As your manufacturing or distribution operation grows, you’ll likely expand the number or type of products that you offer to your growing list of customers. New inventory and a corresponding higher volume of transactions can quickly overwhelm home-grown systems or … Read more

 

In addition to economic and marketplace variables, consumer packaged goods (CPG) businesses also have challenges at the retail level. Meeting customer, retailer and marketplace demands that can come from online stores as well as brick-and-mortar stores, while protecting thinning profit … Read more

 

Keeping close tabs on inventory is necessary for manufacturers to produce the products that customers want, when they want them. Too much inventory can slow cash flow, too little can lead to stock-outs. Forecasting doesn’t have to be difficult and … Read more

 

Manufacturers and distributors have to be able to access accurate data in order to respond quickly to changing economic conditions and customer demands. Spreadsheets and other specialty software can be confusing and overly complicated, which can conceal or skew the … Read more

 

Manufacturers that utilize consistent, standardized practices are more likely to be rewarded with superior labor productivity and reduced waste, which can lead to satisfactory profits and happy customers. Streamline operations and gain control and insight over key areas with an … Read more

 

Busy manufacturers and distributors don’t often have the time to sit back and take a look at business operations. Many times it’s more like a fire drill – responding to problems as they arise. However, evaluating areas where the business … Read more

 

How much do you rely on spreadsheets for critical business data such as inventory levels or inventory planning? If spreadsheets are your only way to know what you have stocked in the warehouse or promised to customers, then you could … Read more

 

Supply chain risk is a serious concern with serious consequences for many manufacturers and distributors. You may have a plan in place when your suppliers can’t deliver, but how well do you know your supplier’s suppliers? The deeper your supply … Read more

 

Many manufacturers and distributors understand that there is a level of uncertainty when predicting customer demands, inventory needs, and revenue. This is particularly true when working with inadequate or disparate, specialty software solutions. Instead of managing the peaks and valleys … Read more

 

Many manufacturers and distributors utilize multiple warehouses and distribution centers.  Most often viewed as cost center, rather than a profit center, these facilities can offer more than just extra storage or a faster way to drop-ship products to customers.  A … Read more

 

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