Recent changes in the overseas markets are raising the prices of commodities, which is making buying locally more lucrative.  In addition, according to a joint study conducted by ISIS Research Centre, LOCO BC and Columbia Institute, companies that purchase commodities … Read more


Time seems to fly when you are busy doing something important like running a successful business.  After a few years of dedicated focus to your product offerings, operations, and customer satisfaction, we tend to forget about the technology behind the … Read more


Getting data for forecasting inventory can be like pulling teeth.  Holding meetings with sales staff, performing physical inventory counts, looking through sales contracts and historical sales reports takes more time, and more effort, than you often have.  There are easier … Read more


Is Your Technology Trendy or Old-Fashioned?

In today’s marketplace, consumers want 24/7 access to product information and customer service, as well as the ability to place online orders at any time of the day or night.  Whether you have a top-notch IT department or rely on … Read more


Three Things to Consider for Your Technology in 2013

As distributors plan for the New Year, the options can become somewhat overwhelming.  Maybe you need a total software replacement.  Maybe you should consider the cloud.  Or maybe you need to invest in some major upgrades.  Here are some tips … Read more


Distributors have a lot going on throughout the day and sometimes it may seem like you don’t know whether you are coming or going.  Get organized with the right technology and not only will you become more productive, you’ll take … Read more


The ERP Software Blog just released a new white paper 25 Brilliant Ideas to Outsmart Your Competition with Microsoft Dynamics ERP. This easy to read paper highlights 25 real life scenarios. CAL Business Solutions contributed #10: Pricing negotiations. This features … Read more


Defining ‘BYOD’ for the Mobile World We Live In

In the digital era we live in, acronyms are everywhere.  To some, it’s almost like a brand new language. We have to’re-learn’ how to effectively communicate.  This especially applies to the business world where more and more employees are relying … Read more


Every year at Thanksgiving, we have a huge family celebration that involves a lot of cooking and a lot of eating.  To keep the kids busy and out of the kitchen, we set up a table with a big puzzle.  … Read more


Integration Defined
In previous posts we talked about the importance of integrating EDI to ERP. Reaching the desired state of integration means minimizing keystrokes and eliminating redundant effort through electronic, system-to-system updates of information. Suppliers using email, FAX, and/or webforms … Read more





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