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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.”

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