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Control Inventory and Production Activities With Advanced ERP Software

Advanced ERP Software Kechie

Control Inventory and Production Activities With Advanced ERP Software

Here are five things to consider when selecting software to improve manufacturing.

In a manufacturing environment companies are always looking to increase efficiencies, reduce waste, shorten lead times, reduce inventories, and reduce costs. This can sometimes be difficult to do without having negative impacts on product quality, employee morale, and lost sales due to inventory stock-outs. Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems can help with this and the right one can make a huge difference in your operations.

For some, complex on-premise ERP systems were more bother than they were worth. Early systems required installing a special computer server in your facility to run the software. They also required a significant IT support staff to apply software updates, make backup copies of your data, set up new users, and answer questions. They could also be complex, hard-to-use, inflexible, and hard to adapt to changing business conditions. In addition, their expense could be considerable: not only initial software acquisition costs, but also vendor maintenance fees, power and cooling utility bills, and support staff salaries.

Fortunately, a new breed of modern cloud-based ERP systems is now available. These systems are easy-to-use, lower in cost, and provide the real-time data a company needs to run their business. By running remotely on the cloud, one can achieve several advantages. First, you will be able to access real-time data on your business operations 24/7 from anywhere there is internet access. Data safety is guaranteed by the cloud provider, and even if there is a power failure or Internet disruption, you will not lose any data in the system.

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Real-time data gives you much better visibility into your company’s operations.

Not only that, but you can access it from any web browser in any computer or even your smartphone. Many common functions including automatic updates, data backups, and security are handled automatically by the vendor so you don’t have to worry about them. There are no initial software acquisition or computer hardware costs and the monthly access fees are priced at a very cost competitive level.

So not only are the costs low, but the benefits with the right system can be considerable. Properly design cloud-based ERP systems can be set up very easily, and you can get it running in a matter of days. They use modern graphic interfaces that are intuitive and don’t need complex secret command sequences to get the data you want. Because the interface is easy to use, new employees can be easily trained and productively start using the system very quickly.

Besides being cost-effective and easy-to-use, perhaps more importantly they can provide you with real-time access to critical information to help you manage your business, and help reduce some of the hidden costs you may have when this information is not available. Examples of how inadequate availability of needed information can result in the following:

  • Not enough inventory available, causing delayed order fulfillment that results in lost sales
  • Too much or wrong types of inventory that can’t be sold, leading to waste and scrap costs
  • Poor customer service, creating dissatisfied customers
  • Pricing which is either too high or too low, causing either lost sales or lost profits
  • Slow collection of invoices, causing potential cash flow problems
  • Low machine utilization on a manufacturing line
  • Inefficient scheduling of production machine maintenance activities that can cause machines to be down when they are most needed for production
  • Poor scheduling of jobs that cause excessive wait times, inventory sitting in place for a long time, and longer customer lead times
  • In a multi-warehouse situation, scheduling unnecessary production of an order to create inventory that is already sitting in a different warehouse
  • Excessive manual work to count inventory and imprecise counts because you do not have a bar coding capability available to track the inventory

If you decide that an upgrade of your manufacturing systems are needed, what should you look for? Here are some tips to help you determine this.

The Cloud

First, a cloud-based implementation is the best approach today for all but the largest organizations. The objective should be to focus your resources on the unique activities that make you a successful business rather the ancillary functions that can be performed elsewhere. Companies shouldn’t have to worry about installing hardware, applying software updates, making daily backup copies of your data, apply security patches, and paying utility bills for electricity and cooling if those functions can be performed by specialty cloud providers who can do these things on a massive scale and much more efficiently.

User-friendly

Second, you­ should make sure the solution is easy-to-use by the actual employees who will be using it. The interface should be intuitive so they can figure out how to do something without trying to decipher a 1,000-page manual. It should not use complex command sequences that are hard to remember. They should be able to access any piece of data they need with at most two or three clicks.

The system should be easy to set up so you can achieve productive use very quickly. It should have the capability to import data from your old system or manual records via an Excel spreadsheet. It should also have the capability to export data to either a PDF file or Excel spreadsheet, or just show the data on the screen—so you can use it to either do further data analysis or communicate invoices, packing lists, and other information to your partner customers and vendors.

Full Integration

Another important feature is having a system that contains full integration with other modules that support other functions in your business. Some companies will have separate system that support different areas like sales, finance, manufacturing, purchasing, etc., and then they must write interfaces that allow one system talk to the others. In some extreme cases, there is no software to exchange the information so the data needs to be transferred manually.

Some companies will even need to have a data clerk manually enter in the same information multiple times because two different systems need to have it. Not only this is highly inefficient, but it can potentially lead to more errors if the information is not consistent. Having a seamless connection between different modules will not only eliminate these errors and reduce employee workload, but it will speed up operations because the data communication will happen instantaneously.

Customization

Another important attribute is the ease of customization to allow the software to adapt to your business. Modern systems are designed with a flexible architecture that can allow changes to be easily made to adapt to the particular needs of your business. Other, older systems are not so easy to change and ultimately forces the user to adapt their business to how the software operates rather than the other way around.

Security

Yes, the data should be held in a secure fashion that prevents any external hackers from accessing or changing it. But the system should also have the capability of providing “need-to-know” access to individual users within your company so that information is not misused. For example, you certainly will want your sales team to access the sales and the customer relationship management (CRM) modules, but you may not want them to have access to the cost information for a product.

A good system will have the ability to program the access levels of each employee so that they can only read or change the information needed to perform their job function. Many systems will be able to program the access into one of three categories:

  • Read/Write
  • Read-Only
  • No Access

Advanced Features and Future-Proofing

You should also look for a system that supports advanced capabilities including multi-warehouse support, bar coding, and electronic data interchange (EDI). Even if your company does not currently use these functions you should keep an eye on growth and select a system that will support you for many years as you grow.

Last But Not Least!

And finally, rigorous job scheduling capabilities in a production environment are critical. Many manufacturing processes consist of a number of steps, and each step may have a dependence upon completion of a previous step that may, for example, produce a needed sub-assembly. The ERP system much be able to understand this and not try to schedule a production activity before the needed input components are available.

So choosing the right ERP system for maximum benefit does take some thought. Not only should you think about how you currently run operations, but you should also think about how you might change operations for improved efficiency if a more powerful ERP software were available. Also think about growth to ensure that whatever software you choose is scalable and can support your company for many years to come. Although an ERP vendor can make implementation a little easier, you still don’t want to have to go through this process every year.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you make a successful selection and pave the way for smoother running operations in your business for many years to come.

This blog was written by My Office Apps’ very own Vice President of Marketing, Doug Finke. The original blog was published on: Machine Design.


Benefits of an Integrated ERP system

9 Benefits of an Integrated ERP System

Benefits of an Integrated ERP system

Benefits of an Integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System

Many companies will get started with a very basic internal management system to track their business processes such as sales orders, invoices, inventory, etc. In fact, many companies will initially perform these tasks using an Excel spreadsheet because it is quick to implement and most people already know how to use it.

However, as companies grow they often start adding software to their management systems one at a time and end up with a patchwork of different unconnected programs that do not communicate with each other. These can be separate Excel spreadsheets or special purpose programs such as customer relationship management (CRM), inventory tracking or other auxiliary programs that are installed to help with specific activities. Each time a new unconnected program is added, a company will need to consider how they will communicate needed data from one module to another. This will usually be done manually, but other times they will need to purchase or create additional software to make sure this communication occurs.

Too many companies will just evolve into this situation as their company grows, instead of realizing that there can be a lot of drawbacks running a company with a patchwork of different, incompatible programs. These drawbacks can hurt a company in various ways.
With multiple systems, a company can end up in a situation where employees have to enter the same piece of data into multiple places because they depend upon different programs that don’t talk to each other. All extra data entry activities take time, reduce productivity, and increase the chance of error that a mistake was made when entering data into one of the programs.
Another problem with multi-systems or solutions is that they can get out of sync. Companies encounter situations where a prospect wants to order something, they check your inventory system and it says that inventory is available. But when the order comes in, they find out that the item was sold earlier and that the inventory system had not yet been updated when the previous order shipped.

Training can be an issue with any system. One of the problems with using separate systems is that the user interfaces can be different. Not only does it take time and effort for employees to learn different systems, but it can also be quite confusing. Employees may not remember which commands go with which system and start entering the wrong commands into a particular system and find it doesn’t work. Not only is this frustrating and causes employee dissatisfaction, but it can hurt your business because these errors will take extra time to fix, and will slow down your overall business operations.
The solution to these overbearing problems is to move to an integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution from a software vendor that offers different modules within the same overall program that automatically communicates the data to each other in real time. These programs will typically include customer relationship management (CRM), sales order entry, inventory, procurement, manufacturing, shipping, invoicing, finance, and other functions all within under the same roof. When specific events happen, like shipment of an order, the event is automatically communicated to the invoicing program in order to start the invoice, as well as the inventory program which will automatically adjust the stock level for the item that was just shipped.

There are many benefits of an integrated ERP solution, including:

  1. Purchasing an ERP solution that is already integrated is much easier than purchasing various pieces of software and implementing your own solution to connect them together.
  2. As your business grows, the integrated ERP solution will be able to grow with your business with no additional changes. A business that uses multiple pieces of software may find that some of them will not scale and necessitate replacement of that portion and reintegrating the new software into the rest of the system.
  3. System access and data security is much easier to control with a single piece of integrated software. Logon ID’s and passwords only need to be added once and there will be less chance of error.  Access to individual modules within the integrated software can be controlled with a single access page controlled by a system administrator who can select each user’s access rights on a module-by-module basis.
  4. System updates will be simpler because the update for all modules will occur at the same time. ERP solutions built from many different pieces may receive many different update packages that may need to be applied at different times.  This also increases the risk of an update not being implemented and result in a security hole or a software bug not being fixed on a timely basis.
  5. The same piece of data does not have to be entered in multiple times. It is automatically communicated to the other modules and the accuracy is guaranteed.
  6. The information will be accurate in real time. You won’t have to worry about different modules getting out-of-sync and causing other errors.
  7. Employees using several different modules in the system will see a consistent user interface and won’t require much training to switch from one function to the next. Employees can get up-to-speed with the system a lot quicker and they will make fewer errors in using it.
  8. Not only will your employee’s productivity increase, but they will have less frustration and higher job satisfaction.
  9. Your customer satisfaction will increase because orders will be processed more quickly and accurately.

Even though it may seem to be a quick fix in the short term to build up an ERP system from many different software packages, over the long run it will require more work, increase potential for errors, and force your company to implement more frequent updates and upgrades to the various packages. Carefully consider these extra indirect costs when deciding upon a strategy for implementing the ERP function in your company.

If you want to learn more about how an integrated ERP system can improve your overall business, My Office Apps has business specialists available who can help you evaluate your business and uncover improvement opportunities. Most of our team have been using ERP systems for many years under all sorts of different situations. We have been in your shoes and we can leverage our experience to show how a reliable integrated ERP system can make a big difference in your operations.


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Kechie ERP Won 2018 The Rising Star Award From Finances Online

Kechie ERP Won The 2018 Rising Star Award 

Finances Online Directory Commends Kechie ERP as a Great User Experience for ERP Software

Kechie ERP provides the most innovative ERP technology by providing an all-in-one solution that manages and streamlines your operations. Kechie ERP helps streamline your business needs by automating and synchronizing your inventory management, procurement, sales order management, finance, manufacturing CRM, warehouse management, and much more.

Recently, Kechie ERP was reviewed by FinancesOnline and recognized for its outstanding features and benefits. With a 100% USER SATISFACTION rating, Kechie is at the top of its league, which was well-reflected by our inclusion in their top 15 ERP software systems list. Kechie won the 2018 Great User Experience award for online ERP software, which is granted to products that offer an especially good user experience. FinancesOnline evaluates how easy it is to start using the product and how well-designed its interface and features are to facilitate the work process.

FinancesOnline described Kechie by saying, “it provides you with a robust, functionality-rich business management platform that handles all your business needs, automating and synchronizing your critical processes to ensure that you and your company perform at the optimum level, deliver high-quality products and services, achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, and relentlessly drive business growth.”

Due to Kechie’s unique functionalities, our software was highlighted in their article tackling the benefits of ERP software. FinancesOnline’s experts described Kechie as having “customization as one of Kechie ERP’s major strengths.”

Kechie was also presented with the 2018 Rising Star Award.

This award is given to new SaaS products that recently became increasingly popular on the market, are currently getting very good traction with customers, and are viewed as a service that’s very efficient for solving problems users face now.

Finances Online concluded with, “Kechie ERP is simply built for your business.”

 

Read about the “Benefits of an Integrated ERP System” to learn more.


Three Ways to Tell if Your ERP Implementation Has Been Successful

Three Ways to Tell if Your ERP Implementation Has Been a Success

When you set out at the beginning of your ERP implementation project, you will have set out your primary goals and objectives. Now that your ERP system has been up and running for a while, it is time to check in on performance.

What are the best ways to see whether your new ERP is making the difference you thought it would? Here are a couple of good places to start.

1. A Positive ROI

Any major business investment should be able to provide a return, so this should be your main success metric for an ERP system implementation.

Some investments may take longer to bear fruit than others and the larger the project, the more time it can take to prove an ROI. That doesn’t mean you can’t detect trends in the meantime. The payback period for an ERP system ranges from 1.7 to 3.2 years, with 2.7 years being the average. That might seem like a long time to wait but the payback itself should be significant enough to make the daunting outlay much easier to digest.

Planning when you expect to see a return (and how to calculate it) should have been a major part of your implementation planning process. It is unlikely you would have had sign-off to invest without it. (If you are reading this article prior to selecting a vendor and setting out your requirements, take a look at this ERP Selection Survival Guide for an overview of the entire process).

For help with forecasting, analysis and calculation, try this easy-to-follow ERP ROI template and tips from industry experts.

2. A Visible Increase in Productivity  

Seeing improvements in productivity will be an earlier indicator of success than the ROI. Look back at the objectives you set out around productivity and reducing human error. Are you hitting those goals? Are you seeing positive trends? With all the automated processing that ERP brings, you should start to see the benefits once your users have been trained and are making use of the features you chose.

Here are some of the ways that a successful ERP implementation improves productivity:

  • Improved communications
  • Reduced manual work
  • Slicker business process workflows
  • Better forecasting and data-driven decision making

If your users have been well trained and supported, then you should be able to see where your productivity improvements are paying off.  

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3. Increased Client Satisfaction

Are you getting orders to your customers quicker? Are your clients enjoying better communication with you? Is there a reduction in dispatch issues and other customer pain-points? All of these things are measurable and an easy way to find out whether your ERP implementation is having a positive effect.

You can track and optimize customer service metrics as well as organise communication with both the demand and supply side of your chain. Look back at the customer service KPIs you set out to hit when you went through your ERP selection process and look for signs of improvement. Again, this can be an early indicator to ERP success than the more overt ROI goal.

Helen Peatfield is a writer, editor, and regular contributor to ERP Focus. She has a wealth of experience in ad tech, supply chain management and SaaS. When she is not typing away at her desk, she can be found scuba diving or wakeboarding in the sunny Gulf of Thailand.


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The Worst Supply Chain Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

The Worst Supply Chain Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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Supply Chains are improving continuously and rapidly. This means that managers are seeing an increase in challenges that arise with these changes. As these continue, the chances of something going wrong is more than likely. Without minimizing these problems, they are only going to snowball into something worse. Here are the worst supply chain mistakes, and how to avoid them to better streamline your supply chain processes.

Still Relying On Spreadsheets

Many companies start out using spreadsheets when they first start to track their inventory. As your company evolves, however, so does your data. By continuing to track inventory on a spreadsheet, you’re only digging yourself in a deeper hole. As a business grows, so do the problems that start to arise without a proper inventory management software.

It’s time to upgrade when:

  • Inventory isn’t being updated automatically
  • It’s not accessible on the go
  • You are losing track of inventory
  • Too much time tracking/ dealing with errors and reports
  • You are combining various software together

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Prevent these errors by investing in a full enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The importance of inventory tracking is evident, and essential to productivity. With a good inventory management system you can easily update without having to modify multiple spreadsheets. Not to mention, you will have the ability to project your future inventory needs.

Poor Customer Service

What happens when customers aren’t happy with your service, lack of availability of products, and denied orders? You lose business. The cause always stems down to the unavailability of products.
With problems like inaccurate demand forecasts, late deliveries from suppliers, data integrity issues, unreliable suppliers, lack of or unreliable formal planning system, unreliable production schedules, poor on time manufacturing schedule performance and organizational issues such lack of teamwork, lack of communication and lack of accountability, there’s always something that can go wrong.

Inadequate business management tools

Make sure to accurately look at data and predict your inventory. Good customer service depends on the visibility of information. It is necessary to provide and receive the most amount of data as possible to make the necessary changes in the supply chain before it becomes a problem. It takes a good inventory management software integrated with an ERP to fully manage your orders.

Inaccurate Planning

Market intelligence is the secret formula to planning a business’s future. Purchasing and selling cannot decided upon without much planning. With the mass amounts of products being sold/bought and money being spent, there is no room to leave out planning. To properly plan, however, a company needs to have accurate data. It needs to know what it already has, how it’s going to sell, buy, and stock on a continuous basis. Sadly, many companies even today do not formally forecast. Many companies employ highly intelligent, highly paid executives to spend their time gathering sales data for them to massage it in an Excel Spreadsheet to develop a forecast – a process that at times takes a few days. More often than not, they spend 95% of this time gathering data and 5% of the time in evaluating results. Get a modern software that will give you the ability to plan properly by tracking ins and outs like it should. Something that will flag you down when inventory is not where it should be.

Keep your supply chain running at optimum efficiency. It can be as simple as applying a few necessary steps to make sure it runs smoothly. Start by upgrading from spreadsheets to something that can actually help and manage your supply chain well. Optimize your customer service and make sure you always have what your customers want in stock. Lastly, use the market intelligence from your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to be aware and plan for optimal performance.


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The Hidden Costs of Inadequate Business Management Tools

The Hidden Costs of Inadequate Business Management Tools

When a business is first formed, the management needs to put in place some method of managing their business operations so they can keep track of sales, orders, inventory, invoices, purchase orders, and all the other activities needed to run the business.  At first, the business will probably be quite small and there probably won’t be a lot of capital available to purchase and install a complex ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software. Many business startups will often use very simple software tools such as Excel or Quickbooks to keep track of these activities.

This may be adequate for the initial startup of the business, but difficulties start to occur when businesses grow. The volume and complexity increases. The management of the business may believe that the tools they initially installed are still “good enough,” but what they may not realize is that their company has outgrown these initial tools and this inadequacy is creating hidden costs which is hampering the growth of the business.

Examples of hidden costs of inadequate business management tools:

  • Not enough inventory available, causing lost sales
  • Too much or wrong types of inventory that can’t be sold, leading to waste and scrap costs
  • Poor customer service, creating dissatisfied customers
  • Pricing which is either too high, or too low, causing either lost sales, or lost profits
  • Slow collection on invoices causing potential cash flow problems

Many of these problems can sneak up on you and you may not realize the extent that they are occurring.  So it is wise to periodically step back from the day-to-day activities for a brief period and really take a look at these problem areas and see if bringing in more sophisticated software tools is appropriate.

In the past, installing a sophisticated ERP system would require you to install hardware on your site to run on-premise software. And this would entail creating a whole new infrastructure to maintain this software and perform things like data backups, software updates, bug fixes, etc.  In addition, to the costs of the software itself, there will be additional capital and operating costs for the computer hardware itself and the necessary power, cooling, and floor space.

Fortunately, with today’s modern cloud-based software tools it is no longer necessary to pay an arm and a leg in order to obtain a good performing ERP tool. My Office Apps offers Kechie ERP, which is a complete, easy-to-use ERP software that runs on the cloud and gets implemented quickly. Kechie does not require any hardware or software installations, or the attendant infrastructure to support it. Since it runs on the cloud, we take care of the servers, backups, software updates, data security, etc.  Better yet, using Kechie does not require any up-front capital costs since payment for this Software as a Service (SaaS) only entails a very reasonable, per-user monthly access fee.

So, although you may initially feel that your customer business management software is good enough, we urge you to take a closer look to truly understand the costs of some of the operational problems mentioned above.  We think that these hidden costs may actually be larger than you think, while the costs of implementing a cloud-based ERP system like Kechie may be smaller than you think.  So you may be able to improve your business’s sales and profits by upgrading your tools.

My Office Apps has business specialists available who can help you evaluate your business and uncover improvement opportunities. Many folks on our team have been using ERP systems for many years under all sorts of different situations.  We have been in your shoes and we can leverage our experience to show how much difference a reliable ERP system can make in your operations.


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The ROI of Cloud ERP Implementation

The ROI of Cloud ERP Implementation

ROI Return On Investment SaaS Cloud ERP

ROI is the key determiner in deciding which investments give the greatest return. In other words, ROI is a comparison of the expected benefit of a particular investment measured in monetary units, compared to the cost of that investment in the same monetary units.

The lack of efficiency and the great limitations of spreadsheets, basic accounting software, and even paper make running a business at optimum performance a little difficult. Without a proper ERP solution, businesses are struggling to get a greater ROI.

The ROI Benefits of the Various Aspects of ERP Are Greater Than You Might Think

The reduction of costs for IT is massive. There’s an anonymous technology company using a cloud-based ERP software that saved more than $100,000 in hardware and software purchases and avoided hiring at least three full time employees for its IT department.

Cloud ERP allowed companies to replace outdated accounting packages like QuickBooks, which, while inexpensive to purchase, were costly in maintenance, integration, and manual data entry.

There’s A More-Than Noticeable Increase in Productivity.

Sales and marketing teams are better able to serve customers. If you have a sales call and want to update the customer database, you don’t have to write a note and remember to do it when you get back to the office; that is very inefficient. You actually can just make the direct changes right then and there, adding notes within the ERP for everyone to see!

Moving from paper, spreadsheets, and accounting packages to cloud ERP solutions helps companies speed up collections, reduce the quote to cash time, and increase the accuracy of their billing. Monthly or yearly financial close has been simplified as well, due to financial consolidation and the ability to more easily access and manage financial data.

Decreasing inventory levels through better inventory planning reduces costs. Inventory management systems improve the tracking for movements. This is not only an important factor, invoice accuracy can reduce collection cycles, which in turn improves cash flow.

The Statistics of ROI for Cloud-Based ERP Solutions

Even though cloud ERP only represents 2 to7 percent of the total ERP market at present, the revenues it generates are expected to double by 2015 compared to 2010. Nucleus calculated the ROI achieved by using cloud ERP, and noticed most companies reported a higher than 150% ROI. One client of Netsuite’s said, “There is information about the customer and what they ordered. They can see history without tracking people down and see a complete picture of sales, ordering, and fulfillment. That has made us 20 to 30 percent more profitable.” Can you imagine how much this benefits customer service? The answer, according to this company, is 20 to 30 percent more profit.

Conclusion

The ROI for a cloud-based ERP system heavily outweighs what a cluster of non-integrated, lacking software offers. Not to mention, the returns are far better on a cloud-base than an on-premise ERP software. With the right ERP system, businesses are able to properly track and measure all of the various benefits of a proper ERP system to see their returns grow continually.


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Will Inventory Management Software Really Help My Company?

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What is inventory management software?

Inventory management software consists of business applications that track, manage and organize product sales, material purchases and other production processes. The software is used to track products and parts as they are transported from a vendor to a warehouse, between warehouses, and finally to a retail location or directly to a customer.

 

Why your business is being held back, drastically.

Growing companies can have a hard time keeping track of their inventory data accurately. When things are moving in and out really fast, simple lists and excel spreadsheets just don’t keep up. When someone has to manually enter everything into Excel, it leaves a lot of room for human errors. It also lacks real-time data so what you see on your Excel sheet may not actually match what you actually have in person. This is especially true when you have multiple people touching your inventory, but can only have one person update the sheet at a time. Another common problem is that using Excel to track large quantities is not only difficult, but it also increases the likelihood of the program crashing as your data grows exponentially larger.

Without accurate data, your views into your business are skewed—and you could end up making costly business decisions.

The statistics show that around 45% of American consumers shop throughout multiple channels within the market. As consumer data becomes more challenging and harder to test and analyze, it becomes harder to track manually. With the right inventory management software, however, it becomes much easier to sync the data between your sales and fulfillment.

 

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An inventory management software must be adaptable.

Having an inventory management system that updates in real-time and has access to historical data can provide you with more useful information to make more accurate predictions about how much of a particular item you should stock. An accurate inventory management system will prevent having a bulk of items collecting dust on your shelves, having products that are in high demand on back order, and overall keeping your customers happy. This way you can optimize your inventory levels and replenish items as quickly as possible, so you have as little inventory as possible and your goods are constantly replenishing. Only the best inventory management software will be able to Integrate with other platforms to make management easy to use (Shopify and Salesforce).

So in short, inventory management software will not only optimize your company, it will help and grow with it, exponentially. Get a Free Demo now.

 

 


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5 Tips That Wholesalers Can Use To Better Manage Their Warehouses

5 Tips That Wholesalers Can Use To Better Manage Their Warehouses

 

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1. Offer special pricing for your overstocked inventory

Building savings campaigns for your overstocked inventory  through daily, weekly, or monthly deals, lets you one-up your competition,and move your merchandise quickly and easily. Retailers will watch for these specials and will appreciate the added savings they receive when they deal with your company which means – yes, you guessed it – more orders!

 

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2. Make ordering, delivery, and billing as seamless as possible

Automate your order management and product distribution processes as much as you can. This means less waiting for busy retailers who want a simple, streamlined process, putting your company near the top of their lists of wholesaling firms to bring their business to. It's important to utilize an inventory management software that can streamline the operations for you!

 

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3. Give your sales reps what they need to succeed

Do your sales reps have all the information they need going into sales appointments? Forward-thinking wholesalers, manufacturers, and distributors are understanding that in order to make sales in this day and age, sales reps need to add value to their sales conversations, not just go through the motions of writing down a reorder. Using a capable CRM is the next best step to creating more sales, and maximizing the sales process.

 

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4. Differentiate on customer service, not price

Wholesalers who can differentiate their brands by providing great customer service are seeing returns. Think about how you can create a modern, convenient experience for your customers. How can you fulfill orders more quickly and replace transactional activity with strategic value? The short answer, is increased customer service. By tracking what your clients are purchasing and how often they do it through a sales order management software, you can get an insight into making sure you are their go-to distributor.

 

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5. Get your inventory under control

You can’t run a profitable wholesale distribution business if you don’t have a good handle on inventory management.
Tracking incoming/outgoing inventory, doing regular physical inventory counts, and implementing a great inventory management software, are all key in keeping your inventory in good standing.

Wholesalers can optimize their business by implementing these strategies within their warehouses today.


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Is It Really Important To Choose The Right ERP Solution The First Time?

Is It Really Important to Choose the Right ERP Solution the First Time?

These statistics seem to say it is.

  • 80% of customers are unhappy with their current ERP.
  • 60% of ERP projects fail.
  • 90% fail to deliver any measurable ROI.
  • 95% of failure companies dedicate less than 10% of total budget to education/training/change
  • 41% of enterprises fail to realize less than 50% of all benefits.

What can go wrong if you don’t?

The System implementation can take longer than expected. The Lack of training causes lack of confidence and efficiency.  The system isn’t as easy to use as predicted, causing a loss in time and value. The system isn’t cloud-based, meaning sales people can’t work on-the-go. Companies fail to realize less than 50% of all benefits because of a lack of training and efficiency that over-complicated and expensive ERP systems.

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Great ERP systems need to be able to prevent and avoid these problems at all costs.

The solution is to make sure the ERP you choose has: a good price, ease of use/customization, scalability, and is cloud-based/accessible everywhere.

Don’t miss out by getting a complicated ERP system that you will hate; get a sophisticated ERP system that’s easy to use, and the entire company will love.
Kechie ERP – The next generation of Cloud-based ERP solutions.

Kechie ERP is ready to go and easy to use. Get training along the way with built-in, specific training videos. It is the most customizable ERP system that adapts around your business, not the other way around. Not to mention, Kechie ERP is the most affordable ERP compared to the other top-named brands. With a 100% user satisfaction rate, Kechie continues to provide the very best for all businesses looking to increase their ROI’s, grow, and expand.

Try it for free now at no risk, and see how easy and essential it is to any growing company.

What have you got to gain? A complete revision on how efficiently and easily your teams can manage your company collaboratively without any of the downfalls.