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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

International Apparel Federation Endorses Infor M3 Analytics for Fashion 11.0

Infor recently announced that Infor M3 Analytics for Fashion 11.0 has been endorsed by the International Apparel Federation (IAF) as a tool that has been developed with strong user input from both apparel brands and apparel manufacturers. The IAF has become the world's leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, apparel retailers and the supporting industry, through its national and regional industry associations on all continents. IAF's membership now includes apparel associations from nearly 40 countries representing over 150,000 companies that provide products and services to the apparel industry. It advocates continuous improvements in the operation of the supply chain, reducing waste and improving the overall performance of the industry, including profitability, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Infor Analytics for Fashion, part of Infor CloudSuite Fashion, together with Infor business intelligence tools deliver industry-specific analytics, reporting capabilities and specific key performance indicators through personalized dashboards that can be accessed from desktop or mobile devices. With Infor, organizations are able to transform information into actionable insights, get a real-time view of performance across the business, speed decision making, and unlock the potential of siloed data within enterprise applications.

"The fashion industry is a large, global value chain that is constantly changing based on the economy and fluctuating consumer tastes. This creates a mass repository of data that, if collected and analyzed properly, can improve efficiency and streamline operations," said Erick Rowe, vice president, Infor Retail. "Infor is committed to delivering innovative, scalable applications with industry-specific capabilities that can be utilized in the cloud, and this endorsement from the IAF is a testament to our success in that area."

To read more, visit the Infor Newsroom.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

VAI's Robust MRP Solution Elevates Aiphone's Business Operations

Aiphone Corp. USA, the Japan-based intercom systems manufacturer, has recently announced that it is optimizing its core business functions with VAI’s Material Requirements Planning (MRP) solution. Based in Nagoya, Japan, Aiphone exports to over 60 countries with its marketing and sales distribution center near Seattle, Washington. Aiphone products range from simple do-it-yourself door answering units to sophisticated video entry security systems, complex microprocessor-based commercial systems, and luxury condo/apartment security and communication systems.  

As the company's business grew into more complex markets, Aiphone Corp. USA needed an IT solution that would be able to predict interruptions, dissect data in real time and streamline the sales process. With VAI’s MRP solution, Aiphone Corp. USA is now able to respond to changes in supply and demand more quickly while maintaining a deeper view into production analytics. Aiphone Corp. USA has experienced a significant increase in business productivity, sales and performance after installing and implementing VAI’s full MRP solution.

VAI is an independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is the 2012 IBM Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize Businesses. To learn more about the implementation, VAI's MRP solutions, and other products, visit the VAI Newsroom.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Southern Implants Goes Global With Blue Link ERP

Established in 2002, Southern Implants develops, manufactures and markets dental implants and related components. Its dental implants are sold direct to implant surgeons and restorative dentists in the USA and Canada. The company also sells through distributors in Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Middle East. Southern Implants has evolved from a one-person office in Fairfax, Virginia to a global, investor-backed business based in California, which supports a manufacturing operation and more than 10 sales agents in North America.

Rapid company expansion meant that the accounting system would need to handle multiple users; track lot numbers; deal with multiple stock locations (consignments) and geographically dispersed users; provide multiple languages for products and terms; and control manufacturing and user access rights. In addition, hiring Canadian sales representatives meant the system would have to deal with multiple currencies and provide real-time product, trend and customer account information through a multi-server system allowing multiple and simultaneous user login.

Product tracking, using lot control, would need to track sales by lots in the event of a recall of product; with dental products, every batch produced must carry its individual batch number. As a multi-location company, Southern Implants needed a user-friendly system, providing accurate, detailed and speedy delivery of business information.

Blue Link was selected as it met Southern Implants "must-have" criteria:

• multi currency
• multi warehouse to accommodate consignments, representatives’ car stock, and additional company locations
• departmental tracking of revenue, costs of sale, and expenses for each sales territory • open item or balance forward methods for individual customers
• ability to deal with instances of temporary negative stock and
• efficient back-order tracking of both purchasing and selling sides.

In addition, Blue Link's system was able to generate the financial and operations reports, enable report modification with relative ease, handle budget data, and keep legacy data open for access by report writing programs.

To read more about the Southern Implants implementation of Blue Link, visit the Blue Link Case Studies Blog.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lindemann Chimney Streamlines Operations With NetSuite

Chimney services and supply company Lindemann Chimney recently announced that it has implemented NetSuite to fuel its omnichannel business spanning direct telesales, B2B and B2C ecommerce and Amazon distribution. Lindemann is utilizing NetSuite to run its end-to-end ERP, ecommerce, manufacturing, order management and inventory management systems to enable its expansion from a local services company to a national, omnichannel manufacturer and distributor.

What started as a one-man, part-time chimney services company in Chicago has grown into a brand with 90,000 local service customers and boasts 8,000 B2B clients. Lindemann’s legacy systems and outdated software could no longer support its growing operations with order, inventory and customer data inaccuracies and costly, manual and error-prone processes to move data from one siloed system to another. The company required a scalable solution to manage, grow and unify its existing B2B channels that include its website, Amazon distribution and sales representatives, while cost-effectively launching its new B2C channel.

Lindemann chose NetSuite’s cloud-based platform to consolidate systems, streamline operations and help enable its transformation into a true omnichannel business. Lindemann also wanted to minimize integrations from its online storefront to its back office systems. For ERP, NetSuite replaced Lindemann’s legacy financial software. With centralized order and inventory management, Lindemann gains real-time inventory visibility across all of its distribution centers for better forecasting, lower shipping costs and an improved order experience for customers.

With NetSuite, Lindemann has gained the following benefits:
  • Omnichannel brand experiences
  • One website for B2B and B2C
  • Self-service account management
  • Enriched online experience
  • Single view of every customer
  • Data-driven decisions
  • Native cloud solution
To learn more about the Lindemann implementation and NetSuite's business solutions, visit the NetSuite News Room.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Burrow’s Post-Frame Supply Selects Epicor Cloud ERP

Burrow’s Post-Frame Supply, a one-stop source for pole barn building materials and accessories, recently announced that it has selected Epicor Cloud ERP to streamline operations and support the company’s growth as a complete manufacturer, distributor, and customer-direct operation. Founded in 1984 and based in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, Burrow’s Post-Frame Supply has evolved from being a successful post-frame builder to becoming the leading post-frame construction materials supplier in the region. The company has doubled its employee base in just three years and as part of its overall growth strategy, plans to expand its operations to Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri.

Burrow’s selected Epicor Cloud ERP based on its manufacturing and distribution-specific functionality and ability to provide greater insight into product quality, order and delivery status, including customer relationship management (CRM) and product configuration, as well as point-of-sale and e-commerce as the company looks to expand its sales channel to online ordering. In addition, the software-as-a-service cloud model takes the onus off of internal IT to manage the software and related technology infrastructure.

In addition to the manufacturing and distribution process functionality, Burrow’s sees the move to Epicor ERP as beneficial in helping empower both its employees and customers. Burrow’s will leverage Epicor Commerce Connect solution to enrich its customer experience via a new comprehensive digital touchpoint for enhanced visibility and management of the entire order life cycle. Product information, tiered pricing, customers and inventory levels will all be displayed directly from Burrow’s production ERP database. Orders can be submitted and processed immediately, allowing the customer to use their terms or credit card for purchase. Epicor Commerce Connect will also integrate with Burrow’s order fulfillment process, making it available to customers online.

To learn more about the Burrow's implementation, and what Epicor Cloud ERP has to offer, visit the Epicor Newsroom.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Miller-St Nazianz Achieves Maximum Profit With IFS

Founded in 1899 in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, Miller has been providing a wide range of agricultural machinery to farmers for 5 generations. Its product line includes the Nitro high clearance front mount boom sprayers, the Condor mechanical drive sprayers, the Atlas floater chassis, and Ag-Bag hay and forage baggers.

Miller-St. Nazianz operates in a highly complex, multi-mode manufacturing environment, and IFS Applications is the enterprise software environment they have consistently chosen to meet their needs. Miller-St. Nazianz has more than 132,000 inventory parts, a single manufacturing facility and multiple sites set up in IFS to manage repair parts, including a warehouse in Canada. Warranties are handled in a best-of-breed system from TDS Software, integrated with application programming interfaces (APIs) in IFS Applications. Managing, manufacturing and supporting a broad portfolio of agricultural equipment products for maximum profit can be a challenge, but Miller-St. Nazianz is running its product development, manufacturing, parts and aftermarket service in a single instance of IFS Applications, delivering total product lifecycle management (PLM) benefits.

An IFS customer since 2001, Miller-St. Nazianz upgraded its instance of IFS Applications several times. Using IFS Applications, Miller-St. Nazianz is managing more than the product lifecycle. Through the IFS CRM module, it is taking advantage of the deep integration with back-office ERP functionality to master customer interactions.

Benefits experienced to-date include:
  • Complete product lifecycle management
  • Fully integrated CRM functionality Ease of integration with CAD software
  • Closed-loop system that reduces non-value-added work
  • All critical business data in one location
  • Easier warranty management
To learn more about IFS, their customers, solutions, and the Miller-St Nazianz case study, visit the Our Customers page.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Predator Group Increases Savings With Blue Link

Predator Group is a distributor of high-end pool cues located in Jacksonville, FL whose products are used by top-ranked billiard professionals across the United States. Due to changes in their business structure over the years, Predator Group was finding their current software unable to handle their distribution needs. After searching for a new system, Predator Group transitioned to Blue Link.

Challenges:

The company’s customers, which are wholesalers who sell Predator Group cues to retailers nationwide, place orders via the company’s sales department. Staff must then identify which components are required and create the appropriate purchase orders for them. These purchase orders are sent to the various suppliers Predator Group works with, who ship the requested items back to Predator Group to be stored. Staff pull the necessary items for each customer purchase order and ship them to China, where they’re manufactured into the cues themselves. The finished cues are then shipped back to Predator Group to be sent to the customers who ordered them.

Predator Group’s previous system lacked the automation capabilities needed to execute these processes efficiently. Instead, staff had to track all customer orders, purchase orders, inventory and shipping information manually, via spreadsheet. Since nothing was updated automatically, staff had to spend hours each week painstakingly entering new information into these spreadsheets in order to stay on top of everything. Predator Group’s previous system was also on-premises, which made it very difficult for their employees in China and US-based sales staff to log in and work on the system.

The Blue Link Solution:

Before Predator Group transitioned to the new system, Blue Link created a trial version for employees to test out in order to see which features they would be using the most so the system could be modified according to their needs. When the time came to implement the system, members of Blue Link staff arrived at Predator Group facility and spent two weeks training employees and transferring all of Predator Group’s data into the system.

Blue Link’s Inventory Back Order Fill Screen is a key asset to Predator Group. The screen alerts staff to which customer orders should be filled first based on when the orders were placed, which saves the staff and logistics team a minimum of 10 hours per week and allows them to focus on more essential activities.

Blue Link’s sales order review screen is also extremely beneficial, as it allows staff to view the completion percentage of all orders so incomplete orders aren’t pulled before they’re ready.

The new system has helped Predator Group improve their relationship with customers. Customers are automatically emailed their invoice, packing slip and tracking number. This keeps them up to date on the status of their order and alerts them to what it will include when it arrives. It also saves Predator Group staff the hassle of having to manually send out invoices each month.

Blue Link’s strong reporting capabilities have also proven incredibly useful. Predator Group’s CFO uses the system to automatically calculate financials at the end of the month. Additionally, since Blue Link is cloud-based, Predator Group employees can log into the system anywhere they have Internet access, ensuring that they never skip a beat if they’re traveling or out of the office.

Predator Group estimates that Blue Link will save them a minimum of $12,000 per year simply in terms of how much less it costs to run the system as compared to the old software they were using. As the company continues to save countless hours as a result of Blue Link’s automation capabilities and the future modifications to the system that are planned, Predator Group expects to see additional cost savings in the tens of thousands of dollars.

To learn more about Blue Link, visit their Case Studies page.

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