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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

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Posted on 30 January 2013 by Simon Griffiths

Optimizing the Potential of Inventory Management

Many organizations, regardless of industry sector or geographical location, find themselves in a comfort zone when it comes to managing their inventory. A high percentage continue to use Material Requirements Planning (MRP), and some even use spreadsheets for their planning, despite having expensive systems in place. The problem is that MRP was developed at a time when businesses could use static demand forecasts over an extended time period to allow for long production runs. In the modern world, long runs are rare and demand can be highly variable.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Business improvement, Inventory management, Business software, Inventory Optimization

No Business is Too Small for Inventory Control

Posted on 28 November 2012 by Erin Schlee

A few months back, I wrote a blog entry comparing the uncanny similarities between building your own furniture and ERP selection. Reflecting back on that post, I decided to brainstorm additional daily/real-life scenarios that can also be compared to daily struggles that manufacturers and distributors face within their own businesses. What was the next issue I decided to address? Inventory management and, well...baking a pumpkin pie.

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Topics: Material Requirements Planning, Inventory management, Inventory Optimization

The Missing Link

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Wouter Combrinck

I have always loved food with the passion it deserves. Of course this has at times resulted in an increased waistline. A little over a year ago I decided to do something about it and take back some control. I soon discovered that all the energy I once dedicated to over-eating was now directed at over-analyzing everything I consumed – in detail. One thing became clear; I had always been ignorant of what I was eating, and in such vast unhealthy quantities.

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Topics: Traceability, Food safety, HACCP, Inventory management, Business software, ISO 22000

A new material planning approach

Posted on 16 January 2012 by Simon Griffiths

For several decades, material requirements planning (MRP) has been the standard method for manufacturing and inventory planning. But in recent years it has come under criticism, and any manufacturing shops have adopted other approaches, such as kanban or lean manufacturing.

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Topics: Material Requirements Planning, Inventory management, ERP, MRP, Inventory Optimization

 

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