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The Perfect Partner in ERP

Posted on 3 February 2015 by Cathie Hall

cathie_perfect_erp_partnerRegular readers of the blog may remember my post “owning change” written just after my wedding in November 2013.  It doesn’t take a maths genius to work out that it took me a few more years than most to find my perfect partner.  Fortunately finding the perfect partner in ERP wasn’t so difficult.  I first saw SYSPRO in 2001 and have been a dedicated fan ever since.

 

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Topics: Customization, workflow, Inventory management, process modeling, partner

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

 

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

Santa’s ERP System

Posted on 22 December 2014 by Dave Cavan

dave_santas_erp_system 

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

SYSPRO in the procurement chain

Posted on 7 August 2014 by Cathie Hall

collaborative-supply-chainI recently took part in a management workshop, which saw two competing teams manufacturing a particular structure.  This was a simulation exercise using Lego blocks in which we had to make as many structures in a minute as possible and deliver them successfully to the “customer.”  The customer would then quality check the output and advise each team on how much revenue had been generated (you could lose revenue through rejections). 

The first round came and in the excitement to deliver to the customer, we forgot about the supplier, we ramped up our stocks, we didn’t worry about the costs.  We paid for it in profitability at the end of the round, the deductions for working capital really stung our bottom line.

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Topics: Supply chain, Inventory management, collaboration, Procurement, Supplier management

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: Inventory management, business needs, ERP system, ERP for food and beverage industry, Discrete manufacturing, Process manufacturing

Three signs your business needs an ERP system

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Erin Schlee

Three-signs-your-business-needsLast week, I ordered a birthday present online for a dear friend from my favorite chocolate store. The shop’s unique and quality products have quickly made them my go-to-store for gifts over the past few years. However, over the past six months or so, they’ve become quite popular and I’ve found that the once easy ordering process I used to experience with them has now disappeared. I received a follow-up email from my last order apologizing that they didn’t realize the product wasn’t in stock, so therefore couldn’t fulfill my order, and unfortunately didn’t have a time frame for when they’d have more stock. I was instantly annoyed, asked for a refund, and ordered a different gift from another store.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP, Customer service

SYSPRO’s Supply Chain

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Steve Bassaw

syspro_supply_chainA recent conversation with an instructor at a local post-secondary school made me think about the many ways that ERP software can help a business manage the entire breadth of its supply chain. The world has become a smaller place, and supply chains have become longer. Managing your supply chain effectively gives you a competitive advantage (ask Walmart and Apple).

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Topics: Supply chain, Forecasting, Inventory management, Business software, Sales, Returns management

Whatever unit works for you

Posted on 22 May 2013 by Simon Griffiths

unit of measure use caseMany businesses have to deal with the problem of buying product in one unit and selling it in another. It’s one of those items of ERP functionality that you don’t think of – unless you are in a business where it’s a necessity.

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Topics: Inventory management, Business software, units of measure, ERP, catch weight, Technology

Time for a Spring Clean?

Posted on 26 March 2013 by Darren Edwards

Time for a Spring CleanIt's springtime again and my favourite time of year, Christmas is now a distant memory and seeing the parks and road sides awash with vibrant colour is both up-lifting and motivating. It reminds me that it’s time to review the art of the possible and strive to keep my eyes open to the opportunities that the season brings.

Springtime it synonymous with the ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth and this seasonal effect definitely produces some very similar business behaviour.

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Topics: order management, Business Strategy, application erosion, process improvement, Inventory management, Business software, ERP

 

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