Strong inventory management is essential for busy manufacturers and distributors. Overstocking the warehouse can put pressure on cash flow and losing sight of items can lead to stock-outs and back-orders, putting customer relationships at risk. On the other hand, taking … Read more

 

Healthcare networks often include a number of medical centers, hospitals, and other offices, each of which can go through a vast amount of inventory. In order to stay ahead, facilities may overestimate inventory needs in order to avoid stock-outs. Too … 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

 

Many manufacturers provide a line of innovative products in addition to offering service or aftermarket parts and accessories. Manufacturing products often requires a different strategy from the aftermarket parts production; however, that doesn’t mean you need separate management solutions. You … 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

 

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

 

Larger manufacturers or distributors often operate out of multiple business locations.  You may have offices or sales centers, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, or centralized distribution centers located across the country or the world.  Whether you have a handful of facilities or … Read more

 

Manufacturers and distributors rely on technology to streamline procurement, order fulfillment, and inventory management processes.  Accurate data is critical when scheduling production and distribution activities in order to meet customer demands.  As the pace of business increases, you need to … Read more

 

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