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Do you know how much your inventory is costing you? - Part 4

Posted on 27 August 2015 by Wouter Combrinck

wouter_inventory_part_4Some would say that the link between ERP and baking is tenuous at best. However, my most recent culinary catastrophe got me thinking about SYSPRO’s functionality and convenience. Let me elaborate…

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP, Supply Chain Management

Tips on Optimizing Procurement

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_procurementIt’s a long time since the sales team got all the glamour and recognition for being the business heroes, now it’s just as likely that the buyers are out celebrating with the champagne. The impact of procurement to the profitability and sustainability of a business is dramatic.  Consider a distribution business with a revenue turnover of $100m with a cost of sales of $70m and operating costs of $20m, net profit is $10m. A 1% decrease on the cost of sales translates to a whopping 7% increase in net margin.

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP, ERP for manufacturing, Managing inventory with ERP

 

Be Part of the Circular Economy

Posted on 12 March 2015 by Tiffany Gierke

tiffany_recycling_your_productDeath. It’s guaranteed, the one thing we can’t avoid. Its imminent arrival sparks many emotions, debates, rites and rituals. People spend thousands each year on funeral policies and think up elaborate last wills and testaments to plan for what will happen to them once the grim reaper has paid them a visit.

With so much time, energy and expense invested in what happens after we die, I was wondering if business owners think about what happens to their products that “die”. Do their products need to die at all? We are all familiar with recycling, but this often entails individuals or other companies transforming your product into something else. Why? It is YOUR product after all. Your hard work, your money-maker. 

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Topics: Owning (or Running) ERP, ERP for manufacturing

Santa’s ERP System

Posted on 22 December 2014 by Dave Cavan

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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: Procurement, ERP for manufacturing, Supply Chain Management

Using Forecasting to Streamline Sales and Operations

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Steve Bassaw

Forecasting_to_Streamline_Sales_and_OperationsThe disconnect between Sales and Operations in manufacturing companies is so common that it is almost a cliché. I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve met plenty of people at other companies going through the same struggles.  Maybe you see some of this in your own company.

Sales perceives Operations as incompetent, unable to deliver the right products at the right time. Operations perceives Sales as unpredictable, overly demanding, and unreasonable. And customers are unhappy because they're being shorted.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing

No one-size-fits-all ERP solutions for Mining

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Meryl Malcomess

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Most ERP vendors offer ERP solutions for Mining, but is there such a thing as a single ERP solution that solves the issues of an entire industry, especially one as complex as mining?

One of the biggest mistakes that mining corporations, and businesses in general, can make in today's technology driven climate, is to accept blanket ERP solutions. 

No two businesses are exactly the same, so how then can their IT needs be served by identical systems? How can their unique characteristics, needs and processes be effectively addressed by general solutions that only moderately suit their requirements?

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Topics: ERP Implementation, ERP for manufacturing, Supply Chain Management

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Production Proximity

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

production_proximityLooking to the future, the variation of customer demand globally will require that manufacturers adopt production proximity - having a few plants around the world that produce standard platforms and components, then doing final assembly in local factories which can better serve local needs. This trend is playing out on two fronts - re-shoring of global plants, and local assembly. Both of these trends help manufacturers meet the demands of consumers who are increasingly expecting customized products delivered in a timely manner.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Faster Decision-Making

Posted on 10 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

fast-decisionsContinuing with our topic of manufacturing technology trends, fast decision-making will be one characteristic of successful manufacturing operations of the future, and technology is providing faster access to a greater volume of information both from the factory floor and from external sources.

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Topics: ERP for manufacturing

Understanding ERP Requirements for Discrete Manufacturing and Process Manufacturing

Posted on 3 July 2014 by Odete Passingham

understanding_discrete_and_process_manufacturingOne of the ways that manufacturers can be classified is as discrete or process; this describes the type of manufacturing processes involved (there is a third type, mixed mode, which combines both). Your typical small- or medium-sized manufacturer has better things to do than care about whether they are process or discrete. However these distinctions are really quite useful when choosing an ERP system. Knowing the differences will help you understand the types of challenges your ERP system will need to address.

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Topics: ERP for food and beverage industry, ERP systems, ERP for manufacturing, Supply Chain Management

Manufacturing Technology Trends: Production Flexibility

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

1production-flexibilityThe Internet has made competition global. Consumers now have more choice, and they exercise that choice more often, resulting in trends that move faster than ever before. The growth of the Internet, together with the emergence of new technologies, is having a major impact on the way manufacturers operate.

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Topics: Factory of the Future, ERP for manufacturing, Technology (or Enterprise Technology)

 

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