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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A.S Bryden Grows Operations With VAI's S2K

Brydens, a large distributor of wine and spirits, and food and hardware, is headquartered in San Juan, Trinidad with three warehouse facilities in North and Central Trinidad. Brydens needed a way to integrate the operational and financial aspects of the business, but it also needed a solution capable of turning raw data into useful management information for better decision-making capabilities.


Brydens was looking for a comprehensive system with many advanced features and specifically, a solution that could support varying units of measurement. It was essential that the company be able to stock goods in one unit of measure and sell those same goods in other units of measure—no simple request. Since the distributor operates three separate warehouse facilities, Brydens needed a way to increase and better track order fulfilment—all in an integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system that was compatible with the firms IBM Power™ Systems platform. The goal was to streamline operations, not only in the warehouse, but also across the entire organization, which meant removing many of the time-consuming manual tasks that were slowing efficiency levels.


VAI, possessed the exact combination of tools to help Brydens transform its business, and three warehouse facilities, into a fully integrated, top-of-the-line distribution company. With VAI’s S2K Enterprise for Distribution, Brydens found a single software product that fit the bill.


After carefully planning and evaluating each of Brydens specific business and warehouse needs, VAI installed S2K Enterprise for Distribution and the S2K WMS package. VAI worked seamlessly with Brydens staff to ensure that each package met their every demand and individual specifications. VAI also paid close attention to Brydens need to work within different units of measure—a high priority demand for the company in being able to deliver orders quickly and accurately.


According to Roy Ramkissoon, Group IT Manager, Brydens Trinidad, “With S2K, greater financial transparency has led to better operational and financial decisions. In fact, since implementation, our company sales and profit margin have increased respectively by an average of 20% and 23% per year, providing Brydens with a true return on investment that can be overwhelmingly attributed to VAI’s S2K product line.”




To learn more, visit the VAI Newsroom.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Shaw Electrical Captures Cost Savings With DDI

Shaw Electrical Supply was using FACTS. It was difficult to navigate and even harder to pull out critical data. They initially considered implementing a larger, more expensive business software such as Eclipse, but determined that the costs of these systems were prohibitive.


Fortunately, DDI's Inform software was a perfect fit in both cost and functionality. The transition from FACTS to DDI's Inform software went smoothly and DDI provided two dedicated employees on site for assistance and training when it went live. By the second day, Shaw employees were up and running on the new system without missing a beat.


DDI's Inform has allowed Shaw to capture significant cost savings by streamlining their basic paperwork flow and eliminating the need to buy and stock preprinted forms. Customers now receive invoices and statements via fax or email, recognizing cost savings in decreased postage and reduced time spent processing. Processes that once took us minutes can now be done in seconds, and processes that once took hours can now be done in a fraction of the time. This has allowed the company to reduce the time staff spends on administrative duties while at the same time offer a higher level of service to their customers, as well as increased data accuracy.


The learn more about DDI's Inform, visit the DDI Newsroom.






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Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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, February 6, 2019

Iberia Foods Turns to Blue Ridge for Supply Chain Planning

Hispanic food and beverage distributor Iberia Foods Corp. has selected supply chain planning technology from Blue Ridge to align the distribution of its product inventory with expected demand from customers.


Iberia Foods started in 1930’s and now distributes to more than 10,000 supermarkets, clubs, wholesale vendors and distributors throughout the East Coast and Midwest from its locations in Brooklyn, NY; Somerset, NJ; Miami; Orlando; Atlanta; Springfield, MA; and Chicago.


Blue Ridge’s cloud-based, distribution-focused forecasting and inventory planning system balances customer needs with business realities like erratic demand from regional uniqueness, seasonality, supermarket promotional/ad movement and market fluctuations that put pressure on today’s foodservice and food wholesale distributors.


“Working with Blue Ridge will allow us to quickly and effectively fulfill increasing demand from our customers while taking our supply chain planning to the next level in order to continue to provide the best service to our also increasing customer base”, said Eric Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Iberia Foods Corp.


The Blue Ridge supply chain platform, which was named 2018's best cloud-native supply chain planning solution for distributors by Frost & Sullivan, helps customers reduce costs, improve service levels, and assure product availability to customers without creating a costly inventory surplus. For more information on Blue Ridge’s supply chain expertise in the foodservice industry, please visit their resource page.


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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 2018 Distribution Software Guide: http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Distribution_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018DSG


For 2018 Manufacturing Software Guide:
http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Manufacturing_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018MFG


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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, January 30, 2019

Zeidler Floral Increases Profits With Floral Smart System

Zeidler Floral in Indiana has been using Floral Computer Systems Smart System for a little over two years. Here is what Blake Mobley, President of Zeidler had to say about the implementation decision:


"First off, the entire implementation process was very professional, well organized, and paced properly. It was your thoroughness throughout and high level of communication that always gave me the confidence we could transition into better operators by using the tools of the Smart System. Everyone caught on very easily and we never missed a beat going live a few weeks before Valentine’s Day. It was clearly evident that future success was in our cards if we continued our use and learn the system.


"Now, two years later and over several holidays, I can say with factual proof, that the Smart System is helping us to be more profitable. The main reason, amongst many, has been the easy accessibility to answers of what we have and what we need for when. "The guesswork is mostly gone and our turns and margins are better than ever. By using the system we know right away if pricing is out of line and have a pulse of our margins at all times. There is no longer the waiting for monthly financials to know where we stand and that in itself had given my managers and I the answers we need to make changes in real-time and not weeks later.


"Thank you for giving us the tools and support to be better in serving our customers and being a more efficient and profitable business. I wish every investment in technology gave us the ROI as the Smart System and look forward to many more years of working together."


To learn more, visit the Floral Computer Systems 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 2018 Distribution Software Guide: http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Distribution_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018DSG


For 2018 Manufacturing Software Guide:
http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Manufacturing_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018MFG


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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, January 23, 2019

Behler-Young Harness Critical Information With Enlighten.Net’s Digital File Manager

Behler-Young is a family owned distribution company of HVAC equipment, supplies, accessories, and more with 18 branches throughout Michigan and Ohio.


Needs
Communicating between branches and a separate distribution center requires manageable document storage that’s accessible by all. Behler-Young was looking for file organization and quick retrieval that puts “information at people’s fingertips”


Brian Toronyi, Information Technology Manager at Behler-Young Company had this to say about when they found Enlighten.Net’s Digital File Manager. "Three things attracted Behler-Young to Net.DFM: the affordable cost, the intuitive layout, and the ease of adding and retrieving documents."


Improvements
After the implementation of Net.DFM, Behler-Young saw faster response times on inquiries, improved document sharing through in-software emailing, and improved document security. With documents so readily available, customers were serviced faster and internal communication was improved and costs on postage and handling were greatly reduced due to electronic invoicing. Employees from accounting and purchasing who use Net.DFM the most routinely at Behler-Young consider it a big “efficiency boost” to the organization of the company.


To learn more, visit Enlighten.Net’s 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 2018 Distribution Software Guide: http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Distribution_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018DSG


For 2018 Manufacturing Software Guide:
http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Manufacturing_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018MFG


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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, January 16, 2019

ACI Controls Strengthens Industry Position With MITS

ACI Controls, Inc. (ACI) has been a distributor of industrial components, process control instrumentation, and on-site service since 1945. From its headquarters in Buffalo, New York, three stocking locations, and seven sales offices in the northeast, ACI’s staff of 42 provide customers with the equipment, solutions, and customer service required in today’s fast-paced manufacturing environment.


A Tribute customer since 2008, ACI uses TrulinX ERP business management software to efficiently run company operations. According to John Wischerath, VP of Operations for ACI, “we are extremely pleased with the performance of our TrulinX system, but like most of the ERP solutions I have ever looked at it doesn’t have robust reporting and business intelligence built in. When we learned about Tribute’s partnership with MITS, we immediately jumped at the chance to be an early adopter. Being able to leverage our TrulinX data to make better sales and inventory decisions is essential for us as we look to grow, operate more efficiently, and maintain market leadership.”


ACI is already seeing their investment pay off. “If you just take into account the time our staff spent manually putting reports together to identify trends and possible opportunities, the ROI on MITS is clear,” said John. “I highly recommend that all TrulinX customers evaluate MITS Distributor Analytics for their business.” The sophisticated reporting features of MITS will help ACI to maintain its industry leadership position, providing products and services that exceed customer expectations.


To learn more, visit the MITS 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 2018 Distribution Software Guide: http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Distribution_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018DSG


For 2018 Manufacturing Software Guide:
http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Manufacturing_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018MFG


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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, January 9, 2019

The Value Of The Digital Distributor Quoting Platform

In today’s transactional world, it is easy to focus solely on availability and timely delivery of needed parts as a measurement of distribution platform effectiveness. While it makes sense that timely delivery is the ultimate performance metric, it is not the only one that you should be tracking. In other words, the story does not stop there.




When you look at the features of a Distributor Quoting Platform, you need to look beyond functionality to determine what it contributes in the way of bottom-line savings. For example, being able to streamline the procurement process through a match of line item requirements and identified supplier capabilities, significantly reduces the time it takes to source parts. This capability as well as others within the platform will, in turn, free up valuable resources to focus on managing sourcing and delivery exceptions or take on more clients within your existing resource infrastructure. For each organization, the calculation of the benefit will be different, but meaningful.




Another area of impact to consider is the ability to apply cost drivers to supplier pricing for logistics, customs or other added elements to ensure that you are analyzing supplier responses on a level playing field basis. These are just two examples of what you should consider when assessing the overall effectiveness of your Distributor Quoting Platform, especially from a sourcing standpoint.




Unpacking the hidden value does not mean that you lose sight of the primary objective which is having the right parts in the right place at the right time to meet your client demands. What it does mean is that you should also look at the individual functional elements from the standpoint of increased efficiency and lowered costs.




To learn more about the QSTRAT and the QLM Distributor Quoting system, visit their 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 2018 Distribution Software Guide: http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Distribution_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018DSG


For 2018 Manufacturing Software Guide:
http://www.software4distributors.com/downloads/2018_Manufacturing_Software_Guide.pdf?utm_source=DownloadElectronic&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2018MFG


Visit our website to learn more about the Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services and to use our Software Features Comparison Wizard.

Also, read our 2018 Mid-Year Supplements 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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