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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Millcraft Finds Success With Hitachi Solutions Ecommerce

The Millcraft Paper Company is an independently-owned business serving the professional paper, packaging and graphic art industries. Millcraft currently has sales and distribution centers in 14 cities, covering seven states and Canada and processes more than 8,000 stocked items in more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space, resulting in $15 million in inventory annually.

Millcraft’s previous ecommerce software simply could not keep up with the changing needs of the growing business, and the interests of the customer base. As a result, Millcraft sought an ecommerce platform powerful enough to process thousands of items, while providing scalability for changing business processes and flexibility to meet continuously evolving customer needs.

With Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamics, Millcraft was able to create a polished, user-friendly ecommerce platform for its customers. By incorporating customer feedback into the design of MyMillcraft, the web store front became a top choice for placing paper orders online.

With Hitachi Solutions, Millcraft is able to achieve:

•Quick Order Entry
•Custom Search Functionality
•Integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX

In addition to providing a rich customer portal and web ordering platform, Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamic’s integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX ensures that everything is running smoothly on the back end as well. Inventory information is updated real time via an automated flow of information between Microsoft Dynamics AX and Ecommerce for Microsoft Dynamics. This ensures that accurate pricing and availability is displayed on MyMillcraft, and orders are fulfilled more quickly.

To read more, and learn about the services provided by Hitachi Solutions, visit their Customer Profiles page.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Black River Produce Increases Productivity With VAI S2K

Black River Produce is a food service distributor located in North Springfield, Vermont. It has delivered fresh and frozen provisions from local farms and regional markets to buyers throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York for more than 30 years. Employing more than 180 people, the company’s revenue exceeded $78 million in 2015.

In 2011, the company found that its existing technology was limiting its ability to scale and grow: The existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) application had been heavily customized and, as a result, had not been upgraded in some time. Reporting within the existing application was difficult and time consuming, and offered only limited visibility into business operations because of challenges with integration of data from the warehouse and other areas. Black River needed a system that would provide greater end-to-end visibility into the business from the warehouse to orders and deliveries, and could support its growth needs.

Deployment of VAI S2K initiated a business transformation that supported Black River’s mission of increased efficiency, full accountability of all departments, and a support plan for continued growth.

Key benefits of the implementation have included: 
  • Increased productivity. The implementation of voice picking and other automation increased productivity and efficiency in the warehouse.
  • Visibility across the business for accounting, buyers, and sales reduced the time spent searching for information for decision making.
  • Reduced inventory shrinkage. The implementation of a voice picking system and accessibility of real-time business analytics resulted in reduced shrinkage.
  • Decreased errors. Greater visibility and automation resulted in fewer customer credits issued because of delivery errors and incomplete deliveries.
  • Increased visibility. With greater visibility into business operations across the board, managers can now implement and track the impact of their decisions while having a better handle on employee and team performance.
To read more about the Black River Produce implementation, and learn more about the products and services offered through VAI, visit their website's Newsroom.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Millar, Inc. Improves Productivity and Visibility with ECi's M1

As a leading provider of neurological and cardiac catheters to the clinical and research segments of the healthcare market, the Millar, Inc. not only has to meet a heavy burden of government regulations but also faces the hard reality that anything less than perfection in production could become a source of major problems for someone further down the line.

The good news, though, is that since the company switched to ECi's M1 ERP system in March of 2013, they’ve been more than able to meet those challenges and more besides. The healthcare market is growing and Millar has been experiencing growth. In 2013, headcount at the company stood at about 105; today, it’s close to 140 and growing.

Prior to converting to M1, on-time delivery rates at the company hovered around the low 90s. Today, they’re touching 99%. In addition, most of Millar’s manufacturing is built to stock rather than custom product and the superior visibility M1 provides has allowed the company to keep inventory levels lean while keeping on-time delivery rates high. With M1, the company has a level of confidence about its inventory that it just didn’t have before converting.

As an FDA-regulated business, Millar has very large regulatory demands in terms of the visibility of our product throughout the entire production chain. The company lot-tracks raw materials and components and serial-tracks finished goods for its entire product line. Since switching to M1, production managers can now pull up at any point in the production process a lot number or serial number and see the complete history of that item which not only allows them to maintain traceability on products but it also means the FDA can be provided with information quickly and easily.

Close to three years after Millar went live with M1, the company's enthusiasm for the program is as strong as it was on the go-live day. To read more, and learn how ECi's M1 ERP system can improve your business' productiveity and visibility, visit the ECi Newsroom.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Emma & Tom’s Increases Revenue With NetSuite

Emma & Tom’s, an Australian producer of healthy drinks and snacks, has replaced its previous MYOB system and implemented the JCurve "all-in-one cloud ERP" edition of NetSuite to manage its mission critical business operations across its entire distribution supply chain, financials, financial reporting, customer relationship management (CRM), sales and marketing, order management and warehouse and inventory management. Since going live on NetSuite, Emma and Tom’s has achieved 30 percent revenue growth year-over-year and has been able to gain the scalability needed to manage its fast growing business, which today has 40 distribution vans delivering to more than 3,000 cafĂ© and retail customers around Australia.

NetSuite is delivering the following features and benefits to Emma and Tom’s:
◾Track sales and inventory in real-time, minimizing delays and ensuring customers receive the freshest products available.
◾Expand product range without increasing operational complexity. Emma & Tom’s has experienced year-on-year revenue growth of 30 percent since 2013—a strong result that has given the company the ability to dedicate more resources to plan the company’s national and global expansion.
◾Multiple warehouse management. NetSuite allows the business to seamlessly track not just its fleet of mobile distribution vans, but also consolidate and monitor inventory levels across multiple warehouse locations across Australia.
◾Real-time financial reporting speeds up the financial close.
◾Built-in business intelligence that provides real-time insights into key business performance indicators for a unified view of the organization and delivers a single version of truth.
◾A flexible and agile platform. The NetSuite platform enables Emma and Tom’s to customize their requirements by easily capturing data from new resources like vans and warehouses as and when these are added to the distribution network.

To read more, and learn about the JCurve edition of NetSuite, visit their Newsroom.

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