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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bennett Auto and Phocas Set New Business Metrics

Bennett Auto Supply is a 34-store retail and distribution business serving individual customers and service centers around Florida with 60,000+ automotive parts and supplies. Sharp data insights and up-to-date reports are helping it set new metrics and standards, says Justin Bennett, general counsel.


Q: What convinced you to go with Phocas?

Justin: We have a lot of reporting in our industry and it’s frustrating when you can’t take a report like payroll and cross it over to sales and see how it’s relating until accountants have handled it. Having something that’s up-to-date will be awesome. Phocas is going to greatly fill that void.

Q: Phocas lets you cross query your payroll and sales data. How is that useful?

Justin: For example, if a store has $100,000 in sales and 1000 man hours, they’re averaging $100 a man hour. Whereas another store might do $100,000 in sales but only have 400 man hours. Things start to jump off the page.

Q: How does Phocas help monitor recruitment costs?

Justin: We’re integrating our telephone usage database with our MAM software so we can relate directly back to store performance. We’re going to be able to ascertain the phone numbers calling in, find out how many times a customer calls and how that translates into sales and orders. Combining that with payroll, you’ll see a store’s sales are $120,000 a year, the phone calls they average, the number of people working there and work out how much they need to make to employ more or less people.

Q: How will Phocas help you improve operations costs?

Justin: We also want to bring in our fuel usage database to work out our fuel spend per delivery compared to revenue per customer.



To learn more about business intelligence for the automotive industry visit the Phocas Newsroom.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Food Logistics Magazine Recognizes SYSPRO for Innovative Technology Solutions

SYSPRO, a global provider of industry-built ERP software, has been placed on the Food Logistics Magazine FL100+ List, the publication’s annual listing of the “leading 100-plus software and technology providers to the food and beverage industry.”


SYSPRO has more than 15,000 licensed companies in over 60 countries across six continents and offers comprehensive, flexible and industry-specific functionalities that enable food companies to gain complete control over the planning and management of all facets of the organization. SYSPRO’s capabilities in end-to-end traceability, trade promotion management, specification management, quality assurance and control as well as change management, provides food and beverage manufacturers with the technology needed to detect and address exceptions at any stage in their operations.


In addition, SYSPRO ERP Software helps food and beverage companies to:
•Satisfy FDA compliance and regulatory responsibilities, including inspections and recalls
•Access real-time information, and gain full visibility throughout the entire supply chain
•Effectively track inventory levels and movements across physical or virtual locations
•Improve customer satisfaction by enhancing order accuracy and shortening lead time
•Increase profits with flexible unit-of-measure costing and monitoring of production
•Optimize inventory management and control raw materials for accurate scheduling and planning of production
•Maximize financial performance and control costs


Companies on this year’s 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list are profiled in the November/December 2017 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com. To learn more, visit the SYSPRO Newsroom.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Imperial Bag & Paper Centralizes Systems With VAI S2K

Imperial Bag & Paper is a large independent distributor of food service disposables and janitorial supplies. Originally founded in 1935, since 2007, the business had acquired six companies and has three distribution centers, requiring it to manage its operations from its headquarters in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The acquisitions left the business with multiple software systems and no central view or control point. Imperial Bag & Paper selected VAI S2K Enterprise in order to accommodate its multiple acquisitions under one enterprise resource planning (ERP) package through VAI's unlimited user licensing. Imperial also selected VAI S2K for additional reasons including:
  • S2K ERP was compatible with its existing infrastructure and equipment. 
  • S2K ERP could enable Imperial to consolidate all systems onto a single platform and access data in real time. 
  • S2K ERP has a reliable reputation and could provide the flexibility needed for Imperial’s continued growth.
Deploying S2K ERP enabled Imperial to achieve a number of benefits including: 
  • Integration in real-time of all applications. 
  • Consolidated staff from multiple sites reducing overlap and personnel costs. 
  • Improved delivery times and efficiency. 
The application provides Imperial with a trackable audit trail and provides information for more efficient deployment of staff. Additionally, it has reduced transportation expenses, warehouse carry costs, and the frequency of inventory transfers. The S2K ERP system has increased efficiency in accounting, and has requiring fewer personnel to manage Imperial’s accounts. 


To learn more, visit the VAI Newsroom. http://www.vai.net/company/success-stories.html




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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Athens Wine & Spirits Reduces Overstock With Blue Ridge

Athens Distributing Company of Tennessee is a family run business dedicated to bringing quality wine and spirits products to Tennessee consumers. Athens services 76% of the state of Tennessee, and have been in the wholesale Wine and Spirits business for over 65 years.

Athens selected Blue Ridge for their ability to manage demand and supply planning for retailers and distributors in the most economical way possible. The 'what,' 'how much,' and 'when' of future inventory orders are orchestrated to maximize profitability without sacrificing service to your customers. Because Blue Ridge technology is delivered via the Cloud and was configured to Athens unique environment, results were realized in as little as 90 days.

As a result of implementing the Blue Ridge solution, Athens experienced a 2.4% increase in service levels, saw their overstock drop by 67%, reduced overall inventory by 9% and was able to reduce their on-order inventory by 12%.

Read more at the Blue Ridge Newsroom.





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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Raymond Building Supply Gets On-Track With Epicor BisTrack

Raymond Building Supply serves professional builders from five locations near their base in North Fort Meyers, Florida. Raymond has used Epicor's BisTrack software for several years and it has helped restructure their business to operate more efficiently in their marketspace.

The benefits Raymond Building has experienced include the following:
  • Reduced administration staff
  • Saved time retrieving information and reports
  • Improved project accuracy
  • Enabled managers to be proactive
  • Positioned company for growth
  • Automated manual tasks
  • Better customer service
BisTrack software has automated many tasks that had been done manually at Raymond. Additionally, tasks as varied as inventory, calculating sales tax, and searching for and filing documents are completed much faster within the solution. “It’s all about the dashboards to me,” said Duane Swanson, Jr., president and CFO, Raymond Building Supply. “Our managers have their BisTrack software dashboards up 24/7—constantly monitoring our business operations in real time with much greater efficiency. Whether it’s gross margin exceptions, system alerts, you name it, the information is all there, so they can be more proactive. That’s huge.”


The BisTrack instant documentation solution has helped Raymond uncover issues that were eating away at their profits—delivery disputes where missing items were replaced at Raymond’s cost, kits where inventory was not fully allocated, and mistakes due to lost paperwork. “Taking photos of deliveries definitely pays for itself,” commented Ken Myers, millwork manager at Raymond, referring to the BisTrack Mobile Delivery feature that uses a camera phone to capture photos of a delivered load and link it to the order documents.




Read more at the Epicor Newsroom.



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Drogen Electric Supply Implements Savance ERP For Enhanced Efficiency

Drogen Electric, a wholesale distributor of electrical supplies headquartered in Oneonta, NY, has been in operation since 1949 and expanding from a solo operation to its current size of more than 150,000 square feet of facility space with 11 employees.

Drogen took a step-by-step approach in its migration to Savance Enterprise, to avoid disruption of daily business activities. The company quickly found that the Savance solution worked seamlessly with its existing system, providing much needed improvements in data access on the back end – with no disruptions to its day-to-day business activities.

The more Drogen explored the Savance ERP solution, the more potential benefits the company saw. From wireless inventory functionality to Web-based capabilities for sales staff to customer access to accounts, Savance Enterprise seemed like a natural fit. Ultimately, the benefits led the company to take steps toward a complete migration to Savance Enterprise. "Savance guaranteed us they could bring over 12 years of our Array data during the change, and they did not disappoint", Drogen VP Chris Puerile says. "The system is very extensive and every day we are finding new ways for it to support our business".


Read more on the Savance Newsroom. http://www.savanceenterprise.com/testimonials

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mill Creek Lumber and Supply Company Chooses Kerridge for Growth

Kerridge Commercial Systems recently announced that Mill Creek Lumber & Supply Company has selected its K8 business management software to help prepare for future growth. Mill Creek has been in business for over 80 years and has more than 20 locations across Oklahoma and Kansas.

As a full-service building material supplier, they provide everything needed for building materials including windows and doors, roofing, custom millwork, hardware, and floor coverings. Mill Creek CFO, Wade Lennon, stated, “Kerridge Commercial Systems is a leading software company that provides a highly integrated system with proven capabilities in two core industries that are vital to Mill Creek – lumber and building materials as well as flooring materials. The software, combined with KCS’s culture and drive to work with its customers, proved to be the right solution for our company.”

Kerridge has experienced global success in the lumber and building materials industry with K8. As businesses look to technology to be able to take the next step in efficiency, profitability, and growth, they find K8's solution a compelling one to consider. To read more, visit the Kerridge Newsroom.


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