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

 

Busy manufacturers and distributors know how important vendor and supplier relationships are in terms of meeting customer demands and showing profits. Communication with vendors and business partners is essential when forecasting the inventory needed for production and planning production to … 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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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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