With Tropical Storm, ‘Sandy’ still in our midst, risk management is especially top of mind. It’s one thing to know your risks, but an entirely different thing to be prepared for those risks.  Are you one of the many holding … 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


Businesses choose to use third-party logistics providers (3PL) because it makes sense for the bottom line.  Contracting with a 3PL to manage warehousing, transportation, and other supply chain activities can be more efficient than doing it yourself.  However, how do … Read more


The wheel has already been invented, so instead of reinventing the wheel, let’s study what has already been done, good or bad, by those around us.  For manufacturers and distributors, an effective logistics process and reliable supply chain are key … Read more


Just like you don’t want your kids to be late for school, you don’t want your important products or services to be late getting to your customers.  Tardiness is never a trait that is much admired and can actually cause … Read more


The 1, 2, 3’s of Distribution: Cut costs, Streamline Delivery Processes and Beef Up Departments

I’m not going to go as far as to say that Distribution is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  But I will say most distributors have three similar goals: 1. Cut costs, 2. Streamline delivery processes, and 3. Beef-up departments.  … Read more


The term ‘Business Intelligence’ (BI) is thrown around a lot in the distribution software industry, but what does it mean and more importantly, what does it mean for your business? The definition of business intelligence, according to Wikipedia, is the … 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





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