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

 

Big data is in the news a lot these days. Big data itself isn’t a new concept, although many businesses are in the early stages of learning how to capture and use data to their advantage. Manufacturers, on the other … 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

 

Any business owner or manager will tell you that their business, obviously, requires a building with electricity, water, and other modern conveniences. According to a survey by Manufacturing Business Technology, manufacturers are also rating enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution as … 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

 

After recent data breaches at major retailers and at Sony, most businesses would be concerned about the theft of customer or employee data.  Obviously credit card, social security, and other personal information is very valuable to cybercriminals.  However, how important … Read more

 

Busy manufacturers and distributors are often focused on managing production lines and fulfilling customer orders.  Customers not only place orders but occasionally change orders and you have to act fast in order to keep up.  There isn’t always time to … Read more

 

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