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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Frozen food distributor Ardo Increases Customer Satisfaction With Iptor

Ardo, a family-owned producer, packager and distributor of frozen vegetables, fruit, pasta and rice based in Ardooie, Belgium, merged with Dujardin Foods Group in 2014. With 20 production, packing and distribution units in eight European countries, Ardo employs more than 3,800 people. The company handles 805,000 tons of food worldwide, with an estimated consolidated turnover of €815 million.

As a result of the expansion, Ardo needed an integrated solution for their cold store refrigeration system. Logistical flows were not fully automated and material flows between product, semi-finished inventory and packaging stages were often long and complex, involving error- prone manual labor. In addition, a solution would need to hold up under high volume traffic. Tight schedules would need to be maintained throughout, especially during peak seasons, when service levels were at their most tenuous.

Iptor was selected based on its proven track record, acceptable functional fit and reasonable price. Iptor’s solution would be integrated with Ardo’s ERP system, aka “IDAS,” as well as the Savoye warehouse control system, Datapolis SCADA system, Transwide transportation planning and communication software, and Easyform document management system to ensure a cohesive, efficient operation.

As the project unfolded, specialized functional requirements were exposed, including specific schedulers for box picking and label requirements, among others. The Iptor team customized solutions to accommodate these special cases and support seamless, end-to-end performance.

Peter Schotte, Ardo’s lead IT analyst on the project, said “Iptor’s solution increased our efficiency, decreased our errors and reduced our rate of damaged goods significantly. They made the entire implementation process easy on us, leading to a marked improvement in overall operational costs and improved customer service levels.”

To read more about Iptor and the Ardo case study, visit Iptor's Customer News page on their website.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

E. Sam Jones Distributor Improves Supply Chain With Infor

With more than 60 years of experience creating customized lighting solutions, E. Sam Jones is a family-owned and operated business in Atlanta, GA with branches in Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, and Florida.

Since the business began in 1948, E. Sam Jones has developed partnerships with major lighting manufacturers across the United States, including General Electric and Phillips, but also sells to residential customers.

E. Sam Jones sought to optimize its supply chain and improve process efficiencies to deliver a more integrated platform to its customers via an upgrade.

Business goals for the Infor implementation included:
■ Reduce software customizations with Infor Distribution SX.e’s built-in upgrades.
■ Optimize inventory management of 30,000 items.
■ Streamline the supply chain to maintain delivery time expectations

By utilizing Infor Distribution SX.e, E. Sam Jones is now able to manage orders from invoice through production and delivery. With the ability to control pricing of its 30,000 inventory items for recurring and first-time customers, the company can process orders at the closest distribution center to its customers. This ensures that specific orders can be efficiently ordered, processed, and shipped to anywhere in the US within the same day from E. Sam Jones’s seven distribution centers.

E. Sam Jones Distributor eliminated all of it software customizations, improved supply chain management, and improved asset visibility to deliver superior online service to customers and increase venue with Infor Distribution SX.e and Infor Distribution Storefront.

To learn more about Infor and the E. Sam Jones Distributor case study, visit the Infor Distribution Newsroom.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rowmark Poised for Growth with VAI

In 1987, Fred Kremer, the CEO of a drainage pipe manufacturer located in Findlay, Ohio, saw a growing need for extruded sheet materials in the engraving market. Today, that business, now known as Rowmark, is located in a 75,000 square feet facility which houses multiple extrusion lines, press, lamination and hot stamp capabilities, 4 storage silos and a warehouse dedicated to raw materials, a finished goods warehouse, and administrative offices.

In the case of Rowmark, business opportunities began to present themselves across the globe. The success and growth of the company found them outgrowing their ERP software and in need of a solution that would not hinder growth and success. The search for a new supply chain management solution and partner was predicated on scalability, features and functions and value or return on investment (ROI).

After months of research, Rowmark partnered with VAI to deploy its ERP Solution with S2K Smart Center, a browser-based, easy to use application with anytime and anywhere access, and S2K Analytics.

VAI’s unlimited user licensing has been a cost-effective solution for Rowmark during their recent acquisition of Johnson Plastics. “Adopting a new ERP platform is a substantial commitment,” said Gary Justen, director of information technology at Rowmark. “VAI’s unlimited user licensing, though, is a unique feature that we knew would directly impact our ability to scale effectively as our company continues to expand.” Rowmark has been able to confidently manage product and inventory across the globe with faith in the stability and ease of the platform; they plan to bring along VAI’s ERP solutions as they grow their business now and in the future.

To learn more about VAI and the Rowmark case study, visit the VAI Newsroom.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mid-West Metal Products Experiences Savings With Epicor ERP

For nearly 100 years, Mid-West Metal Products has produced wire-formed, sheet metal fabricated, and tubular metal products for customers ranging from global corporations to small emerging enterprises. With four locations in Muncie, Indiana, including three manufacturing facilities, as well as production operations in Dalian, China, the company specializes in the custom design and manufacturing of enclosures, bag stands, pet crates, shelving, and displays from concept to finished product.

Over the past five years, the company has grown steadily, with sales increasingly rising among general and big box retailers as well as distributors worldwide and employee count has risen to 150. Due to this growth Mid-West Metal was experiencing business challenges due to the difficulty of retrieving historical sales information as well as automating shipping, processing, packing, and picking activities across five locations

By selecting to implement Epicor® ERP, the company realized the following benefits:

• Identified production inefficiencies, which enabled Mid-West to reduce labor costs by 20 percent and increase sales by 30 percent during the first year of use

• Provided a clearer picture of both profitable and non-profitable product lines

• Streamlined order processing and eliminated the need for sales representatives to fax all requests

• Created a web store to integrate with the existing portal for their distributors and customers.

To learn more about the business benefits Epicor can provide, and read additional case studies and customer testimonials, visit the Epicor Customer Stories page.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Zeller Corporation Uses Phocas For Smarter Decision Making

Zeller Corporation provides engineering solutions to global customers. Zeller’s legacy system was sufficient, but had flaws: a report generation process that, although complex, processed all data in the same way and delivered two dimensional and time-delayed outputs.

Zeller’s IT Manager Janet Martinez says, “Phocas changed the game. Once we saw its capabilities and competitive pricing structure, we knew that Phocas offered the functionality, flexibility and business insight we were looking for. Critically, the depth of business intelligence was matched by simplicity of use.” 

Training needs were minimal. Zeller employees were able to operate the system from the moment it went live. “Our CEO has been using it since day one,” says Martinez. “It allows him to slice and dice the numbers in ways that are meaningful to our business, and gives a multi-faceted overview of what’s happening internally, and how we are meeting our customers’ needs.” 

Before Phocas, Martinez was the only member of the Zeller team able to query the business data, forcing her to produce 13 reports every month. This represented a major time investment and delivered static, snapshot, data with no analytical capabilities. Today, 20 members of the Zeller team, including branch managers, sales staff and senior management, access the company’s data in real time, with the ability to drill down and transform it into information that helps to drive productivity and profitability. 

Ongoing support from the Phocas team is uncovering new potential for Zeller. “Phocas is already proving itself a priceless business asset, but the more we use it, the more ways we find to use it,” adds Martinez. “With sales and forecasting now in place, we are looking to add open orders and inventory data so we can bring the same level of visibility to these areas. We are also looking to open it up to more users, bringing the power of real time information to our sales teams on the road. Whatever we need, the Phocas team makes it happen. The sky’s the limit.”

To read more and learn about how Phocas can help your business, visit the Case Studies section of the Phocas website.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Epec Engineered Technologies Streamlines Manufacturing With NetSuite

Epec Engineered Technologies is a New Bedford, Massachusetts based designer and manufacturer of custom products for the electronics industry. With over 100 employees Epec was struggling with their on-premise solution and was experiencing difficulty integrating several manufacturing locations in Asia and getting real-time data on order status and production location.

Epec chose NetSuite Manufacturing Edition as the system that could be best customized to meet its unique workflows and business processes for its production of custom-built electronics products while still supplying end-to-end design and manufacturing capabilities including bills of materials inquiries and MRP for greater control over production.

NetSuite scaled with Epec as the company expanded its base of 5,000 customers around the world, including GE, Honeywell, Philips, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman; and allowed it to easily onboard 10 acquired companies while supporting anywhere, anytime work for new personnel.

In addition, Epec has extended NetSuite usage to four contract manufacturers in China, with third-party personnel updating work-in-progress information daily for visibility by headquarters. Two dozen other Asian manufacturers receive work orders through the system and communicate status back via email.

To read more NetSuite case studies and learn more about NetSuite Manufacturing Edition, visit the NetSuite NewsRoom.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Plasan Leaps Ahead With QAD Cloud ERP

When Plasan Carbon Composites, a manufacturer of carbon fiber automotive components, was about to start a new company with two major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers (General Motors and Chrysler), they realized they were in need of an ERP system that would not only meet their current needs, but also those of a growing and expanding business. They also had to move quickly, but effectively to be successful.

QAD Cloud ERP rose to the top of their Cloud ERP list. “QAD is a major power in the automotive sector and their Cloud ERP is a well established product,” commented Phillip Austin, Plasan’s QAD Systems Manager.

In addition to implementing their new ERP system, there was a critical deadline to satisfy both GM and Chrysler contracts. “We needed to be up and running quickly, so we focused on tracking production, financials, purchasing, and order entry,” noted Austin. “It was invaluable to be able to begin with an ERP implementation that required very little customization. The entire process took less than three months.”

Plasan enjoyed many benefits of their Cloud ERP system as it has proved to be stable, responsive and with excellent uptime. “If we used on premise ERP we would need to double, triple, even quadruple our ERP team to support our 24/7 operations, plus invest in hardware. Thanks to QAD Cloud ERP that we don’t even have to think about that.”

To read more about QAD Cloud ERP and view additional customer success stories and case studies, visit the QAD Newsroom.

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