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How Widespread RFID Adoption Would Change Distribution Businesses

Posted on 29 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

brian_c_rfid_adoptionRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) works a lot like barcodes letting you scan products, or anything else you put a barcode on, and instantly get serial and product information on that object. The big difference is that barcode scanners physically need line-of-sight to the barcode while RFID can automatically read a tag if it is within range.

Check out my post on RFID vs Barcodes for more information on how these technologies compare.

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Topics: Inventory management, RFID, barcodes

From Waste to Clean Water

Posted on 27 January 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_once_mans_wasteSay the word ‘sustainability’ and you may get a few yawns and a couple of questioning “huhs?” In my experience, it does not get the conversation going or even the creative juices flowing. But saying the word “pooh” will most certainly get a reaction and everybody has a bodily function story.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Sustainability, integrated reporting

 

RFID vs Barcodes

Posted on 20 January 2015 by Brian Carmichael

rfid_vs_barcodesRadio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been the next-generation technology to replace barcodes for some time. While RFID hasn’t come close to eclipsing barcodes yet, adoption of the technology continues to grow.

While there are some novel uses for RFID, most companies employ RFID to do the same things as barcodes, and for the same reasons.

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Topics: shop floor, RFID, barcoding

Maybe it’s time for a change? SYSPRO 7.

Posted on 15 January 2015 by Darren Edwards

darren_time_for_change_SYSPRO_7Over the last few years I have blogged about the disappointing number of times that I have observed manufacturing and distribution businesses go through a process of identifying a series of business improving changes, but then failed to consider or adopt these changes because the change was too difficult (politically or from an effort perspective). An attitude of ‘we’ve always done it like this and it works ok’ seemed to creep in, which had completely infected the culture of the business and its people – and had unfortunately kept the business firmly planted in the status quo.

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Topics: Business improvement, SYSPRO 7, ERP systems

Three benefits of an ERP system

Posted on 8 January 2015 by Erin Schlee

erin_benefits_of__erpTo continue to be successful, businesses today consistently feel pressure to cut costs, outperform the competition and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.  While some find this to be a daunting task, others harness the power of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and their ability to streamline daily business operations. Businesses experience a multitude of benefits after implementing an ERP system, and this blog post explores three of those benefits.  

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Topics: Inventory management, ERP system, mobile, business benefits, real-time

Top Posts of 2014

Posted on 6 January 2015 by Simon Griffiths

TOP10As we start the new year, I ran the stats on our blog posts in 2014, and found the top 10 posts by views. Here they are:

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Santa’s ERP System

Posted on 22 December 2014 by Dave Cavan (Guest Blogger)

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I’ve been in the ERP business for a while now and have helped all sorts of organizations with their systems from non-profit, to government, to businesses small and large.

One of the most interesting and complex ERP deployments that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in was for Santa (and Santa generously gave me permission to share what we did for him so that other businesses can learn from his lessons).

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Topics: Supply chain, Inventory management, distribution, CRM, Production, Procurement

Staying agile in an uncertain world

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths

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We are living in a world of change and uncertainty. In 2014, Harvard Business Review published research that showed that uncertainty has increased in the last 50 years, and that some industries are more affected by it. Of the top ten industries facing the most uncertainty, eight are manufacturing industries.

There is a military term now used by business to characterize the challenges of change - VUCA - which was discussed in a previous blog post. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Another acronym (also originating from the military) provides guidance on how to deal with a VUCA world. 

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Topics: learning, Analytics, mobile, OODA

How to Pick an ERP System that Benefits the Entire Company

Posted on 11 December 2014 by Steve Bassaw

steve_erp_system_company_benefitsERP projects touch all aspects of a business. Small- and medium-sized companies can typically only afford to have one person do most of the research and that person usually ends up having the most influence over the selection.

Unfortunately, this scenario often results in missing opportunities to make other departments more efficient, as the person doing the research rarely knows the most pressing business problems in the other departments.

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Topics: selection, ERP system, questions, ERP Project

10 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE SELECTING AN ERP SOLUTION

Posted on 4 December 2014 by Simon Griffiths

simon_selecting_erpIn my days as an ERP sales consultant, I had first-hand experience on how customers went about selecting and implementing ERP software. Here are some suggestions based on seeing projects that failed and succeeded, and how the successful ones started. 

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Topics: Business Strategy, business process, Change management, ERP selection, performance measures

 

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