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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chelford Farm Supplies Boosts Earnings With Vision33

Established in 1975, Chelford Farm Supplies provides equestrian clothing and footwear, farm supplies and feed, garden and forest machinery and shooting equipment, clothing and ammunition throughout the United Kingdom.


In addition to a brick and mortar outlet, Chelford also operates a successful online store. To keep up with the latest equestrian brands and farming products meant cycling through stock three times a year. However, by time the inventory grew to over 24,000 products the company needed a business tool to increase their capacity for managing more inventory without increasing the number of employees.


Chelford knew it needed a new business management application and spent time carefully evaluating many applications on the market. Say Sarah Kranz, finance director, Chelford Farm Supplies. “SAP Business One comes with a fantastic reputation; it really does what it says on the box. After seeing a software demonstration, we were impressed by its flexibility and ability to integrate with our retail and online business”.


Vision33’s dedicated support team mapped out the company’s requirements; integration points with its web store, MRP requirements and identifying manual processes that could be automated. The implementation took just a few months and after the go-live, the results were immediate. With full purchase ordering through receiving and invoicing the company has identified thousands of pounds in discrepancies. But for Chelford the biggest benefit was in the amount of time saved. “We can now spend more time on value-added tasks instead of things like manual data input”, explains Kranz. “If we were doing a payment run for our suppliers it used to take the whole day. Now with SAP Business One that same process takes half an hour”.


To learn more, visit Vision33's Customer News page.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Europe Watch Group Selects NetSuite For Global Growth

Europe Watch Group BV, the official worldwide distributor of the CLUSE and Cortese watch brands to customers and retailers in 120 countries, has recently selected NetSuite OneWorld to support its global expansion plans. Europe Watch Group plans to run its mission-critical business processes on NetSuite including accounting, financials, inventory management, order management, multi-currency, reporting and analytics.

Founded in 2013 and based in Amsterdam, the company’s management quickly recognized that the rapid growth of the company was limited by software constraints. Accounting, fulfillment, and ecommerce were siloed processes, leading to a great deal of error-prone, repetitive and manual tasks.


After considering a variety of solutions, Europe Watch Group selected NetSuite OneWorld. NetSuite OneWorld will give the company insights into manufacturing operations in China and fulfillment partner and warehouse inventories around the world. The company is planning to open warehouse locations in Hong Kong and the United States soon, and NetSuite's cloud architecture will make it easy to deploy to new facilities.


Europe Watch Group now sells over 1 million watches annually and expects to multiply that volume in the near future. The centralized record keeping and analysis in NetSuite will make it easier for management to understand growth and demand patterns, and better respond to market opportunities.


NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials/Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of more than 30,000 companies, organizations, and subsidiaries in more than 100 countries. To learn more, visit the NetSuite Newsroom.


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bruce Supply Chooses Mincron's Warehouse Manager

For more than thirty years, Bruce Supply Corp., a distributor of plumbing, heating, electrical, PVF, drainage and specialty products, has been serving customers in New York City and the surrounding areas. Bruce Supply operates from four locations — two in Brooklyn, NY, one in Valley Stream, NY, and one in Keasbey, NJ.




In looking for a Warehouse Manager System application at their new distribution center in New Brunswick, NJ, Bruce Supply chose Mincron, and earlier this year went live with Mincron's StockSmart. Mincron’s 100% implementation success rate and flexible, scalable, integrated system were key attributes for adoption.




The StockSmart warehouse management system allows distributors to accurately and quickly ship orders while maintaining 99.9% inventory accuracy. It is designed to work equally well with small branch warehouses as well as massive distribution centers. The system automates warehouse workloads, minimizes disruptions and enables management to react and respond quickly to meet any of their customers’ special needs. It also helps distributors maximize their use of available space, equipment and personnel.




To read more, and learn about the benefits Mincron can bring to your business, visit the Mincron Newsroom.




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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nella Cutlery Streamlines Sales Processes With Blue Link

Founded in 1952, Nella Cutlery Toronto is a distributor of food processing equipment and supplies, provides knife sharpening services, and operates a retail outlet and showroom. Separate systems managed the various parts of the business – some manual, some automated but disconnected. In the absence of integration between these systems, Nella performed a significant amount of duplicate data entry, and had to manually combine reports from the distinct systems in order to evaluate company performance.


Nella wanted a system that would remove the need for duplicate data entry, and would provide quick, easy and accurate access to key business information such as sales history, customer service and financial information. After reviewing several different options, Nella decided on Blue Link Elite as the software solution that could deliver on all their needs, within budget.


Since implementing, Nella has experienced the following benefits:
  • Streamlining of the sales process: Nella now processes orders and invoices through a fast, user-friendly interface, saving time and improving the qualitative interaction with customers.
  • Elimination of duplicate entry: The time savings realized by eliminating duplicate entry, manual tracking and invoicing, and maintaining separate systems is estimated at several person-days every month.
  • Reduced administration time and delays: The ability to quickly recall previous transactions to the screen saves the staff at Nella several hours every week. Information lookups that used to take minutes or, in some cases, hours, now take mere seconds.
  • Improved control over receivables and cash flow: The receivables collection process is easier and more effective, because all data necessary to complete a collection call is available in real time.
Additional benefits include:
•More than one user able to do the same activity at one time (order entry, record payment).
•The data entry by code or name reduces the scope for user errors.
•Security is higher with a password protection to different levels in different modules.
•Exporting reports to Excel to be able to fine tune them as needed.
•Technical support is easy to access. Someone is always available.


To read more about the Nella implementation of Blue Link, visit the Blue Link Case Studies page.


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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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