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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Blue Microphones Integrates Marketing And Engineering With NetSuite

Founded in 1995 by an American jazz musician and a Latvian recording engineer, Blue Microphones of Westlake, CA underwent rapid growth when sales of its Snowball USB mic, built for use with Apple’s GarageBand, took off. With 30 to 35 percent annual growth, the company quickly outgrew its existing QuickBooks accounting system which couldn’t address the need for multi-currency transactions as well as integration with marketing and engineering systems.

Opportunities and Challenges:
As part of a sale to a private equity firm, Blue Microphones recognized the need to modernize its IT environment. It needed a modern, cloud-based system that could handle multi-currency transactions, inventory management and not only scale with its growth but adapt to changing business conditions.

Real-time visibility and cost savings:
Blue Microphones is saving two full-time employees by converting to NetSuite, an annual savings of $80,000; while its 3PL partners in Amsterdam and Hong Kong now have access to NetSuite through a portal to fulfill orders, which has helped improve accuracy and efficiency. Blue Microphones is now incorporating customer feedback directly into its back office software to improve its products and the company was awarded the prestigious 2016 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Award in the “Enterprise Leadership” category from Frost and Sullivan’s ML Council.

Learn more on the NetSuite website.

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Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Creager Mercantile Increases Sales With Blue Link ERP

Established in 1958, Creager Mercantile is a locally owned and family operated wholesale grocery distributor. Located in Denver, Colorado, the business provides customers nationwide with access to a variety of products including beverages, candy, grocery, Mexican candy and products, vaporizers, tobacco, automotive products, gift shop supply and more.

As a growing business, Creager was stuck trying to automate processes and reduce manual work. The company’s existing software was supported by a single individual, making it difficult to get work done and receive the support required. In addition, Creager was struggling to manage its warehouse operations and adhere to government requirements around selling Tobacco products. Lots of time was spent at the company on manual processes instead of on growing the business.

The solution for Creager Mercantile was to work with Blue Link ERP - not only to address existing inefficiencies, but to also provide new opportunities for company growth and automation. As a result of implementing Blue Link, Creager was able to:
  • increase the number of online orders and sales orders (phone and email) by 50%,
  • become more accurate and efficient with managing inventory in its warehouse,
  • significantly decrease the amount of time processing tax accruals and further automate processes across the company.
Blue Link ERP helped Creager Mercantile automate the calculation of Tobacco tax, manage mix and match inventory quantity pricing and better serve customers with mobile sales tools. “We have increased online orders and sales orders (orders via phone and email) by 50% because we now have the ability with Blue Link to track them.” - Zach Taylor, Vreager Mercantile

Learn more at the Blue Link website.

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Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements at http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Mid_Year_Supplement_Blog.pdf?utm_source=DownloadPDF&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018Supp.


Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Industrial Distribution Group Optimizes Pricing With SPA

Industrial Distribution Group is a $500 million industrial distributor with 31 sales offices and 10 distribution centers. One segment — the $200 million general distribution business — was underperforming.  IDG partnered with SPA to get help creating the discipline, controls, process and strategy that the business lacked in their pricing, with the hope that this could help deliver acceptable results.

Said Charlie Lingenfelter, CEO "We chose SPA because they offered not only a program, but also a compelling philosophy which made sense to us. Positive results? There have been so many. Our investment in the SPA program has delivered a 6-fold return on investment. Our profitability improved by $3 million in the first year alone. And, we get far fewer customers calling with pricing complaints, which frees up our associates to focus on providing real service to our customers."

Once the IDP associates saw the results and the ease with which their customers responded to the new pricing approach, they were on board and fully supported the effort. Says Lingenfelter, "Working with SPA has given us ideas we’d never have thought of ourselves. I always learn something new, something that makes a difference, every time I’m with them. The relationship has been extremely rewarding, across the board.

Learn more on the SPA website.

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Finding that you cannot keep up with all the changes in the latest software? Want to know how the software's features and functions can assist you? Please contact sjay@bswllc.com for more information about these latest editions.

For 2019 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guide:




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Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements at http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Mid_Year_Supplement_Blog.pdf?utm_source=DownloadPDF&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018Supp.


Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Adleta Corp. Expands Customer Base with Kerridge CS

Founded in 1922, Adleta has more than 90 years’ experience in distribution and over 40 years’ experience in the flooring industry. They serve 2,500 customers throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Before implementing the Kerridge ecommerce solution, 2,500 customers over 500,000 square miles were having to call into the main distribution center to check stock and pricing, place orders and check the status of orders.

While the implementation of the Kerridge ecommerce solution provided the company with multiple opportunities for improvement with regards to internal processes, the decision to implement an ecommerce solution was driven by the fact that today's retailers and contractors demand an online presence from their vendors.

Gains and benefits
  • Customers and sales representatives have 24/7 access to inventory and pricing in real time
  • 12% of sales are now placed electronically
  • Sales representatives and customers can now print their own price lists
  • Increased profits due to decreased costs in processed orders
  • Achieved greater order accuracy
  • Issuing fewer credits because of miskeyed orders
Learn more about the Kerridge ecommerce system for distributors on their website.

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Finding that you cannot keep up with all the changes in the latest software? Want to know how the software's features and functions can assist you? Please contact sjay@bswllc.com for more information about these latest editions.

For 2019 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guide:



Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services at http://www.software4distributors.com and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard, visit http://www.software4distributors.com/compare/default.aspx.


Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements at http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Mid_Year_Supplement_Blog.pdf?utm_source=DownloadPDF&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018Supp.


Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Future Supply Chains Increases Efficiency With Infor

Established in April 2007, Future Supply Chains Solutions Ltd is India's first fully integrated end-to-end supply chain services company. Future Supply Chains had warehouses spread across the country with very little infrastructure. As this range of warehouses operated on a labor-intensive and manpower dependent model, Future Supply Chains found it extremely difficult to keep track of inventory while also managing additional storage. With an ever-increasing number of SKUs and volumes, the company needed a state-of-the-art Warehouse Management System (WMS).

The volume of retail business handled by Future had increased threefold when compared to the volumes handled a few years back, and as result of this growth, they were facing the challenge of handling a large number of SKUs, spread across many different product categories including fashion, home, food, and furniture and consumer durables.

The company created a team to do the ground work in terms of business logic and strategy and at the same time it started analyzing the best of breed WMS products available in the market that catered to its needs. "We liked Infor as it had better architectural concepts that made it more scalable and reliable," says Samson Samuel, COO and CIO, Future Supply Chains. "However, we selected it not only due to the features and functionalities of the product, but also because Infor had an ecosystem of existing partners and a strong presence across India in terms of manpower, offices, and clients. Infor was associated with us right from the start of our quest for a WMS. All this, coupled with Infor's willingness to provide support, clinched the deal for them. In fact, we rated Infor 5 out of 5 on our requirements."

Seeing results
The benefits of the Infor WMS implementation are now visible across the organization. “A pull system based on actual demand has now replaced a push system that ran on forecasted demand. Shelf management has improved tremendously. In fact, the overall way in which the business and operations now work has improved drastically,” describes Singh.

The Infor WMS has also helped the company rationalize its warehouse structure design decisions. The company is now able to handle a very large number of SKUs and ensure 100% stock accuracy as the stock is totally visible online. It is also possible to do stock corrections in real time since all entries are online. Through Infor WMS, Future Supply Chains can now track and measure what each person is doing or contributing. The Infor WMS solution ensures the company has access to accurate stock measurements, visibility of stocks across the DCs, and tail stock clearance. The shrinkages have gone down. Stock replacement and refill rates have reached an efficiency level of more than 90%.

For Future Supply Chains, it is difficult to visualize operating its warehouse business without Infor’s WMS systems. Due to extensive tracking and measurement capabilities, the company is aware at all times as to what is happening with each SKU in the warehouse. “The Infor WMS is a perfectly running system today. The implementations are now working at 99% efficiency. Some DCs are even working at 100%. It has helped establish a system-based, technology-based, and process-based model of business. It ensures minimum or no shrinkage, high accuracy, very low time and optimum cost to market, security, and on-time distribution to the customer.” concludes Singh.

Learn more on the Infor Newsroom.

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For 2019 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guide:



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Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements at http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Mid_Year_Supplement_Blog.pdf?utm_source=DownloadPDF&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018Supp.


Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

KIE Supply Chooses DDI to Power Business Operations

For more than 60 years, KIE Supply has been dedicated to helping customers succeed in all of their irrigation, plumbing, electrical, and lighting projects. Its mission to operate under honest business practices and to provide what customers need, when they need it, has driven company success since 1955.

KIE's Amelia Kittson's vision of where she wanted the company to go in the future meant it needed to move away from its home-grown system. As the marketing director and ERP system transition lead, Kittson said she felt having one person handle everything to do with technology was not sustainable.

DDI System's 100 percent U.S.-based development, implementation and support teams were a strong selling feature for the irrigation, plumbing, electrical, and lighting supplier. Coupled with Inform's superior blend of rich features, trusted the software would strengthen purchasing and warehouse practices, provide even better service to KIE's customers, and offer the mobile technology needed to elevate performance across the board.

To further support their decision, Kittson surveyed her team to identify the most important factors they needed to be successful. "The number one thing everyone required was a system that would be easy to cross train different team members on. As a business owner, I never want to have one person being able to do a job. It's incredibly important to me that we can jump in whenever we need to and the tools we use everyday to run our business be powerful but also intuitive. We definitely got that with DDI's Inform," said Kittson.

In addition, Kittson believes in continuing the drive toward efficiency—which includes transitioning to a paperless operation. "In just the past six months, we've made HUGE strides towards our goal of going paperless. We've eliminated file cabinets, gained space and our staff no longer has to dig through boxes of closed files. We no longer have to keep hard copies of every single invoice and we can view electronic signatures for all our orders using electronic signature capture. Our Sales Manager has been waiting for 20 years for something like that and it just was not something we had the ability to do in our legacy system," she said.

KIE's decision to transform its business with DDI's Inform ERP has allowed KIE Supply to keep up with the shift in buyer behavior and continue to deliver on ever-evolving customer expectations. To learn more, visit the DDI Newsroom.

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Finding that you cannot keep up with all the changes in the latest software? Want to know how the software's features and functions can assist you? Please contact sjay@bswllc.com for more information about these latest editions.

For 2019 Distribution and Manufacturing Software Guide:


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services at http://www.software4distributors.com and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard, visit http://www.software4distributors.com/compare/default.aspx.


Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements at http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Mid_Year_Supplement_Blog.pdf?utm_source=DownloadPDF&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018Supp.


Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.


 
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Chicago Nut & Bolt On Time And On Budget With Computer Insights

Chicago Nut & Bolt, in business for over 20 years, is an industry leader in the area of custom industrial fasteners. Eric Carlson, President, explained CNB’s philosophy. He said “While we distribute standard fasteners, our fastener supply services include fulfilling non-standard requests, such as extra-large and extra-long sizes. We work with sizes from 1/4” to 3” in diameter, in any length up to 72”. We can get them to you quickly because we stock blanks in every imaginable head style that can be modified per your specifications.”

Eric told us one secret to their ability to offer such a diverse and comprehensive bundle of products and services. He said, “Chicago Nut and Bolt has worked with Computer Insights for over 10 years. When we installed The Business Edge, our system was installed and up and running on time and ZERO dollars over budget. I was also amazed that we did all the training on line. It turned out to be the most efficient computer implementation I have ever experienced.”

“Since then, the system has helped us maintain the level of customer service that we have committed to our customers. With The Business Edge, all the information that we need is at our finger tips. It is helping us with our ISO Quality requirements and it is enabling us to give our customers what they need in a single call, no call backs, no voice mails, just prompt, professional accurate service. I have also been impressed by the flexibility of the system and the ability to customize it to our specific needs.”

Learn more at the Computer Insights Newsroom.

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Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12 page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information. Each Guide details software company information, identifies vertical markets, highlights functions and technology features, new developments to the software package, shows graphs of the user range, basic entry price point, sales channel (how and where the software is sold), along with company contact information. The Supplement Guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.



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