USA.


To learn more, visit the SYSPRO Newsroom.


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Watchfire Signs Integrates Service And Quality With Infor

Watchfire Signs is a U.S. manufacturer of outdoor digital signs. Since 1932, their company, originally known as Time-O-Matic, has manufactured signs in Danville, Illinois.


Watchfire needed to implement a single ERP solution across key business functions and processes: finance, manufacturing, service, and quality control. They wanted a flexible system that could be easily modified to meet specific business needs and changing processes. Being able to automate process flows with checks and balances was essential.


After implementing Infor CloudSuite Industrial, Watchfire Sign, LLC has experienced the following benefits:
■ Integrated service and quality processes.
■ Reduced dependency on spreadsheets and stand-alone databases to track and manage key metrics.
■ Delivered the system smoothly with Single Source, through multiple updates that use a test database and pilot runs for month-end, resulting in an on-time and on-budget implementation.


Says Bob Sechriest, Operations Special Project Manager, Watchfire Signs, LLC , "With Infor CloudSuite™ Industrial, we have successfully integrated service and quality processes and eliminated the dependency on spreadsheets to track and manage KPIs."




To learn more, visit the Infor Newsroom.






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