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4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Into an ERP Software Solution

Selecting the right fully-integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system provider requires a certain amount of time, effort and money. It can often be a complex process that can bring up feelings of confusion, especially for those who are not experienced in the realm of enterprise resource planning systems. Since there are quite a few vendors out there vying for your business, it can be overwhelming to decipher which entity is offering you the best product and service.

If you’re in this position, here are a few questions to ask these providers to make sure you’re making the right choice.

1. How Long Will it Take to Implement the ERP Software?
This is a very important question to ask, so it’s important to get as realistic an answer as possible. You want to make sure that you get an accurate timeline, as this will inevitably affect your business operations. The size and goals of […]

The Do’s and Don’t of Implementing ERP Solutions into Your Business

The benefits of implementing a fully-integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution into your business are extensive. And while there may be plenty of options out there for the choosing, the real important task is finding the right one. There are a number of steps that need to be taken in order to ensure that you are selecting the ideal ERP for your particular niche and business. Here are some guidelines to consider.

Keep the scale of your ERP project in mind. An ERP solution is not just your average run-of-the-mill project. Instead, it’s a business-wide implementation that needs to get right the first time. The entire process should be broken down into smaller steps to help ensure all your bases are covered as necessary, and that the right individuals are selected to help you fully integrate your ERP solution.

Work closely with IT during the process. Your IT department knows what they […]

3 Ways ERP Can Improve Your Supply Chain Management

The flow of goods and services within an organization is critical to ensuring optimal operations and inevitably substantial profitability. What’s referred to as Supply Chain management (SCM), this includes adequately moving and storing raw materials, inventory that’s still work-in-process, and completed goods from the point of origin to the point of customer consumption.

Supply chain management needs to be an integrated management system that offers a company-wide view of important activities and practices. At the end of the day, supply chain managers must be able to effectively monitor all aspects of the business.

Having an ERP system in place can help provide this vital integration, and here’s how.

1. Managing the Customer Relationship Management
Customer relationship management all begins with the first contact with a client, and is typically initially tracked within a Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system. Within the system is recorded a number of pieces of information, including the client’s name, and […]

How ERP & CRM Software Can Improve Customer Satisfaction

Just about every business in any industry relies on repeat clients to keep business going, and that entails ensuring that customers are satisfied with goods and level of service. But mid-sized distributors in particular may face some challenges that are unique to their business. Distributors are usually competing directly with much bigger companies that can get advantageous terms from suppliers and can get their hands on more resources.

As such, mid-sized distributors may find themselves charging higher prices and having less manpower compared to their competitors. Competing on price isn’t an option, so there are other ways that mid-sized distributors need to compete to attract new customers and keep them.

Taking advantage of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with customer resource management (CRM) capabilities can give mid-sized distributors the opportunity to more effectively meet expectations for a high level of customer service.

Since good customer service translates into good business sense, an […]

Five “must-have” features food producers should demand from their business software

The reality of the day is that food producers must not only maintain a strong defense against recalls, but also against increasing regulations, food sensitivities in the population, environmental consciousness and PETA agendas. All this squeezed against tighter operating margins brought on by extreme weather changes and ever-mounting business fees and taxes. Many famous food industry names populate the FDA and USDA’s “rap sheet” of food producers who have been required to issue a recall of possibly contaminated foods.

Surviving and prospering now requires excruciatingly tight control of all aspects of food production from the acquisition of ingredients all the way to delivery of the food product to the consumer. Legacy stand-alone systems for processing, inventory control, sales and accounting simply cannot keep up.

“What’s been done in the past is no longer good enough,” says Jon Mainwaring, executive vice president of Oneir Solutions Inc.— a Queenston, Ontario, provider of scalable ERP […]

Affordability Is Trending in Distributor Software

For many mid-sized distributors eager to expand, yet loathe to drain their budgets in the process, a new generation of fully-featured sophisticated business management software with customized modules is allowing them to utilize tools that have traditionally only been accessible to larger enterprises.

Call it multi-channel sales, inventory control, and accounting software, because these new do-it-all systems cover the bases from the manufacturer’s warehouse to the ultimate consumer. For a growing number of companies the flexibility, speed of implementation, user friendliness, and scalability of these new business management systems is impressive, particularly when factoring in lower cost offerings that drop the price tag from $50,000 or more to, in some cases, less then $10,000.

With flexibility a byproduct of the modularization of these new systems, a wide variety of businesses are embracing the trend toward enlisting wholesaling software to expand. Just in time, as the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors reports that in […]