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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Vaillant Industrial Selects QAD's DynaSys Cloud Production Planning

DynaSys, a division of QAD Inc., and a leading provider of demand and supply chain planning solutions, recently announced that Vaillant Industrial, one of Europe's leading heating and boiler manufacturing companies, will implement the DynaSys Cloud Production Planning solution to improve its manufacturing planning process.

DynaSys provides integrated and collaborative planning solution that allows businesses to optimize their supply chains, including sales and operations planning, demand planning, and network, inventory and business resources optimizations. DynaSys software enables customers to meet their goals of better managing Demand and Supply Chain Planning, and becoming more effective enterprises.

Vaillant was founded in 1874 and is currently the second-largest company in the European heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. Its core business centers on the development and distribution of energy-saving, environmentally friendly heating systems and water heaters based on natural gas and renewable energy sources.

After investigating several demand and supply chain solutions, Vaillant chose DynaSys for the following reasons:
•A comprehensive production planning tool.
•The ability to easily incorporate DynaSys Demand Planning.
•The Cloud model was best for their business.
•A structured Easy On Boarding project methodology.

To learn more about QAD Inc. and DynaSys Cloud Production Planning, and read additional case studies and customer testimonials, visit the QAD Newsroom.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

McCray Lumber and Millwork Improves Customer Service With Agility DMSi

McCray Lumber and Millwork provides building materials, including lumber, windows and interior millwork, to the Kansas City area. The company has 5 lumberyards, 1 millwork facility and 80 employees. McCray's customers are primarily single and multi-family homebuilders. 

McCray’s sales team wanted a better way to serve their customers in the field - especially when they wanted change requests to existing orders. With their original system, the sales rep would call one of McCray’s dispatchers to request information and make the changes. This slow, manual process created more work for McCray’s dispatchers and caused problems for the sales reps too as they didn't have immediate access to information.

The McCray team decided to try the Agility Sales mobile app from DMSi Software. The Agility software is specialized for building materials and manages every step of the product cycle, from purchasing and receiving to sales and billing and allows users access to key account information such as open A/R, existing order status, pending deliveries, customer pricing and item availability.

The Agility app accesses data over a basic wireless or cellular network which was another feature of interest to the McCray sales team. Since implementing, the Agility Sales app has helped to keep projects on track and provide good service - proving to be a game changer for how McCray serves its homebuilders and in turn, their customers.

To read more, and see other case studies of the Agility app, visit the DMSi Newsroom.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Merrow Sewing Gains Opportunities With Kenandy Cloud ERP

Merrow Sewing Machine Company of Fall River, Massachusetts began as Merrow Mills back in 1838—the country’s first manufacturer of knitted cotton goods. The company is also credited with inventing the overlock stitch—and the sewing machines to mass produce it—which is what still holds together most of the garments we wear today.

For a small business, Merrow is a complicated one. In addition to manufacturing thousands of different sewing machine parts that are distributed in 65 countries, it also is continually building custom sewing machines for a variety of customers and applications. The high levels of complexity and costs of customization were becoming economically challenging - until Kenandy Cloud ERP entered the picture.

“Kenandy has made it possible for us to deal with all the challenges of a major, multinational company but with the structure of a small business,” says Charlie Merrow. “It’s been an unbelievable change for us—a game change. We’ve been able to improve performance with a small staff, which simply wasn’t possible with our prior ERP systems.”

In addition, Kenandy has given Merrow unprecedented visibility across its business, enabling enhanced efficiency, increased productivity, and better decision-making about current operations as well as future opportunities. “One of the most remarkable things about Kenandy is that it lets us really see what’s going on in our business,” says Merrow. “We have Kenandy running on three 50-inch flat-screens in our big lobby space. Plus, in each department, there's a giant flat-screen with dashboards showing what's going on in that particular area—how many invoices need to go out, for example, or what packages are shipping. We've never had access to information of this breadth and depth before.”

Rather than being constricted by the limitations and unwieldy requirements of their prior on-premise ERP systems, Merrow can use Kenandy to seamlessly leverage information and resources that enable the company to grow and prosper. “Kenandy enables us to focus on the business challenges that allow us to grow and make money rather than on the problems of dealing with software,” says Merrow. “... since we’ve implemented Kenandy, we’ve spent the last year focused on growth. It’s a very different use—a far better use—of our resources, of our people.”

To read more, visit the Kenandy Newsroom.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Emirates Group Subsidiaries Select Blue Horseshoe for Logistics Optimization

Blue Horseshoe Solutions, a privately held solution services firm based in Carmel, Indiana, recently announced it has been selected to enhance logistics optimization for one of the largest food and beverage distributors in the Middle East.

The project for Dubai-based ELR (Emirates Leisure Retail) and MMI (Maritime Mercantile International) – both subsidiaries of the United Arab Emirates global giant Emirates Group – will help the company successfully integrate its operations across several continents, which includes expansion of popular franchises into a number of airports and other locations in the Middle East, Australia, Africa and Asia. ELR owns and operates a wide-ranging portfolio of restaurants, caf├ęs and bars in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries, Australia and beyond. MMI and its Associates are the top alcohol distributor in the UAE and Oman, with experience supplying Dubai Duty Free, Qatar Duty Free and as the operator of Duty Free Dubai Ports.

The global rollout of Blue Horseshoe’s Microsoft’s Dynamics AX 2012 R3 ERP software solution for ELR/MMI will help them handle complex international and regional business and customs logistics requirements for their 250+ retail outlets across 4 continents.

The ELR/MMI project marks the third major project in Dubai, where Blue Horseshoe worked with Patron Spirits in 2010 and Smith & Nephew in 2014 on warehouse and sales operations.

To read more the project and learn more about available services, visit the Blue Horseshoe Newsroom.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

True Solutions Gains Sales Visibility With Phocas

True Solutions International distributes superceutical and cosmeceutical brands, aromatherapy, organic skincare, suncare products, and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) Light Therapy to the professional aesthetic and medical markets, department stores and high-end pharmacies. In order to remain competitive and operate efficiently, True Solutions needed to get better visibility of their sales data.

After considering several options,  the decision was made to implement a business intelligence solution through Phocas Software. Prior to using Phocas, True Solutions would write queries and export the data to spreadsheets to manipulate. This wasted a lot time and didn't always provide solid business insights.

After the out-of-the-box integration of Phocas, True Solutions staff participated in some introductory training and then started using it immediately. Phocas significantly improved productivity as staff can now instantly access an up to date snap shot of business and make sales decisions quickly, based on accurate insight from their data.

Want to see Phocas in action? Watch their demo video by visiting the Phocas Newsroom.

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