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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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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Martin Bros. Increases Service and Reduces Inventory with Blue Ridge

Martin Bros. is a full-line distributor with more than 11,000 SKUs, including food products, large equipment, small wares, medical supplies, and janitorial and cleaning supplies. Headquarters in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the company employs more than 500 people who serve the Midwest United States.

Revenue first surpassed $100 million in the early 2000's and has more than tripled a decade later. This growth could not happen without a world-class inventory team. From the perspective of Jennifer Meinders, Purchasing Director, her team of replenishment buyers is key to providing the company’s legendary customer service. However, in order to support this rapid growth, Meinders knew she needed a replenishment system to enhance produce purchasing, school bids, events, minimize dumps, and increase cash flow.

Since implementing Blue Ridge, they now consistently achieve firstpass order fill rates of 99.6 percent before item substitutions. This was accomplished while reducing overstock by 25 percent. “Blue Ridge listens to our industry and they have been delivering breakthrough solutions at a rapid pace. Very few software companies combine a state-of-the-art application with very proactive guidance that pushes us to excel. They never let us rest on ‘good enough’ and we have the type of team that turns that into results. Our results in inventory and service speak for themselves."

To learn more about Blue Ridge and read additional customer success stories, visit the Blue Ridge Newsroom.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

FlexPAC Maximizing Data & Insights With MITS

Since 1985, Indianapolis-based FlexPAC has been a leader in packaging and facilities solutions. With 25+ solutions providers and specialists--in areas ranging from automation and package design to cleaning procedures, FlexPAC has resources and experience to solve any challenge. The company’s culture is both value-based and customer-centric, with a commitment to helping customers “gather data, gain insights, reduce costs” driving daily interactions and decisions across the 82-person company.

Data and insights are equally important inside the company as they are when interfacing with customers, especially in terms of mining the rich operational information stored in their ERP system, DDI Inform.

Steve Russell, CFO of FlexPAC explains, “Access to better data and insights doesn’t just help our customers be more successful, it also helps FlexPAC be a more nimble, and ultimately more successful, company.”

Down the road, Steve envisions every member of the company having a dashboard in MITS where they can track the metrics they are accountable for and measure progress towards their own personal goals. FlexPAC has already incorporated the use of MITS into staff meetings, and members are thinking about directed questions that can be answered using MITS. MITS is so easy to use that even some of their most techno-phobic team members have joined on to the MITS adoption train.

To read more about MITS and their customer reviews and case studies, visit the MITS Newsroom.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Iptor Named to Food Logistics’ Top Software and Technology Providers List

Food Logistics, a publication dedicated to covering the global food supply chain, has named Iptor Supply Chain Systems to its 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list. Iptor, formerly International Business Systems (IBS), provides supply chain management, planning and logistics software and services.

The FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

Iptor’s expertise as a distribution software and services provider to the food and beverage industry is proven among distributors, wholesalers and 3PLs across a number of micro-verticals, including Ardo, SKANLOG, Smeding, Everfresh/Total Produce and many others. These customers use Iptor solutions to achieve added control and flexibility, comply with legal and regulatory demands, automate processes and overcome complexity to strengthen their competitive stance.

“The software and technology sector continues to generate new and exciting opportunities for growers, food manufacturers, grocery retailers and the many logistics providers that support them,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director at Food Logistics. “Today’s cloud-based solutions and mobile connectivity are helping create tools that are more flexible, affordable and responsive, making software and technology even more valuable to those in the global food supply chain.”

Companies on this year’s 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2016 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

To learn more, visit Iptor's Newsroom.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Global Stroller Manufacturer To Implement IFS for International Growth

IFS, a global enterprise applications company, recently announced that Bugaboo International has selected IFS Applications™ 9 to support business processes including finance, purchasing, manufacturing, sales, quality control, product lifecycle management, and human resources.

Bugaboo International is a global mobility company that makes strollers for infants and toddlers and a luggage system, the Bugaboo Boxer, for travelers. Its products are available in more than 50 countries around the world. Bugaboo employs over 1,200 people working at its headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at offices in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, USA, France, Australia, and in the assembly plant in China.

In looking to enable future growth, the company wanted the support of a high-quality business application. IFS Applications 9 will empower Bugaboo with one global system for production, sales, and finance. A unified environment will improve collaboration between sales, manufacturing, and Bugaboo’s head office—boosting the company’s time to market and customer service.

“We selected IFS Applications because it proved to be the best manufacturing solution. IFS has a global presence and we were impressed by their understanding of our requirements and the solution we are now implementing,” said Barry van der Groep, CIO at Bugaboo.

To learn more about IFS Applications™ 9 and read additional manufacturing case studies, visit the IFS Newsroom.

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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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