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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Achieve Global Improves Inventory With Blue Link

AchieveGlobal, a division of The Times Mirror Company, coordinates training courses, and provides training materials and supplies. Its customers are mostly found in the top half of the Canadian Fortune 100.


The company has a complex inventory model, with highly configurable kits, bills of materials and third party warehousing. It was therefore critical that the solution be able to supply the warehouse staff with accurate instructions on an automated basis, and provide a limited, real-time interface into Achieve’s order entry and inventory system. In addition, the company has a number of complex, multi-layered customer contracts. These determine pricing based a number of variables relating not only to the customer and product, but also the type of order and a number of other circumstances.


The Solution


AchieveGlobal Canada selected Blue Link and its Solutions Accounting system. By using the strengths of Solutions Accounting and tapping in to the Excel skills already existent at Achieve and the tight integration between Solutions Accounting and Excel, Achieve was able to go live on time with real, up to date converted data, and all the necessary complex business rules were accommodated.


Inventory, kitting and bill of materials requirements were handled using built-in Solutions Accounting features, customized to take account of the company’s complex rules. Limited functionality screens were added for remote access by the third party warehouse. The company’s complex contract structure was analyzed in depth, resulting in a simplified business definition that still provided the same end result, and this definition was then imposed on the Solutions Elite contract-pricing module.


Data from the ERP system was converted by Blue Link and Achieve personnel, working cooperatively, not only saving weeks of manual data input, but also reducing the scope for data errors and preserving transaction history where required.


According to Denise Edwards, AchieveGlobal Canada’s Manager, Fulfillment and Logistics: “Due to the immense flexibility of Solutions Accounting and the knowledgeable staff at Blue Link, we were able to customize the system to meet our needs.”


Carolyn Crawford, Manager, Accounting and Administration, adds: “We found your design; support and implementation team provided us with a quick response, while taking the time to step back and address the business needs.”




Read and learn more at the Blue Link Newsroom.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Distribution One Offers Guidance On ERP Implementation

Are you stuck on the “When” of ERP implementation? If you’re having difficulty selecting the timing, you are not alone. Many distributors postpone ERP hoping that some sign will reveal the perfect time to implement. The justifications are fairly common:
•We’ll wait until the new fiscal year
•We’ll schedule it for our slow period
•We’ll do it after we finish hiring
•Maybe after the holidays?




Rationalizations drive delays. Yet without the improvements of interconnected ERP software, days, weeks, and months equate to lost opportunities for compounding savings, productivity, and growth. Remember that the longer implementation is put off, the longer your company will be mired in redundant, inefficient processes. Honestly ask yourself these questions:


• Are the sales staff producing at the highest levels using my current system?
• Are the warehouse quantities and locations reliable?
• Is the sales, customer, and inventory data easily accessible for users in or out of the office?
• Are sales and purchasing projections based on real-time data?
• Does my current productivity, pricing, and turnaround deliver maximum competitive advantage?




If you answered “no” to any of these, it’s a good indication that you have already recognized the need for ERP and should make plans to forge ahead. You already know that your current manual method or legacy system isn’t providing the necessary tools for your company to succeed.




For over 20 years, Distribution One has successfully helped hundreds of distributors find their “best time” for the ERP implementation process. To learn more, visit the Distribution One Newsroom.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nelson Electric Supply Company Gains Functionality With Savance

Nelson Electric is a supplier of industrial automation equipment and services headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin. In operation since 1949, the company has grown to over 50 people, and now features two separate distribution centers in addition to its headquarters and training facility.


The company was running its enterprise on a legacy system originally implemented in 1981 and its warehouse management software was in particular need of updating. Nelson also recognized the need to serve a new generation of customers interested in shopping online from a browser or a smartphone. In order not to disrupt day-to-day operations, any new functionality would have to be implemented incrementally. The company found precisely what it was looking for in Savance's warehouse management and Web store functionality. Savance worked with Nelson Electric to implement the new software quickly and painlessly. "Both solutions integrated seamlessly with our existing ERP system," states Steve Shuman, Nelson Electric's Vice President. "We began to see benefits almost immediately."


Key Benefits of the Savance solution:
  • Best-in-class solution with guaranteed quality assurance.
  • Enterprise-wide increased visibility, accountability, and transparency.
  • Ability to rollout further solutions on an as-needed basis.
  • Overall better customer satisfaction.


To learn more, visit the Savance Newroom.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Epec Engineered Technologies Streamlines Manufacturing with NetSuite

Epec Engineered Technologies is a designer and manufacturer of custom products for the electronics industry. They are based in New Bedford, Massachusetts and have 100+ employees. The company struggled with their prior on-premise solution as it lacked deep customization capability and presented problems with needless manual work and remote access. Epec also had difficulty integrating several manufacturing locations in Asia to get real-time data on order status and production location.


Epec chose NetSuite as a system that could be customized to meet its unique workflows and business processes for its production of custom-built electronics while supplying end-to-end design and manufacturing capabilities. 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.

Epec has extended direct NetSuite usage to four contract manufacturers in China, with third-party personnel updating work-in-progress information in NetSuite daily for visibility by headquarters. Two dozen other Asian manufacturers receive work orders through the system and communicate status back via email.


“We run our entire business through NetSuite, from design to manufacturing to managing vendors in Asia.” — Ed McMahon, CEO, Epec Engineered Technologies


To learn more, visit the NetSuite Newsroom.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Schneider Electric Reduces Costs With Tribridge

Schneider Electric, founded nearly 180 years ago, is a leader in power management – medium voltage, low voltage and secure power, and in automation systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. Two of its acquired business units, Schneider Electric Buildings America (SEBA), and Mission Critical Systems (MCS), had been separately using Microsoft Dynamics SL effectively for nearly a decade each. The two divisions are similar in that they both deal in project management and construction.


The Tribridge solution at Schneider sits on a consolidated single upgraded Microsoft Dynamics SL 2015 platform for both the SEBA and MCS instances. The system is hosted in Schneider’s data center in the midwestern US, and financial data is exported to Oracle Hyperion Financial Management for global financial consolidation and reporting. The minimal data changes and customized experience meant a smooth transition with high user acceptance. The combined Schneider and Tribridge teams accomplished this together, and Schneider is happy with the upgraded solution, and especially Web Apps. Users are now able to enter timecards on mobile devices, which is much more convenient for employees in the field.


Benefits of the Tribridge solution:
• Upgraded solution is now fully supported by Microsoft, reducing liability
• High user acceptance with virtually no disruption to business units
• Combined user licenses for cost savings
• Simplified support for merged solution
• New Web Apps capabilities scaled for mobility
• Flexible and easy to use customization tools
• Support for project-based processes
• Increased flexibility helps bridge the gap between project management and accounting


Learn more at the Tribridge Newsroom.




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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tarheel Paper Co. Expands Sales Capacity With DDI System

Tarheel Paper Co. in Winston Salem, NC began as a single location janitorial and packaging distributor. Since 1980, they have grown into three location with over 5,000 products in stock and over 165,000 square feet of warehouse space. Previous software solutions proved difficult for their sales driven organization throughout their growth process as they did not support multiple locations and provide advanced sales tools.


Tarheel Paper went looking for a new solution - choosing DDI’s Inform ERP Software. “The driving force to change was our lack of sales functionality. Inform’s accessibility of information for our outside sales team has been the most significant benefit to our organization” explains Ted Shelton, VP of Operations. Converting to DDI System’s Inform software has resulted in enhanced sales, customer relationship management (CRM), analytics and a meaningful impact on the business' bottom line.


The business' error rate has decreased and the frustration level among the sales team has diminished as they now have the tools to evaluate and increase their sales. The ability to view product margins by customer has increased profitability and minimized margin error rates. DDI’s analytic features provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of distribution operations. “I really like the way Inform’s business analytic tools work. Pertinent information such as company sales, inventory levels and more are readily available. Drill down reporting allows me to easily review our overall performance levels and ensure we’re on track,” says Ted. Inform’s report writer has also become a staple for Tarheel Paper. User friendly terms allow for quick customization in a visually appealing graphical layout. Finally,   Inform’s Marketing Manager has also generated a positive response from Tarheel’s customer base. Tagging each of their customers with a source code allows their marketing team to email targeted information to specific groups. These emails have resulted in several new clients and increased add-on product sales.



To learn more, visit the DDI Newsroom.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Neff Power Uses Tour de Force To Track And Analyze Sales Opportunities

Founded in 1965, Neff Power, Inc. is an Industrial Automation Distributor located in St. Louis, Missouri. Their primary focus is Electrical Control, Motion Control, and Fluid Power. Neff Power currently has 24 employees using the Tour de Force solution.


ERP INTEGRATION – BIGGEST BENEFIT
In addition to the CRM and Sales Force Automation features in Tour de Force, Neff Power has found that they get the biggest benefit from the integration to their TrulinX ERP system. Kevin Hogarth, Operations Manager for Neff Power, explains that “I can go into Tour de Force, and I can see all bookings yesterday for a specific number of territories, then I can drill down into other information that I need, look at open orders, open items, sales history, inquiries, etc. We also look at who are our biggest losers, biggest winners, our accounts that are up, and our accounts that are down."


BENEFITS FOR THE SALES TEAM
In the last several years, Neff Power has been able to move from strictly MRO type sales to more specialized larger projects. The addition of new product lines has given them an ideal mix of vendors that allows them to offer total system solutions to their customers. Tour de Force has contributed to this shift by giving Neff Power the ability to track and analyze their opportunities. They use the advanced profiling and filtering capabilities of Tour de Force to identify buying trends within their existing customer base, and then use that information to market their products and services to similar businesses.


With the addition of Tour de Force and TrulinX to their arsenal, and the increasing ability to provide total system solutions to their customers, Neff Power has been able to avoid feeling the repercussions of the recent economic turmoil. Hogarth states, “Tour de Force gives you a benchmark and shows you your goals, rather than just flying blind. We look at it and see which areas we need to improve in, so it’s a really good feedback device.”


To learn more, visit the Tour de Force 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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