In order to have a lean supply chain, you need to have efficient and effective processes.  Of which are consistent for a long period of time.  This leaves very little room for innovation if you think about it.  But is … Read more


Who would have thought??  All kidding aside, this example of tight cost controls for supply retailers, such as Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc., teaches us the exact correlation between lower costs and higher profitability.

Both office-supply retailers reported earnings … Read more


McLane Logistics Technology, a Microsoft Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV), specializes in optimizing processes and technologies to deliver Supply Chain systems based on Microsoft Dynamics AX. These distribution solutions create value for distributors, enabling them to deliver continuous improvement and … Read more


There is never a good time to have a weak link in your supply chain, but when a link breaks, the outcome can be disastrous.  Watching the after effects of Hurricane Sandy have been heartbreaking for the families affected by … Read more


The U.S. Census Bureau reported that United States wholesale inventories rose by 0.5 percent from July to August to a seasonally adjusted $487.5 billion.  Wholesale sales were also up in August, from July, and also up from sale figures collected … Read more


In most cases, transactions are very important to your business.  Transactions pertain to all of the data that is created and shared within your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution, including monetary- and order-related transactions.  If you’re a distributor, transactions … Read more


Made to Order (MTO) Manufacturing is the oldest style of order fulfillment that is not without its pros and cons.  Providing customized products to happy customers can lead to great long-term business relationships.  The risk in MTO manufacturing is with … Read more


As a distributor, you want to meet your customer and prospect demands.  But sometimes the word “no” is necessary and beneficial to both you and your customer.  In this challenging economy, it may be tempting to take on any customer … Read more


Whatever the reasons behind a shift to manufacturing overseas, it definitely creates complexity for your supply chain.  But no chain is too complex for Microsoft Dynamics® NAV.  Whether you currently have multi-national operations or are planning to test those waters, … Read more


With standards such as ISO, QS-9000, TS-16949, AS-9100, manufactures need to be on top of the compliance requirements.  These quality and compliance standards often require a high level of detailed data management, including data control and the ability to track … Read more





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