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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A-H Distributors Implements Mincron Warehouse Solution

A-H Distributors implemented the Mincron warehouse management solution at their new 150,000-square-foot Distribution Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey in under three months. A-H Distributors holds about 7,000 SKUs of plumbing, heating, electrical, PVF, drainage and specialty products in its inventory. Project Manager Rene Jones described the process as “very simple” and added that the staff got confident with using it during their preliminary training sessions.


Mincron, a KCS Group company, provides innovative business management solutions that are flexible, scalable and fully integrated. Mincron offers both the SmartDistributor and K8 software solutions, which can be hosted on premise or in the cloud. The Mincron StockSmart Warehouse Management System allows distributors to maintain a 99.9% inventory accuracy level while increasing the speed with which staff can receive, pick and ship product. Mincron’s warehouse solution is designed to be comprehensive and highly flexible. It works equally well with small branch warehouses and massive distribution centers like A-H. And it effectively drives the processes of strictly structured environments as well as it does for those that are rapidly changing and unpredictable.


"In a typical warehouse environment with forklifts, drivers are always on the lookout for the aisle and shelf they need,” noted Jones. “They also have to stop, turn and raise the forklift each time they handle a product. All of that adds more time to the process. A wire guidance system in the floor that is tied into the A-H warehouse management solution runs the turret at the new DC. Product is scanned as it is received, and then the system does the rest until it is in their customers’ hands. When the driver locks an order into the system, a wire literally guides the equipment to the exact location. As it gets closer, the lift starts rising so it is in the perfect position to automatically and accurately handle the product.”


Because the DC is new, A-H Distributors has no baseline with which to measure its ROI. But Jones is confident that the Mincron system will pay for itself quickly.


To learn more, visit the Mincron Newsroom.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kauffman Engineering Enhances Supply Chain with VAI

Kauffman Engineering is an electrical supply manufacturer headquartered in Lebanon, IN, with manufacturing operations throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Kauffman serves a diverse group of industries including: lawn and garden, transportation, material handling, industrial controls, medical equipment, off-highway vehicles, HVAC, agriculture, marine, aerospace, and others.


 After rapidly expanding its business through multiple acquisitions, the company quickly found itself in need of a new business tool that would enable it to unify its manufacturing and inventory processes. The solution presented itself with the purchase of one of its new companies already running VAI’s ERP software platform.


Many mergers are stymied by the need to add hundreds of additional user licenses, which can immediately erode chances for ROI. The Kauffman team immediately recognized both the performance benefits of the VAI solution and, just as importantly, the option for unlimited user licenses, which would enable them to expand their team across a single, powerful platform without additional IT spend.


“VAI’s unlimited user license has played an intricate role in the success of our recent acquisitions,” said Scott Hite, CFO at Kauffman Engineering Inc. ”The unlimited user license has enabled us to onboard as many employees as needed to ensure a successful transition without cost-prohibitive fees."




As they move forward with expanding their business, Kauffman can do so knowing that VAI’s MRP application and unlimited user licensing will assist in incorporating new teams and processes as they work toward a unified goal for success.



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Burton Lumber Improves Profitability With Epicor

Burton Lumber is a family-owned building material dealer with a rich history. The company features multiple locations throughout Utah, but the business’ charter dates back to 1911. The largest locally owned lumberyard in Utah, Burton Lumber has seven retail lumberyard locations, as well as northern and southern truss plants, a custom door and millwork shop, and over 400 employees.


Burton needed to update technology from an antiquated system to improve business operations. In order to move into the future, the business’ operations team decided to implement the Epicor BisTrack solution with Dispatch and Delivery and Journey Planner applications that makes it easy for dispatchers to drag and drop orders onto selected vehicles and rearrange orders to reflect priorities.


Since implementing Epicor BisTrack, Burton Lumber has been able to gain efficiencies, improve profitability, and enhance customer service.
Additional business benefits include:
•Streamlined business processes, including more efficient millwork operations
•Accurate and easy-to-access data
•Visible and efficient dispatching
•Substantial year-over-year growth


To read more about the Burton Lumber case study, and learn about Epicor's solutions, visit the Epicor Newsroom.







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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Craven Foods Sees Clearly With Phocas BI

Craven Foods is an independent food wholesaler and distributor based in Bunbury WA. The company established operations in 1987 and has since grown rapidly and now carries over 3,500 lines of stock.


Craven services the entire south west region of WA, providing products and services to restaurants, cafes, roadhouses, convenience stores, hotels, schools and more. The increasing complexity in the sales and management of multiple product lines has led to the need for a fast and efficient reporting solution. To keep track of sales and gain a better understanding of his business, Doug Mateljan, Managing Director for Craven Foods, introduced Phocas Business Intelligence Software into the company.


Says Mateljan, “We are now able to make decisions based on fact rather than intuition. We can drill down through the information to whatever we want and cross reference sales to customer, stock or sales rep. This is very valuable in terms of identifying opportunities or missed sales”.


Increasing Revenue and Profit


Phocas BI has given Craven Foods the opportunity to drive more business through their sales people. The sales team are more accountable now because individual performance as well as the team’s overall performance is highly visible. Phocas also allows the sales team to find more leads and opportunities to upsell and cross-sell, ensuring everyone at Craven benefits.


To learn more, visit the Phocas Newsroom.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rockwell Automation Increases Value With SPA

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is dedicated to industrial automation and information. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.


Strategic Pricing Associates (SPA) provided Rockwell’s US, European, Asian, and Latin American businesses with their Product Sensitivity Profiling to build list prices using a market-sensitive approach focused on limiting discounting to products where discounting is demonstrated to produce results. Using SPA’s proprietary Price Indexing methodology, they helped Rockwell improve its contract renewal process by identifying leakage points.


SPA also developed a Distributor Strategic Pricing program for the Rockwell channel prices based on market value, not cost, resulting in increased profitability. Leading distributors, including OneSource, Van Meter, Codale, Reynolds Company, Fromm and Revere Electric have completed this program.


Said Tim McCarthy, Global Director of Contracts & Pricing, "Because a significant amount of our business is under agreements, we were going from year to year realizing little to no price yield, year over year. Within a 3-4 month period of starting the analysis with SPA, we saw significant gains. Now we are applying what we’ve learned to Latin America, Asia Pacific and are working through the process a second time for U.S. pricing. And we expect to see more improvements in our business."


To read more, visit the SPA Newsroom.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rhee Bros. Drives Growth With Blue Ridge

Rhee Bros, a leading Pan-Asian food-service distributor, has selected Blue Ridge technology to improve demand planning, forecasting and inventory allocation to solve supply chain challenges associated with global food-service distribution. From food-service to retail, Rhee Bros. carries thousands of Asian products. Based outside of Baltimore, MD, they serve over 800 customers from independent Asian retailers to U.S. food distributors.


Said Kevin Rhee, director of operations at Rhee Bros. “To effectively manage the global sourcing and distribution challenges associated with short shelf life products, long lead times and seasonality, we felt Blue Ridge was uniquely qualified to provide supply chain planning technology that improves forecast accuracy and reduces overstocks, enabling us to meet customer demand.”


Blue Ridge connects the supply chain to customer demand, enhancing customer experience by ensuring products are available at the right time and place without excessive investments in inventory and logistics. With advanced technology and predictive analytics, organizations define specific business goals and receive a calculated, optimized plan with action-ready recommendations to improve financial performance and increase service levels. Food-service distributors benefit from a solution that automatically considers the effects of variable lead times, seasonality, perishables, deal management, promotions and other factors that impact today’s distributors.


Named a leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Systems, Blue Ridge provides cloud-native supply chain planning technology specifically designed for retail and distribution. To learn more about the Rhee Bros. implementation and read additional case-studies and white papers, visit the Blue Ridge Newsroom.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Brooks Forgings Makes Competitive Gains With ECi M1

Brooks Forgings, a leading manufacturer of forged, fabricated and machined components, is using M1 ERP from ECi Software Solutions to help its business evolve and succeed in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

Established in 1960, Brooks Forgings offers a diverse range of manufacturing processes from a new and dedicated 45,000 sq ft facility based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK. This is supported by a newly refurbished warehouse facility nearby housing over 2500 pallets of stock comprising standard items and specials for customer call-off orders. The company’s in-house manufacturing capacity not only ensures full traceability and quality of components, but also reduces reliance on subcontractors.

In 2003, Brooks replaced their existing ERP system with ECi M1. More than a decade later, M1 has become an integral part of operations at Brooks Forgings and, with the introduction of additional modules every year, is gradually automating greater parts of the company’s day-to-day business functions.

ECi M1 is an ERP software solution designed for growing manufacturers. It automates and integrates every business process from quoting through invoicing and point of sale (POS). The system is both flexible and easy to customize.


Competitive Gain

M1 has provided Brooks with the essential functions that help manufacturers achieve competitive gain. These include: scheduling production to efficiently make use of resources; managing production jobs through job costing; controlling inventory of raw materials, finished goods and sub-assemblies; analyzing pre- and post-sales activities; maintaining contact details for customers and suppliers; and ensuring quality and managing warranties.

Says Financial Director Adrian Brooks, “While it’s difficult to quantify the exact savings delivered by M1, there is no doubt in my mind that the software has helped this business achieve greater turnover in the past 10 years – during the worst recession in history – without vastly increasing our sales or clerical team. Furthermore, M1 will continue to be an asset moving forwards. We shall have more accurate data collection allowing us to move jobs around more quickly and plan for bottlenecks, while at the same time accounting for unforeseen costs.”


To learn more, visit ECi's Customer News page.


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