The enterprise resource planning (ERP) software marketplace has become saturated with software providers, systems, and deployment options.  It can be challenging to weed through the options in order to choose a solution that best matches your business needs and goals.  … Read more

 

As a manufacturer or distributor, you rely on your suppliers for prompt delivery of high quality raw materials or products that you need to satisfy your own customers.  Savvy businesses also spend time considering potential supply chain disruptions and prepare … Read more

 

Food and beverage manufacturers are facing new changes to labels on packaged foods.  The term “gluten-free” has been defined and products that are labeled as gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.  However, the labeling is … Read more

 

The back warehouse can be a busy, noisy place that is easy to avoid.  It often appears disorganized with boxes everywhere and high traffic with people opening incoming boxes and sealing packages for customers.  However, if you don’t visit once … Read more

 

A miscalculation, typo, decimal error, or simply rushing to complete an assignment could have been the culprit of a mistake that tainted the grand opening of Target Canada.  A significant loss, nearly $1.4 billion to date, may have been due … Read more

 

Collins_Distribution Quiz_July 2014Every distributor is looking for more good customers – customers that enjoy your products and services, place recurring orders, and pay on time.  It is more efficient to nurture long-term relationships than spend the time to look for and engage … Read more

 

Today’s manufacturers and distributors must be agile and able to respond quickly in the event of a supply chain disruption.  They must also be flexible and able to view the supply chain and inventory management strategically.  Looking at your supply … Read more

 

Busy manufacturers and distributors have volumes of boxes coming and going out of warehouses and distribution centers.  It can be challenging to determine whether you are hitting inventory target levels when you can’t keep track of the inventory coming in, … Read more

 

Businesses generate volumes of data every single day.  Most of that data is valuable when you are able to put it into a context that you can use.  Big data doesn’t always translate to good data and good data doesn’t … Read more

 

Many small manufacturers and wholesalers believe enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are too expensive and don’t feel that these solutions would benefit their business.  However, ERP is designed to streamline operations, boost sales, and improve productivity – three of the … Read more

 

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