Manufacturers and distributors have complex business operations that require robust business solutions.  Working with disparate, specialty solutions introduces delays, which can turn real-time data into old data, and data sets can be full of errors.  Multiply the confusion with multiple Read more


Manufacturers and distributors create a lot of business data.  Many use various business systems to manage inventory, production, shipping, customer relationships, and other operational data.  There may also be call centers, website communications, and prospects and customers alike may even Read more


Are you stuck with too much inventory because your physical count was miscounted or sales forecasts were overinflated?  It can be challenging to manage high volumes of inventory as raw materials arrive to the warehouse, are used on the floor, Read more


It takes a well-coordinated, orchestrated effort to maintain just enough inventory to satisfy customer demand without buying more inventory than is really needed.  Managing appropriate inventory levels is a fluctuating, ever-changing activity that requires close attention from a key group Read more


It is usually a pretty rare occurrence that you are able to place an order for raw materials or products for the precise quantity that you need for a customer order.  More likely, you order products in greater volume than Read more


For the last few months, manufacturers and distributors have been focused on  fine-tuning operations in preparation for the busy holiday shopping season.  In order to prevent costly stock-outs and annoying back-orders for customers choosing thoughtful holiday gifts for their family Read more


What your customers ordered in the past may not be the same as what they will order in the future.  Products change in popularity and the marketplace can be fickle.  Knowing that, how can you make better inventory predictions so Read more


This has to be one of the best catch phrases for businesses who have survived the most recent economic squeeze – working smarter, not harder.  In recent years, many businesses have had to reduce headcount, slash budgets, and find ways Read more


Rated high on the list of things to know and track is your business profitability and profit margins by product or service.  After all, without profits, the doors don’t stay open for long.  Knowing your margins becomes even more important Read more


As a manufacturer or distributor, you need clear, precise inventory control.  Whether you have a small amount of individual items in one warehouse or thousands of items in multiple warehouses, lost or damaged products, inaccurate counts, or incorrect customer orders Read more





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